Cindy Polemis is an art historian and an independent lecturer and tour guide. She has a B.A in History from Oxford University  and as a mature student she graduated from Birkbeck College, London University with a B.A  and then M.A.  in History of Art. She spent many years as a radio producer and presenter for BBC World Service. Since 2016 she has been an official guide at Tate Modern and Tate Britain and has lectured independently. Cindy has accumulated a wide range of art historical knowledge and loves to share her passion and enthusiasm for art with her audience.

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Bespoke Art Tours

Cindy can curate private bespoke art tours in public and private galleries and special exhibitions throughout London and beyond. She works with  clients directly in a personal and engaging way to suit their interests. She is also happy to structure art tours which are tailor made for younger audiences. Her aim is to bring every art work alive with extensive historical  and anecdotal  knowledge. Some of her recent tours have included 'The Disruptive Power of Art' examining a selection of works in the permanent collection of Tate Modern; 'From Plate to Palette': the depiction and symbolism of food in art;  and 'Painting in a Man's World': how female artists  have struggled to make their mark through history. Duration of tours can be from 2 hours to  all day.

Lectures and Talks

  • Gauguin and the Search for the 'Primitive Other

  • Chardin's Still Lifes and the Cutural Accoutrements of the Table

  • The Energy of Exile: French Impressionists in London

  • Feral London: Cityscape and Life in the 19th Century

  • Andreas Gurksy and the Industrial Sublime

  • 1932: Picasso's 'Year of Wonders'