Kathleen Soriano is an independent curator, art historian and broadcaster. With over 35 years’ experience in the art world she has been responsible for collections, contemporary and historical exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Royal Academy of Arts, where she was Artistic Director (2009–2014), as well as at Compton Verney Art Gallery, where she was Director (2005–2009). In 2004 she became one of the first cohort of Clore Leadership Fellows.
As well as curating many successful exhibitions she has lectured and written extensively and her book Madam and Eve, on women artists, was published in April 2018. Her broadcast activities include the six series of Portrait and Landscape Artist of the Year for Sky Arts.
She is Chair of the Liverpool Biennial, specialist advisor to the National Trust and on the Advisory Board of Art UK, 2 Temple Place, and the visual arts committee of St Paul’s Cathedral.