Announcing MiAL’s Selection Panel – Kathleen Soriano

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be announcing our esteemed selection panel who will be choosing the art and design for Made in Art London’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.

To get us started, we are thrilled to announce that the first member of the Spring/Summer 2015 selection panel will beKathleen Soriano.

Kathleen Soriano began her career at the Royal Academy of Arts 30 years ago. In 1989 she joined the National Portrait Gallery, where as Head of Exhibitions & Collections she was responsible for national and international programmes and oversaw some of its most successful exhibitions including photographic shows on Mario Testino, Lord Snowdon, Henri Cartier Bresson, Annie Liebovitz and Helmut Newton. In 2004 she became one of the first cohort of Clore Leadership Fellows (identified as future leaders of the cultural sector) with placements at the South Bank Centre and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.  In February 2006 she became Director of the independent art gallery Compton Verney, Warwickshire where she succeeded in securing designated status for the collections, as well as programming and raising the profile of its imaginative temporary exhibitions including projects such as The Fabric of Myth; Georges de la Tour; The Shadow; and Van Gogh in Britain.  January 2009 saw her appointed to Director of Exhibitions, at the Royal Academy where she programmed and curated projects such as Bronze, David Hockney, Van Gogh, Australia and Degas as well as two contemporary art exhibitions as part of the GSK Contemporary series.

A trustee of the recently opened House of Illustration, she is also a patron of Crisis, the Stroke Association, and a member of the Women Leaders in Museums Network.  She sits on the strategic committee of the Grand Palais in Paris, on the Wellcome Collection exhibition advisory group, chairs the Churches Conservation Trust’s Art Advisory group, and is on the editorial board of Apollo magazine.  She is Secretary of the international thinktank group The Art Consortium.

Since leaving the Royal Academy in 2014 she has set up her own independent company and has been working on artistic and cultural projects, including curating the Anselm Kiefer retrospective for the Royal Academy in September 2014, and in May 2015 she will curate an exhibition for the art fair, Art15.  She has written extensively in her field and her broadcast activities include the first and second series of Portrait Artist of the Year for Sky Arts.

If you would like to become a Made in Arts London artist and receive tailored feedback on your work from Kathleen and two more industry experts, please submit your work by the 15th of February through our online submissions form.

All information on how to submit work to Made in Arts London can be found at the link below: