What is Lava?
LAVA is a visual arts company that subverts the gallery model, the agency model and the curatorial-collective model by combining them all into a new horizontal approach.
We offer representation, production, curatorial and advisory support for emerging and mid-career artists working in any media and at any stage of the artistic process. We specialise in nurturing and building careers. From LAVA we champion new models of working with young artists based on true teamwork, as well as the recognition of the visual arts as a profession in its own right.
LAVA operates online, providing artists extra visibility in the digital realm, and offline, through the organisation of solo and group art projects at several venues, primarily across Madrid, London and Amsterdam.
As an art project dedicated to changing the relationship between artists, curators, galleries and institutions, we encourage above all collaborations across different specialists, cultural institutions and individuals who would like to invest in or work with our artists.
We are lava, we like to merge, fusion and collaborative practices are at our core.
Where are we?
LAVA is a company registered in London whilst also operating in Amsterdam and with a strong presence in Madrid and the Canary Islands, where the core of our artists and founders are originally from.
As an offline platform, LAVA works by exhibiting in traditional spaces and operating mainly across Europe and the Americas.
Who are we?
LAVA was co-founded by Belinda Martín Porras and Paula Ramos Mollá in the summer of 2019 with a clear aim in mind: to inspire and help artists to do the things that inspire them for a living.
Co-founder and Projects & Sales Director
Belinda is a London-based art historian, curator and doctoral candidate at King’s College London. She has previously worked at MTArt Agency as managing editor and at several spaces and centres dedicated to contemporary and classical art, such as Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid, Spain; the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins, France or King’s College London, UK.
Co-founder and Artist Liaison & Press Director
Paula is a researcher and writer based in Amsterdam. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and Journalism from the Carlos III University, she is currently doing an MA in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. In addition to writing regularly for her own and others’ media, Paula has experience working with and at various communications and cultural management companies.
Pau Jiménez is an architect, graphic designer and digital artist based in Madrid interested in human interaction with the virtual through a critical and intimate lens. Her practice revolves around augmented and virtual reality, 3D modelling and user’s behaviour-reactive physical pieces.
Alberto González Pulido is an intellectual property and commercial law consultant specialised in cultural law and freedom of expression. He’s also a researcher at the National Library of Spain, the Museo de Arte Reina Sofía, and at CED.MACB; coordinator of GAN Spain for Freemuse and director of AICAV; and member of several cultural institutions, such as the Spanish Association of Cultural Heritage Managers, the Platform for the Defence of Freedom of Information, among many others.
Marina Mora is a community manager and digital cultural creator based between Amsterdam and Barcelona. After undertaking her minor at the University of Amsterdam in Media, Culture and Film Studies, she’s currently studying a BA in Communication and Cultural Industries at the University of Barcelona, whilst also working for art institutions such as the Museu d’Art Nacional de Catalunya.
Arts assistant producer
Claudia Arroyo is a graphic designer based in Madrid. She graduated from ESNE in Graphic Design in 2020. Her work revolves around the anime and manga culture, taken references from these imaginaries and re-appropriating them with her own aesthetic. She is interested in establishing connections between social media and artistic practices, mainly focusing on Twitch. Among others, Claudia takes part on artistic projects such as Reflexin.
What is it that we do?
LAVA provides the following services:
As an agency, LAVA represents multidisciplinary artists seeking a team to support them in the production, curatorial, communicative and psychological processes of their work, as well as in the execution and delivery of projects and collaborations.
As a production and communications firm, we provide all the services that may be needed depending on each project. From transportation and logistics, to providing material supplies, press management, and other practicalities.
As a gallery our aim is to put LAVA artists’ works in public and private collections, but always working with and for the artist, not vice versa.
LAVA will also host solo and group exhibitions, either curated by our team or by guest curators, and featuring the work of artists within and outside LAVA.