Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon founded London Art Studies after working with both Sotheby’s Institute of Art and as a TV Arts Producer for CNN. She graduated from Amherst College (USA) and has lived and worked in Paris, Rome and Moscow.

“London is the arts capital of the world and I wanted to provide art lectures for people who don’t have time to sign up for lengthy courses, but who still want access to the very best teaching in a fun and sociable format. Our courses appeal to both curious beginners and more knowledgeable art-lovers and collectors. Our aim is to take some of mystery out of the art world and one of the nicest compliments I’ve received about our classes is from a student who called them a “spa for the mind” – I think she meant that our classes are inspiring and also an escape from everyday life”.

Gillian Bayston

Gillian Bayston

Gillian Bayston joined London Art Studies early in 2014. A History of Art graduate from the University of St. Andrews, Gillian has over twelve years’ experience of working in the art world, at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and most recently, Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Gillian has a wealth of expertise in organising and delivering high-quality short courses both in the UK and overseas. Gillian says, “I am delighted to have joined London Art Studies and to be working with Kate Gordon to deliver her unique vision, combining learning with a fun and supportive environment.”

 

 

Our Lecturers

Georgina Adam

Georgina Adam

Georgina Adam has been writing about art and the art market for some 30 years. She has lived in Paris, London and Tokyo, working as a freelance journalist for a wide range of art publications.

She was Art Market Editor for The Art Newspaper between 2000 and 2007, where she is now Editor at Large; she is art market correspondent for The Financial Times where she writes a weekly column. Big Bucks, The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21stCentury (Lund Humphries) is her first book.

Amber Butchart

Amber Butchart

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian who has contributed to productions for BBC 1 & 2, BBC Learning, Radio 4, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, from Making History and Woman’s Hour to Great British Sewing Bee, and she presents a regular ‘In Conversation’ series at the V&A.  She is an Associate Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies at London College of Fashion.  Shot by Vogue as a girl with great British style, her interest in antique clothing was ignited by working as Head Buyer for vintage clothing company Beyond Retro, and for 5 years she was a regular contributor to leading trend analysis company WGSN. As the red-haired half of the Sony-nominated Broken Hearts DJ duo she has graced stages across the globe for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton. Their weekly radio show on Jazz FM ran for over 3 years and focussed on swing music, with an emphasis on rediscovering forgotten women of the Jazz Age. A former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Amber has spoken at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, British Museum, Royal Academy, British Library, Wellcome Collection, British Film Institute, and is a regular on the SHOWstudio fashion week panels. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the Association of Dress Historians and her latest book Nautical Chic (Thames & Hudson, 2015) charts the history of high fashion on the high seas. Amber Jane Butchart’s Fashion Miscellany, her compilation of vestimentary oddities, is out now.

THEODORA CLARKE

THEODORA CLARKE

Theodora Clarke is an art historian and lecturer specialising in Russian art and European modernism. She lectures widely on 20th Century Avant-garde painting and sculpture to audiences across the UK at museums, galleries and universities. Theodora previously worked at Christie’s and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol. She completed her Masters in Russian Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art (2008) and obtained a First at Newcastle University for her undergraduate degree. Harvard University awarded her a dissertation grant in 2011. She founded and currently edits the website/journal “Russian Art and Culture” and publishes the guide to Russian Art Week in London.

Emma Crichton-Miller

Emma Crichton-Miller

Emma Crichton-Miller studied English Literature at Cambridge University, before becoming a television producer, making factual programmes about art and science for the BBC and Channel Four.  For the last thirteen years she has been a writer and journalist, writing about art, craft, jewellery and design for, among other publications, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Crafts Magazine, and Apollo Magazine, for whom she writes a monthly column.   She has written numerous catalogue essays and in 2014 her monographic essay on the potter Edmund de Waal was published by Phaidon.

GILLIAN DARBY

GILLIAN DARBY

For the first half of her career Gillian Darby worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in a curatorial capacity in the Ceramics and Far Eastern Departments and as a lecturer in the Education Department. For the next twenty years she was firstly a tutor and lecturer at Christie’s Education, and subsequently director of their (former) London Art Course. She continues to lecture for Christie’s Education on a regular basis.

Her main area of expertise is in ceramics but she has always loved and collected jewellery and has lectured extensively on both subjects both in Britain and abroad.

