Speaker: Georgina Bexon
1 February 2022
Southern India offers up a treasure trove of visual history through its beautiful ancient temples, built by a succession of mighty dynasties. From the Pallavas to the Cholas, these beautifully decorated temples once acted as the religious, social and administrative centres of thriving communities, employing casts of thousands – priests, sculptors, engravers, carpenters, sacred parasol bearers, dancing girls, musicians, lamp-lighters, administrators, accountants and many more. This lecture explores the fascinating temple tradition of Southern India – a journey of 2,000 years.
Georgina is an art historian specialising in South Asian art who has lived and worked in the UK, USA and Singapore. Her practice includes lecturing, writing, consulting and collecting and she has developed a network of gallery and artist connections in Europe, the USA and India, which she visits regularly.
Consultant Art Historian at the Oriental Club in London and an official tour guide at Tate Modern, Georgina is also a guest speaker on luxury cruise ships for whom she has developed a series of art talks relating to Asian and Pacific destinations. She has been a visiting lecturer at UK universities, presents talks at leading art institutions including Christie’s Education New York and the Museum of Modern Art, Moscow and speaks at international art conferences, most recently in New York, Paris, London and Lisbon.
Georgina holds a BA in Art History from Southampton University, an MA in Arts Management and Policy from City, University of London and an MA in Art History from SOAS, University of London. She is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Asiatic Society