Lydia R. Figes is a London-based culture journalist, copywriter, and editor specialising in the visual and performing arts, architecture, art history, literature, and film. She was formerly Content Editor at Art UK through which she regularly contributed to BBC Arts. In this role, she organised two collaborative online series between Art UK, the Guardian, and over 100 museums across the UK: the 'Great British Art Quiz' and 'Great British Art Tour'.
Between 2020 and 2023 she lived and worked in Paris. As a freelancer, she has written for online platforms and magazines such as Dazed, AnOther Magazine, i-D, Elephant, Guardian, Apollo, Elle, Artsy, TANK, Little White Lies, Culture Whisper, British Journal of Photography, The Critic, and Mr & Mrs Smith amongst others. She has interviewed many internationally renowned artists and photographers, from Ryan Gander, to Yinka Shonibare, Deborah Roberts and Flora Yukhnovich.
She contributed to the Phaidon publications Artifacts, The Great Women Painters and The Christmas Book (forthcoming). Her short fiction has appeared in The London Magazine and she has been a guest critic on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. She has a Bachelor of Arts from University College London and a Master of Arts from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is the co-founder of @radicalwomenshistory. She is currently writing her first book with Thames & Hudson and is represented by Kat Aitken at United Agents.