Rose Aidin, Founder and Chief Executive
Rose is Chief Executive of Art History Link-Up. 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 consultant for the cultural sector and a freelance editor / writer.
Rose 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.
Elle McPherson-Yoon, Administration and Operations Assistant
Elle is Art History Link-Up’s multilingual Administration and Operations Assistant. She originally hails from Canada, where she completed an undergraduate degree in Art History and French at Queen’s University, Ontario. In 2014, Elle obtained an MA Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, and has continued to devote her time to the arts since. Elle has previously worked at AXA Art and Christie’s, and in her spare time enjoys playing classical piano.
Kate Macdonald, Development Coordinator
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 the subject with Italian at Bristol University and is thrilled to have returned to the art world with Art History Link-Up.
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 to be supporting Art History Link-Up’s expansion and development.
Sasha Eaglestone, Special Projects Assistant
Sasha has a background in marketing communications and fundraising and a PGCE with QTS in Modern Foreign Languages, with experience of teaching French and German in London secondary schools. She has a keen interest in art and is delighted to be part of an organisation which believes in making art accessible to all young people and to be involved with Art History Link-Up.
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.
Ludo Amory graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in History of Art and more recently from the Courtauld Institute with an MA in Conceptual Art. He is keenly interested in contemporary art, urban theory and palaeontology. He has helped with the curation of exhibitions in institutions such as Queer Britain as well as co-curating his own independent shows. Ludo has worked with AHLU since 2019, as a teaching assistant as well as an EPQ mentor, and currently as Student Officer.
Emma Bowen is Head of History of Art and Deputy Head of Sixth Form (Enrichment) 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’. Emma lead and taught our Art History for Everyone A level and EPQ course at the National Gallery in 2018-19, and is now a Trustee of Art History Link-Up, and an occasional teacher.
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 is lead teacher on AHLU’s Nature and Baroque A level and EPQ course. She was a Development Coordinator for the first stage pilot of AHLU’s ‘Introduction to Art History’ pilot courses for 13-15 year olds in 2022 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Courtauld Institute of Art and National Gallery. Evelyn completed an MA in History of Art from The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2020. She also holds an undergraduate degree in History of Art from the University of Oxford (2018).While her research interests are wide-ranging, her most recent work considered the dancing body in Early Modern Dutch painting. Evelyn taught A Level History of Art at Lady Margaret School, Parson’s Green, and as a private tutor. In her spare time, Evelyn performs in contemporary dance shows, installations and films and is currently developing a dance project around the theme of sensual perception and art. Evelyn has been part of AHLU’s teaching team since 2020 and is excited about exploring London’s collections with AHLU’s wonderful students.
Theresa Faircliff is Head of History of Art at Francis Holland, Sloane Square, where she also teaches English. She originally intended to study English at university, but had a ‘Eureka’ moment in front of Masaccio’s ‘Expulsion’ in Florence, and from that moment onwards has pursued History of Art. Theresa studied the subject at Edinburgh University, with a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, and completed an MA in post-1960 art and psychoanalysis at the Courtauld. She then worked for several years in the Editorial department at illustrated-books publisher Thames & Hudson before deciding to become a teacher. Prior to her current role, Theresa taught History of Art for three years at Fine Arts College in Hampstead, following four years at Notting Hill and Ealing High School. Theresa retains her love for all things to do with the Italian Renaissance, but these days is more likely to be found at contemporary art exhibitions.
Stephanie Farmer 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 twentieth century, and a BFA in Fine Art. She has also worked for arts organisations, including the British Council. Stephanie has been teaching with AHLU since 2019, and her roles have included Student Officer, EPQ Manager and Mentor, in addition to teaching Introduction to Art History classes for KS3 and 4 students in addition to A level Art History.
Dr Roz Hayes
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. She recently received a PhD from the History of Art department at UCL, where she researched animals, art, and nineteenth-century Britain. She currently works at Art Fund, which means she regularly gets to visit loads of fabulous museums. Roz has been teaching with AHLU since 2019.
