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Francesca grew up in West Wales, but coming from a long line of Londoners she soon found herself living and studying in the capital. She completed both her BA and MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, specialising in Aesthetic Movement art and interiors. Whilst studying, she kept herself busy running the family events programme at Westminster Abbey and volunteering on the education programme at Dulwich Picture Gallery. After graduating in 2008, she went to work at the Royal Academy of Arts organising visits to historical properties and collections in and around London. Since 2013, she has lectured on the history of interior design at KLC School of Design. She also works as a gallery educator, planning and delivering workshops that engage young people in the visual arts. She has written widely on exhibitions and private collections, with a recent focus on producing art history learning resources.
Maurizio is originally from Cortona, Italy. He studied as an interpreter and continued on with a second University Degree in Languages and Visual Arts in Siena (with Honours). He worked as teacher, interpreter and guide in Italy until 1990 the year when he settled in London. Since then he qualified as a Blue Badge Guide and City Guide. He receive a third University Degree in Philosophy and Theology University of Louvain (Belgium) London campus (Allen Hall). He attended visual arts courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Gallery and City Lit. He has become an Art Expert for Tate Galleries. Alongside with his guiding, he is also tutoring and lecturing for the Tate Galleries and the Institute of Tourist Guiding (History of Art).
Cindy Polemis is an art historian and an independent lecturer and tour guide. She has a B.A. in History from Oxford University and as a mature student, she graduated from Birkbeck College, London University with a B.A. and M.A. in History of Art. She spent many years as a radio producer and presenter for the BBC World Service. Since 2016 she has been an official guide at Tate Modern and Tate Britain and has lectured independently. Cindy has accumulated a wide range of art historical knowledge and loves to share her passion and enthusiasm for art with her audience in many different venues throughout London and beyond. She is also an accomplished cook, a sour dough bread baker and has many contacts in the artisan food and wine scene in London.
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