Sarah Ciacci

Sarah Ciacci

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07950679725

Email:

ciacci.sarah@googlemail.com

Introduction:

Welcome to London! If you are looking for an experienced, engaging and award-winning guide (Best Tower of London Guide, 2008) to lead your tour you have come to the right place. I have two main areas of specialisation, one in high quality, engaging tours for young people and families, and the other in providing in-depth or introductory tours of art in our wonderful art galleries and museums, although I also do all the things in between!

If you are looking for exceptional quality, professionalism and some fun as well, do contact me, I look forward to hearing from you.

Are you looking for a kid-friendly guide?
If you are looking for a guide who can engage young people and bring a dusty old castle or ‘boring’ paintings to life, hopefully distract them from jet-lag or make them realise that history or art can actually be quite interesting, then I might be the right guide for you. Tours are full of storytelling, and always interactive with lots of questions and answers which are often challenging and stimulating for all ages. So do get in touch and we can discuss your requirements.

Kid-Friendly qualifications:
I have been guiding young people, families and student groups for the past nine years, since I qualified as a guide, and I have also taught at Richmond University for the past 8 years, so I am used to teenagers. In 2015 I had my first (and so far only) daughter and have been enjoying exploring London with her (if you want to know where to let a crawler crawl on a rainy day, or which galleries let you leave your buggy in the cloakroom, then let me know!)

Are you looking for an art guide?
If you are looking for a specialist highlights tour of the National Gallery, an introduction to the Italian Renaissance, or someone to help you get your head around Modern Art at Tate Modern then please email me. My approach is very much object-based – I feel it is important to really look at the paintings and objects we are talking about, because it might be the only time you ever get to see it in the flesh, so by the time we have finished with it I would like you to be able to shut your eyes and picture it there in front of you!
I can cover all periods from Renaissance to today whether you would like an introduction or a more in-depth exploration of a period or artist. I cover all the major galleries as well as some of the smaller historic houses like the John Soane Museum and Leighton House. I can also give lectures if of interest.

Art Historical Qualifications
I have a BA in History of Art and Italian from University College London, and an MA in Modernism and Subjectivities: Late 19th Century French Painting and 20th Century Abstract Art also from UCL. After working in the art world for a few years I decided I didn’t know enough history to really understand art, so I trained to become a Blue Badge Guide for London, which gave me the knowledge I needed. Since I qualified I have worked as a specialist art guide, as well as a gallery educator at the National Portrait Gallery, The Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, I teach history of art for Richmond University and I run introductory courses to art historical periods.

Personal Interests:

Student Groups & Children
20th Century Art
Special needs (inc. Learning and Memory Problems)
Tower of London
Lectures
Galleries & Museums
National Gallery
British Museum
Tate Modern
Westminster Abbey
Victoria and Albert Museum

Special Interests:

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

As I have an MA in History of Art (Modernism and Subjectivities) I particularly enjoy trying to make the art of all periods come to life, and in giving you the tools to enjoy it even more.

London covers all periods and styles of art so let me know what you want and I'll find it for you, whether an introduction for students or something more in depth.

Galleries

Including National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery, V&A: Medieval and Renaissance or British Galleries, Courtauld Gallery, Leighton House, John Soane Museum, Queen's House Greenwich, Wallace Collection, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Contemporary Galleries.

Museums

including British Museum, Museum of London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Childhood, National Maritime Museum

Walking Tours

Walking tours are the best way to understand London, walking the streets, passing the locals, and learning how to read the clues to the past that history has left us. Walks include '2000 years of London: The Square Mile', 'Liquid History: How the Thames made London'; 'Royal Westminster', 'The London Blitz', 'Artists in London', 'Bohemians in Soho' and others. DO get in touch for a complete list of walks.

Architecture

London has suffered two great disasters, the Great Fire of London of 1666 and the Blitz of 1940-41 - is has been rebuilt many times and as a result it is patchwork of stunning architectural examples from many different periods. We could walk through the streets and explore the different architectural styles, and/or pop into buildings to study a period in depth, such as the Medieval Westminster Abbey or Guildhall; the Baroque St Paul's Cathedral; or the Norman Tower of London. We could also explore the wonderful Victoria and Albert Museum to get a better idea of how interior decoration and vernacular architecture has changed in Britain over time.

Churches & Cathedrals

including Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the remarkable Wren Churches in the City and City Churches.

Castles & Palaces

including The Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace.

History & Prehistory

We can visit Westminster Abbey for medieval history or the National Portrait Gallery for British Historical figures? The British Museum for the Ancient World or the National Maritime Museum for stories of the British Empire. We can find a site to discuss all historical topics.

Decorative Arts/Arts & Crafts

at the V&A, the world's greatest collection of Decorative Arts

Education

I enjoy trying to make tours not only fun but also educational and I particularly enjoy engaging young people, especially in museums and galleries. So whether you are visiting with your children or with a school group do get in touch. I also work as a gallery educator for people with special needs, so please contact me to discuss requirements.

Lecture Subjects

I am happy to prepare lectures on a range of topics. I can prepare lectures on aspects of London, historical periods, and art historical subjects. Please get in touch to discuss requirements.

Additional Qualifications:

City of London Guide 2006, MA History of Art

Driver Guide:

No