Experts

From My City has collaborated and is collaborating with several creative experts. Some of them appear on this page.

Lydia BaumanLydia Bauman
Arianne LeveneArianne Levene
Akemi Solloway TanakaAkemi Solloway Tanaka

Lydia Bauman is an internationally recognised landscape painter and art historian. She has lectured largely for adult audiences at the Tate Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as well as the National Gallery in London where she works as a guide. She has had around 30 solo exhibitions in the UK and abroad with numerous private and corporate buyers including Gordon Ramsey and the Dorchester.
Following her Masters at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Arianne Levene worked at Sotheby’s, UBS Wealth Management in Art Banking, and for Lord Rothschild before becoming a Contemporary Art Advisor. In 2006 she opened an Art Advisory Service called New Art World, with an expertise in Chinese, South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Iranian art. She has curated numerous exhibitions including a major retrospective of Rashid Rana’s oeuvre at the Musée Guimet in Paris.
Akemi Solloway Tanaka is a descendant of an old samurai family and grew up immersed in the traditional arts and culture of Japan. She currently lives in Richmond and splits her time between the UK and Japan. She is a professional lecturer and consultant of Japanese culture, and leads study tours in Japan each spring and autumn. She is an expert in Japanese etiquette and customs.

Marcelle JosephMarcelle Joseph
Sanaz SotoudehSanaz Sotoudeh
Nicola PozzaniNicola Pozzani

Marcelle is an independent curator and author based in London. As the founder and director of Marcelle Joseph Projects, a nomadic curatorial platform, she has produced and curated an impressive oeuvre of exhibitions over the past two and a half years at a variety of locations from the Gallery Café at the Royal Academy of Arts, London to pop-up galleries in the East End of London. Marcelle is also the in-house curator at Great Fosters Hotel, the former royal hunting lodge of King Henry VIII in Egham, Surrey.
Sanaz Sotoudeh is a pianist. She studied piano in Canada at McGill Univeristy with Marina Mdivani, pupil of Emil Gilels. As a versatile pianist in both solo and collaborative repertoire, Sanaz also worked with Canada’s finest vocal coach and pianist, Michael McMahon. In the summer of 2008, she attended The Franz-Schubert Institute in Austria on full scholarship. In 2011, she completed her post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music London, UK, studying piano with Julius Drake and Christopher Elton.
Nicola Pozzani has studied Perfume Science with Jean-Claude Ellena, in-house perfumer of Hermès, at Università dell’Immagine in Milan. He has worked on sensory projects and training in the perfume industry and is also an experienced qualified teacher. His area of interest is perfume intended as an art form, creative language and source of knowledge.

Jessica MeuriotJessica Meuriot
Eija HakkinenEija Hakkinen
Gayathri MadhokGayathri Madhok

Jessica Meuriot is half French, half British, and lives in Paris. She has international experience as an artistic coordinator. She is specialised in promoting artistic events, mainly in music. She has worked as public relations and sponsoring consultant for Warsaw Chamber Opera. She has also worked at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt, collaborating with East West art Promotion Office. In Paris, she currently focuses on promoting Olivier Messiaen’s organ works.
Eija Hakkinen is an accomplished event professional with over 15 years of experience in organising and managing various events globally. She has worked in the following industries: financial services, media/publishing, fashion, sports, the arts, and charity. She has established great connections and relationships with suppliers and venues worldwide. Eija has a passion for arts & culture as well as for sports and travelling.
Gayathri Shoba is an Art Adviser. She founded Gallery Eighty in 2006 in Singapore and has been responsible for setting up spaces for emerging and mid-career artists, networking with galleries in Korea, Sweden, London and New York. She previously worked at the Wetterling Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Artist Pension Trust in New York. Gayathri has a double major in Anthropology and Visual Culture with Honours in Anthropology and a Masters in Visual Arts Administration.

Laurent GerbaudLaurent Gerbaud
Stephen HarringtonStephen Harrington
Stephanie KellerStephanie Keller

Laurent Gerbaud is one of the most exciting Belgian chocolatiers of his generation. During a prolonged stay in China, he discovered the rich realm of Asian tastes and smells and began to coat delicious kumquats with dark chocolate. Back in Belgium he passionately continues to create tasty combinations. The grandson of a pastry chef and baker, Laurent has a degree in medieval history as well as in chocolate and pastry.
Stephen Harrington is a former city trader who worked in foreign exchange and money brokering. His career took him to Tokyo and Paris. He bought a house in the south of France and started a cookery school. When he returned to the UK in 2004, he worked as a headhunter before focusing on his passion: teaching the Art of bread making. Through his school, Harrington’s Kitchen, he provides cookery classes for those who are interested in making their own artisan bread.
Stephanie Keller is a graduate of The Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London with an MA in Contemporary Art. She abandoned her career in music PR and management, to delve into the world of urban art. She started reading as many contemporary art books she could get her hands on after university. Since graduating Stephanie has been freelancing as a curator, writer, manager and publicist for street art and contemporary galleries. Some of her favorite artists include Miss Van, Keith Haring, Anthony Lister, and Conor Harrington.

Ben StreetBen Street
Jenny LinfordJenny Linford
Gabrielle DucombleGabrielle Ducomble

Ben Street is a NADFAS-accredited art historian with a particular interest in public engagement and works with a diverse range of audiences. He is also a writer of both contemporary and historic art for a variety of publications and a curator of exhibitions of contemporary art. He also organizes public programmes and events to facilitate engagement in art from all periods.
Fascinated by both London and food, food writer Jenny Linford combines her interests in books such as Food Lovers’ London, a cosmopolitan food shopping guide, which Nigel Slater called ‘a joy’, and The London Cookbook, celebrating London’s richly diverse food scene. In 1994 she founded Gastro-Soho Tours, offering personal guided walks around Soho’s diverse food shops.
Singing in English and French, Gabrielle performs Parisian-style jazz and tango, giving a fresh interpretation to classic songs by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Serge Gainsbourg, Astor Piazzolla and more. Her band, including some of Europe’s finest musicians in an authentic line-up, provides the perfect anchor for her superlative vocals.


Sophie PonetSophie Ponet
Eric SimonEric Simon

Sophie Ponet Larget-Piet is graduated from the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She is a former professor from the European School of antique dealers and silver medal from the City of Paris. She is an art adviser in Paris, Brussels and London and regularly gives lectures in art history topics both in French and English. She contributes also to this website in pages Sortir.
French writer, anglophile, passionate about rock and British films. Eric Simon has written several books on London and has participated to several French TV shows. He regularly takes our groups to the east of London, Hampstead, Dalston and Brixton. Eric Simon.