Testimonials

‘Without sacrificing scholarship, Stella Lyons has a most engaging way of hooking an audience into sharing her passionate interest in art history, drawing three dimensional human stories and experiences from the two-dimensional canvas’

Maev Kennedy, writer and Arts correspondent for the Guardian

‘A class act: informative, authoritative and delivered with great charm. We shall certainly ask you again. Thank you so much – they all loved it!’

Dr Judith Foy, Contemporary Arts Society Wales (CASW)

‘Stella, I enjoyed every minute of this course and looked forward to your lecture each week. You brought the art, artists and history of the Renaissance wonderfully alive. I enjoyed your informal, informative approach to the lectures and found them absorbing. A real treat!’

Jackie Ghazal, Early Renaissance Masterpieces at Insole Court

‘One of our very best lecturers – and so say all of us!’

Hereford Arts Society

‘Thank you so much for coming to Penang to give two talks to our Society. I have received great reports back from members who attended one or both of your talks – they really enjoyed the subject matter and your delivery and someone said that it was the best yet!’

Penang (Malaysia) Arts Society

‘I enjoyed your talk last night at Penarth Pier so much. Often when I attend lectures I come away hardly remembering anything…. that was not the case last night, I found it memorable and inspirational from beginning to end.’

Jo Furber, Edvard Munch lecture

‘We Berliners loved your lecture very much and would like to have you lecture for us again!’

The Arts Society (Berlin)

‘Stella is a gem. She is extremely knowledgable and her presentations were well prepared. She is very professional and made sure she made herself available at all of the venues.’

Dr Bill Chalmers, ‘Fine Art in Scotland’ tour

‘Outstanding Art History study day led brilliantly by Stella Grace Lyons. Gallery visits will never be the same again!’

Elizabeth Crawford, ‘How to Look at Paintings’ Day School

‘Compelling. Bound for TV or other popular media and you have snatched her up early!’

Voyages to Antiquity guest, Norway Fjords cruise

‘Fascinating! I look at paintings so differently now that you’re educating me through your talks. The Hopper talk is one of my favourites, I like the way you cram so much info into a 30-minute talk without it feeling rushed.’

Louise Meadon, Stella talks Live Lectures (online)

‘Absolutely stunning lectures without seeming high-brow. Better than most tv art presenters. Always nicely turned out’

Saga guest, ‘Liverpool’s Art Collections’ tour

‘Stella is a fabulous lecturer: very approachable and knowledgeable – 5 star! Fabulous lectures that I have travelled from Chepstow for every week to attend’

Colleen, Penarth Pier Pavilion lecture series ‘How to Look at Paintings’

‘Wonderful lecture yesterday at Insole Court on the Impressionists. So interesting! The time just flew by. I can’t wait to go to another one’

Sian Kirby, ‘Manet, Morisot and the Impressionists’ Day School

‘Stella’s lectures are always so interesting, informative and well presented. I’ve learnt so much about the lives of various artists and their style of painting. The online ‘Stella Talks’ lectures have been the highlight of my week during lockdown!’

Linda Quinlan, Stella Talks Live Lectures (online)

‘Stella was again exceptionally well informed and extremely pleasant. Her talks were informative and interesting. I was very impressed.’

Judith, ‘Art Treasures of Birmingham’ tour

‘What a lovely way to spend time! We both thoroughly enjoyed your talk…looking forward to next week already!’

Sara Sharples, Stella talks Live Lectures (online)

‘A brief thank you from Mary and Peter for your charming and imaginative leadership. It was so interesting and well done. Thank you, we shall remember it for a long time.’

Peter and Mary Lewis, ‘Art Treasures of Birmingham’ tour

‘Thank you for organising these series of lectures, they have become a highlight of our lockdowned week!’

Ann Williams-Brunt, Stella Talks Live Lectures (online)

‘Stella had a vast comprehensive knowledge of the artists and their work, conveying her enthusiasm and passion for her subject in a manner which was inspiring and informative. She had a very pleasant, friendly manner and was very popular with the whole group. She was inspirational.’

Saga guest, ‘Artistic Collections of Dorset’

‘I have been fortunate enough to attend a number of Stella’s courses as well as some of her day schools, all of which I have found completely absorbing. I have been so inspired by her lectures.’

Angie Luther, ‘How to Look at Paintings’ course

‘We both really enjoyed it – neither of us know very much about art and we learned so much. I realised I’d not been looking at paintings properly before and now have a much better idea. Stella is a really engaging presenter. She was easy to listen to – the time flew by!’

Sarah Wymer, ‘Painting Winter’ lecture

‘Stella was very informative and gave excellent talks. She was the best historian I have ever met.’

Saga guest, ‘Art Treasures of Birmingham’ tour

‘Thank you Stella for your weekly online enlightenment. I have never had the opportunity to learn about art history so I am very grateful for your really interesting talks.’

Caryl Kelly, Stella Talks Live Lectures (online)

‘Thank you so much for continuing these events – they are the highlight of my week!’

Karen Nunn, ‘How to Look at Paintings’

‘Very enjoyable course, Interesting and varied selection of paintings and artists. I particularly enjoyed the lecture on symbolism.’

Thomas, ‘How to Look at Paintings’ course

‘This lady was a most interesting and accomplished lecturer. She welcomed questions and was very knowledgeable on art subjects. One of the best!’

Saga guest, ‘Golden Age of Dutch Art (Netherlands)’ tour

‘Thank you for your well-judged presentations’

Anne and Roger Howard, ‘Art in the North West’ tour

‘Eileen and I would like to say how much we enjoyed your Art in Wales day school. Thank you’

Eileen and Frances, Art in Wales day school

‘Stella Lyons was not only knowledgeable about her subject but has a very pleasing and democratic approach to group opinions.’

Saga guests, ‘Art in the North West’ tour

‘We felt very fortunate to have Stella as our Special Interest host. She was very knowledgeable about her subject and enhanced our holiday enormously by her evening talks before dinner’

Saga guests, ‘Art in the North West’ tour

‘Stella. Thank you. It was a very enjoyable and informative half hour. Really cheered me up and I’ve just had a text from my friend who said the same. See you in virtual land next week for Charles R Mackintosh!’

Emma Berry, Stella Talks Live Lectures (online)

‘Thank you for presenting such a wonderfully diverse, carefully crafted programme of online talks. Every one is a delightful treat! A highlight of the week for both me, and my husband, your talks are very much appreciated during such unstable and uncertain times.’

Heather Guthrie, Stella Talks Live Lectures (online)

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