We are delighted to have received many wonderful comments from our tour, study day, lecture and course participants. Please see a selection of comments about Art History in Focus below.

Click here for a recent review of an Art History in Focus tour to La Rioja and Bilbao, written by one of our clients Mrs Susan Heywood

Scroll to the bottom of this page to download an article for a Nadfas journal written by one of our clients Mrs Eliz Miller, reviewing an Art History in Focus tour to Italy

Tours and Holidays


"There are not enough superlatives to describe our Italy experience, thanks to you! Your wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and creativity all contributed to a most memorable trip. We are looking forward to next time"
Mr and Mrs Bob and Eileen Kennedy Heim, Private Tour of Verona and Venice, 2017

"Having caught our breath after your Venice extravaganza, we need to thank you for an outstanding tour. Every detail was organised and communicated with the lightest touch and the detail, context and history of what we were looking at was explained with the confidence of considerable scholarship. Your highlights, carefully paced during the trip, created memories we shall treasure"
Mr and Mrs Garth Coles, Hidden Treasures of Venice, 2019

"Thank you so much for the wonderful experience I had in Venice. I loved every minute of it. Your attention to detail in every aspect of the trip as always was amazing and very much appreciated by all the participants."
Mrs Gill Culverwell, Hidden Treasures of Venice, 2019

"What an amazing two days - everywhere we went had something different and interesting, and the gardens were beautiful. The hotel was excellent and dinner was delicious, and then we had another delicious meal at Chalfield. Everything as always was organised meticulously - you are amazing. Well done, and thank you!"
Mrs Jenni Hammond, West Country Private Houses and Gardens Tour, 2018

"What a really lovely time I had with you. Thank you so much for organising such a great packed two days, so many interesting places we visited. I found it really wonderful how friendly everyone was, several people I have arranged to meet again. Honestly out of all the events I have been to recently this really came out at the top for enjoyment!"
Mrs Felicity Jaffe, Compton Verney and the Cotswolds, 2019

"Thank you for literally opening our eyes to the world of Art History in situ and sharing your encyclopaedic knowledge with us, as well as sharing the delights of 'hidden Florence' both culturally and gastronomically!  It was a perfect trip and the privilege of visiting the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and hearing The Cremona Quartet at The Palazzo Tornabuoni were moments never to be forgotten"
Sir and Lady Gerald and Joyce Acher, Discover Florence 2014

"On behalf of all our group from Moor Park DFAS I would like to express our sincere thanks for giving us such a wonderful experience in Toledo and Madrid. Your thoughtfulness and attention to detail in all aspects of this trip have been second to none. We look forward to our next adventure with you!"
Mrs Anne Harris, Private Tour for Moor Park Dfas/Arts Society, 2016

"We would like to say a heartfelt thank you for our wonderful trip to Florence - you made they city and all her treasures sing, laugh and dance for us. Everything appeared to happen effortlessly and our five days gave us memories to last a lifetime"
Mr and Mrs Peter and Briony Scott, Discover Florence 2014

"Mark and I enjoyed our 5 days in Albi and Carcassonne enormously. Both hotels were magnificent, the meals excellent and the itinerary that you chose was stimulating and varied. You have a great ability to bring a church, a venue, an artist or a piece of art alive with your insight and informative talks. We felt very privileged that you introduced us all to people and places that obviously meant so much to you. Many thanks and we look forward to the next event or tour that we can attend"
Mr and Mrs Mark and Caroline Kissin, Albi and Carcassonne: 2016

"We hope that you sensed by the end of our five days in Albi and Carcassonne how much the group had appreciated such a stimulating visit to South-West France. We certainly loved it and are full of admiration for the way in which you combine your extensive knowledge of art and music with unobtrusively high quality administration – all with a charm and a lively sense of humour too.  Plus you seem to know such delightful people around Toulouse with intriguing houses and very good cuisine – and you use really comfortable hotels, which we do appreciate"
Mr and Mrs Mike and Gillian Williams, Albi and Carcassonne: 2016

"Since our return from your wonderful trip, I've been pondering what made it so special and unique. The usual ingredients of your faultless preparation, great itinerary, superb guiding, brilliant choices of hotels & restaurants and a particularly friendly group of people were all there in abundance. I think the added extra this time was your personal passion for the area, which you conveyed to us and the personal anecdotes of your time spent with Robbie and other friends. The Cremona concert and whole evening was magical again, as was the wine tasting and lunch. Thank you so much for a meticulously planned holiday which we enjoyed immensely, as did everyone I've spoken too. It was a triumph."
Mr and Mrs Richard and Jenny Lebus, Albi and Carcassonne: 2016

