"A big, big, big, BIG thank you for giving me the funniest, loveliest, most exciting, interesting, fabulous, magnificent, food-filled six weeks that I've ever, ever had. I just can't believe we saw so much in so little time."

HR - AHA Alumni



nick ross

Director of Art History Abroad. He has taught in Italy for over 27 years, published books on Canaletto, Miro and an artistic guide to Florence. In addition Nick has written numerous book reviews and presented an arts programme for the Discovery Channel. He is an active director whose love of Italy is infectious and he is driven to continually add to the cultural experience of the courses. In May he was voted the No.1 Guide in the Daily Telegraph Review.


dan evans

After completing an AHA course, Dan studied History of Art at Manchester University where he graduated in 2001 with first class honours. Dan specialized in Italian Renaissance Villas & Gardens and French Revolutionary History Painting. He was the silver medal winner of the 2008 Paul Morrison Guide of the Year Award in association with Wanderlust and the Daily Telegraph. His final meal would be an egg and crab tramezzini from the "Football Bar" in Venice followed by an anchovie and tomato scamorza grigliato at "Sausage & Beans" in Rome.


annabel howard

Annabel claims to write, but that's really just a cover story for spending as much time as possible in Italy, talking about art and drinking Prosecco. She is about to complete a Masters at the UEA, and is working on a biography of the psychedelic painter Pontormo. She graduated from Oxford with a first in art history in 2007, thinks Vasari was a cunning fox, and given half a chance would live on the Capitol Hill, Rome, and walk through the forum every day.


Steve Nelson

Studied at Cardiff and Birmingham where he received an MA in Fine Art. In 1999 he was appointed the Arts Council of England Helen Chadwick Fellow which enabled him to work on his sculpture in Rome and Oxford. He exhibits both in Britain and abroad while also teaching at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, Tate Britain, Hayward Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery.  Visit Steve's wedbsite at www.stephenelson.com


An ex-AHA student whose trip ended with watching sunrise over the forum in Rome, Olivia read History of Art at Cambridge University where she specialised in Venetian architecture and Surrealism, for which she gained a 2:1. Yet to break out of Europe, she uses all available time and resources to return to Italy and, if abandoned in a Venetian campo, could survive quite happily on spritz all'aperol. In London Olivia works on events and exhibitions but most recently she is working as an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Olivia's Italian loves are Bernini, Caravaggio and Balla, but her French guilty secret is Gustave Caillebotte.


Tristan read Art History at St John's College Cambridge, but he spent most his time there pretending he was an Italian Uomo; singing, drinking Prosecco and cooking Pasta. His primary interests are the Gothic and High Renaissance. He now studies at Germany's oldest and most prestigious University, Heidelberg, and has since developed a penchant for the German Renaissance. Tristan has recently been appointed as the ABRSM Scholar to the Royal Academy of Music, which will see him return to London this coming September. Although he's a long way off fulfilling his boyhood dream of growing a Julius II imitation beard, he is happiest moments before tucking into a Fiorentina in the Piazza di Santo Spirito.


Ed LinesEd's love affair with Italy began as an AHA student when he discovered three things: 1. There is no substitute for the real thing - Ghiberti's doors might not look inspiring on a projector screen in a dark classroom, but live, they blow you away.  2. That many Italians share his enthusiasm for football. 3. Limoncello.

Ed read History of Art at the University of Edinburgh where he learned that the Scottish pronunciation of "Quattrocento" sounds like a three door hatchback. Ed works for an e-learning company in London (proof that you can do anything with a History of Art degree) as well as tutoring History of Art to AS, A Level and degree students in his spare time (proof that you can't give up what you love).

 Ed is the Art Correspondent for Trivial Pursuits, a blog about nothing and everything: www.trivialpursuits.org


Charlie Winton

Studied Art History at Warwick University specialising in the Early Florentine Renaissance and Venetian Art and Architecture. She lived in Venice before working in Bologna where she taught for three years. As well as all her teaching for AHA, Charlie runs AHA's Dilettante and Generation X programmes.  She has recently discovered the delights of Italian garden history and design and leads tours to Italian gardens alongside Alys Fowler.


Jessica Sharman

Jessica first went on an AHA trip at seventeen and fell in love with both Italy and the company instantly. Having completed her BA hons degree in History of Art at Birmingham University, she felt the only thing she wanted to do was become an AHA tutor and inspire others as she had been inspired. Jessica's other passion is songwriting and she has recently graduated from ICMP where she did a Professional Diploma in Songwriting and she frequently combines her two loves, for example using song to explain art; indeed some students wonder whether their tutor is in fact a grown Von Trapp child from 'The Sound of Music'. To check out her music visit http://soundcloud.com/jessicasharman


Lavinia is three-quarters Italian. She passed her childhood in Rome and Orvieto where she developed a lifelong passion for home made gnocchetti and Signorelli's frescoes in the Cappella Nuova. In 2008, she graduated from Oxford University with a first in History of Art and in 2010 gained an MA from the Courtauld focusing on Titian and Venetian Painting. As an intern at the V&A, she helped set up an online display of the V&A's 20th century Fashion Illustrations. She has worked for a London gallery specialising in 20th century Italian art and contributed research for an exhibition catalogue of Morandi's paintings. She spent a year as an assistant and researcher for art and history documentaries including a BBC2 series on Ancient Rome. Lavinia loves hunting down lesser known works by Titian and currently spends as much time in Italy as possible.

Click on a tutor's name, below, to read a short biography.

Nick Ross Dan Evans Annabel Howard
Steve Nelson Luke Bryan Olivia Dobell
Charlie Winton Richard Stemp Rose Balston
Andy Mackay Alex Fielding Benj Walton
James McDonaugh Kate Bryan Graham Fawcett
Lucie Baird Nick Readett-Bayley Catherine McCormack
Tom Nickson Ben Street Grant Rogers
Helen Oakden Simon Callery Oli Ross
Tristan Hambleton Ed Lines Jessica Sharman
Alice Lindsay Lavinia Harrington  Rosa Goodman


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