As part of the preparation for our 20 years celebrations, our Chinese Bronzes and Women’s Library collections will be closed from Monday 26 February, reopening with the rest of our new season on Thursday 21 March.

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In Conversation with Kathleen Soriano and Julie Finch

Thu 5 May 2022, 4.00pm5.00pm

In Conversation with Kathleen Soriano and Julie Finch

Join us for In conversation with Kathleen Soriano & Julie Finch, as they discuss their lives, careers, the Portrait Artist of the Year exhibition and their joint passion for Compton Verney.

Kathleen Soriano, Judge from SkyArts’ Portrait and Landscape Artist of the Year, is an independent curator and art historian. Formerly Director of Compton Verney, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts, London and Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, she has over 35 years of experience in the art world. She is Chair of the Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest contemporary art festival, a Trustee of ArtUK and on the Visual Arts Committee of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Julie is the CEO-Director of Compton Verney. As a cultural leader, her career spans charity, private and public sectors, having successfully set up a cultural trust in Cheltenham, developed the concept for the new museum for Western Australia and reframed Bristol Museums Galleries and Archives around audiences.  Julie conceptualises new museums (M Shed, Boola Bardip) and leads ambitious cultural change programmes (National Football Museum, Salford Heritage Services).  Her expertise has been gained in the Museums and Galleries sector over the last 23 years, contributing to a strong sense of place, strengthening and modernising venues, engaging with audiences and partners and contemporising interpretation and visitor experiences.  A former member of National Council, Arts Council England, Committee Member of the National Lottery Heritage Fund in the Southwest, Julie is a qualified executive coach and mentor and is committed to enabling the sector to grow to meet the needs of 21st century audiences.

Non-Member price – £20 per person
Member price – £12 per person