"My first tour with you and I cannot express enough my thanks and admiration for all your hard work, organisation and enthusiasm. It has been a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to joining you again"
Mrs Wendy Mundie, Art and Opera in Vienna 2015

"I am still living off that marvellous trip, and all you taught us and all we saw! We had such a wonderful group of people, and I loved everything about it. In the mornings over leisurely coffee, I am still savouring the art catalogues I bought"
Miss Ruth Bennett, Milan Art and Opera 2015

"Many thanks again for a wonderful trip to Milan - again, we appreciated your immaculate planning and your style and knowledge"
Mr and Mrs Matthew and Alison Griffiths, Milan Art and Opera 2015

"We thoroughly enjoyed the Rome trip: thank you so much.  A very well-organised tour; so much to take in, and all enhanced by your knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, your subject!  The private visits were a real bonus: when we first visited Rome several years ago, the queues and crowds meant that much detail was lost in the general melee"
Mr and Mrs David and Julie Renfrew, The Glory of Rome 2015

"Thank you for another wonderful tour. Your kindness, efficiency, choices and the splendid visits make such a difference and make me feel like I have a broader understanding of Rome"
Miss Tove Sperling, The Glory of Rome 2015

 "A triumphant trip! I think the whole group was blown away by the Sistine Chapel visit - it was just sublime to be there on our own, and we feel very very privileged to have had such a private experience. A million thanks for all your fantastic arrangements and wonderful guiding which you know we enjoy so much"
Mrs Jenny Lebus, The Glory of Rome 2014

"What a great tour it was to Lake Garda - the opera experience, the Veronese exhibition, the visit to Brescia and the vineyard, all those lovely meals and the good company. Thank you so much for the excellent talks, the immaculate planning of the itinerary and all your hard work. I enjoyed our time in Italy so much"
Mrs Trudy Wainwright, Verona Opera and Lake Garda 2014

"Thank you so much for organising such a fantastic trip to Rome. We enjoyed every moment of your well-planned itinerary which exceeded all our expectations. The private viewing in the Sistine Chapel was a wonderful and moving experience and a once in a lifetime privilege for which we will be forever grateful"
Mr and Mrs David and Denise Lennox, The Glory of Rome 2014

"Thank you for arranging so many wonderful visits to places that the average tourist would never get to. You teaching was again superlative and your passion for art history so contagious.  I am so inspired every time I hear and watch you talk about art!  Thank you so much for your great gift of teaching, and your many kindnesses that you extend to all your flock"
Miss Ruth Bennett, The Glory of Rome 2014

"Thank you so much for an absolutely excellent few days in Spain.  As always you had put on an excellent itinerary, superbly organised and with a great mix of art and gastronomy!  It was a genuinely fascinating tour."
Mr and Mrs John and Ros Hamburger, Bilbao and La Rioja 2014

"Thank you for a fabulous time in Madrid. Your skill and knowledge are matched only by your courtesy and kindness. It was an unforgettable five days"
Mrs Tracey Howcroft, Madrid in the Spring 2013

"Thanks again for a fabulous trip to Madrid…stupendously well organised and highly edifying"
Mrs Jane Silcock, Madrid in the Spring 2013

" I wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip to Bruges … You organised everything with precision. The visit opened my eyes to the Flemish painters and brought to life some of the themes and painters you had discussed on your courses"
Mrs Pauline Boughton, Flemish Art Tour 2013

" It really was a most enjoyable few days in Belgium and as always you were a magnificent manager, tour guide, lecturer and art connoisseur. I don't know how you do it! Thank you very much for an excellent trip and one that was so enjoyable and so interesting"
Mr and Mrs Bruce and Ann Aitken, Flemish Art Tour 2013

"Thank you for such a stimulating and enjoyable visit to Belgium.  We were delighted with the complete package which we realise is compiled with a lot of effort and even more care resulting in a group of very happy people. Our hotel room was, without exaggeration, the best room we have had in any four- star hotel.  The depth and quality of your gallery guidance was top quality and always thoroughly enjoyable.  It was also wonderful to listen to Anne van Grevenstein- Kruse talking about the restoration of the van Eyck altarpiece.  We shall keep our eye on your website checking for further goodies"
Mr and Mrs Garth and June Coles, Flemish Art Tour 2013

