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Rose Balston, the founding director of Art History UK, is based part-time in Dubai as a freelance lecturer, guide and art consultant. She co-presented “Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge” alongside Giles Coren, which released in March 2017, and has commentated for BBC Breakfast, Sky News and Al-Jazeera. With an MA in art history from Edinburgh University, Rose is Condé Nast Traveller London Art Expert. For a short film of Rose discussing Velazquez in the National Gallery, please follow the link.

Beyond delivering courses, gallery visits and lectures in the UAE and wider Gulf, Rose designs and leads high-end European cultural trips.

Her clients include the V&A, Freshfields, Linklaters, the Bank of England, American Express, Citi, Montblanc, Young Presidents Organisation, a range of top private members’ clubs and Britain's leading schools, and guests of Claridge's, the Connaught, Dorchester, Savoy, Four Seasons, Goring and the Intercontinental.

Please see here for a selection of testimonials. 

Our Client's Say

My son Charlie and I were taken round the National Gallery by Rose Balston, and in three brief hours, we were inspired to levels of wonder. Rose has the gift of allowing you to discover things in the paintings that you would never have noticed before. Mark Hedges, Editor, Country Life

Small groups, passionate guides, enlightening conversations: these are the three ingredients that go into making Art History UK such a treat…it is not about lectures and seminars (though it is deeply educating): the focus is on bringing London’s treasures – the galleries and the museums – to life. And Rose’s knowledge is unquestionable. Balston has a soft spot for anything by the architects Nicholas Hawksmoor and John Soane, and the National Gallery is her second home. Condé Nast Traveller

Anyone present at one of Rose's lectures is transported to the era of the art she explores. She has an infectious passion for her subject, and with a remarkable ability to relate to her audience, she helps make the past immediate and relevant. This arises from a potent combination of a great depth of knowledge gleaned from rigorous research, and abundant natural charisma. Benjamin Walton, Head of History of Art, Westminster School for Boys, London

Professional, incredibly knowledgeable, imaginative and above all fun! I can't recommend Rose enough. She is a joy to work with and all her clients love her from students to CEOs. Her company is innovative and a breath of fresh air. Emma Rance, Director, Plum PA

Art History UK is a gift to the cultural Philistine. With such a broad range of tours on offer, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Rose Balston is the best tour guide I have ever encountered- interesting, inspiring, passionate about her subject, and extremely well-versed in the history of art and architecture of London; the perfect Cicerone. Ed Glass, Senior Associate at Korn Ferry

We have held several client evenings with Rose at the National Gallery and Royal Academy and they have been among our most successful events (and we put on a huge variety). I cannot recommend her highly enough. If you have discerning clients who love fine art, Rose is a must. Philip Whalley, Director, CLSA

I hugely enjoyed myself last night. Such a nice change from the usual event and I thought it attracted a more highbrow client! Thank you very much. Citi client event at Leighton House, London

We had a wonderful time last night indeed!! We’ve had a great experience with you since the beginning; the options that you have suggested, your willingness to understand who we are and what will suit us, your flexibility… Thanks for everything. Liat Levron-Moskovich, Bank Leumi

A huge thanks from us for helping make last night’s event so special. We are getting such positive feedback from all of the clients – some of the most glowing I’ve ever received. I was really impressed with everything you guys did so please pass on my thanks to your team as well for making it such a success. Alice Liverton, Reynolds, Porter and Chamberlain

You seemed to effortlessly combine historical fact, the history of the collection with your detailed art historian’s eye. You spoke with passion and fluidity and your enthusiasm was infectious … I know we were all enthralled! Ali Huntrods, Parents events at the King’s School Canterbury.

These are not your conventional art history lectures; engaging, fun and sociable with astounding expertise and plenty of knowledge to take away - they're bound to leave you inspired. The tours are a fantastic way to discovery and re-discovery London. Art nut or novice I urge you to go! Moya Stirrup, Culture Whisper

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