Claire Grindey

+44 (0)782 7926474



Anna Farina

Head of London Office

+44 203 1760138


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Since May 2014, Culture Through Making has developed a steering committee:

Claire Grindey MRICS is an independent fine art consultant based in London. She is a former silver and objects of vertu specialist at Sotheby’s London and Amsterdam. She has also lectured for Sotheby’s Institute on the MA Contemporary Design course. Claire has worked in Sweden, The Netherlands, Italy and France and speaks each of their respective languages. She is currently a consultant specialist for Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers. In addition Claire serves on the board for RICS Art and Antiques, advising on art market issues, and as a trustee for The Commonwealth Conservatory Foundation. She is also an ambassador for Tempus Novo.

Claire founded Culture Through Making with a passion for objects and the transferable making skills that can lead to sustainable enterprise, and promote cultural heritage and identity.


Zahed Tajeddin, b. Aleppo, Syria, is an archaeologist, conservator and artist whose PHD research explores the science and materials used in fine arts and ancient crafts. He has exhibited at the V&A. He has worked in Syria on projects for the documenting and reviving of traditional crafts. His sculpture is influenced by ancient artefacts, archaeology and mythology. Zahed has worked on many archaeological digs in the Middle East. His recent exhibition installation Shabtis: Suspended Truth was commissioned by The Manchester Museum in response to the current political debate on the subject of migration.


Diana Darke is an author, Arabist and Middle East cultural expert with special focus on Syria and Eastern Turkey. She has over 30 years’ experience of living and working in the region as an Arabic translator and consultant. Her book My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis (Haus, 3rd ed. February 2016) explains the extraordinary complexities of Syria and gives a human context to the Revolution. In 2005 her three-year restoration of an 18th century Damascus courtyard house led her to complete an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture. She has returned seven times since the war began in 2011 and her links inside the country remain deep and ongoing. Her new book The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival will be published by Hurst and OUP in early 2018, and will support Culture Through Making by donating 50% of its royalties:


Carolyn H. Miner is an independent curator.  She is the former Robert H. Smith Research Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Her research specialization is early modern sculpture in France and Italy and she actively publishes in this field. Her current projects include an exhibition at the Accademia in Venice and a publication on Renaissance medals for the Frick in New York, as well as co-editing a magazine on Italian art. She also enjoys working on brining old master and contemporary sculpture together and in this capacity is curating a project at the next Venice Biennale. Prior to her position in Washington, Carolyn oversaw the installation of the exhibition Jean-Antoine Houdon: Sculptor of the Enlightenment at the J. Paul Getty Museum, was a specialist of sculpture at Sotheby’s, and was named the Anissa B. Balson Research Fellow at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She edited The Eternal Baroque: Studies in Honor of Jennifer Montagu and published on the sculpture collection in French Art of the Eighteenth Century at the Huntington. Carolyn serves on the board of Venetian Heritage, the American Friends of the Louvre, and the International Council of the Louvre. She resides in London with her husband and young daughter.

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