“ We want to thank you very much for all that you did to make our trip so interesting and making it all come to life. Your extensive knowledge of all that we saw was breathtaking and we appreciated learning about places and works of art which we had not seen on earlier visits. A truly memorable few days.”
Prof and Mrs Brian and Margaret Clarkson, private tour of Florence and Tuscany 2011

"A very big thank you for the Venice tour which we are already calling a Golden Holiday. The choice of visits and wonderful paintings were inspirational and we loved the food and the company too! Your talks about the paintings brought them to life in such a meaningful and memorable way. I have returned home with such happy memories as well as many new acquaintances...."
Mrs Trudy Wainwright, Secret Venice 2013

"A whole week has gone by since our return from Venice and still the images are pouring in, reminding me of our truly wonderful visit. I could make a long list of the highlights, which kept on coming day after day. Thank you for such a well organised trip and for all the information you poured out to us each day."
Mrs Margaret Brown, Secret Venice 2011

"...The itinerary you organised was superb - and as ever your commentary was great, providing insight into the city and its art and architecture that we would have found difficult to gain for ourselves. You also took us to places that we probably would never have found or been able to get into ourselves..."
Mr and Mrs John and Ros Hamburger, Secret Venice 2011

"...What a fabulous trip. Thank you so much – we enjoyed ourselves immensely. You had clearly taken a huge amount of trouble to organise everything perfectly and you enabled us to enjoy and appreciate many wonderful works of art..."
Mr and Mrs Nick and Nicki Aylwin, Madrid and Toledo 2012

"...Thank you so much for organising another super trip - my first ever visit to Spain. You plan everything so well and balance our days with interesting visits and wonderful art and enough time to relax, get to know each other and share great food in the evening..."
Mrs Sheenagh McCutcheon, Madrid and Toledo 2012

"Thank you so very much for such an enjoyable holiday, I enjoyed it immensely and am now looking forward to the next one"
Mrs Margaret Barber, Madrid and Toledo 2012

"We had another fantastic tour with you Sian. The context, insight, history and knowledge you shared with us, so easily and effortlessly, were once again exceptional and inspiring. The faultless arrangements were a tribute to your meticulous planning. We are already looking already forward to our next trip with you"
Mr and Mrs David and Denise Lennox, Madrid and Toledo 2012

"Just to say that I am still savouring the memories of that wonderful trip to Verona and Ravenna, and all the places in between … thank you for a marvellous trip. Your teaching is wonderful, and I learned so much, thanks so much for all the very detailed information and for covering so many wonderful places"
Miss Ruth Bennett, Renaissance Courts and Ravenna 2012

"Thank you so very much for yet another outstanding trip - beautiful cities, masterly guided by you and Andy and of course, lots of wonderful art."
Mrs Jenny Lebus, Renaissance Courts and Ravenna 2012

“Thank you so much for the wonderful time we spent with you in Venice. Your excellent planning both before and during the holiday made for a very relaxing time for us all. Your infectious enthusiasm makes us wish we had discovered art years ago!”
Mr and Mrs Alan and Ann Smith, Venice: Art and Architecture 2006

“Thank you so very much for a simply wonderful few days in Florence - I enjoyed it all immensely and was so pleased to meet so many nice people. You are a superb lecturer and everything is always so beautifully organised on your tours - it is a real treat to be with you.”
Miss Jennifer Bowen, Florence 2009

"Although I loved our other two Art History trips, this was my favourite, and I thought our group a very dear group of people.   Venice was magnificent and life-changing, and I could do this trip all over again! I am reading through all your wonderful hand-outs again and pouring through all the art books I bought. Thanks for all your patient, detailed, hard work in making this holiday a lifetime memory." 
Miss Ruth Bennett, Secret Venice 2013

"Ann and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and cannot thank you enough for devising such a fascinating programme - very well balanced and with great attention to detail".
Mr and Mrs Bruce and Ann Aitken, Secret Venice 2013

“Thank you for such a splendid trip to Spain. Although we had visited Avila and Salamanca before, we saw both beautiful cities afresh when accompanied by your superb and always fascinating explanations of their history and monuments…We had such fun and learned so much – your enthusiasm and knowledge really does bring everything alive. Thank for also for organising everything so smoothly. We are already looking forward to our next trip with you!”
Mr and Mrs Graham and Jill Zacharias, Castile and Extremadura 2010

