Tate Modern Tour
A Thematic Approach
This Is Not a Pipe
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).
Worldwide traveller, Camelia Shakti has an MA degree in History and a Post Graduate degree in Landscape Design. An experienced and talented story teller and a passionate explorer of city, mind and landscapes, Camelia works as a yoga artist and designs pop-up yoga playgrounds using petals and seeds. Her designs function as events and have been featured among other places at the V&A Museum of Childhood and Regent's Royal Park. Having explored the aesthetics of horticulture and the practicalities of gardening, she has worked as horticultural consultant for the biggest garden centre in the UK and volunteered on garden projects around the world focusing on environmental approaches to landscape design and maintenance. She has been visiting Kew Botanical Gardens for the past 7 years and is happy to share and bring context of this magical space that houses the biggest collection of live wild species from around the world and beautiful architectural gems that reflect the history of the Industrial revolution, the growth of capital and the transformation of thought and practise into the Age of Reasons, through the Enlightenment and into contemporary efforts in conservation and genetic research. The story that Kew helps us unravel is one of identity and how Britain became a country of gardeners.
Alan Montgomery was born and raised in Scotland, but has spent most of his adult life in London. Having achieved an MA in Art History at Glasgow University, he worked for many years in the art world at both an international auction house and an antique dealer. In recent years he has returned to academia, achieving an MA in Classical Civilisation in 2011, and has recently completed a PhD in which he analysed eighteenth-century attitudes towards the ancient Roman world. In addition to his work for Context Travel, Alan also writes catalogue essays on Contemporary Art for a leading auctioneer. Elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2017, he has just started work on a book inspired by his PhD research, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.
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