Most widely know as a presenter and judge on Sky Arts’ ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ and ‘Landscape Artist of The Year’ series, Kathleen Soriano has had a long and illustrious career in the world of fine art. Having been the Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, London (1989 – 2006), Director of Compton Verney Art Gallery (2006 – 2009), and Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2009 – 2014) where she was responsible for exhibitions such as Bronze, David Hockney, Anselm Kiefer, Australia, Manet, Van Gogh, Moroni, Oceania.
In 2014 she established her own curatorial, artistic advisory and strategic consultancy company. As well as working closely with, and advising museums and galleries she is a Senior Associate with the international cultural consultancy AEA (Adrian Ellis Associates) with whom she has most recently been working on the redevelopment of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens. Her book Madam and Eve, on women artists, was published in April 2018.
She is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Liverpool Biennial and is a trustee of Art UK, a member of the Visual Arts Committee of St Paul’s Cathedral, an advisor at London exhibition venue Two Temple Place and is a faculty member of Oxford University Cultural Leadership Programme.
Join Kathleen for a fascinating talk about her 35-year career in the international art world, involving encounters with both angel and demon artists, the championing of the lesser-known, her passion for truth and beauty, as well as the value of art. Alongside such tales, she will consider the joys and idiosyncrasies of some of the major arts organisations that she has worked with, as well as her experiences of some of their leaders.
Revealing the secrets of a successful independent working life after 30 years of institutional working, Kathleen will also delve into her experiences, since 2013 to the present day, as a judge on the ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ and ‘Landscape Artist of The Year’ series for Sky Arts.
Photograph: Kathleen Soriano by David Emery
Doors open at 2.30pm; Talk commences at 3pm. Tickets: €12 (including booking fee)