I hold a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where I studied art and literature of Late Antique Syria and Byzantium – ancient cultures have always attracted me! I have acted for several years as secretary to Oxford Byzantine Society, organizing lectures, conferences and congresses. This probably explains why I welcomed my role as a consultant for the documentary Shroud of Turin: Material Evidence filmed by the BAFTA award winning director David Rolfe. Growing increasingly interested in the art world, I completed my MA in Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and until recently acted as a guest lecturer there. I also collaborated with the Royal Collection in London as researcher and translator. I worked for 5 years as cataloguer, translator and consultant for the Icons and Russian Art Departments at Christie’s before turning to art journalism. In 2012 I stepped into my role as a London- based representative for the Art Newspaper Russia and acted as a managing correspondent, conference and events manager until summer 2016. Since then, I have worked as a radio presenter, art events organizer and curator, and freelance journalist (I also did scripts and editing for my radio programmes), while also regularly contributing to Russian Art and Culture media platform, Office Elite magazine, VV magazine and other publications in Russian and English. My major interests are history, art (including performative arts) and travel. My secret passion is dance and Isadora Duncan’s method, in particular.