Nicola Hepworth is an art teacher and a painter who has a degree in Fine Art (History of Art and Art) from the University of Edinburgh and a PGCE from the Institute of Education in London. Nicola taught Art for many years at the Camden School for Girls, and at Walthamstow School for Girls since 2016. In 2018 she completed a part-time postgraduate diploma at the Essential School of Painting, since when she has been increasingly pursuing her artistic practice alongside her teaching: she is endlessly fascinated in looking at how pictures have been made. Nicola has been teaching with AHLU since 2020 and her role has including teaching Introduction to Art History classes for KS3 and 4 students in addition to A level Art History, and moderating student EPQ projects. In 2022 she was awarded the AHLU x Christie’s Education Scholarship Award prize of an Art Business Masterclass Certificate Course for her film on Mark Gertler’s ‘Meery Go Round’. Find out more and watch Nicola’s film here.
Laura House completed an MA in Curating from The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2019 and is an Assistant Curator (Sculpture) at the Victoria & Albert Museum. 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 since 2018 and relishes the opportunity to work with inquisitive minds while exploring the art in London’s incredible museums and galleries.
Dr Judith Jammers
Judith Jammers studied Art History, Classical Archaeology and Philosophy of Religion at Freie Universität Berlin and gained her PhD in History of Art from Humboldt Universität Berlin. She worked as a London-based art correspondent and architecture critic. Judith writes for and collaborates with art institutions and public museums in Germany. But her professional passion and focus is teaching and managing the Art History department at Highgate School. Judith holds a PGCE, has worked as an examiner for AQA and Pearson and is extremely familiar with the delivery and assessment of the art history syllabus. Her aim, however, is to teach as often as possible in the museums, galleries and the real built environment so that students experience works of art and architecture as the weird and wonderful physical objects they are.
Marjotte Miles studied Art History as an undergraduate at The Courtauld Institute of Art before completing her Masters at Oxford University. During her degrees, Marjotte has 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. Marjotte is an A level Art History script examiner for Edexcel Pearson. Marjotte is taking an ESRC funded PhD in History with the Museums of Liverpool on imperial violence and technology in museum collections. She was awarded the 2021 Sir Denis Mahon Essay Prize for her paper on ‘The Invisibility of the Old Woman Artist: Van Dyck’s Portrait of Sofonisba Anguissola‘.
Isaac Nugent taught History of Art A Level at Collingham College and Italian art and culture on gap-year courses in Italy. 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 transmission of images and ideas in Europe between 1400-1650 and the intellectual currents of pre first world war European Modernism. He joined the AHLU teaching team in 2020 and has also been an AHLU Student Liaison Officer and EPQ mentor. Isaac completed an MA in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History at the Warburg Institute in London in 2022. He is currently a Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery, supporting the delivery of Modern and Contemporary projects.
Henry Tudor Pole
Henry Tudor Pole completed an MA in History of Art at UCL in 2022, writing his dissertation on Carlo Crivelli. He took a foundation year at the Royal Drawing School, studied for a BA in History of Art at the University of Oxford and spent a year at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. He has taught art history extensively on gap-year courses in Italy and France, and in the UK as a tutor. He pursues a practice in critical and creative writing.
Dr Tilly Scantlebury
Tilly Scantlebury gained a PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2021 after receiving an MA from the Courtauld in 2016 and a BA from UCL in 2015. Tilly has taught feminist art history on MA, BA and Graduate Diploma courses and currently delivers accessible arts workshops to schools, colleges and adults across the UK as a Public Programmes Educator. Tilly loves teaching art history, and is excited by the way that art helps us to make sense of and reimagine the world in which we live. Tilly’s academic research focuses on queer American art from 1990 to the present, ranging from sculpture, photography, and graphic novels. Tilly was AHLU’s first teaching assistant, in 2017, and is thrilled to have re-joined the AHLU teaching team at the Courtauld in 2022.
Meitao Qu studied Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths College before specialising in contemporary Chinese art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She graduated from the MFA program at the Ruskin School of Art in 2021 and is currently pursuing a visual art practice alongside teaching roles in Art and Art History. Meitao has been teaching with AHLU since 2021.
Fania Weatherby is lead teacher on AHLU’s ‘Identities’ and ‘Nineteenth Century’ courses delivered at the Courtauld Gallery. Fania graduated from the University of Oxford (BA Hons) and the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA), where she specialised in nineteenth century painting. Since graduating, she has taught History of Art in major museums across Europe, including the Uffizi Galleries and the Centre Pompidou, and delivered workshops in multiple UK schools, including The Harris Federation Trust, Lady Eleanor Holles, and Roedean School. For the past three years, she has taught History of Art and Religious Studies at Wycombe Abbey School. Fania is also a practicing artist, who you may see out with her sketchbook in London’s parks.
