Art History Abroad
Rose Balston, director of Art History UK, spent the first four years of her working life in Italy tutoring and guiding for AHA. Largely because of this extraordinarily exciting and fulfilling experience, Art History UK was formed. AHA’s Italian courses for students are a life changing experience – in the most artistically stimulating cities throughout the country, students receive on site tuition in small, intimate groups. Brilliant AHA tutors will draw connections between art history, philosophy, music, literature and history and with no lecture theatres, exams or text books, university style discussion is the focus. Students’ confidence and passion for all things cultural will grow immeasurably and a great deal of fun will be had. These courses couldn’t be recommended more, please see www.arthistoryabroad.com for more details.
Notes on the Underground
Our excellent tutor Annabel Howard is the Associate Editor of Notes on the Underground. Her blog London Notes, traces life, past and present, through the material objects that make the city. Whether it’s a stone, a broken pipe, a building, a work of art, or just somebody’s shoe, if it’s expressive of London, she’ll write about it. See www.notesfromtheunderground.co.uk to read more.
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The Sluice Art Fair
Our contemporary specialist Ben Street is the co-founder of the excellently reviewed Sluice Art Fair. It is a free and accessible showcase for artist-run, emerging and non-profit projects and galleries from London and beyond, and features panel discussions, artist’s talks, screenings, performances and art-making workshops. All details can be found here: www.sluiceartfair.com
Shakespeare Schools Festival
The Shakespeare Schools Festival charity, www.ssf.uk.com is unique in giving four schools a night the chance to perform together on a professional stage. This can be a life-changing experience for each and every child – developing their confidence, articulacy and raising aspirations. For children who have little or no parental support, being part of an SSF cast engenders a valuable sense of family and responsibility. SSF has trained teachers and casts, and since 2000, has run professional theatre nights for over 100,000 children – sending them back to school looking for the next challenge.
Are you coming to London on an Art History UK tour and want somewhere interesting to stay? Committed to offering you access to ‘real’ London, onefinestay offers visitors the opportunity to live like a local by staying in a distinctive home while the owner is out of town. Furthermore, the service delivers all the convenience and comfort of a 5* hotel. For the duration of the stay every guest is lent an iPhone stocked with local tips from the home’s owner, and from which they can make free local calls. With many fascinating homes all over London to choose from, please visit www.onefinestay.com for more details.
A Hedonist Guide
Hg2 is the online guide for the discerning traveller. The series of city guides focuses on tucked away boutique hotels, buzzing gourmet restaurants, local bars and swish cocktail clubs, neighbourhood cafes, local designer stores and the sights and sounds of a city far from the madding crowd. For more information see www.hg2.com
Grange Park Opera
Where better to satisfy those opera cravings than in an 1804 Greek Revival Hampshire pad? Complete with picnics, fabulous performers and stunning sets, Grange Park Opera creates the quintessential English experience. The festival runs through June to early July and is an idyllic way to spend a summer’s evening. Tickets are available online at www.grangeparkopera.co.uk. There’s a special rate for under 35s (the Meteors) starting at just £30. Call the Box Office 01962 737 366.
The English Manner
The English Manner provides one-of-a-kind extended travel programmes, allowing guests to combine private English garden tours with exclusive tutorials led by Britain’s cultural elite, focusing on social and cultural skills such as antiques, gardens, wine, fine art, architecture and design. See www.theenglishmanner.com for more information.
Lucy the Cook
Art History UK takes eating seriously. Our lunches and suppers provide an excellent opportunity to carry on stimulating conversation and eat artistic culinary delights. To have this same experience tailor-made at your home, call on Lucy the Cook! For canapés, cooking lessons, corporate events, private dinner parties & holiday cooking, see www.lucythecook.com
Flint Public Relations Ltd has done wonderful work for Art History UK. They are a cultural communications agency focusing on profile-raising, brand management and revenue generation. Clients include the National Portrait Gallery, Getty Images, The Fine Art Society, The India Art Fair, The Authors’ Club, The British Library, Christie’s and the National Trust. With the Flint Asia office in Delhi, and an affiliate agency in New York, Flint Public Relations offers a truly international cultural communications service. See www.flint-pr.com for further information.
Bright Young Things Tutoring
Looking for some private tutoring? BYT have the answer. They provide bespoke tuition across across all age groups, abilities and subjects. See www.brightyoungthingstuition.co.uk for more information.