I’m an art historian, writer and lecturer based in London.
I teach art history, museology, and art theory at postgraduate level for Christie’s Education, London. I also lecture on contemporary and historical art for the National Gallery, Tate, the Royal Academy of Arts and Dulwich Picture Gallery, and for private groups across the UK and Europe. How the old and the new inform each other is a particular point of focus.
My abiding interest is to stimulate public engagement in contemporary art and art history. To that end, I have contributed interpretative materials (audio, online and print) for museums across the world, run training programmes for museum educators and student teachers, presented at conferences in Europe and the USA, and written numerous essays for international museum and gallery publications. I have been a museum educator working with school and family groups in the USA and UK since 2004, have written educational materials for museums, and am currently working on a series of books designed to stimulate children and young people’s interest in works of art of all periods and places. I’ve also consulted on the exhibition ‘The Shape of Time’ at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (more information here).
Simply the best art trip around. Ben Street’s guided views are beautifully planned, thought-provoking and enormous fun.
Ben draws on his vast knowledge across a very broad spectrum of art history and delivers his talks with ease, moving seamlessly between artists and periods of history. He caters for the connoisseur as well as the novice. His delivery is superbly crafted; peppered with teasers leaving the art lover wanting more! Gifted, passionate, knowledgeable, humorous with a reservoir of intimate details about the artists’ lives - something that one simply will not find in any book!
Ben is an incredibly passionate art historian who is very diligent and generous with his knowledge. The difference I find with Ben compared to other historians, not only is he super fun and witty, but that he genuinely cares about how best to inspire someone about an artist or an artwork, so that we do not prejudge them. The desire and the ability to do that can only come from someone who truly loves art!
Ben has such an unpretentious, engaging manner and his enthusiasm and expertise are a joy to watch and be part of.
Ben’s enthusiasm is infectious and his relaxed approach belies an impressive knowledge and understanding of artists’ work past and present.
Ben is such an engaging speaker – he obviously has an enormous depth of knowledge for his subject, delivered with such passion that one can only be enthralled!
Everyone should have the benefit of his insightful and illuminating style of teaching.
Ben is extremely knowledgeable with an amazing range, all delivered in a very accessible form with humour, yet considerable intellectual rigour.
Truly a master teacher. I learned so much.