Lecturers and Members of the Art Pursuits Abroad Team
Art Pursuits Abroad utilise a number of expert lecturers / tour guides for their Art History Cultural Study Tour Holidays including:
Tom Abbott is an independent art and architectural historian. He graduated in Psychology and Art History at Carleton College, Minnesota, and studied at the Louvre School of Art History in Paris. He is a specialist in architectural history from the Baroque to the 20th. In 1987 he moved to Berlin leading tours mainly in Germany, specialising in the German capital.
Thomas Abbott is lecturing in these Study Tours:
Bruce Bailey, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, is a Northamptonshire country house historian who is currently archivist at Drayton House. He is on the advisory panel for the Landscape Gardens at Stowe and also has been involved with the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments in Northamptonshire.
Martina Čermáková studied English Language and Literature at Charles University in Prague. Since her graduation in 1999 she has been leading cultural tours focusing on art, history and architecture. She also teaches English to individuals. Martina lives in Prague with her husband and two children.
Dr Roberto Cobianchi studied Art History at the Universities of Parma, Milan and Warwick and is a fellow at the British School at Rome where he continues his research and lecturing. Roberto has extensive knowledge and experience of Italian Renaissance art and has held several significant fellowships and lectureships.
Dr Jacqueline Cockburn was Head of Art History at Westminster School and Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College. She currently writes and teaches at Christies Education, the V & A and is a NADFAS lecturer. She is Director of Art and Culture Andalucía and runs residential art history courses in Southern Spain.
Oliver Coulson has travelled widely in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, and previously worked as Parliamentary Assistant to the Deputy Speaker. Oliver gained his BA and MA from the Courtauld Institute, and after a brief stint in investment banking joined Art Pursuits Abroad, working to design our new tours.
Dr Sally Dormer gained her MA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is a specialist in mediaeval art, and Director of the V&A Early Mediaeval Year Course. Sally is also Dean of a Study Abroad semester for undergraduate students from the University of the South and Rhodes College, USA, and teaches for the Art Fund and NADFAS.
Dr Sally Dormer is lecturing in these Study Tours:
Clare Ford-Wille 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.
Clare Ford-Wille is lecturing in these Study Tours:
Mark Gadd has a Mathematics and Computer Science degree from York and has worked for many years in senior IT and accounting roles for international companies. He has travelled widely in Europe, Australia, USA and Asia. Mark joined Art Pursuits Abroad in 2010 and became a director in 2011.
Helen Greasby studied Tourism Management at Cardiff University. She has travelled extensively in Europe and Australasia and gained a wealth of experience working for some of the UK’s top Tour Operators at home and abroad. Helen is supporting Claire in dealing with bookings and travel arrangements.
Lucy Hariades studied Interior Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and has a keen interest in art and design. A recent addition to the Art Pursuits Abroad team, Lucy is responsible for our UK based Short Courses and Days, and has taken over the design of our brochures and Study Notes.
Dr Justine Hopkins is a freelance lecturer and writer, specialising in art of the 19th and 20th centuries. She has taught for various universities, including Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and London, and lectures regularly for both Tates, the V&A, the National Gallery, and numerous independent art groups.
Claire Jamieson used to work for a traditional independent travel agency before joining Art Pursuits Abroad in November 2013. Given her experience in the travel trade and familiarity with Atols, Apis, Pnrs and suchlike jargon she is in charge of international travel arrangements and most client bookings.
Julie Kirkup started her career as a bilingual PA working for Eurotunnel mostly in France, where she lived for four years. Apart from French, Julie speaks Spanish, having travelled extensively up and down the Iberian peninsula. She works alongside Claire and Helen on bookings and keeps the office shipshape.
Caroline Knight FSA is an architectural historian. She has published widely in the field of English country house architecture and is author of London’s Country Houses (Phillimore, 2010) Caroline is a well-known lecturer on British architecture, mainly for theV&A and Nadfas.
Patrizia Lerco lives in Venice. For some of the year she is in charge of the smooth running of the John Hall Pre-University course. When she is not playing the role of surrogate mother for gap year students, she is tour managing for Art Pursuits Abroad. She is also principal operations executive of our Italian tours.
Rowena Loverance is a Byzantine art historian, specialising in sculpture, mosaics and icons. Her book Byzantium is now in its fourth edition and she is currently working on a history of Byzantine sculpture for CUP. Rowena worked for over twenty years at the British Museum. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London.
Rowena Loverance is lecturing in these Study Tours:
Francesco Marcorin gained his Ph.D. in Architectural History at the Università IUAV di Venezia in 2014. His research focuses on the Italian Renaissance and its connections to Ancient and Late-Antique architecture. After his Ph.D. he collaborated with the State Archives in Verona, the Palladio Museum in Vicenza and the Frick Collection in New York, and gave papers at the Worcester College in Oxford and the Courtauld Institute in London.
Nigel studied Classics at Oxford. He is an art historian who has lived and worked in the Mediterranean area – Italy, Greece and Turkey – for over thirty years, working initially for the Ministero dei Beni Culturali (the Italian Ministry of Arts) in the field of wall-painting conservation. He taught at Rome University, for the University of Massachusetts, and was for eight years Dean of the European Studies programme for a consortium of American Universities. He lectures widely in art and archaeology at museums and institutions in Europe and the USA. When at home, he writes, and produces olive oil and wine.
