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Professor Stephen Farthing

Stephen Farthing studied at St Martin's School of Art, London (1969-73) before taking his Masters Degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London (1973-76). Here he was awarded an Abbey Major Scholarship, taking him to The British School at Rome for a year from 1976.

His teaching career began as a Lecturer in Painting at Canterbury College of Art (1977-79), after which he was a Tutor in painting at the Royal College of Art, London from 1980 to 1985. He went on to become Head of Painting (1985-87) and Head of Department of Fine Art (1987-89) at West Surrey College of Art and Design. From 1990 he was Ruskin Master at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Professorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford until 2000.

Andrew Graham-Dixon

Born in London in 1960, Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and presenters of arts television in the English-speaking world. He has presented numerous landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists. For more than twenty years he has published a weekly column on art, first in the Independent and, more recently, in the Sunday Telegraph. He has written a number of acclaimed books, on subjects ranging from medieval painting and sculpture to the art of the present.

Andrew has a long history of public service in the field of the visual arts, having judged the Turner Prize, the BP National Portrait Prize and the Annual British Animation Awards, among many other prizes. He has served on the Government Art Collection Committee, the Hayward Advisory Committee, and is currently a member of the board of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

Dr Sheila McTighe

Dr Sheila McTighe was born and educated in the U.S.A., taking her PhD at Yale University in 1987, where she specialised in French and Italian seventeenth-century art. She taught at Cornell University and Barnard College of Columbia University in the U. S. before coming to the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London where she is currently Senior Lecturer. She teaches primarily courses on 17th-century painting in Italy and France, and on early modern print culture. She has published articles in numerous publications, including The Art Bulletin, Apollo, The Times Higher Education, and others on a variety of topics concerning 17th-century art, beginning with a study of Poussin's landscapes and intellectual libertinage. After a number of years working on realism and genre art in this period, resulting in a forthcoming two-volume work, she is now returning to Nicolas Poussin, with a new translation and study of his letters.

Dr John Bonehill

John Bonehill lectures in the history of art at the University of Glasgow, and has formerly held posts at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and Birkbeck, University of London.

His research interests lie predominantly in British art and culture of the long eighteenth century, with a particular concern in recent years for landscape and its representation. His publications include the co-edited volumes William Hodges 1744-1797: The Art of Exploration (2004) and Conflicting Visions: War and Visual Culture in Britain and France c.1700-1830 (2005). He has also published on aspects of the art of Allan Ramsay, Joshua Reynolds, William Hodges, Joseph Wright of Derby and J.M.W. Turner.

Dr Carol Jacobi

Carol Jacobi is a British art historian specialising in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has a PhD in History of Art and an MA in English Literature from the University of London and has worked internationally as a lecturer, writer and curator. She is currently Curator of British Art 1850-1915 at Tate Britain in London. Carol has taught undergraduate and post-graduate programmes at Birkbeck College and the Courtauld Institute in London, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford and elsewhere. Her first post was at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.

Her work is orientated towards redefining the way we look at modern British art in its international dimensions and she has published widely on this subject. In 2006 her book William Holman Hunt: Painter, Painting, Paint (Manchester University Press) reassessed this Pre-Raphaelite artist and she has also written about John Everett Millais.

Christopher Riopelle

Christopher Riopelle has been the Curator of Post 1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, London, since 1997. He also has curatorial responsibility for the Gallery's contemporary art exhibitions. He previously held curatorial positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum, California, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Dr Paul Atterbury

Dr Paul Atterbury BA (Hons) is a writer, lecturer, exhibition curator and broadcaster who specialises in the art, architecture and design of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Having started as a graphic designer, he then worked in publishing before becoming Historical Advisor to the Royal Doulton Group, with responsibilities for setting up and running factory museums.

Professor David Cottington

David Cottington studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford for a BA, and was an MA student at the Courtauld in 1970-2. After some years' teaching at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver he returned to study for a PhD at the Courtauld in 1978, and to write a thesis, completed in 1985, on 'Cubism and the Politics of Culture in France, 1905-1914'. For several years he led an MA course in '20th Century Art & Design: Histories & Theories' at University College Falmouth, where he was appointed its first Professor in 1994. He joined Kingston University in 2005, as Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, and was appointed Professor of Art History the following year. The study of early 20th century Parisian modernism has until recently been his particular research interest. The objects of his current research are the histories and theories of the avant-garde, in particular the avant-garde formations of Europe before the First World War (he is presently writing a book on those of London and Paris in this period, for Yale University Press), and the recent and contemporary growth of the 'creative industries'.

Susie Hodge

British-born Susie Hodge is an author, artist, journalist and art historian, with over 80 books published, many on art history, history and practical art. She also writes booklets and web resources for major galleries and museums and is a regular contributor of articles in art magazines.

She lectures and runs art history and practical art workshops in universities, colleges, schools, businesses and various societies, and is an art history examiner for an international exam board. She is often interviewed on national and international radio programmes and television documentaries.

Anna Moszynska

Anna Moszynska pioneered the study of contemporary art as an academic subject in the UK at Sotheby's Institute where she directed the first courses during the late 1980s and oversaw the development of these into the MA in Contemporary Art in 1995.

Anna's most recent book Sculpture Now - an international overview of the field since the mid 1990s - was published by Thames & Hudson in March 2013. Her other books include Antony Gormley Drawing (British Museum, 2002) and Abstract Art (Thames & Hudson) which first appeared in 1990 and has since been published in French, Spanish, Korean and Chinese editions. She has contributed to a wide variety of journals including Tate, Apollo, Arts Review, TLS and Art Monthly as well as writing for public and private institutions stretching from Berlin, Dubai, Aosta and Istanbul to White Cube and Tate Modern in the UK. Artists for whom she has written catalogues include Stephen Cox, Langlands & Bell, Vicken Parsons, Liz Rideal, Rebecca Salter, Estelle Thompson, Thomas Scheibitz and Eberhard Havekost.

Jeremy Eckstein

Jeremy Eckstein is recognized as a leading expert on the fine art economy and is a frequent author, speaker and lecturer on the subject, and on fine art as an asset class.

Mr Eckstein started his professional life as an actuary, but he changed direction in 1979 when he joined Sotheby's as Head of Research. While there, he developed strategies appropriate to the treatment of art as an asset class and advised the British Railways Pension Fund on the performance of its fine art investment portfolio. He also assisted Citibank to set up its groundbreaking Art Advisory Service in the early 1980s. He became a Deputy Director of Sotheby's in 1987, with overall responsibility for research within the company.

Patrick Bade

Patrick Bade teaches for the University of Glasgow MA programme at Christies Education in London. He has worked at Christies since 1981, where he also gives courses on the history of opera. Over the past fifteen years he has forged a warm and fruitful working relationship with the London Jewish Cultural Centre where has lectured on a wide range of cultural subjects.

The whole course was incredibly enjoyable. I looked forward to every new module and I was never disappointed. It has been a good experience and I now feel that I have a great basis to pursue further studies in this field.

Deborah Siragher


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