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Cultural Institute

About us

By brokering partnerships between King’s and the arts and cultural sector, the Cultural Institute creates impact within and beyond the university, stimulates knowledge exchange, transforms the student experience, develops new research and drives innovation. As a specialist team, it is at the interface between the university and the cultural sector, working closely with faculties and external networks and partners to achieve King’s vision for 2029.

Core programmes include:

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Katherine Bond
Director | Cultural Institute

Katherine BondKatherine Bond joined King’s following a successful career working in theatre, opera, cultural policy and cultural diplomacy.

Following study at Cambridge University she worked as a freelance theatre and opera director for, among others, Royal Exchange Manchester, English Touring Opera and Regents Park Open Air Theatre, as well as in script development for the Royal National Theatre and Channel 4 Series and Serials. Katherine went on to work with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as Senior Policy Advisor and from there she was invited to join the Canadian High Commission in London as Head of Performing Arts. Katherine has also worked as an independent Arts Consultant working for a range of organisations including GLA and Visiting Arts.

Since 2007, Katherine has been developing King’s relationship with the arts and cultural sector. In 2011 she played a key role in the creation of the Cultural Institute, making collaboration with external cultural organisations central to the university's strategic mission. Beyond King’s, she has a long standing relationship with the Royal Academy of Music and continues to direct the Academy’s opera summer school in Liguria, Italy.

Sophie Branscombe
Innovation Manager | Cultural Institute

The Cultural Institute’s Innovation programme tests and trials new ideas by putting academic research to work in the cultural sector through collaborative projects such as My primary school is at the museum and the Arts, health and wellbeing programme. She has an MA in Japanese Studies and a background in project delivery and arts management, including four years as Administrator Director of the Japan 2001 arts festival and ten years as General Manager of the Thames Festival Trust. She is passionate about the power of the arts to create communities, unlock creative potential and deliver creative solutions across disciplines, and is a participant on the Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme 2016/17.

Dr Kate Dunton
Research & Education Manager | Cultural Institute

Kate Dunton is an art historian by training. She conducted research and taught at the University of Essex before moving into an education development role, first at Brunel University then at the University of Essex.  She joined King’s in January 2015 as Research & Education Manager, brokering and supporting collaborations between King’s and the arts and cultural sector.  In this role, Kate has been able to pursue her commitment to creativity in Higher Education and develop her interests more specifically in arts-based learning across the disciplines, participatory research in a cultural collaborative context and the relationship between research and creative practice.

Steven McEvoy
Innovation Administrator | Cultural Institute

Steven is the Innovation Co-ordinator within the Cultural Institute. This includes providing administrative support in the trialling and testing of new research-based ideas, developed by King’s academics in collaboration with cultural sector partners. He has a degree in Media Writing and a background in arts administration including three years working as the administrator and assistant to the director at the London-based arts charity Artichoke. His interests include interdisciplinary arts and making the arts accessible to all.

Amy Brown
Research & Education Administrator | Cultural Institute

Amy is the Research & Education administrator within the Cultural Institute. This includes providing administrative support to collaborative research projects between King’s academics and cultural partners, projects that involve cultural partners in teaching, learning and education as well as projects with King’s students. She has a background in English Literature & Philosophy and participatory arts and an interest in how arts and culture can have value both intrinsically and to other disciplines. 


Contact the team

For general enquiries please contact:

For Innovation:
Steven McEvoy
Innovation Administrator | Cultural Institute
+44(0)20 7848 2551

For Research & Education:
Amy Brown
Research & Education Administrator | Cultural Institute
+44(0)20 7848 7636

Opportunities to get involved

We support leading-edge collaborations between King’s and the arts and cultural sector. If you are a King’s academic, an artist or a cultural organisation interested in working with us then we would love to hear from you. Please see the opportunities to get involved page for more information.

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