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 and Imperial Voice Radio, and has a monthly residency with the AAJA music project and radio station that is based in South London.
Ed Hands is a recent graduate of Critical Practice from the Royal College of Art. Alongside offering volunteer technical support and photography to Art History Link-Up, Ed teaches at Art History Abroad and is a Visiting Lecturer on the Foundation in Art and Design programme at the University of Westminster.
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.
Volunteer Visiting Lecturers
Dr Xavier Bray, Director, The Wallace Collection
Dr Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research, The National Gallery
Lucy Chiswell, Founder and Coordinator, ‘Join The Cult’ Art History platform
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
Habda Rashid, Senior Curator, Space London
Puneeta Sharma, Assistant Paper Conservator, Royal Collection Trust
Dr Neil Shasore, Departmental Lecturer, Department of the History of Art, the University of Oxford
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
Ludo Amory, MA History of Art Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Verity Babbs, Assistant Curator, Rise Art
Kitty Becher, MA Graduate, The University of Edinburgh
Emma Bowen, Head of Art History, Wycombe Abbey School
Georgina Byworth-Morgan, MA History of Photography, University of Oxford
Jonathan Casely, Head of History of Art, Italian, Sherborne Girls’ School
Corinne Chalaby, PhD Candidate in History of Art, University College London
Lucy Chiswell, Founder and Coordinator, ‘Join The Cult’ Art History platform
Rosie Clement-Hennion, MA History of Art Graduate, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Imogen Cornwall Jones, Head of Art History, Queen’s Gate School
Dr Alastair Dunn, Senior Deputy Head, St Peter’s School
Dr Mark Elliot, Head of Astronomy & EPQ, Physics, Shrewsbury School
Dr Lara Frentrop, Associate Lecturer, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Maddy Galbraith, MA History of Art Candidate, University College London
Nathan Geyer, MPhil Candidate in Film and Screen Studies, University of Cambridge
Susan Ghosh PhD History of Art Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Chantal Gilou, Head of EPQ and Art Teacher, James Allen’s Girls’ School
Lewis Grant, Curatorial Fellow, Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum
Emily Hannam, Assistant Curator of Islamic and South Asian Collections, Royal Collections Trust
Joanna Hooper, MA Candidate in Fine Art, The University of Edinburgh
Angela Inglese, Head of History of Art, Senior Tutor, St Dominic’s Sixth Form College
Dr Alice Insley, Assistant Curator, Tate Britain
Dr Judith Jammers, Head of Art History, Highgate School
Isabelle Kent, M Phil Candidate, University of Cambridge
Jonathan King, PhD Candidate, University of York
Denise Lai, MA Design History, The Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum
Emily Lashford, BA History of Art Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Grant Lewis, Curatorial Fellow, Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum
Clare MacDonnell, History of Art and Art Teacher, Francis Holland School, Clarence Gate
Thomas MacKinnon, MA Candidate in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture, The Warburg Institute
Dr Thomas Marks, Associate Fellow, The Warburg Institute, University of London
Imaan Markar, MSt History of Art and Visual Culture, University of Oxford
Andrew Mee, Head of Art History and English Teacher, University College School
Marjotte Miles, PhD Candidate in History, Museums of Liverpool
Bethany Moran, MA History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Isobel Muir, PhD Candidate at The National Gallery / Durham University
Isaac Nugent, MA Candidate, The Warburg Institute, University of London
Dr An Pancaldi, History Teacher, London Academy of Excellence
Tom Parsons, History of Art and English Teacher, St Mary’s School Ascot
Sadie Pitcher, BA History of Art and Visual Culture Candidate, The University of Exeter
Rosie Razzall, Curator of Drawings, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Poppy Robinson, BA History of Art, University of Cambridge
Annabelle Ruvigny, BA History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Carolyn Saunders, Classics Teacher, Sydenham High School
Emma Sharples, PhD Candidate at Tate / University of Cambridge
Clara Storgaard Petersen, BA Graduate, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Dr Joe Spence, Master, Dulwich College
Elizabeth Summerskill, MA History of Art Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Dr Harriette Peel, PhD Graduate, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Henry Tudor Pole, MA History of Art Candidate, University College, London
Fania Weatherby, History of Art Teacher, Wycombe Abbey School
Dr Penny Wickson, Head of History of Art, St Mary’s Calne
Dr Jane Williams, History of Art Teacher, Wynchwood School
Baylee Woodley, MPhil/PhD Candidate History of Art, University College London
“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