Private View

What are you reading and why?

The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye. Brings back memories of exploring India and combines a beautiful love story and fascinating history.

What’s on your must-see exhibition list?

I really want to see Fashioned from Nature at the V&A. History, the natural world, environmental concerns and fashion design – sounds fascinating!

If money was no object and you could have any artwork in the world, what would it be?

One of Samuel Peploe’s paintings of Iona. He has been a favourite of mine since I saw his work as a teenager, and Iona and the Isle of Mull have many special memories for me.

What film last impressed you?

Paddington 2. Sequels so often don’t live up to the original, but this one was brilliant.

Name a podcast to entertain you on a long journey.

The Mavericks Podcast by Charlie Gladstone. He speaks to unusual, inspiring people, who don’t often have their stories told.

Which TV programme or series can you not stop talking about?

Pangolins – The World’s Most Wanted Animal. I’ve always been concerned about the poaching of elephants and rhinos, but had no idea about the threat to the pangolin.

What are you looking forward to seeing live on stage?

I’m going to see Matilda in the west end and I can’t wait! I’ve heard it is absolutely brilliant and I loved Roald Dahl as a child.

What’s on your current ‘most played’ playlist?

Alexander Chapman Campbell – Journey to Nidaros. He’s a brilliant British composer and pianist, and I love listening to his music while I work – it keeps me calm and inspired.