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Caroline Walker

After embarking on family history research in 2006, Caroline became fascinated by the life and work of her great-uncle MacDonald 'Max' Gill (1884-1947), an architect and graphic artist, best known for his decorative maps.  Although well-known in his time, he was all but forgotten after his death unlike his brother Eric Gill, the controversial sculptor.  Recently there has been a massive resurgence of interest in Max's work - much the result of exhibitions Caroline has co-curated including Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill (2011) hosted by the University of Brighton and articles she has written for publications including Country Life, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and the Journal for the International Map Collectors Society.  She has also given talks for the National Archives, the Art Workers' Guild, Christie's, Friends of Kettle's Yard and the National Trust.  She is currently writing a biography and runs the MacDonald Gill website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eveline Eaton

Eveline has a BA Hons from the Courtauld Institute; Diploma: Study Centre for the History of Fine & Decorative Arts.  She is a freelance lecturer in Fine Arts and tour-guide to Berlin, Dresden, Munich, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dresden Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Skeggs

Douglas read Fine Art at Magdalene College Cambridge and has been a lecturer on paintings since 1980.  He is a writer, artist, TV presenter, and lecturer to many London and European art courses.  Director of the New Academy of Arts.  Author of 6 Novels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Rabbitts

Paul Rabbitts graduated at Sheffield with a BA Honours in Geography followed by a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh.  He is a qualified landscape architect and park manager and has worked for several local authorities across the UK.  He is a passionate advocate for public parks and in particular the Victorian and Edwardian bandstand and is a prolific author on the subject.  His first of 14 books was published in 2011 on the iconic bandstand and was followed rapidly by books on the Royal Parks, our Great British Parks and most recently on 'Parkitecture', as well as some of our greatest park designers.  He is now working on a biography of Sir Christopher Wren.  Now a UK leading expert on bandstands he has been asked to assist in localised restoration projects nationwide and has been a regular and popular speaker on bandstands and public parks for many years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Rawlins

Tony was educated at Highgate School, starting his career in advertising in 1965 as a mail boy in J. Walter Thompson.  He graduated through the training system there to become an account director and subsequently worked in a number of agencies before setting up on his own in 1985.  There he handled primarily Guinness advertising in Africa and the Caribbean, where he produced many commercials and print ads for them over a period of 15 years.  He remains active as a consultant in the industry, but now concentrates on more philanthropic projects - producing a film in the rural villages of Nigeria for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  More recently he has completed a sanitation project in Haiti after it was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.  He has been a member of The Arts Society for many years, lecturing in the UK and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Alexander

Chris was born in Turkey and spent his childhood there and in war-torn Beirut.  After school, he spent two years at sea before studying media and journalism at Leicester University.  He then moved to Khiva, a desert oasis in Uzbekistan, establishing a UNESCO workshop reviving fifteenth century carpet designs and embroideries, creating income for women.  After a year in the UK writing A Carpet Ride to Khiva, he moved to the Pamirs in Tajikistan, training yak herders to comb their yaks for their cashmere-like down, spending three years there.  Next came two years in Kyrgyzstan living in the world's largest natural walnut forest and establishing a wood-carving workshop.  Chris has recently finished rowing and studying at Oxford and is now a curate at St. Barnabas, North Finchley, and author of Alabaster and Manacle.  He returns to Central Asia whenever he can and conducts tours there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna Banham

Jo Banham is a freelance curator, lecturer and writer.  From 2006-2016 she was Head of Adult Learning at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and before that Head of Learning and Access at the National Portrait Gallery, and Head of Public Programmes at Tate Britain.  She has also been Curator of Leighton House and Assistant Keeper at the Whitworth Art Gallery.  She has published on many aspects of Victorian and early 20th century decoration and interiors.  She is currently curating an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement for the Juan March Fundacion in Madrid and the Museu Nacional d'Art Catalunya in Barcelona.  She is also Director of the Victorian Society Summer School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Gledhill

Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary.  In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre, where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator.  His main interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta, and these are reflected in the wide ranging list of subjects for his lectures.  He began giving lectures in 1997, and now gives on average around 140 a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Graham Griffiths

Dr Griffiths is a lecturer, conductor, pianist, and composer.  He is a Music Research Fellow (City, University of London) and DPhil., Musicology (Christ Church, Oxford, 2008), PGCE (Cambridge), and BMusHons (Edinburgh).

Musical Director of Grupo Novo Horizonte de Sao Paulo (featured on BBCRadio3); lectures, concerts, and recordings (UK, Denmark, Brazil, Russia); Guest of The British Council; University lecturing (UK) at Bath, Bristol, Canterbury (Christchurch), City (London), Oxford.

Guest appearances at St Petersburg International Conservatoires Festival performing lost works by Leokadiya Kashperova (1872-1940) re-discovered by Griffiths.  This research featured in the BBCRadio3/AHRC celebration Five Forgotten Female Composers on International Women's Day (8 March 2018).  Griffiths's work has been featured by public service broadcasters in several countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Prasannajit de Silva

Prasannajit de Silva completed his doctorate in 2007, researching the art of the British in India during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  His lecturing covers British visual culture of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, including art produced in various colonial settings.  He is particularly interested in the relationship of aspects of art, architecture, and design to their broader cultural, social, and political contexts, and also teaches courses on the methods and theoretical approaches of art history.  His current work includes roles as Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London and Sessional Lecturer for the WEA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Moszynska

Anna Moszynska is a lecturer and writer, specialising in contemporary art.  She developed the first British Master's Degree in the subject at Sotheby's Institute and has also taught at institutions including The City Lit, the Royal Academy and Tate, as well as lecturing to diverse audiences in cities ranging from Dubai to New York.  She has reviewed for BBC Radio and for various art periodicals.  Anna currently teaches at academic institutions in London and Paris and runs her own art courses.  Her books include Abstract Art (1990) and Sculpture Now (2013) published by Thames & Hudson.