Mark Ovenden

Mark Ovenden is a broadcaster and author who specialises in the subjects of graphic design, cartography and architecture in public transport, with an emphasis on underground rapid transit.

His first book Metro Maps of the World published in 2003 is a guide to the diagrams, plans and maps of underground rapid transit systems including images ranging from photos of the systems to rare and historical maps.  Paris Metro Style in map and station design was published in November 2008.  Railway Maps of the World was published in May 2011 in the USA, a British edition was produced in September 2011.  London Underground by Design was published by Penguin Books in January 2013.  A celebration of the Johnston typeface centenary and 90th Anniversary of Gill Sans was published in 2016, and in July 2017 Mark fronted a television documentary for BBC Four on the subject of Johnston and Gill.  In November 2018 he presented a documentary for BBC Radio 4 on skyscrapers.  Others works on graphic design and transport systems are in preparation.






















Mark Hill

Studied History of Art & Architecture (BA Hons), and began his career as a porter and Junior Cataloguer at Bonhams, before moving to Sotheby's where he was a Specialist in the Collectors' Department.  Became director of an internet company forming and running a ground-breaking deal with eBay Live Auctions.  Was co-author of the internationally published Collectables Price Guide with Judith Miller from 2002-17.  Founded his own publishing company in 2005 and has since published over 12 books on specialist subjects in 20th century design and decorative arts.  A Miscellaneous expert on the Antiques Roadshow since 2007, and has co-presented three primetime factual TV series on antiques and collecting for BBC2.  An auctioneer running 20th century design auctions in partnership with Dawsons Auctioneers.  Has lectured across the world, including at the V&A in London, and contributed to many newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes.  A Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a Freeman of the City of London.





















Timothy Walker

Since 1986 I have given 1,500 public lectures.  This was originally part of my work as director of the Oxford University Botanic Garden from 1988 to 2014.  Botanic gardens are often described as living museums, and garden curators lecture about them in the same way as museum curators talk about their collections.  Since 2014 I have been a college lecturer and tutor at Somerville College Oxford.  Gardens are often thought of a place where science and art meet on equal terms.  My lectures investigate this relationship.






















Ian Swankie

A Londoner with a passion for art and architecture, Ian is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and gives tours around each venue.  He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and leads regular tours for various corporations and organisations.  Since 2012 he has led a popular weekly independent art lecture group in his home town of Richmond in West London.  He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City livery companies.






















Peter Medhurst

Peter appears in the UK and abroad as a musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts.  He studied singing and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.





















Anna Moszynska

I am a London-based lecturer and writer specialising in contemporary art.  During the 1990s, I oversaw the development of the first British Master’s Degree in the subject at Sotheby’s Institute.  I have also taught at institutions including The City Lit, the Royal Academy and Tate London, as well as lecturing in cities ranging from Dubai to New York.  I currently teach at academic institutions in London and Paris and run my own courses.  My books include Abstract Art (1990, enlarged ed. 2020) and Sculpture Now (2013), both published by Thames & Hudson.  I enjoy introducing art to audiences in a lively and approachable way to make modern and contemporary art both accessible and interesting.





















Mary Branson

Mary Branson is best known for her large scale conceptual light installations, particularly the iconic New Dawn 2016 sculpture in the Houses of Parliament, which celebrates the centenary of the Suffrage movement and is the first permanent piece of contemporary abstract art in the Palace of Westminster.

She has created works for the London 2012 Olympics, The Magna Carta Memorial at Runnymede, Royal Holloway University and more recently Harvest a huge site-specific installation at Box Hill Surrey in collaboration with the National Trust.  Her latest work is Ladders of Light, a piece for Sky Arts 50 that fills Salisbury Cathedral.

She is an award-winning print maker, a choreographer for performance and dance events, and a mentor and public speaker, having lately returned from a lecture tour to New York and Washington DC.

Mary has held a number of artistic residencies, including for Parliament, the British Council, Crisis, the National Trust and HM Prison service, where she led an art group for women prisoners.  Currently she is artist in residence at Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey.