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Dr Sheyi Bankale is the curator of Next Level Projects and editor of Next Level magazine.
Next Level is one of Europe’s seminal art photography magazines with a dynamic mix of photography as contemporary art. The publication features a diverse range of the world’s most influential photo artists. It aims to bring awareness and debate to contemporary culture by showcasing and celebrating artists, across various disciplines alongside inspiring, provocative and critical writing.
Bankale frequently acts as panellist, judge and nominator for The Art Foundation, Google Photography Prize, CONTACT Photography Festival BMW Prize, The Prix Pictet and Next Level Awards.
He is a leading expert on photography at major international portfolio reviews such as Houston Fotofest and Les Rencontres D’Arles, Finnish Museum of Photography, Scotiabank CONTACT and facilitates the acquisition of photo art works with international museums, art collectors and private clients.
Previously he has been Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Derby and lectured on ‘Photography as Contemporary Art’ at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, University of Westminster, City University in London, University for the Creative Arts and Centre of Contemporary Art in Lagos.
In recent years Bankale has become well known for his curatorial work at Next Level Projects. He curated an extensive touring exhibition on contemporary photography, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, for the European City of Culture 2011. This was the largest exhibition of contemporary photographic art displayed in Finland. He was also a guest curator for Saatchi Art’s Special Guest Curator Programme and the 2015 Curator for the prestigious Photo 50 exhibition at the London Art Fair.