“Once again, our sincere thanks for a lovely weekend away in Bruges. Good company, excellent food and wonderful things to see – all arranged, as ever, in impeccable style. Thank you!”
Mr and Mrs Terry and Penny Moore, The Art of Flanders 2010

“We had such a wonderful visit to Bruges – your organisation is exceptional, your knowledge awe-inspiring and your “joie de vivre” infectious! We had such a special and memorable few days with you – thank you for all the hours of work and thoughtfulness that goes into making your trips such magical occasions.”
Mr and Mrs Richard and Angela Fry, The Art of Flanders 2010

“Thank you so much for our Bronzino weekend - I am still buzzing with it all, and cannot believe how much we managed to pack in, thanks to your excellent timings and organisation. Thank you too for your unfailing kindness to us in everything, it is very much appreciated.”
Mrs Elsie Galbraith, Bronzino in Florence 2010

“Many, many thanks for a very special few days in Florence. I really appreciated your schedule and wonderfully informative talks, which I will savour and hopefully remember as much as possible. Florence came alive for me through your love of the city and its treasures. A big thank you for all your thought and hard work.”
Mrs Suzanne Kerr, Bronzino in Florence 2010

"Many many thanks for an amazing holiday in Siena. Every minute was inspirational: the city itself, the incredible beauty of all the glorious paintings we saw, the hotel .. plus so much else. Thank you for your excellent organisation"
Mrs Caroline Tate, Discovering Siena and Tuscany, 2011

"Thank you very much for making our introduction to your tours such a thoroughly enjoyable and instructive experience. We learnt a lot, saw a lot and ate a lot! Your organisation was impeccable and the hotel was really comfortable."
Mr and Mrs Michael and Gillian Williams, Discovering Siena and Tuscany, 2011

"Another triumphant tour to a city we had never visited before. We particularly enjoyed the introduction of Andy's walks and the pasta-making demonstration was great fun and amazingly skilled. Very many thanks for our awesome holiday"
Mrs Jenny Lebus, Discovering Bologna and Ferrara - Art, Gastronomy and Guided Walks, 2011

It is hard to believe the Italian adventure is over, but I am dining on all the wonderful memories. I had a super time, as I think you know. You and the others really made my trip, and I am looking forward to another "Sian holiday". You have inspired me to really concentrate on art history and perhaps pick up Italian!"
Mrs Ruth Bennett, Discovering Bologna and Ferrara - Art, Gastronomy and Guided Walks, 2011

“We thoroughly enjoyed the trip with you and are hugely appreciative of all you did to make the trip so memorable. Your meticulous planning, varied itinerary and attention to detail ensured everything was perfect for us and we had nothing to worry about. The delightful and informative way you shared your extensive knowledge of the art and history of Venice really brought the past to life for us. This added enormously to the pleasure of our holiday. We look forward to future trips - especially Rome next year.”
Mr and Mrs David and Denise Lennox, Venice: Art and Architecture 2007

“David and I had the most amazing time in Rome. We wanted to say thank you for such a well-organised, informative, friendly and thoroughly enjoyable tour. We felt totally comfortable in your capable hands.”
Mrs Rosie Williams, Renaissance and Baroque Rome 2009

"Many thanks for an excellent and very enjoyable holiday. Oh to be in sunny Rome again looking at some Caravaggio paintings! Holidays with you are a joy and we look forward to many more in the future. ”
Mr and Mrs Ken and Jane Medler , Renaissance and Baroque Rome Rome 2008

“Thank you very much for a wonderful trip to Florence …. Your patience and kindness are appreciated as much as your knowledge and scholarship.”
Mrs Tracey Howcroft , Florence 2009

“Many many thanks for our unforgettable weekend in Florence. Everything was perfect down to the last detail. We enjoyed every minute.”
Mr and Mrs Maureen and David Chesters , Florence 2006

“Thank you for making my dream of seeing art in Florence a reality.”
Mrs Carolyn Malarkey, Florence 2009

“ Thank you for the wonderful trip you organised for Elizabeth and friends to Florence. I really enjoyed it so much, and learned so much too. Your timing was perfect as we were not involved with crowds at any time. It was great to experience it with such good friends. ”
Mrs Hilda Childs, private tour of Florence and Tuscany 2011

“Thank you for a super holiday much exceeding our expectations. Thank you for your enthusiasm, your willingness to share knowledge and most of all your care and friendship. We look forward to travelling with you again.”
Mr and Mrs Ann and David Easton, Venice: Art and Architecture 2007

