About Us

The Exhibition Road Commission brings together leading international artists with scientists, researchers and creative thinkers around Exhibition Road to develop new, site-specific installations and interdisciplinary events across all the venues. Following a competition, a jury of leading figures in the arts and sciences selected Tomás Saraceno as the first commissioned artist. 



Exhibition Road Cultural Group, brings together 18 prestigious cultural and scientific institutions in the area. Partners supporting the Aerocene residency at Exhibition Road include the Goethe-Institut, Imperial College London, Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Serpentine Galleries.

The Team

Carlo Rizzo

Carlo is the founding director and programme curator of the Exhibition Road Commission. He runs an independent advisory practice helping public and private organisations in London develop cultural strategies and new interdisciplinary partnerships. Carlo is also a trustee of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and a researcher at the Victoria & Albert Museum - where he is undertaking a PhD on the museum’s collection of international contemporary art and design. Prior to launching the Exhibition Road Commission, Carlo was a member of the Science Museum management team and worked on several strategic projects including setting up the Science Museum Foundation and the redevelopment of the Mathematics Gallery and Medicine Galleries. Prior to the Science Museum, he worked in the department of the Near and Middle East at the British Museum, supporting the development of their contemporary art collection. Carlo’s career started in financial services, with roles at the Bank of England and - as a strategy consultant - in several financial institutions across the UK and Europe. 

Steering Group

The Commission would not be possible without the advice and guidance of a group of outstanding professionals from partner institutions and other leading cultural organisations. 

Steering Group members include:

  • Kate Bethune, Director’s researcher - Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Head of Programmes - Serpentine Galleries
  • Kirsten Dunne, Senior Cultural Strategy Officer - Greater London Authority
  • Clare Gylphe, Head of Philanthropy - Natural History Museum
  • Katrina Nilsson, Head of Public Programmes - Natural History Museum
  • Beth O’Connor, Marketing Manager - Design Museum
  • Anne Rawcliffe-King, Director - Royal British Society of Sculptors
  • Eva Schmitt, Head of Culture Department - Goethe-Institut London
  • Katie Weeks, Research Events Manager - Imperial College London
  • Caitlin Watson, Head of Public Engagement and Communications - Royal Geographical Society

Past steering group members who played a major role in the launch of the initiative include Jochen Volz (formerly Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Galleries and currently curator of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial), Melissa Hamnett (Sculpture Curator at the V&A) and Yasmine Ostendorf (formerly Programme Manager at Cape Farewell and currently freelance researcher in Arts & Sustainability)

Media enquiries – Jane Bolton (Bolton & Quinn)