For six years he walked every path and village of the sixty inhabited Greek islands, preparing the most detailed existing survey-guide of their archaeology, history and art. It was published in abbreviated form as the Blue Guide to The Aegean Islands, and in a complete version as the twenty volumes of McGilchrist’s Greek Islands. (www.mcgilchristsgreekislands.com).
Nigel McGilchrist is lecturing in these Study Tours:
Dr Kathy McLauchlan is course director of three Year Courses at the V&A Museum. After graduating from Oxford she obtained her PhD from the Courtauld Institute with a thesis on the work of students at the French Academy in Rome. Kathy lectures widely to adult audiences.
Dr Jeffrey Miller teaches at the University of Cambridge and the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL). An expert on architecture and cities in the Middle Ages and a former guide at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he holds advanced degrees from Columbia University and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Dr Jeffrey Miller is lecturing in these Study Tours:
After degrees in Philosophy at UCL, and Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, Dr Geoffrey Nuttall followed his wife Paula into art history and now combines the role of Journals Publisher at Edinburgh University Press with Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He completed his PhD at the Courtauld in 2013 and is a specialist in the Courts of Europe and their dealings with the merchants of luxury goods. He has published on the relationship between Lucca and other cities and rulers north and south of the Alps, lectured at the V&A and various international conferences, and recently held a fellowship at the Huntington Collections and Art Gallery in California.
Dr Paula Nuttall is a specialist in Italian and Netherlandish Renaissance art. She is Director of the Mediaeval and Renaissance Year Course at the Victoria & Albert Museum and also lectures for the National Gallery and NADFAS. Her book From Flanders to Florence was published by Yale in 2004.
Dr Cathy Oakes is Director of Studies in History of Art at the Department of Continuing Education of the University of Oxford. She is a well-known mediaevalist who has written on Romanesque art and architecture in England and France.
Dr Cathy Oakes is lecturing in these Study Tours:
Sophie Oosterwijk is a Dutch medievalist and art historian. Having taught at Leicester, Manchester and St Andrews, she currently works freelance for the University of Cambridge, nadfas and other organisations. She has published widely on mediaeval, Netherlandish and Dutch art.
American architect Tom Rankin has lived in Rome, practicing architecture and teaching, since 1991. He has studied architecture completing his Master's at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a BA at Princeton University, and a "Laurea" at Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’. Tom teaches at the Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, the California Polytechnic Rome Program and the Iowa State Rome Program. He is a Fulbright Fellow, a proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum, a founding member of ISAR (isarome.org) and a former Director of the association Tevereterno Onlus. Tom is the author of Rome Works: An Architect Explores the World’s Most Sustainable City, and has written numerous articles on sustainable urbanism and presented frequently at conferences.
Sue Rollin is an archaeologist, interpreter and lecturer. She has taught at University College London, SOAS and Cambridge University. She is co-author with Jane Streetly of Blue Guide: Jordan and Istanbul: A Traveller’s Guide.
Ben Street read Art History and English at the University of Edinburgh. A former art history teacher at Westminster School, he now lectures freelance for the National Gallery, Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Nadfas and Christie’s Education. Ben is the author of numerous essays and reviews on 20th and contemporary art.
Roderick Swanston is a freelance lecturer, writer and broadcaster. He was a co-founder of the London Song Circle and for seven years the English music lecturer for the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. He has also written and broadcast over a hundred programmes for the BBC. Currently he lectures part-time at Imperial College, London, and for a number of private organizations and groups. He is a patron of the Conway Hall Chamber Music Concerts.
Gail Turner read History at Oxford, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. She is a well-known lecturer on a variety of Spanish topics, and has taught on courses at The Courtauld Institute and Cambridge University. She lectures regularly for Nadfas and for the V&A. She leads tours to Spain and is also a painter and print-maker. She is a committee member of Artes, the Iberian and Latin American visual culture group. Recently she was honoured with Encomienda de Isabel la Católica by the King of Spain for promoting Spanish art and culture among the British.
Marion Van Hoecke was born in the Flemish part of Belgium and has lived in the UK since 1995. After working as a multilingual PA and teaching French and German at a grammar school assisting children with special needs, she now works as a freelance translator and as operations executive and Tour Manager for Art Pursuits Abroad.
Stuart Young studied horticulture in Australia and subsequently worked for the ACT Parks and Conservation Service and the National Botanical Gardens. He now runs a small landscaping business in the UK. Stuart has worked as a tour manager in the Middle East and beyond, accompanying his wife, lecturer Sue Rollin.
Dr Ulrike Ziegler studied art history and archaeology at the University of Regensburg and King’s College Aberdeen specialising in medieval art and architecture. Her PhD focused on art exhibitions and cultural politics of post-war Germany. She has taught at university and is now lecturing for various cultural institutions. She has organised and led many study trips in Germany and Austria. In addition to tour lecturing, Ulrike is developing Art Pursuit Abroad’s German programme.
Dr Ulrike Ziegler is lecturing in these Study Tours: