About me: further details

I’m a freelance art historian, museum educator, lecturer and writer.

I lecture for a variety of institutions, including the National Gallery, Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Academy.

I’ve worked as a museum educator for the National Gallery for many years, where I also train teachers in the use of art in primary teaching. I also tell stories about art for families in the National Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery. I am the author of numerous interpretative materials for museums in the UK, including audio tours for the Royal Academy and Tate Modern and teachers’ guides for the National Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Royal Academy. My play/documentary ‘Duchamp’s Urinal’ (co-written with Al Smith) was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.

My writing has featured in publications for museums and galleries across the world, including the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (Lucian Freud), the Royal Academy (Joseph Cornell, Richard Diebenkorn, Abstract Expressionism), and in monographs and catalogues on contemporary artists (Gunnel Wahlstrand, Benjamin Senior, Andrew Sendor, Eithne Jordan, Marcin Cienski, Peter Hide, Walter Early). I also write for the magazines Art Review and Apollo, and am a contributing writer to the publication ‘Body of Art’ (Phaidon, 2015).

I lead courses and deliver lectures on art history in London and overseas (for private groups and the organisations John Hall Venice, Art Pursuits Abroad, NADFAS, Monaco Project for the Arts, London Art Studies and others) and lead trips abroad to sites of interest, including Berlin, Venice, New York, Paris, Amsterdam and Rome. I also teach on undergraduate art history courses in London for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of Washington.

I am a consultant for The Art Fund, creating a new programme of contemporary art-related events for high level donors, and was an educational consultant for Art Night London, an all-night contemporary art festival in London in 2016.

I am the co-director of Sluice, a biennial art event for artist- and curator-run activities, which has taken place in London and New York since 2011. A complete archive of the talks programme I run for Sluice can be seen here.


More information

Click on this link for a more detailed CV Ben Street CV August 2016

Or contact me here.

Click on this link for a review of a talk I gave for the Courtauld Institute on my career to date.

Or watch the video below, from a 2015 conference at Overgaden, Copenhagen, where I discussed my work in mediating contemporary art.