Gerald Deslandes

Gerald Deslandes

A former curator and cultural historian, he spent 20 years as the director of five contemporary art galleries in the UK.

His strong personal and professional interests in history, the visual arts, literature and music have led him to develop over 20 specialized tours related to each of these interests.

He holds a BA from Cambridge University and an MA from London University. He spent 20 years as the director and exhibitions director of five contemporary art galleries in the UK, during which time he organised early-career shows of work by artists such as Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy, Cornelia Parker and Damien Hirst. He also exhibited work by artists from France, Germany, Latin America and the U.S.

In addition to his work as a curator, he has lectured at art colleges throughout the UK, and for Art Society groups in the UK, Australia and Spain. He is currently a tutor in the history of art and visual studies at the Open College of the Arts. Gerald speaks some French, Italian and Spanish.

We asked Gerald, what do you enjoy most about tour leading?

“I enjoy meeting people with an interest in the visual arts and introducing them to places that may be new to them. I like leading thematic tours that allow time for travellers to link what they see and experience to the history and culture of a location.”

“Most of all, I enjoy learning from clients, sharing their enthusiasm and adding some of my own.”