Arts & Culture... meet our experts

| January 10, 2018

Cox & Kings’ Arts & Culture tours open the doors to experiences that would otherwise not be possible. They capture the essence of each destination through the inspiring lecturers who offer their personal insights and in-depth knowledge. Many of our lecturers are either researchers or practising artists and we recently interviewed some of them to discuss what they bring to each tour.

Mire-e-Arab madrasa, the Ark, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Lydia Bauman

Lydia leads our ever-popular St Petersburg tour, which features many works of art and gilded interiors. Lydia uses gold and silver leaf in many of her own works to add light and life to the shimmering landscapes of her worldwide journeys. We met Lydia in her East London studio on a cold December morning and watched the winter sun illuminate her pictures.


Diana Driscoll

Diana read ancient Middle East and Islamic studies at SOAS and has wide-ranging knowledge of every aspect of the Islamic world: religion, history, culture and languages. She is an independent researcher, giving regular talks at the British Museum, where we met her, and leads our Arts & Culture tours to Morocco, Iran and Uzbekistan. Many of these tours offer exclusive visits to artisans, including weavers and ceramicists, and Diana offers her insights to these traditional skills.


Stephen Nelson

Stephen is a practising sculptor who has lived and worked in Italy as well as the UK. He brings his extensive, specialist knowledge of Italy’s architecture, art and archaeology as well as the cuisine, to his tours of Turin and the Bay of Naples.  We filmed Stephen at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London, where he curated an exhibition of an art movement that began in Turin in the 1960s – Poor Art: Arte Povre.


See the full collection of Cox & Kings' Arts & Culture tours here.

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