Melanie Grant

Melanie Grant

Melanie was Jewellery Editor and is currently Luxury Editor on 1843 Magazine, the lifestyle sister publication to the Economist. She has worked there for 10 years and also for The Times, The Guardian and The Independent for a decade before this. She collects vintage jewellery in her spare time.

Joanna Hardy

Joanna Hardy

F.G.A., D.G.A., F.R.S.A.

Joanna has over 30 years’ experience of working with jewellery beginning her career as a goldsmith, before moving into the diamond world as a trader. Until recently she was a Senior Jewellery Specialist at Sotheby’s Fine Art Auctioneers, where she was responsible for jewellery worldwide for sales in New York, Geneva and London. Joanna is a jewellery consultant and she has recently established ‘The Jewellery School of Excellence’. She lectures widely and is an accredited NADFAS lecturer, is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths Company and the City of London as well as being a regular jewellery expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow.

DR CATHERINE HARRISON

DR CATHERINE HARRISON

Gaining a First in Music at City University, Catherine went on to study for her Master of Research degree and PhD at the Tate and Institute of Contemporary Art, focussing on the relationship between art, design, performance and film in the modern period. Her experience includes nine years as an Associate Lecturer at Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design and seven years as a Lecturer at Christie’s Education. She worked as Book Reviews Editor for Contemporary magazine for three years and has published a number of catalogue essays and other articles. Catherine has lectured for the Linnean Society at the Royal Academy, Sotheby’s Institute and Tate Gallery and is currently working on a book about contemporary art to be published by I.B. Tauris in 2015.

Dr. Peter Higginson

Dr. Peter Higginson

Dr. Peter Higginson specializes in the art and culture of both early modern Europe, and the Modern period. Peter has taught at a number of Art History institutes, as well as university courses abroad in Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. He is currently a consultant lecturer at Christie’s Education, London.

MARIE-ANNE MANCIO

MARIE-ANNE MANCIO

Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist in performative practice before gaining her D.Phil in art history from the University of Sussex and a subsequent MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Glasgow University. A freelance lecturer in art history for both Tate Modern and City Literary Institute, she specializes in 19th and 20th Century art, conceptual art, and guided visits to London’s collections. As Writer-in-Residence with creative think-tank Proboscis, she created a set of e-books developed through her original research (commissioned by curator Jason E Bowman) into 1970s British performance collective Ting: The Theatre of Mistakes. In 2011, she created Pocked Bible, a conceptual artwork for New York artist duo Praxis and James Franco’s Museum of Non-Visible Art. She has also written numerous reviews for Live Art, Make, and published Whorticulture, an historical novel about migrant women in antebellum America.

Daniela Mascetti

Daniela Mascetti

Daniela Mascetti joined Sotheby’s in 1980, later opening the firm’s Jewellery department in Milan. Now based in Geneva, she serves as Senior Specialist Worldwide and is one of the field’s most experienced scholars specialising in the history of jewellery. In 2006 Ms Mascetti provided research for the auction “Castellani & Giuliano: The Judith H. Siegel Collection” which was held in New York. The auction was a landmark event and reinvigorated the interest in and demand for revivalist jewels.

 Ms Mascetti regularly lectures on jewellery and runs Sotheby’s Institute of Art Jewellery Courses. She is co-author, with David Bennett, of the best-selling book Understanding Jewellery – a reference work for professionals and collectors, translated into many languages and re-edited several times since its first appearance in 1989. Together they have also co-written Celebrating Jewellery, a magnificent volume published in October 2012, illustrating some of the greatest and most iconic pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. With Amanda Triossi, she has co-authored Bulgari, The Necklace from Antiquity to the Present and Earrings from Antiquity to the Present.

Based in London until 2011, in 2012 Ms Mascetti joined the Geneva Jewellery Department. She graduated in Archaeology from the University of Milan, where she developed the analytical skills required for the dating, researching and valuing of historical jewels.

Catherine McCormack

Catherine McCormack

Catherine started her career as an art historian and lecturer working across Italy, and leading cultural visits to Paris. She read Italian and Art History at University College London, where she also received her MA in 2009, and where she completed her PhD in 2015. Her specialisms acquired across this period vary from Renaissance Italian and nineteenth century French art, to women artists, depictions of the body from antiquity to contemporary, and still life paintings.

