Rose Aidin, Chief Executive
Rose is Chief Executive of Art History Link-Up, the charity offering accredited art history courses to state-supported students in museums, galleries and online. Rose founded Art History Link-Up in 2016. She has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Western and Asian Art History, a PGCE with QTS teaching qualification in Art and Art History, and extensive experience of teaching in the state-supported and independent sectors. Rose is also a part-time art history teacher, consultant, and freelance writer. She has written for a wide range of publications including The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Observer, Financial Times, The Independent, Independent on Sunday and Evening Standard. Rose has worked for commercial and non-profit arts organisations, including Sotheby’s, Arts Council England and the Association for Art History. She is also a member of Art UK’s Learning and Engagement Panel. Rose studied Art History at school in London, visiting museums and galleries as part of her studies, and likewise at university: she has continued studying Art History in museums and galleries, and making them an integral part of her work, ever since.
Kate Macdonald, Fundraiser
Kate is a founder of Boisdale Restaurants and Bars which she set up with her husband in 1988. For the past 15 years she has worked in Oxford as a teacher of children and young adults with Specific Learning Difficulties. She has a keen interest in History of Art having studied it with Italian at Bristol University and is thrilled to be returning to the art world with Art History Link-Up.
Olivia Bladen, Administrator
Olivia was fortunate enough to attend a state school that offered History of Art at A-Level, and it quickly became her favourite subject. She went on to study History of Art at UCL, followed by an MA in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College. Olivia has since worked in administrative and office-based roles on education programmes at a wide range of organisations including the Royal Academy of Arts and London Transport Museum.Olivia is also a museum educator and has produced workshops, talks, events and interpretive resources for a wide range of organisations such as the Royal Academy of Arts and Bethlem Museum of the Mind. She loves doing work that connects young people to the arts as she was when at school.
Sally Bissoondialsingh, Book-keeper
Sally is a retired actuary, who worked with Swiss Re in North America until 1998, and has more recently been supporting organisations, including the English National Ballet and Emery Walker House, in their finance departments. Sally is passionate about access to the arts and is excited about supporting Art History Link-Up’s expansion and development.
Rose Aidin has an undergraduate degree in Western Art History, a post-graduate degree in Asian Art History, and a PGCE with QTS teaching qualification in Art History and Art. Rose has taught Art History and Art in a range of state maintained and independent sector schools, including The Camden School for Girls and James Allen’s Girls’ School. She relishes the amazing opportunities and connections that teaching Art History at first hand, in our great museum and gallery collections, offers both student and teacher.
Emma Bowen is Head of History of Art at Wycombe Abbey School where she loves introducing young minds to such a fascinating subject. Having completed her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Oxford she quickly realised her real passion was for Art History and so after a few years of teaching she studied for her MA, specialising in Mannerism. Her favourite artist is El Greco, her favourite gallery is Villa Borghese in Rome and her favourite saying is ‘the earth without art is just eh’.
Stephanie Farmer is AHLU’s Student Liaison Officer and also an integral part of the teaching team. Stephanie is Head of Art History at Notting Hill & Ealing High School, having taught Art and Art History at Townley Grammar School. She worked as a teacher for the Association for Art History’s outreach scheme and believes in bringing art history to a wider young audience. She was Artist-in-Residence at Eltham College. She has an MA in Art History, specialising in the early 20th C, and a BFA in Fine Art. She has also worked for arts organisations, including the British Council.
Laura House completed an MA in Curating from The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2019. She also holds an undergraduate degree in History of Art and English from the University of St Andrews. Before pursuing a postgraduate degree, Laura taught Art History and English in an international school for several years. She loves learning about all aspects of art history, but special research interests include Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Land Art. She is excited about being part of the AHLU team and the opportunity to work with inquisitive minds while exploring London’s incredible museums and galleries.
Theresa Morgan teaches A Level History of Art and GCSE English at Fine Arts College in Hampstead, after four years at Notting Hill and Ealing High School. She studied History of Art at Edinburgh University, completed an MA in Contemporary Art and Psychoanalysis at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and worked for several years for illustrated-books publisher Thames & Hudson before deciding to become a History of Art teacher. Theresa has also worked on the Drawing and Sculpture pathways of the Fine Art Foundation Diploma at Camberwell College of Arts.
Dr Penny Wickson
Penny Wickson began teaching History of Art as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in the History of Art Department of the University of Birmingham in 1998 where she completed her MPhil and PhD. She is currently Head of History of Art at St Mary’s, Calne. She has also taught History of Art in a Pupil Referral Unit and worked for many years as an examiner and Team Leader for AQA. When Pearson launched the new A Level in Global Art History she was employed as Scrutineer, ensuring the feasibility and accessibility of the first year of the new papers. She has been Chair of the Schools Subcommittee of the Association For Art History and continues to carry out research in to 19th/20th century Italian art and fashion. She is a radio DJ/presenter on Kane FM, Imperial Voice Radio and Energy 1058.
Jack Dunleavy is AHLU’s Lead Teaching Assistant of many year’s standing. Jack went to a comprehensive school in London, where took History of Art A level, before studying English and History of Art at the University of York. In his spare time, he likes reading books, watching films and thinking about oil paintings. His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso, and his favourite museum is Tate Britain.
Evelyn Earl completed an MA in History of Art from The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2020, specialising in early modern Netherlandish art. She also holds an undergraduate degree in History of Art from the University of Oxford (2018). Alongside her studies, she worked as an online art history tutor.
Roz Hayes first became interested in Art History during her Foundation in Art and Design at Plymouth College of Art, and went on to study a combined honours in History and History of Art at the University of York. Since then, she has worked in various capacities in arts organisations iand is now mid-way through an AHRC-funded PhD research project in the History of Art department at UCL, studying animals in art.
