PhD and MA, Courtauld Institute
BA (Hons), Leeds University
Lis Darby's research and teaching focuses on 19th, 20th and 21st century decorative arts, design and craft, with particular emphasis on furniture. She developed and was Programme Director of the MA in Contemporary Design at Sotheby's Institute in London from 2008 to 2016 and now teaches on the MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design, for various semester courses and public programmes, and also runs the MA elective Contemporary Design and its Markets. Her research and specialist areas also includes late-18th to early-20th century sculpture. Lis is Visiting Researcher and PhD supervisor at Central St. Martins (University of the Arts London) and lectures regularly at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has contributed to various publications and journals on both sculpture and the decorative arts and is currently writing a book on contemporary design for Lund Humphries.