Within a span of twenty-five years, INSCAPE, a most unusual study and travel organisation, has carved a unique place in the field of British cultural activity. Founder-Director Nicholas Friend, an Oxbridge maverick and polymath, eloquently leads the way with a curious combination of erudition, irreverence, and pure pedagogic pleasure. His lectures, in particular, spring from a fervent and life long passion for the creative process at work in the visual arts, architecture, music and literature.

Using a blend of new and old age technology, Nicholas weaves fact, figure, and historical evidence with innovative ideas and observations. His multi-media presentations use slides, film cuts, music, and recordings, peppered with readings and dramatisations of letters, diaries, short stories, novels and plays. He or a member of his talented team of specialist scholars and authors engage participants in a sweeping range of topics in the arts and letters. Eschewing artificial boundaries between disciplines, INSCAPE lecturers place fine art and architecture, music and literature in the context of politics and economics, religious and secular belief, science and mathematics. The lectures are anything but dull, and most border on inspirational.

INSCAPE takes place all over the world. Its lecture rooms are the parquet and marble hallways of fine country houses, the worn steps of temples and palaces, the angular conjunctions of pavement and structure in ancient villages and modern cities, the inner circles and sanctums of Neolithic standing stones and cavernous naves and crypts, the luminous corridors of galleries and museums, and last but not least, the INSCAPE lecture room at the Art Worker’s Guild, Bloomsbury.

INSCAPE members are good people and good company; they love humour, ideas, books, and learning. They love to talk; they love to listen, they love to think. For them, INSCAPE is the education they missed the first time around! INSCAPE transcends the everyday, making their world a better place to be in, one lecture at a time.

NICHOLAS FRIEND MA (Oxon), MA (Cantab), FRSA, Founder and Director of INSCAPE Fine Art Study Tours Ltd, and co-Founder of Friend&Friend Ltd has been teaching adults in galleries, museums and country houses for over 30 years. He has taught for the Wallace Collection, the National Gallery and Sotheby’s, and has conducted many tours at home and abroad. For 25 years he directed Cambridge University’s History of Art Summer School. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Companion of the Guild of St. George. nicholas@inscapetours.co.uk


LOUISE GOLDBERG FRIEND B.A.Art History, M.ED Human Development, M.FA Interior Architecture and Design. Her work in the arts and education has included programme development for the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C, commercial interiors planning for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, San Francisco, and teaching art, edible gardening and cooking to children.     louise@inscapetours.co.uk


SARA PUPI BA McGill University, CertHE Université de Montréal, studied Anthropology, Psychology and Management and is INSCAPE’s multi-lingual Operations Manager and Senior Tour Manager. Italian by birth, brought up in a French school in Turkey, and educated at McGill University in Canada, she brings to her daily work effortless communication and social skills in English, Italian, French, and Spanish.      sara@inscapetours.co.uk


JANIE SKUSE BA (Hons) Fine Art, Derby University / Winchester School of Art is INSCAPE’s Bookings Administrator. A practicing artist, she organises and presents special drawing events in London. She brings to her work fluent communication skills as well as extensive experience as an Arts Officer, Gallery Manager and Curator  janie@inscapetours.co.uk

1 Response to WHO WE ARE

  1. Annette & Gordon Scoble says:

    At cricket, the help of Barry Budibent, we have rediscovered Inscape

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