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Art History tutors at City Lit

Julie Barlow City Lit tutorJulie Barlow City Lit tutor

Julie Barlow

Julie Barlow has a degree in Art History/History from the University of Hull and an MPhil (Fine Arts) from the University of Birmingham.  She has worked in a variety of roles at Leighton House, V&A and Tate Gallery before studying for a PGCE and moving into Museum Education.  Julie has over twenty years of experience as a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery working on all areas of the Education Programme and also for the first ten years at the National Gallery and in the last decade at the Wallace Collection.

Dr Irina Chkhaidze

Irina Chkhaidze completed her PhD in Art History at University College London. She was trained as a lawyer prior to studying Liberal Arts and gaining an MA in Humanities in Germany. Irina has published articles on contemporary art, theories of posthumanism and animal-human relations. Her research interests span the effects of technological development on the representation of human and nonhuman bodies, second-order systems theory and cybernetics, and continental philosophy.

Irina has taught gallery-based courses at UCL, covering 19th to 21st century art. Currently, she also lectures on philosophy at Leeds Beckett University.

Anita ChowdryAnita Chowdry

Anita Chowdry

Anita Chowdry is a London based visual artist, educator and researcher. Her particular interest is in the arts of the Islamic World and South Asia, and the materials and processes that went into them.

She has an M.A. in Art and Science from Central Saint Martin’s UAL, and is currently engaged in the codicological study of a group of 15th Century Turcoman manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Anita has over 30 years’ experience teaching art and process to adults and professional groups, covering major institutions in the UK and abroad. 


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Dr Christopher CollierDr Christopher Collier

Dr Christopher Collier

Christopher Collier trained as an artist, before gaining an MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths and a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex. He has taught at institutions including the University of Essex and Winchester School of Art, as well as presenting internationally at a range of workshops and conferences, including at the ICA, London and CCA, Glasgow. His broad range of interests includes the intersections of art and political economy, art and science, urbanism and cultural theory. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Alexandra EppsAlexandra Epps

Alexandra Epps

Alexandra Epps has a BA from St Martins School of Art, and MA from the London College of Printing. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer, and also a guide and lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Guildhall Art Gallery as well as an Official Guide to the City of London offering walks and talks about many aspects of the arts for societies, corporations and private individuals. She is a Member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association.

Web:                       Twitter: @ArtGuideAlex    

Sarah DohertySarah Doherty

Sarah Doherty

Sarah D. Doherty is an Irish art historian based between The Netherlands, London and Dublin. She received a BA in Fine Art from the Dublin Institute of Technology, specialising in Sculptural Practice, followed by two post-graduate qualifications; History of European Painting from Trinity College Dublin, and Management Studies from the Dublin Business School.

Sarah’s research interests include the Renaissance era, Post-War & Contemporary Art and Art Crime. While living in London, Sarah immersed herself in the commercial arts – working in auction houses, galleries and art fairs. At present, she is focusing on her work with Art Recovery International, aiding the recovery of stolen, looted, and missing works of art, as well as holding the post of Head of Cataloguing and Research at an auction house in The Netherlands.   


Liz Keevill EyresLiz Keevill Eyres

Liz Keevill Eyres

Liz Keevill Eyres worked as a textile designer in the fashion industry for four years and then as a magazine journalist specializing in interior design for 13 years. Her first degree was at Camberwell School of Art which she did at the same time as completing a degree in History and Art History with the Open University. Liz studied and has taught at Kingston University, where she lead modules and lectured in history of art, design history and architecture for ten years and ran study visits both at home and abroad. Liz has researched into English Modernist textile design of the 1950s and the professional practice of the provincial Edwardian architect, in particular Norwich-based architect George Skipper. 

Sarah JaffraySarah Jaffray

Sarah Jaffray

Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection.

Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.


Marie-Anne MancioMarie-Anne Mancio

Marie-Anne Mancio

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex for her thesis ‘Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain’. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and has lectured on art, architecture, and cultural studies for Tate Modern, The Course, Art in London, London Art Studies, and the London Art Salon.  She is an accredited Art Society lecturer.

Fluent in Italian and French, she lectures on City Lit’s art history study trips abroad. She has led trips to Venice, Florence, Rome, Perugia, Assisi, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Since attaining an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, her art practice has become primarily text-based, including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: ‘Whorticulture’. 



Julia MusgraveJulia Musgrave

Julia Musgrave

Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian.  She has Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. 

She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of York where she is researching the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1937. She is Art History course co-ordinator at City Lit, Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Art Society lecturer.


Dr Richard PlantDr Richard Plant

Dr Richard Plant

Richard Plant is an architectural historian and lecturer specialising in the Middle Ages with a strong interest in the modern.

He studied English Literature at Cambridge before going on to do his MA and then PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.  Since then, he has specialised in the architectural history of the Middle Ages, teaching at the Courtauld as well as UCL and Queen Mary University, London. He was Deputy Academic Director at Christie’s Education and has published on English and German architecture.

Leslie PrimoLeslie Primo

Leslie Primo

Leslie Primo has spent more than 15 years giving lectures to the general public at the National Gallery for the Information and Education departments. During this time he graduated with a degree in History of Art and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University College of London. 

In his studies he specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies, including, Italian Renaissance Drawing, Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400 Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1500, Medici and Patronage, Narrative Painting in the Age of Giotto, and the work of Peter Paul Rubens focusing on his paintings of the Judgement of Paris, and Greek Myth in paintings. He is also an accredited Art Society lecturer.


Dr Rachel SandersDr Rachel Sanders

Dr Rachel Sanders

Rachel Sanders received her MA and PhD in History of Art from University College, London. She has taught at a number of institutions and currently lectures on the history of art and design at City Lit and Oxford Brookes University.
Her research interest is early twentieth-century American political paintings and cartoons. She has published a number of articles on her research specialism and is currently writing a book on New Masses magazine.

Dr Mark Stuart-SmithDr Mark Stuart-Smith

Dr Mark Stuart-Smith

Mark Stuart-Smith gained his  PhD in Art History at Birkbeck on silence in the work of the Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz, and is writing a book on Muñoz. He has a diploma in painting from the Royal Academy schools, a BA in Art History (Birkbeck), and a Masters in Cultural Memory (University of London). Mark’s main research interests are 20th-century Spanish art, and art and homelessness. He writes for the Journal Art History, and also teaches art at homeless day centres in London, including the Connection at St Martin’s.


Dr Barbara ZeitlerDr Barbara Zeitler

Dr Barbara Zeitler

Barbara Zeitler has a PhD in medieval art history, specialising in the Crusader period. Barbara taught at universities in the UK and in the United States, but is now a practising barrister.  She teaches part-time at City Lit to share her love of art history with students.