The Cornelius Arts Foundation is a R&D charity committed to understanding and unleashing the transformative power of art. We achieve this through research & development focused on delivering lasting and pragmatic solutions to bridge art and people.


The Cornelius Arts Foundation was born of the desire to honour the memory of Cornelius and Yvonne van Droogenbroeck (also known as Mr and Mrs Nell) who – as patrons and art collectors from the 30s – placed art at the centre of their lives in Belgium and France. The foundation aims to continue their commitment, by understanding and celebrating the transformative power of art.




The Cornelius Arts Foundation is a non-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England & Wales. It is governed by a Board of Trustees and supported by an Advisory Committee.

Board of Trustees

Marianne Magnin (Chair) – Senior corporate experience with Royal Dutch Shell and PwC. Strategist. ArtTech Entrepreneur. Art philanthropy and pro bono roles. Writer. French.

Boryana Stambolova (Treasurer) – Senior finance executive with over 20 years of international experience including governance, funding, planning, appraisal and reporting, working for blue chip corporations and complex JVs. Anglo-bulgarian.

Samallie Kiyingi – Lawyer (Deutsche Bank, Clifford Chance). Trustee at Gasworks. Tate patron, member of the Africa Acquisitions Committee. Australian.

Steve Mottershead – Leadership roles for large corporations including Shell and Mercedes-Benz. Entrepreneur: start-up SME owner & manager. Management consultant specialising in business turnaround. British.

Jeanne Privat – Retired business owner in the luxury industry (5th generation). Fundraiser (Les Grands Ateliers de France…). Member of Synopia, a think tank promoting best governance. French.

Jenny van Droogenbroeck – Retired professor of sciences. Post-graduate research in physiology (CNRS, Sorbonne University). French.

Watch our treasurer Boryana Stambolova discuss her experience serving on the board of The Cornelius Arts Foundation (© TCAF).


Apoorva Chandra – HR Director for Prudential’s Group Head Office. Wealth of experience in strategy, change and human capital. Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting, Master’s degree in HR and Organisational Development. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Indian.

Mafalda Dâmaso – Academic background in sociology, philosophy, political science, art history and theory (PhD). Portuguese.

Arnaud Magnin – Professor at École Boulle, Meilleur Ouvrier de France. Founding member of etto, a non-for-profit organisation offering bronze making solutions for designers, artists, professionals and collectors. French.

Valentine Snell – Art Collector. Philanthropic interest in theatre, opera and visual arts. Member of the Donmar Warehouse and Globe Theatre. Founding Member of London Network for Human Right Watch. American.

Diana Watson – Grants officer for philanthropic organisations including Bloomberg, FIA Institute and the Merchant Taylors’ Company. Academic background in English Literature and an interest in theatre and the performing arts. British.

Advisory Committee

Martin Anderson – Music
Graham Henderson – Poetry
Jeremy Hunt – Architecture, Public Art
Chiara Messineo – Film
Julia Royse – Visual Arts
Alexandre Santamaria – Culinary Arts
Diana Watson – Fundraising
Adam Winterton – Communications, Marketing


Dr Mafalda Dâmaso – R&D Manager


Dr Michael Duggan, Anastasia Goryunova, Marianna Meloni, Alexandra Whitton, Dr Birgit Wildt

Networks and Partners

The Cornelius Arts Foundation believes in the virtue of collaboration. We are proud to work alongside a number of great partners to carry the best work possible with the best people. If you are interested in working with The Cornelius Arts Foundation as a partner, network or venue, please drop us a line.

Triangle Network

Triangle Network is an international network of artists and arts organisations that promotes exchange of ideas and innovation within the contemporary visual arts. Through artist-led workshops, residencies, exhibitions and other public events, the network generates peer-to-peer learning, professional development for artists and the dissemination of emerging international art practices.

TCAF has been a member of the Triangle Network since 2014.


Culture Action Europe

CAE is the biggest umbrella organisation representing the cultural sector at the European level. CAE believe that culture must be put at the heart of the public debate and decision-making to improve societies and our daily life. CAN provides a place for the exchange of ideas, possibilities and debates. The organisation is shifting from being sector-orientated to issue-driven.

TCAF has been a member of CAE since 2015.


Dawson Walker

As founding member of the Communication Business Partnership, Dawson Walker is a marketing agency offering solutions beyond the world of the brochure, website or poster. The agency identifies and engages directly with their target audiences and build long-lasting relationships. Their multi-lingual team has a unique combination of skills from PR, Events, CRM, Corporate and Recruitment Communications to Research and Project Management.

Initiated in 2014, Dawson Walker’s partnership with The Cornelius Arts Foundation has allowed them to learn more about the way art can be used to bridge creativity with business.


Karen Village

Located nearby Nairobi in Kenya, Karen Village is an organisation guided by the wish to bring together people around African art, culture and heritage. Launched in 2015, the site includes artist studios, an art gallery, an information centre, a recording studio and a radio, theatre and dance rehearsal spaces and stage, craft workshops and accommodation and catering facilities.

Initiated in 2016, the collaboration between TCAF and Karen Village / VS Art is academic.