Marjotte Miles studied Art History as an undergraduate at the Courtauld Institute of Art before recently completing her Masters at Oxford University. During both her degrees, Marjotte noticed how her growing love for Art History was partly due to the incredible teaching she had received and is therefore thrilled to be teaching with AHLU. She enjoys learning about Art History in every way she can but is particularly passionate about seventeenth-century South American colonial art.
Isaac Nugent currently teaches History of Art A Level at Collingham College. He studied Art and History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and completed ‘The Drawing Year’ at the Royal Drawing School in 2017. Now a practicing artist and writer, he is particularly fascinated by the art of Florence and Siena during the 14th and 15th centuries and pre first world war European Modernism.
Ludo Amory is an undergraduate studying Art History at Cambridge University where he is the LGBT representative for his college. His interests are wide ranging from queer studies to dinosaur art. He works as a volunteer teaching assistant for Art History Link-Up as well as an EPQ mentor.
Chantal Gilou is Head of Extended Project Qualification at James Allen’s Girls’ School where she also teaches Fine Art. She is a practising artist who is passionate about research and visual arts. Chantal is the taught Art History EPQ as a course of study for Art History Link-Up.
Dr Judith Jammers
Judith Jammers is Head of Art History at Highgate School. She believes Art History should be for everyone and has supported Art History Link-Up since its inception, with a wide range of teaching and practical resources, and in development of the taught Extended Project Qualification A level Art History courses.
Jane Simpkiss studied History at Durham University and recently completed an MA in Curating at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her interest in visual culture is varied and wide-ranging, she is fascinated by both Old Master painting and contemporary British studio pottery. Jane is currently researching and coordinating resources for Art History Link-Up’s Diploma in Visual Culture.
Angela Trumble is currently completing her second Masters degree at Goldsmiths College in Arts Education. Her previous Masters was in Art History at the University of Oxford. She is passionate about the Art History Link-Up programme and has focussed her thesis research on how AHLU is developing its students’ 21st Century skills.
Volunteer Visiting Lecturers
Dr Xavier Bray, Director, The Wallace Collection
Dr Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research, The National Gallery
Dr Lucy Chiswell, The Dorset Curatorial Fellow, The National Gallery
Professor Craig Clunas, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, the University of Oxford
Dr Carlo Corsato, Lecturer, Morley College
Dr Thomas Dalla Costa, Harry M. Weinrebe Curatorial Fellow, The National Gallery
Dr Lucy Davis, Curator of Flemish and British Paintings, Miniatures and Works on Paper, The Wallace Collection
Dr Joost Joustra, The Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion, The National Gallery
Isabelle Kent, Lecturer, The Wallace Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Art Fund
Dr Thomas Marks, Editor, Apollo Magazine
Natalia Muñoz-Rojas, Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant of Paintings, The Wallace Collection
Dr John Taylor, Chief Examiner of the Edexcel Project Qualification
Dr Imogen Tedbury, Simon Sainsbury Curatorial Fellow, The National Gallery
Felix Zorzo, Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection
Volunteer Extended Project Qualification Supervisors
Kate Butler, Head of History of Art, Glenalmond College
Dr Alixe Bovey, Head of Research, The Courtauld Institute
Imogen Cornwall Jones, Head of Art History, Queen’s Gate School
Ella Davison, Head of Art History, Dulwich College
Olivia Dobell, History of Art Teacher, Putney High School
Lara Frentrop, Associate Lecturer, The Courtauld Institute
Dr Mark Fowle, Head of Politics, James Allen’s Girls’ School
Chantal Gilou, Head of EPQ and Art Teacher, James Allen’s Girls’ School
Ludo Heathcoat Amory, History of Art Undergraduate, University of Cambridge
Sally-Anne Huang, Headmistress, James Allen’s Girls’ School
Dr Judith Jammers, Head of Art History, Highgate School
Susannah Kingwell, PhD Candidate, The Courtauld Insitute
Angela Inglese, Assistant Principal, Art History and Art Teacher, St Dominic’s Catholic College
Clare MacDonnell, Director of Extra Curricular Activities, History of Art and Art Teacher, Francis Holland School, Clarence Gate
Dr Nadia Marx, History of Art Teacher, St Helen’s School
Dr Thomas Marx, Editor, Apollo Magazine
Andrew Mee, Head of Art History and English Teacher, University College School
Joanna Meeson, Teacher in Charge: History of Art and EPQ Coordinator, Heathfield School
Isobel Muir, Assistant to the Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, The Royal Collection
Dr An Pancaldi, History Teacher, London Academy of Excellence
Tom Parsons, History of Art and English Teacher, St Mary’s School Ascot
Dr Harriette Peel
Rosie Razzall, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection
Dr Cleo Roberts, Writer and Academic
Carolyn Saunders, Classics Teacher, Sydenham High School
Gabrielle Schwarz, Web Editor, Apollo Magazine
Dr Joe Spence, Master, Dulwich College
Livia Turnbull, Assistant Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum
Robert Wallace, Assistant Head, James Allen’s Girls’ School
Dr Penny Wickson, Head of History of Art, St Mary’s Calne
Jane Williams, History of Art Teacher, Wynchwood School
“The AHLU students are all so motivated and fun to teach. It’s amazing that they give up every Saturday to come and learn about Art History, it shows a drive and passion which is truly rare and precious. I can’t wait to see where our AHLU students will end up in the future. It’s wonderful to think that for some this will be the launch-pad into a university course and possibly a career connected with Art History, but it’s equally exciting that no matter what the students end up doing they will always have a love and appreciation of art.”
Emma Bowen, Art History Link-Up teacher, and Head of Art History, Wycombe Abbey