Cleo Roberts is an academic who leads international tours on historic and contemporary art. Having been named the Association of Art Historians New Voice in 2014 she has lectured internationally at Princeton University, University of Cambridge, Royal Asiatic Society, and writes for ArtAsiaPacific, ArtUK and The Conversation.
Whilst completing her MA at Goldsmiths University she began working with Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. During her time in his studio and developing Guest Projects, she had the opportunity to work with leading contemporary artists including Bob and Roberta Smith and Marcus Coates, and assisted on various projects such as the Fourth Plinth Commission, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, in Trafalgar Square. Alongside this, she headed the arts programming for Land of Kings Festival attracting celebrated cultural practitioners such as Camille WaLaLa and Ned Beauman.
She is currently completing her PhD in 18th and 19th century art and colonial depictions of India supported by the UK India Education and Research Initiative. Since receiving a prestigious INTACH scholarship, she has developed her interest in arts education and established the first art award at Select CityWalk, India’s foremost entertainment complex in association with Sushant School for Art and Design, the British School, and British Library.
She is now a Visiting Research Associate at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, where she is developing a series of arts education resources with NNedPro, a centre for nutritional and health knowledge. This builds on her recent appointment as an expert mentor for the Women of the World Festival.