“I am sure I speak for all when I say what a pleasurable trip around the Castile area of Spain you gave us. Your knowledge of art amazes me - you continually chat along with information from what appears to be a very deep well on the subject. Thank you Siân for a lovely week.”
Mrs Doffy Humphreys, Castile and Extremadura 2010

“Alan and I want to reiterate our thanks to you for such a perfect trip to a part of Spain we never knew before. Our eyes have been opened to the paradors, the dry desert scenery of the area and the feast of cathedrals, churches and monasteries, to say nothing of Zurbaran, El Greco and Velazquez. Thank you.”
Mr and Mrs Alan and Sheena Kingsley, Castile and Extremadura 2010

“Thank you for all your efforts which made our last trip to Tuscany so informative and such fun. It was lovely to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones (both people and places!). I would love to know your secret for all your energy and enthusiasm which makes your trips that extra bit special.”
Mr and Mrs Pauline and David Allbeury, Art and Wine in Tuscany 2008

“Thank you so very much for a perfect holiday. We returned totally refreshed, with minds full of beautiful works of art and warm interesting companions …… All beautifully and perfectly organised.”
Mrs Elizabeth Fussell, Venice: Art and Architecture 2006

“Thank you so much for such a superbly structured trip based in Verona ….Using your knowledge and experience so skilfully made the trip so enjoyable and it was a real tour de force.”
Mrs Helen Garside, Verona and the Renaissance Courts of Italy 2008

“Thank you for such a wonderful trip to Tuscany ….. The whole holiday was really a joy. We thought the accommodation and its location were excellent, and we very much enjoyed all the excursions. The wine tastings were also fantastic. We really appreciate all the time and organisation that you put into making your trips run so smoothly.”
Mr and Mrs Jill and Graham Zacharias, Art and Wine in Tuscany 2008

“As usual with your meticulous planning and forethought it was a super weekend and a real delight to see all the art work that we had studied The group was again so friendly - everyone always seems to get on with everyone else and it was also really good to see some familiar faces from previous trips and catch up on past news!”
Mr and Mrs Maureen and Vic Kimber, Art in Flanders 2010

“Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend in Bruges. Once again you excelled with all your arrangements and you got exactly right the balance between culture and free time. It was all great. See you soon for the Dutch Art day - looking forward to it.”
Mr Richard Lebus, A weekend in Bruges 2007

“Siân is not just a tour lecturer, she is a true enthusiast and obviously loves paintings, sculpture, architecture and history. Her passion for her subjects enthused us all …. The knowledge she has of her subjects is awesome, and her ability to impart it to the group faultless.”
Mr and Mrs Linton Rainbow, Florence 2006

“A HUGE thank you - you gave us all such a really wonderful trip (In fact Nicholas & Angela rang and said it was the best trip they have ever done!) you thought of everything, the excursions were totally marvellous, and you then managed to get us into special places as well … being able to see those wonderful Titians was just so special, and all the restaurants too, so thank you so much for making it a trip to remember for ever.”
Mrs Sue Lewis, Director, SL Travel

“You are like a breath of fresh air. Many thanks.”
Mr and Mrs Joan and Bill Chalmers , Florentine Discovery

For information about our tours click here

Study Days


“The best study day that we had ever had.”
North East Essex NADFAS

"Thank you for a most enjoyable day last Wednesday.  I have never done anything like this before and would love to attend more events in the future. I thought the whole day was very well organised and most professional - I thoroughly enjoyed your talk which was very informative, the lunch and of course the exhibition.  Such a nice experience to be with like minded people."
Mrs Victoria Smith, Beyond Caravaggio, 2016

"Thank you so much for delivering such an exceptional Study Day on Venice last week. I thought the depth and scope of the day was beautifully judged and you delivered it with such an easy, non-academic, but incredibly informative, style."
The Arts Society Richmond, 2018

"Thank you for the beautiful Goya exhibition talk. As soon as I entered the room I felt I was inside the pictures and everything about them. It was not a case of just standing there looking in, I was there, inside. Due entirely to your wonderful introduction."
Ms Tove Sperling, Goya: The Portraits, 2015

"Thank you on behalf of Sue and myself for the special day we shared yesterday with your group and what a privilege to not only enter the hallowed  Royal Society of Astronomers but to enjoy such a superb lecture, a delightful lunch and guided tour of the Manet Exhibition too.  It truly was a wonderful and memorable day and I will certainly look at Manet's works with a different eye!" 
Lady Joyce Acher, Manet: Portraying Life, 2013

