Dinara Asadulina is a writer and an educator, exploring what it is to be human and to learn. She received a BA (Hons) in Linguistics from Saint Petersburg State University. She completed an MPhil in Education from the University of Cambridge as a Chevening and Cambridge Trust scholar, and is doing an MFA in Writing at Pratt Institute. Since 2012 Dinara has been a co-founder and director of Plombir School, an independent progressive school in St.Petersburg, where many students come from low-income and marginalised communities. The school is focused on nurturing creativity and social, emotional, and ethical skills through art (visual, performative and literary). In 2020 Dinara became an education fellow at The Stanford U.S. -Russia Forum. As an artist, she sees a page as an open space and works in multidisciplinary writing, verse fiction, poetry and installation.
Christos Kakourous is a painter and an architect. He received an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Cambridge and graduated with first-class honours in his BA at the University of Westminster, where his design work received several awards, including the RIBA Journal’s Eye Line Drawing Competition. Before Morley House, his research and architecture were focused on urban resilience and new forms of agency. He worked on the public courtyard and gallery at V&A Museum in London, MAAT Museum in Lisbon, and Maggie’s Center in Southampton. Christos is an artist research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute. In 2023 Christos became one of the 6 recipients of NEON Scholarship that supports promising artists embarking on an MFA degree. In September 2023 he will begin his MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.
Dinara and Christos also serve as art and strategy advisors to Plombir School and run Morley School
At the Henry Moore Institute Sculpture Library, June 2023