Chloë Sayer

Chloë Sayer

A specialist in the art and culture of Mexico, she has curated exhibitions and published numerous books on this vibrant country.

She regularly lectures for the Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), and has led several cultural tours to Mexico.

Chloë studied languages at Trinity College, Dublin. A fluent Spanish-speaker, she has made ethnographic collections and carried out fieldwork in Mexico for the British Museum. In 2015 she guest-curated the exhibition ¡Viva México! Clothing and Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, where she is a Research Associate. Based in London, she is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain.

Chloë has lectured for galleries, museums and cultural institutions in Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Ireland, Mexico and New Zealand. She has also worked on television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. Her many books include Arts and Crafts of Mexico (1990), Textiles from Mexico (2002), and Fiesta: Days of the Dead and other Mexican Festivals (2009). In 2016 the Mexican government awarded her the prestigious Ohtli medal to thank her for her commitment to Mexican culture.

Chloë led her first Mexican tour for Academy Travel in 2013. Visits to ancient archaeological sites and splendid colonial cities are combined with trips to small villages where craft and festive traditions endure. She remains fascinated by Mexico’s strong and enduring visual culture, and enjoys sharing her passion for Mexico with like-minded travellers.

We asked Chloë, what can we expect on a tour to Mexico?

“Modern Mexico has been shaped by well over 3,000 years of history. It’s wonderful to peel back the cultural layers, and see how much remains. On this trip we will enjoy Mexico’s dramatic landscapes, fine art and folk art, buildings and street markets, food and music — all the things that the artist Frida Kahlo loved. But we will also meet Mexicans in their homes and workshops.”

“The highlight will surely be the Day of the Dead, when Mexicans welcome back the souls of the departed. It is this fusion of artistic expression with human warmth and wit that makes Mexico so special. Past travellers have commented on my enthusiasm. Most have ended up sharing my affection and admiration for Mexican culture.”