About us

From marble sculptures in quiet churchyards to festivals in the buzzing Square Mile, Lacuna delivers cultural projects that inspire, excite and challenge all who encounter them. It’s our experience, along with a keen eye for untapped possibility, which sees us transforming expanses and apertures, street-corners and skyscrapers: the very fabric of the city. Our projects compliment and test the limits of public space by engaging the people who fill it.

It’s not without fluency in contemporary culture that you negotiate the placement of one of Ai Weiwei’s thousand-strong bicycle sculptures outside the Gherkin or drive a large flock of sheep across the Millennium Bridge. Interventions like these require intimate knowledge of many interplaying factors, mapping complex environments as well as understanding the people behind and in front of such radical projects. We have that insight.

Flowers That Bloom Tomorrow, Yayoi Kusama
Flowers That Bloom Tomorrow, Yayoi Kusama

Between artists and sites, international audiences and local stakeholders, and between wild ambition and the grit needed to realise it, Lacuna believes in dialogue at every level. Only by attending to each ingredient in turn can a project be executed in all its authenticity. Continuous consultation is integral to how we work, and relationships are the keystone on which a vitalising project is built.

When your desire to find the best possible solution is unrelenting, you have to marry practicality with intuition. Knowing when to challenge the rule book is what makes for a Lacuna kind of dynamism. In its first edition (2011-2012), Sculpture in the City was comprised of four artworks in four locations. Now in its ninth edition (2019-2020), the project exhibits twenty-one works in as many locations, and continues to match innovation with longevity.

Since our inception we have worked with renowned international artists and progressive emerging talents alike. With an extensive network of specialists from across the cultural sphere, we maintain an esteemed reputation among all the major galleries in the UK and beyond, on the international stage. We believe this makes us ideally-equipped to develop unique and memorable culture projects worthy of the bluest of blue ribbons.

“For Stella the word ‘impossible‘ simply doesn’t exist. Whatever she is trying to achieve she always succeeds due to her charm, tenacity, power to persuade and unfailing good humour. This makes her not only a great pleasure to work with but also engenders the greatest assurance that all will be well – and the end result will be the best. Which it invariably is.”

Sarah Gaventa, The Illuminated River Foundation

Meet the Team

Stella Ioannou
Director

Prior to establishing Lacuna Projects, Stella was founding Deputy Director (2003-2007) of the London Festival of Architecture and Client Director for the international events agency, Profirst (2007-2009), where she oversaw unique cultural events for luxury brands: Armani, Chanel, Credit Suisse and Swarovski. Stella’s expertise and ongoing relationship with the city was recognised through her appointment as the Culture Mile Public Realm Curator (2019-present). She is involved in developing the new initiative into an exciting programme of physical interventions. Stella is a trained architect and dancer, a liveryman member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and a member of the City Architecture Forum. Among many, her professional posts include member of the City Arts Initiative, juror of international sculpture projects (POLDRA in Viseu, Portugal, 2016; M17 in Kiev, Ukraine, 2018) and public realm consultant (City Visitor Trail Survey, 2012-2013 and Public Art Scoping Study, Kings Cross Partners, 2014 - with Jade Niklai). Stella’s established relationships with London’s business and arts communities has informed her many curatorial and leadership roles, taught her extreme budget and client management skills and the art of the impossible.

 
Nicola Clarke
PA to Stella Ioannou

Nicola has over ten years experience as a PA in various industries including finance, education and media. She has lived and worked aboard in multiple cities including Los Angeles and Tallinn. Now back in London, she is excited about working in the arts industry and supporting Stella and Lacuna on the road ahead! Nicola has a BA in Art History and a post graduate degree in Theatre.

 

Associates

A selection of associates we have worked with on our projects, whose specialist knowledge enriches the final result

Jade Niklai
Curator, Art Consultant

Jade Niklai is a curator, art consultant and founding director of Blood Mountain Projects. A long-term colleague of the Lacuna team, Jade and Stella have collaborated on numerous art architecture and design-related projects over the past 15 years.

 
Nick Luscombe
DJ and broadcaster, Founder of Musicity

Nick Luscombe is the founder of Musicity, the leading agency for music + architecture, with a series of commissioned work and events across Asia and Europe. It’s great to see how Musicity has grown and developed from the original idea Nick came to talk about with us back in 2009 and a genuine pleasure to partner with Nick and Musicity on Sculpture in the City.

 
David Rosenberg
Architect and Director of Velorose gallery and studio

David Rosenberg has worked as an Architect and Exhibition Designer for Foster + Partners and Venturi Scott Brown & Associates, and as a teaching fellow at University College, London; his mission, and that of Velorose, is to bring great art and architecture to life. David is the person we recommended to work with Do Ho Suh studio on Bridging Home London.  

 
Maria Marro-Perera
Project Consultant at MMP Consulting – Independent

Maria has worked with a number of international galleries as a sales and marketing representative at art fairs worldwide. Her skill is in establishing partnerships, developing business and building art collections. She has worked with us on Sculpture in the City, notably the Nocturnal Creatures programming and Culture Mile.  

 
Nick Turpin
Street Photographer

Nick is the founder of the international street photographers group in-public and in 2010 he established Nick Turpin Publishing. Nick has also taught and lectured on contemporary street photography at Museums, Universities and on TV. Very much part of the Sculpture in the City team we love catching up with him during the installation weekends.  

 
Patrick Fry

Patrick Fry Studio is a London based design practise that create everything from books and exhibitions to branding and packaging. We are a  huge fan of his work and love the logo Patrick designed for LACUNA. Currently working with him on a secret project; watch this space!