Catherine lectures widely across London for galleries and institutions such as Dulwich Picture Gallery and the V&A, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and she is a Teaching Fellow at University College London. Catherine also works extensively for Art History UK, a boutique cultural tours company for whom she delivers lectures across London to private and corporate clients. She has written for the Independent, the Architectural Review and Stylist magazine, and when not teaching is an insatiable balletomane.

Elizabeth Perrotte

Elizabeth Perrotte

Elizabeth Perrotte is a specialist in modern and contemporary art and has designed art education programmes for museums, galleries and university accredited postgraduate degree courses. She has worked at the National Gallery, Tate St. Ives, Institute of Contemporary Arts and Christie’s Education. Elizabeth’s doctoral research was shaped by postcolonial studies, focussing on the work of modern British artists such as Jacob Epstein.

LINDA SMITH

LINDA SMITH

Linda Smith is an art historian, with a particular knowledge of British art and the art of the 20th Century. Her MA is from Birkbeck, specializing in Postmodernism. Linda is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and an experienced Lecturer/Gallery Guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern, where she has worked for the past 11 years.

DR LUCY SOUTTER

DR LUCY SOUTTER

Dr Soutter is an artist, critic and art historian. She teaches in the department of Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. Lucy has written about contemporary art and photography for publications including AfterimagePortfolio, Source, Frieze and Art India. Her book “Why Art Photography?” was published by Routledge Press in 2013. For more information about her work please see www.lucysoutter.com

DR RICHARD STEMP

DR RICHARD STEMP

Having read Natural Sciences and History of Art at Cambridge, Dr Stemp went on to complete a PhD in Sculpture in Ferrara in the 15th Century before studying acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Richard works as a Freelance Lecturer, and has taught at most of the major art museums in London. He has written and presented two series for Channel 4, Art in the National Gallery and Tate Modern, and his books include The Secret Language of the Renaissance and Directions in Art: Painting, one in a series about contemporary art for children.

BEN STREET

BEN STREET

Ben Street is an educator and lecturer for the National Gallery, The Royal Academy, Tate and Dulwich Picture Gallery and lecturer on modern and contemporary art for Christie’s Education and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He is the author of interpretative materials and catalogue essays for numerous museum exhibitions across the UK and Europe and a writer on contemporary art for Art Review magazine. Ben is the co-writer and presenter of Duchamp’s Urinal for BBC Radio 4 and a contributing writer for Body of Art (Phaidon, 2015). Find out about forthcoming study trips and courses at www.benstreet.co.uk.

LUCREZIA WALKER

LUCREZIA WALKER

Lucrezia Walker is an independent art historian. She works for the Education Department at the National Gallery and lectures for the Tate to their corporate sponsors. She is the author of several books on 19th and 20th Century art movements, and is Lay Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral with portfolio to the visual arts there. She was exhibition reviewer (1996-2002) for Harpers & Queen magazine, and her publications include: Techniques of the Great Masters (series): Gauguin, Degas, Manet; Revolutions in Art (series): Pop Art, Impressionism, Surrealism, Cubism. She is also a freelance arts reviewer for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio London.

OSSIAN WARD

OSSIAN WARD

Ossian Ward is Head of Content at Lisson Gallery and a writer on contemporary art. Until 2013, he was the chief art critic and Visual Arts Editor at Time Out London and has contributed to magazines such as Art in America, Art + Auction, World of Interiors, Esquire, The News Statesman and Wallpaper, as well as newspapers including the Evening Standard, The Guardian, the Observer, The Times and The Independent on Sunday. Formerly editor of ArtReview and the V&A Magazine, he has also worked at The Art Newspaper and edited a biennial publication, The Artists’ Yearbook, for Thames & Hudson from 2005-2010. His new book, titled Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art is published by Laurence King.

Colin Wiggins

Colin Wiggins

Colin Wiggins is Special Projects Curator at the National Gallery. Before taking up this post in 2011 he worked in the Gallery’s Education Department where he had special responsibility for the Associate Artist scheme, working with artists such as Paula Rego, Peter Blake, Ana Maria Pacheco and, most recently, Michael Landy.

He has also curated exhibitions at the National Gallery of, amongst others, Anthony Caro, RB Kitaj, Ed and Nancy Kienholz and Bridget Riley. In 1995 he curated the exhibition Frank Auerbach and the National Gallery: Working after the Masters.

He has lectured widely in the United States and Europe and is a practising printmaker, with work in various collections including the Los Angeles County Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.