Culture Advisory Committee
An-Ting is a concert pianist, composer, theatre director and until recently was Artistic Director of Kakilang, a recent Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation producing contemporary Chinese performing arts in the UK. She has led CAN Productions, including as co-creator of Two Temple Place collaboration Every dollar is a soldier/With money you’re a dragon, director of Augmented Chinatown 2.0 (an app for AR, music and drama), Lao Can Impression (Southbank Centre), as composer/performer for Coalesce (King’s Place), Bats and Beats (Soundstate Festival, Shanghai tour), producer for Citizens of Nowhere? (Duddell’s) and pianist for LSO Eclectica (LSO St Luke’s). Her background is a unique mix of science and art with a degree in Chemistry from National Taiwan University and a MMus and PhD in performance from the Royal Academy of Music. An-Ting performs regularly as a concert pianist at national concert venues, and in 2012 founded Concert Theatre, pioneering a new hybrid genre of music and theatre, with productions on UK tour and at the National Portrait Gallery. Her albums and singles can be found on all digital platforms.
Bernard Donoghue has been the Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) since September 2011 following a career in advocacy, communications and lobbying, latterly at a senior level in the tourism and heritage sector. In May of 2017 he was appointed by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, to be the Mayor's Ambassador for Cultural Tourism and a member of the Mayor's Cultural Leadership Board. Prior to his appointment as Director of ALVA, Bernard was Head of Government and Public Affairs for VisitBritain between 1997 and 2010 and served as a Board Director of Marketing Manchester, 2001 - 2010, and Chairman of VisitManchester, 2007 - 2010. He was founder and Co-Chair of British Tourism Week. In 2012 he was appointed a Trustee of 'Kids in Museums' and became Deputy Chairman in October 2014. He is a Trustee of The Geffrye Museum of the Home in Hoxton, London, and a Trustee of The Heritage Alliance, and a member of the Cathedral Council of St Paul's Cathedral, London. He was appointed a Trustee of The Prince's Regeneration Trust's social enterprise board in 2015. Bernard is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Tourism Society (FTS), Fellow of WWF-UK, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR) and lives in London.
Caro Howell has been Director General at Imperial War Museums since May 2023. Previously she was Director of the Foundling Museum from 2011-23, and before that Head of Education & Public Events at the Whitechapel Gallery where she oversaw the construction and programming of major new education spaces and project galleries as part of the Gallery’s expansion, including a series of artists’ commissions and residencies. She was ten years at Tate, joining Tate Modern’s set-up team in 1997 where she formulated its access and audience development strategy, and developed Raw Canvas, London’s first peer-led museum programme for 15-23 year olds. She has developed a number of award-winning resources for disabled people including two for Tate: i-Map (2002), the UK’s first online art resource for blind and partially sighted people, which received a BAFTA, and i-Map: The Everyday Transformed (2006) which received a Jodi Award. Caro sits on the Charterhouse Design Advisory Group, was a member of Art on the Underground’s Advisory Group (2006-2011) and was a trustee of the experimental theatre company Shunt (1998- 2010). She has an MA, History of Art from Birkbeck College, University of London (1994) and a BA, Theatre Studies from Warwick University (1988).
Darren Raymond is the Artistic Director of Intermission Theatre, a pioneering arts-based youth mentoring programme that gives young people from London the chance to cross cultural and postcodes divides to improve their lives. An active actor as well as a director, Darren has been engaged as a contributor to new works by other writers, has had his poetry published in the Guardian, taken the lead in numerous Shakespearian and commercial tours including the title role of Othello and Prospero for the RSC’s First Encounters Tour Darren has spoken at the House of Lords on youth offending and is fast becoming one of the theatre’s most respected heads. He is an inspiring example of change and is now dedicated to inspiring the young people he works with whilst continuing to pursue his own acting, directing and writing career.
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 shows on Mario Testino, Henri Cartier Bresson, Annie Leibovitz and Helmut Newton. January 2009 saw her appointed to Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy where she programmed and developed projects such as Bronze, Anselm Kiefer, Van Gogh and Degas. Since April 2014 she has been working independently providing arts and culture consultancy including curating, writing, lecturing and broadcasting. Kathleen was appointed Chair of the Liverpool Biennial in 2016, is a National Trust Specialist Advisor and holds the position of Creative Director of the Museo Sa Bassa Blanca, Mallorca.
Former Chair of Advisory Board, 2011 - 2021
Two Temple Place remains indebted to the vital support of Martin Caiger-Smith, who Chaired the Board from 2011-2021 and whose input, advice and wisdom have been invaluable to the development of the exhibition programme.