Public Lectures


Siân Walters regularly lectures at the National Gallery in London and for The Arts Society, The Wallace Collection, Friends of the Royal Academy, The Art Fund and many other art societies throughout the UK and Europe. Siân also arranges tailor-made lectures and courses for individuals and groups. Click on the links below for up-to-date information.

Siân is honoured to have been asked to run the very first online courses for The Wallace Collection (July 2020) and for The National Gallery (September 2020). Please see the gallery websites for more information

The National Gallery


Details of some of Siân’s up-and-coming public lectures and courses can be found on the National Gallery website.

Siân runs the gallery's Stories of Art courses covering the periods 1250-1400 and 1500-1600. This is a modular introduction to art history using the Gallery’s collection to explore key themes and stories in art. Gallery experts including curators, conservators, educators, archivists, and scientists are also invited to contribute to each session. Her next Stories of Art course will start in January 2022.

Siân was recently asked by the National Gallery to give one of a number of Friday evening lectures in conjunction the recent exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan. In January 1490 a spectacular musical play with dancing entitled the Festa del Paradiso was performed to celebrate the wedding of Gian Galeazzo Sforza and Isabella of Aragon. Commissioned by Ludovico il Moro and staged by Leonardo da Vinci, it was inspired by the movements of the planets, a recurrent theme in many dances of the period. Siân has recently translated a vivid account of the evening's entertainments written by one of the guests, the Ferrarese ambassador Jacopo Trotti. Using this material as well as 15th century choreographic sources, the lecture and performance explore the relationship between art and dance at the court of Milan. Extracts from the play are performed by students from RADA, with a number of dance demonstrations in historical costumes especially created for the event, based on portraits such as the Lady with an Ermine and La Belle Ferronnière.

Siân represented the National Gallery at the Hay on Wye Festival in 2013, giving a number of presentations on the gallery's recent  acquisition of Titian's great masterpiece, Diana and Callisto. 

Click here for an episode of the National Gallery podcast featuring an interview with Siân

The Arts Society

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Please check your local Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) branch for up-and-coming public lectures by Siân. Siân is now running regular online Zoom lectures for Arts Society groups and can provide a live or recorded lecture of series of talks for up to 500 members, arranged to suit your particular requirements. Do get in touch for bookings and further details.

"You're a star. On behalf of the committee of The Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa I should like to thank you enormously for the excellent 'virtual'  lecture last night. We've been inundated with enthusiastic messages from our members. We so appreciate the time and effort you put into making it all possible."

Art History in Focus regularly organises special tailor-made holidays throughout Europe for groups of friends and colleagues. Recently we have run a wine-tasting tour to La Rioja for the Wine Guild of Great Britain, with special visits to some of the most prestigious wine producers in the region. Last year we organised a number of private tours for the Arts Society including a tailor-made trip to Umbria for Moor Park Dfas (Autumn 2019)* and this year we are running a number of private, UK-based tailor-made holidays.

*"I would swiftly run out of superlatives if I tried to describe my pleasure in the happy art tour to Italy ... so many, MANY thanks!"

We are also able to run trips for The Arts Society and other companies - do let us know if you would like a quote for a tour for yourself or your group.

The Wallace Collection


Siân runs regular art history courses at the Wallace Collection: click here for the Wallace Collection website.

Private Lectures & Courses


Consider the flexibility of a private art history lecture or course, which can take place in a venue of your choice at a time convenient to you.

Click here for more details

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. Your delivery style, manner, passion and incredible knowledge brought something very special to the course which has now set the bar very high .. you are a wonderful representative of the National Gallery”

Head of Learning and National Programmes, National Gallery

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