"Thank you for a terrific day at the RA on Weds. The exhibition was superb, and greatly enhanced by your lecture which was, as ever, brilliantly researched, clearly presented and beautifully illustrated."
Mrs Jenny Lebus, Manet: Portraying Life, 2013

"Thank you for another great day at the National Gallery. I loved the exhibition, and it was wonderful to have a musical insight into Dutch life" 
Mrs Sally Day, Vermeer and Music, 2013

"I really enjoyed the exhibition, all the more so because of your tremendously good lecture.  You brought the exhibition alive and put it all into context" 
Mr Richard Lebus, The Portrait in Vienna, 2013

“Your presentations are always excellent but the Metamorphosis yesterday was particularly outstanding, thank you again for a wonderful day”
Miss Tove Sperling, Titian: Metamorphosis, July 2012

“Many thanks for a fascinating and illuminating lecture on Leonardo – it really brought the exhibition alive!”
Mrs Jill Zacharias, Leonardo at the Court of Milan, December 2011

"Thank you for organising yesterday's visit to the National Gallery. We really appreciated your excellent talk before going to look at the exhibition and it made the whole experience that much more absorbing"
Mr and Mrs Bruce and Ann Aitken, Leonardo at the Court of Milan, December 2011

“Thank you for a lovely time on Thursday, a fascinating lecture, excellent lunch, and the lovely paintings”
Mrs Barbara-Anne Hunter, Leonardo at the Court of Milan, December 2011

“Once again, thanks for such a super day on Wednesday...the usual excellent introductory lecture, the yummy lunch and the cheery exhibition...what more could you want! Everyone seemed to be leaving the exhibition with a smile on their face.”
Mr and Mrs Terry and Penny Moore, Canaletto and his Rivals, October 2010

“Thank you for such a great day on Wednesday! We really enjoyed your lecture on Degas which so enhanced our experience of the exhibition and so wonderfully explained the motivation behind his sketches, sculptures and paintings. Understanding the background to his work really brought the exhibition to life for us. It was also a privilege to meet Raymond [Chai] who as well as being so interesting with his insights into the ballet world, is just lovely - I could have listened to him for ages!”
Mr and Mrs Jill and Graham Zacharias, Degas and the Ballet, October 2011

"Thank you very much Sian for arranging another lovely day. We thoroughly enjoyed not only the exhibition but the lunch and the company which helped to make it, for us, a particularly special occasion"”
Mr and Mrs Molly and Nick Brady, Northern Renaissance Study Day, 2012

“Thank you for a great day at the V and A yesterday, for putting these beautiful objects in context and make them come to life.”
Mrs Sally Day, V and A Renaissance and Medieval Wings Study Day, 2010

“Many thanks for yesterday. I much appreciated your lecture - lucid and informative as ever and enabling me to get so much more from re-visiting the exhibition as one knew what defining features to look for in the paintings. Altogether a very civilised and enjoyable day in the most appropriate surroundings.”
Mr David Wailen, Van Gogh at the Royal Academy, 2010

“Thank you for such a great day last Saturday. It was such an informative and well organised day. I always love visiting Cambridge and it was great this time to be guided and informed by such knowledgeable experts. It has really whetted my appetite to return there.”
Mrs Debbie Rees Davies, Cambridge Day Trip, 2010

“I'm so glad I saw the exhibition yesterday for so many reasons - it's always a delight to listen to your presentations, and quite inspiring to hear Xavier speak with such passion and expertise about such a radically innovative project. We (your students) are very lucky to have access to the best of the best! The exhibition made a huge emotional impact both in content and theatrical effect. “
Mrs Liz Bell, The Sacred Made Real, National Gallery, 2009

“Thank you so very much for a really lovely day. It was great fun to go to the club and what an excellent lunch. We loved your informative and witty lecture, and your perfect organisation. All in all, a very happy day. Thank you again.”
Mrs Elizabeth Fussell, Queen’s Gallery Study Day, 2007

“I was transfixed by the exhibition, .. the mood of the visitors was one of awe and wonder, and the atmosphere in all the galleries one of great satisfaction and joy. I absolutely adored it, and thank you so much for your introductory talk with slides which was brilliant!”
Mrs Caroline Tate, Caravaggio at the National Gallery, 2005

