Julian Spalding is a writer and former museum director for the cities of Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow. He established the Ruskin Gallery, the St Mungo Museum of Religious Art and Life and Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art. His several books include The Art of Wonder (which won the Sir Bannister Fletcher Prize for the best art book in 2006), Realisation – from Seeing to Understanding and the e-pamphlet Con Art – why you should sell your Damien Hirst while you can. He has broadcast frequently on BBC radio and TV. Julian lives in Paris.