The Great Buildings and Gardens of Portugal
A small country, Portugal has an astonishingly rich artistic legacy, enabled by the wealth of its huge colonial empire. From magnificent mediaeval abbeys to a unique version of the Renaissance with decorative motifs inspired by its great seafaring tradition. We will see early formal gardens beautified by ‘azuelos’, the coloured pictorial tiles which are such a feature of Portugal, together with some of the most important Neo-classical buildings in Europe.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 35 years' lecturing experience. Organises art and architectural tours in UK and abroad. Previously lecturer for Birmingham University Department of Extra-Mural studies and Tutor in Fine Art, Dept of Continuing Education, Southampton University; Assistant Keeper of Fine Art, Birmingham City Art Gallery. Freelance lecturer throughout Britain and abroad for the National Trust and numerous other organisations. Much involved in the preservation of the architectural heritage of the Czech land and has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Czech government and the Points of Light Award from the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May.