After 12 years working in the City as a commercial solicitor and then Director of Human Resources, Caroline moved from education and fundraising to curation. First gaining a Master's in Modern & Contemporary Art from Christie's Education, she went on to complete an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London.
Caroline's curatorial practice supports and explores the presentation of work by new and upcoming artists across disciplines. She seeks to mediate their work to collectors and art enthusiasts but also a non-art audience, crafting experiences that can be shared and enjoyed, as well as offering artists she works with her time, as a mentor. Other projects and her broader practice, champion the value of contemporary art in the public realm, with a desire to enrich our urban environment and build community engagement.
As a firm believer in art’s power to unite in challenging times, many of Caroline’s projects have a social cause at their centre. With experience working on arts and culture projects with charities and social enterprises, Caroline is passionate about how contemporary art and sculpture can engage and benefit a wider community.
Caroline sits on the Advisory Board of Kensington + Chelsea Art Week as Curator of Special Projects. This year 2021, the fourth edition of the event has built on last year's successes and she has helped the committee bring the ten-day festival of arts and culture to life, with a fantastic programme of events, with recovery as a huge focus. Curated under the theme that Caroline devised of 'Re- Imagine', the programme includes an expanded public art trail, pop-up ‘galleries’ in retail stores, street murals and a community-led poetry project. The festival runs from 24 June - 4 July 2021 and it is a testament to the resilience of the local arts community - the Art Week has also merged with the inaugural multidisciplinary Kensington + Chelsea Festival which runs until 31st August 2021, bringing people together 'to celebrate, inspire and be inspired'.
In May 2020, Caroline joined the Board of Trustees of Primary Nottingham, an artist-led space that has transformed a Grade II listed former school into a dynamic and outward-looking artistic community. Over 40 artists with a wide range of visual arts practices work in the building alongside independent galleries, design workshops, the Small Food Bakery and an urban garden. With an exciting and accessible public programme, community-focused projects and ambitious commissioning plans, Primary explores new ways for local and international audiences to engage with the wonderful world of contemporary art.
For further information, check out Primary.
In Autumn 2021, Caroline will open Studio West, a gallery and cultural hub In Notting Hill, showing work by emerging artists in a welcoming and accessible space but also working to build strong connections with and supporting the local arts ecology, which Caroline has become so familiar with through her work within the borough and role on the KCAW Board.