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What have the Huguenots ever done for us?
14th May 2024
Presented by Vivienne Lawes


The mass migration of the French Huguenot Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries due to religious persecution, had an impact on the arts, the military and finance sectors. It is estimated that around 50,000 settled here and that 1 in 6 of our current population has Huguenot lineage.
The focus of the lecture will be on three areas of art influenced by migration and demonstrates how the Huguenots worked, and how their changes in material culture were absorbed into the British national identity.



I am an art historian, curator, author and journalist with over 25 years’ experience in the art market. I teach at several Higher Education institutions, including the University of the Arts London, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the City & Guilds of London Art School, SOAS (University of London) and Imperial College. In January 2021 I received the Geoffrey Bond Bursary for Art, an annual prize awarded by the Worshipful Company of Educators to an “outstanding educator” nominated by their institution.

My articles, essays and reports have been published in numerous specialist journals, newspapers, catalogues, handbooks and websites, aimed at both the academic and general readership in print and online. The title of my current book project is The Bronze Horse: Themes in Equine Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present Day; in Spring 2021 I will embark on a critique and biography of contemporary Filipino artist Andres Barrioquinto.

Since 2011 I have been Senior UK Consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia and have co-curated many exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London and Singapore. I am also Head of Education for the London Asian and African Contemporary Art Fair (founded 2020).

When time allows I lecture as an on-board art historian for cruise lines.

A member of The Arts Society
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