Panel speaker for the Leading change in uncertain times – art as activism event
Caro Howell is Director of the Foundling Museum. Previously she was Head of Education & Public Events at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2005-11), 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 has worked as an independent museum education consultant in the UK and abroad, developing projects that explore issues of advocacy, interpretation and access to the arts. 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 Co-Chairs the Women Leaders in Museums Network, sits on the Exhibition Advisory Groups of the Charterhouse and Two Temple Place, 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).
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