"Thank you so much for today. Seeing the paintings in the flesh, your description and delivery made for an exceptional visit"
Mrs Michaela Goldberg, National Gallery Portraits course/guided tour, 2019

For information about our study days click here

Courses and Lectures


I just wanted to send my huge thanks and appreciation to you for getting our first ever online “Stories of Art” off to such a fantastic start. I will miss your company every Wednesday evening, and I know hundreds of others will too. At risk of repeating my other messages, your delivery style, manner, passion and incredible knowledge brought something very special to the course which has now set the bar very high!
Head of Education, The National Gallery

"I’ve just been enjoying your Van Eyck lecture. ... I’ll try and find a way of giving your wonderful art history lectures a mention!"
Mr Will Gompertz

“An ongoing vote of appreciation and gratitude for your inspiring courses.”
Mrs Angie Fry

“I would like to thank you, once again, for your outstanding lecture course on Giovanni Bellini. I, personally, found the sessions very stimulating and enjoyable and am planning to attend your NG modules next year.  We hope you will give more lectures in the near future.”
Mrs Sue Stern, The London Art History Society

“Thank you so ever much for your excellent art history evenings – I really feel I have benefited and you have made my visits to the National Gallery much more enjoyable and rewarding.”
Mrs Caroline Tate

I really can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful talk on Thursday. The member feedback has been fantastic! It was so well planned out and enormously informative. Thank you again for taking the time. I hope that we see you soon again at the Club.
Mrs Aurore Ogden, Director of Art, The Arts Club, London

"Many thanks for your interesting, thought-provoking and illuminating series of lectures. Your conversational and informative style made them hugely enjoyable. You have definitely enhanced our knowledge and appreciation of women artists, their challenges over the centuries and the role of women in art generally. The lectures were well worth the long journey and we will be signing up for future courses."
Mr and Mrs David and Denise Lennox

“May I take this opportunity of thanking you for all that you have put in to make your courses so interesting and enjoyable. You deserve your popularity and success."
Mr David Spatcher

"Thank you so much for what has been a wonderful introduction to the world of Art History in Focus.  Every session has been enlightening and I am much looking forward to joining you again for another course"
Lady Joyce Acher

"Your enthusiasm and the way you deliver your intensive knowledge make attending your lectures such a pleasure. I always look forward to my Friday mornings, to leave everything behind and be transported to a different place in a different time"
Mrs Irma Ozsivadjian

"We thought your lecture was absolutely outstanding. It was a wonderful presentation full of insight into Raphael and his art and an amazing depth of knowledge accompanied by a gentle sense of humour. We both learnt so much which will stand us in good stead when we visit Umbria with the Society in October."
Simon La Frenais, Tarporley Arts Society

“We were so impressed by your breadth of knowledge and your presentation .. everyone felt they had learnt so much. Thank you again for an extremely entertaining as well as educational afternoon."
Mrs Julia Tarento, Grayshott Dfas

“A most interesting and stimulating course, which inspired me to delve much further into the subject. It opened a door onto another way of looking at paintings.”
Mrs Irene Johnson

“I have enjoyed this module immensely and feel at last I am starting to understand and read paintings! Siân has been a first class tutor – I wish they were all like her! – and she has taught us in a very clear and focused way, making everything easy to understand.”
Surrey University, Power and Patronage B.A Course

“Many thanks for all the enjoyment you have give me during various courses I have attended. I look forward very much to next year.”
Mrs Diana Carr

“Thank you for a fascinating course (again!) culminating in an audience with the charismatic Mr Graham-Dixon. I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the whole term.”
Mrs Tracey Howcroft

“Thank you warmly for coming to Bangor, and for delivering a brilliant lecture. It has been very enthusiastically received here, as I know you'll have appreciated from the audience's reaction, and it rightly takes its place in a long line of distinguished T. Rowland Hughes lectures in Bangor.”
Dr David Roberts, Bangor University

Your lecture was a tour de force and I have heard nothing but praise from all sides.I very much hope we can fit into your busy schedule again before too long.”
Ursula Russell, Stratford upon Avon DFAS

I was transfixed by Sian Walters’ amazing knowledge on Caravaggio. There was never a dull moment.  Sian certainly knew her subject matter, and I am sure the whole audience were on the edge of their seats! Well done to the team at Woking DFAS for inviting such a brilliant speaker a great start to the New Year
Member of audience, Woking DFAS

