Sheyi Bankale’s area of expertise is in photography as contemporary art; primarily photography as object. He is 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. Next Level brings awareness and debate to contemporary culture, showcasing and celebrating artists across various disciplines and alongside inspiring, provocative and critical writing.
Sheyi’s wealth of experience is well received by his peers, and he frequently acts as panelist, 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 and facilitates the acquisition of photo art works with international museums, art collectors and private clients.
Furthermore, he is Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Derby and has lectured on ‘Photography as Contemporary Art’ at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, University of Westminster, City University, London, University for the Creative Arts and Centre of Contemporary Art, Lagos.
Sheyi is renowned for his curatorial work in recent years at Next Level Projects as well as 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.