Our Lecturers

Thomas Abbott
Thomas Abbott is an independent art and architectural historian. He graduated in Psychology and Art History at Carleton College, Minnesota, and studied his Masters at the Louvre School of Art History in Paris. He is a specialist in architectural history from the Baroque to the 20th century. He has a been a resident of Berlin since 1987 and has successfully led cultural tours for many years across Europe.
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Charles Barber
Having graduated with a Bachelors of Law from the University of Edinburgh, Charles Barber embarked on what became a twenty-year career in the media and publishing business at Butterworths Tolley and The Economist. Charles has a History of Art qualification from Birkbeck, University of London, where he also received his MA in Renaissance Studies. Charles is studying continuity and innovation in Italian Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. His areas of interest include the visual, material and social culture of Northern Italian courts and the art and architecture of Rome from 1500-1700.
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Veronique Biddell
Born and brought up in Paris, Veronique graduated from the Ecole du Louvre, where she specialised in Greek Archaeology. Selected for the Graduate Trainee Program at Sotheby’s in London, she worked for over a decade as an expert in 19th Century European Paintings and Watercolours as a Deputy Director. Since, she has been working freelance for a London publisher, and is a language teacher in the public sector. Veronique graduated with a Master’s Degree in History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her recent research has focused on the Early Renaissance in Northern Europe, in particular the changing attitudes to death, represented in popular monumental sculpted entombment groups of the 15th century.
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Clare Ford-Wille
Clare is an independent art historian. She has led study tours to Europe and lectured on European art, architecture and sculpture for more than thirty years, primarily for the University of London, the National Gallery, the V&A and NADFAS. She has also contributed to several academic guides.
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Kathryn Hallam Howard
Kathryn Hallam Howard was raised in Manchester and attended Leeds Polytechnic, where she obtained a degree in modern languages. She is fluent in German and speaks and understands Spanish to a good level. She was awarded a Master of Science qualification in Criminal Justice Studies by the University of Portsmouth and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.

She enjoyed a wide-ranging, thirty-year career in law enforcement, working with a variety of national and international organisations and rising to the rank of Detective Superintendent. Following her retirement in 2011, she qualified as a Blue Badge tour guide and now specialises in art history tours.
Graham Harris
Born and brought up in South Africa, Graham graduated in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. For the past twenty years, Graham has lived in London where he is a practicing Architect, leading the London Design Studio for a major international practice. Graham’s work is primarily in the design of public buildings with a social importance. He is recognised as a leading designer of modern hospitals, having successfully delivered many major NHS projects. Through his design work, Graham has contributed to the improvement of patient environments, and he continues to work both within the UK and internationally, particularly in parts of Africa that have historical links with Britain. Graham will lead tours on the architecture of London.
Christina Helmsley
Christina Hemsley is a writer and film producer with a background in music, theatre and art. Brought up in London by an Italian mother, Christina studied the piano and singing at Trinity College of Music in Marylebone while still at school. Later, she won a choral scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, where she took her degree in English. After graduating, she sang professionally, including in the chorus at The Festival della Valle D'Itria at Martina Franca in Puglia.

Since post-graduate studies at the Motley School of Theatre Design in Drury Lane, she has designed costume, sets and sound for productions in London and Edinburgh. When not working on projects as a freelance television journalist, she continues to perform on the piano, mainly in private house concerts.

Her book of poetry, A Room in the Korean Museum, was published in 2017.
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Janis Kelly
Heralded as a “singing actress of near genius” (Sunday Times) who “has such natural grace and emotional eloquence that she cannot fail to touch the heart" (Independent) Janis Kelly continues to be a regular soloist in major opera houses and concert halls around the Globe. Acclaimed internationally for her role as Mrs. Nixon in Nixon in China by John Adams, (London, Athens, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam) and the MET in New York, with live world Cinema relay. Janis has sung over 30 productions at ENO and major roles worldwide including the ROH, LA Opera, Opera de Toulouse, and Opera North. Recent and forthcoming roles are in operas by Mozart, Rossini, Britten, and Bell. Janis returns to the MET in 2018 in Marnie by Nico Muhly. Janis originated the title role in Rufus Wainwrights opera Prima Donna  (Manchester, London and U.S. and Canada) and recorded it with Deutsche Gramophone. She appears in several DVDs, Films for channel 4  and in opera and song with Chandos, TER, and Hyperion as well as all the award-winning series Inspector Morse, Lewis, and Endeavour for ITV and recorded on Virgin Classics.
 
Recently appointed Chair of Vocal performance at the RCM Janis been teaching singing privately and at the RCM alongside her performing career for over eight years. Her studio includes eminent singers and students here in the UK as well as in the USA and Europe. Among them are Sarah Jane Brandon (Kathleen Ferrier winner 2009, Salzburg young artist, Operalia finalist),  Soraya Malfi (ROSL winner, Mozart and Ferrier second prize) now singing at ENO, ROH, Vienna Staats Oper, and Aix en Provence.

 
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Sarah McBryde
Sarah has a degree in three-dimensional design: Ceramics from Central Saint Martins. Sarah completed a Masters in the History of Art at Birkbeck, The University of London, graduating with distinction and winning the Murray Prize for her outstanding dissertation which reassessed the representation of dwarfs in 16th-century Italian court culture. Prior to her career as an art historian, Sarah worked in film and television production, most notably in the production team for Mr Turner, the award-winning film directed by Mike Leigh.
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Victoria Tate
Victoria Tate is the Founder and Director of Arterial, a company which brings artworks into the workplace. Victoria is an investor in arts orientated businesses and a Board Member at Furtherfield in London.  Victoria holds an MA in the History of Art from University College London where she specialised in 17th-century European art and 20th-century photography.
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Georgina Trevelyan-Clark
Georgina Trevelyan-Clark holds a BA (Hons) History of Art and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. Georgina was awarded the Francis Ames-Lewis prize for her outstanding dissertation on the manipulation of the Babylonian Whore in German Reformation woodcuts. Georgina is working on her doctoral thesis examining the anti-Jewish polemic in Reformation England. Areas of particular interest are the material cultures of the English and German Renaissances; the hagiography of the saints and Giotto's Arena Chapel. 
Tim Wright
Tim Wright was born and grew up in London, where he continues to live and work. In the mid-1980s he graduated in Fine Art from Middlesex University. Tim Wright has exhibited extensively and his work features in many collections, both in the UK and internationally. Most recently he has been a prizewinner in The Derwent Art Prize 2016, an exhibitor in The National Open Art Competition in the City of London, had a number of solo exhibitions with Shine Artists at The Albemarle Gallery London, featured in the 2014 BP Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery, and shown portraits at Petworth House in Sussex and Burgh House in London. 

He worked as a fine art lecturer at the Chelsea School of Art, Middlesex University and The Motley Theatre Design School. He continues to teach courses in life painting and drawing at his studio in London. He delivers ‘Painting Masterclasses’ at various institutions, including The Mall Galleries in London and The Turner Contemporary Museum in Margate.

From 2011 until 2013 he was engaged as painting consultant on the Mike Leigh directed film 'Mr Turner'. He taught the actor Timothy Spall to paint, in order for him to prepare for the role, and, when filming began, advised him and other actors on set. 
 
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