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LYLANI speaking at the V&A

LYLANI (she/they) is a queer, neurodivergent artist, writer and all around clown from South East London.

They are currently nurturing their queer cultural publication, PLANET OF THE BABES, as well as its’ in-house studio, STUDIO OF THE BABES. They are also known for their work with conscious creative studio, KIND.

As a writer, LYLANI has penned for publications such as It’s Nice That, Creative Lives in Progress, Thiiird and Theatre Weekly. They have been trained in arts criticism by The Stage’s lead critic, Tim Bano.

They were queer supervenue The Glory’s go-to photographer from 2017–2023, and recently curated a show for the University of the Arts London’s student union.

Current and Previous Employment

  • Creative at KIND (March 2023–)
  • Social Media Manager at Safe Only LTD (August 2022–January 2023)
  • Editorial Assistant at Creative Lives in Progress (May 2021–November 2021)


  • Soho Theatre Comedy Lab: Stand-Up, 2023
  • VAULT Festival x Theatre Weekly’s New Critics Programme, 2023
  • D&AD New Blood Shift, 2022
  • Create Jobs/A New Direction Kickstart scheme training, 2021
  • Level 2 Web Design and Social Media from Big Creative Training, 2020


  • 2023 Made in Arts London collection + exhibition for University of the Arts London’s student union (co-curation with Asma Istwani)


TikTok, Google USA, London Performance Studios, ACT UP London/Dan Glass, Marshall, Theatre Weekly, The HudsonBec Group, Thiiird, The Glory, QX Magazine, Meat Zine, Save Rubyyy Jones, Fringe! Film Festival, Roland Saunders, adidas (spec), Guinness (spec), Penguin Random House (spec)

Work Featured In

Time Out, Evening Standard, Attitude, National Theatre (website), The Photographer’s Gallery (Instagram), The One Show, Dazed Digital