Sian showed an outstanding depth and breadth of knowledge, not just of her lecture subject but also of its context in the widest sense. It is so good to listen to a lecturer in full command of her subject and with a fluent and expressive delivery style
Member of audience, Romsey DFAS

“Thank you for a simply marvellous lecture. You showed us an absolute feast of paintings and opened our eyes to better understanding them.”
Southampton DFAS

“Sue and I would like to thank you for your wonderful lecture at our first meeting of BDFAS. We have had so many compliments and words of congratulation and we are off to a great start. We will both definitely be first in the queue when you are next over here!”
Mrs Betty Fooks, Benahavis DFAS

“A huge thank you for a wonderful lecture. Members were saying it was one of the best they have ever heard.”
Mrs Patricia Leonard, Helmsley DFAS

“Thank you so much for coming to Notre Dame and for your excellent talk this afternoon … Let's hope one or two are inspired to “get into” their Art - a lifetime of pleasure from one General Studies session! I think I need to book a History of Art holiday and to hear more of your fascinating lectures.
Sincere thanks and I hope we will meet again.”
Mrs Mary Lewis, Head of Sixth Form, Notre Dame School

"Thank you for the wonderful lecture you gave yesterday. Your delivery was so confident and the contents so informative ... I was really interested in your comparative slides and to have Caravaggio's stylistic changes explained so well was a real treat"
Mrs Paola Davy, North East Essex DFAS

"Thank you for giving such a comprehensively researched and beautifully illustrated lecture. We had the best turnout ever - 201 members and guests attended - and the feedback from the audience was excellent. People I spoke to commented on your great skill at organising the material and highly prasied the presentation"
Mrs Halina Heyworth, Walton and Hersham DFAS

“In the name of the Human Resources team of the National Children's Bureau I would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for a very interesting, dynamic and enjoyable lecture. It was just what we were looking for and everybody in my team was so pleased to learn to see the paintings in different way!”
Mrs Thamara Moncada, HR Administrator for I CAN and NCB Charities

“What a wonderful lecture you gave yesterday, everyone who attended was thrilled with your presentation, and the committee are so grateful to you. Many thanks, and hope we meet again in the future.”
Mrs Ann Gray, Programme Secretary, North Bedford Nadfas

“Thank you so much for such a super lecture last Thursday. It is a long time since our members have been so enthusiastic, they really enjoyed your lecture.”
South Wales DFAS

“We had an excellent holiday and the visit to the Scrovegni Chapel was absolutely wonderful. The group all said how much the visit was enhanced by having heard your lecture on Giotto the previous Friday and having had such an insight into the frescos. We would very much like to invite you back.”
Sarisbury Green DFAS

"We enjoyed your lecture and your company so much. The feedback has been most positive - your voice was much praised, as of course was the content of the lecture and your lovely connection with your audience.  I loved the way you showed us all the influences that formed El Greco's art. I have no doubt you will be on our lecture programme list again in the very near future!"
Mrs Grace Johnston, Chester DFAS

“Thank you again for coming to Market Harborough the other Wednesday. Everyone loved your wonderful talk on Venetian Art of the Renaissance and are very keen to have you again.”
Harborough DFAS

"Thank you for your lectures yesterday...there has been a huge amount of appreciative comments and I know my successor will be contacting you soon"
West Wycombe DFAS

“I thought Sian was fabulous and so did the friends with whom I was sitting. Her enthusiasm and knowledge were astounding - I loved the fact that although she allowed herself to follow a train of thought that seemed to develop a life of its own as she spoke. It was inspirational ...”
Member of audience, Tenterden DFAS

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Additional Comments

Blauw Hands

“Fascinating and informative . . . Siân’s enthusiasm for the subject is infectious.”
Mrs Debbie Rees-Davies

“I shall never forget your wonderful enthusiasm for the paintings, which has enthused me with a love of Renaissance art – I have spent hugely on marvellous books in the last year!”
Mr Ken Sutherland

“Many thanks for helping to open my eyes to the glories of Italian art - and whetting my appetite for more. ”
Mrs Margaret Stafford

“Siân is a very learned lady, but wears her learning lightly . . . underneath one recognises extensive knowledge and profound understanding. ”
Professor Alan Cook, Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge University 1983-93

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I really can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful talk on Thursday. The member feedback has been fantastic! It was so well planned out and enormously informative.”

Aurore Ogden, Director of Art, The Arts Club London

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