Caro Howell is new to the judging panel for 2018 and in her role as Director of the Foundling Museum, she brings a welcome new perspective to the panel. 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 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; the BAFTA award-winning i-Map (2002), the UK’s first online art resource for blind and partially sighted people, and i-Map: The Everyday Transformed(2006). Caro Co-Chairs the Women Leaders in Museums Network, and sits on the Exhibition Advisory Groups of the Charterhouse and Two Temple Place. She was a member of Art on the Underground’s Advisory Group (2006-2011) and a trustee of the experimental theatre company Shunt (1998-2010).