Sabine Casparie works as a freelance art guide providing contemporary art tours in London. Sabine’s skill is making contemporary art accessible and enjoyable to all tour members.
Art has always been my passion. I worked as a lawyer for Shell and the Court of Rotterdam, and as a property consultant, before deciding to make a career change into art. I studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art and completed a Masters of Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie’s Education, London in 2012. I completed a one-year Certificate in Museum Education at the University of Houston in 2017.
London has one of the most vibrant gallery scenes in the world, with commercial galleries spread out all over the city. These galleries often show museum-quality works in spectacular settings. And where museums have entrance fees and queues, the commercial galleries are free and usually quiet, providing for a unique viewing experience. It has since become my mission to share these amazing spaces with a wider public, and at the same time to explore London’s many interesting neighbourhoods in which these galleries are based.
My skill is to make contemporary art accessible and enjoyable, and translate complex artistic notions into clear language, supported by anecdotes and quotes from the artist. If you have ever tried to decipher a gallery press release, you will know what I mean!
I am passionate about making art accessible for all. I am a yearly tour guide at Frieze Art Fair, giving me a unique insight into this highly commercialised side art world, but I also teach as a volunteer at museums and schools and have worked with groups with special needs, such as Alzheimer and Dementia patients and the blind and visually impaired. Between 2014 and 2016 I worked as collection adviser for CW+, the charity that owns and manages the art collection of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Between 2016 and 2018 I was a regular docent at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I still offer private tours in Houston and New York but since 2019 I am based primarily in London.
"Sabine took us on a fascinating tour of the art galleries in Fitzrovia. She is an erudite and delightful individual. She opened our eyes to artists and places which we would not have found on our own. Highly recommended"
- Graham and Sybil Papworth
"Sabine opened my eyes to the blossoming world of contemporary art galleries that I never knew existed in London. And I have lived here for over 13 years! Her tours will be a cultural highlight of the year!" - Tanya
"Inspirational tour along a few galleries here in Houston organized by Sabine Casparie. All hidden gems. Thank you for taking us Sabine!" - Sylvia Beijnink
"You do not need an art background to enjoy these tours as Sabine does a wonderful job explaining the art in simple terms. Highly recommended!" - Bianca