Please note that all our regular live lectures are now suspended!

We are only scheduling online events until the current situation changes.

ONLINE EVENTS

  • Mexican Muralism “Public Art, Identity & Collective Memory”
    Tue, Jan 19
    Online Webinar
    Jan 19, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    A movement which started in the 1920s as part of the political modernization of the country after the 1910 revolution, the murals were painted to send a strong message to the people, in order to reunify what we call today Mexico. Diego Rivera, D.A.Siqueiros & Clemente Orozco will all be discussed.
  • Becoming an Art Critic
    Wed, Jan 20
    Online Zoom Meeting
    Jan 20, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT
    Online Zoom Meeting
    This course of 5 sessions aims to help a group of up to 10 people become more observant and informed art critics. The set up is personal and highly supportive, and with a more hands-on approach. Please read the more detailed description below. NB You can still attend sessions as an active audience
  • Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: A Volatile Relationship
    Fri, Jan 22
    Online Webinar
    Jan 22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    This duo of eccentric artists, political activists and vibrant human beings will captivate the audience. Frida & Diego were both exceptional in so many ways! This will be a lecture about love, passion and art created by both of them in the first half of the 20th century.
  • Francis Bacon: The story of an Enigma and the Creation of Genius
    Tue, Jan 26
    Online Webinar
    Jan 26, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    To coincide with a major retrospective at the RA from Jan '21, Cindy looks at Bacon's formative years. An Irish born horse breeder’s son who became 1 of the most important painters of the 20th c. Self-taught, Bacon lived his life at its most extreme & his paintings continue to shock and provoke.
  • PAINTINGS ON THE EDGE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE GROTESQUE
    Fri, Jan 29
    Online Webinar
    Jan 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Taking its name from Roman grottos painted with playful & witty ornamental designs, the grotesque became 1 of the most distinctive modes of art & decoration in the Renaissance, the 18th century & beyond. Shifting between fun & fantasy, surreal & dangerous. Discover 2000 years of decorative delights!
  • Virtual Museum Tour Mauritshuis Holland
    Sun, Jan 31
    Online Virtual Museum Tour
    Jan 31, 4:00 PM GMT
    Online Virtual Museum Tour
    Join our 3D virtual museum tour with live museum guide, provided by the Mauritshuis, The Hague, Holland. In high definition, with slow and graceful movement, you'll get the sense of being guided through the actual museum entirely on your own with your own private guide!
  • Book Presentation: Kokoschka: The Untimely Modernist, by Rüdiger Görner
    Tue, Feb 02
    Online Book Presentation in Zoom Webinar
    Feb 02, 5:00 PM – 6:40 PM GMT
    Online Book Presentation in Zoom Webinar
    Taking us from his birthplace of Pöchlarn across Europe and to the United Kingdom, where he became a naturalised British citizen in 1947, this first English-language biography does more than show Kokoschka as a maverick artist; it is the definitive interpretation of an extraordinary life!
  • Symbolism in Art: Allegories
    Fri, Feb 05
    Online Webinar
    Feb 05, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    An Allegory is a figurative representation of an abstract idea. The iconography used to represent these ideas were know to audiences for centuries until we lost the ability to read them. This one hour lecture will look at some very important ones.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Eyesight!
    Tue, Feb 09
    Online Webinar
    Feb 09, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Cindy Polemis explores the discombobulating world of Optical Art or Op-Art art- how artists incl Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely use shapes, patterns and eye-popping colours to create artworks which literally fool our eyes.
  • Live Virtual Walking Tour of the district of Cannaregio, Venice
    Fri, Feb 12
    Live Virtual Walking Tour in Zoom Meeting
    Feb 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Live Virtual Walking Tour in Zoom Meeting
    Unknown to many tourists, this tour takes us to the Church of the Jesuits, the Fondamenta della Misericordia and pass by the old Brotherhood of Santa Maria Valverde to reach the Madonna dell’Orto church. We will then see Tintoretto's house, the Campo dei Mori & end in the Jewish ghetto!
  • Love and Delusion: The Story of the Artist Wives of Stanley Spencer
    Tue, Feb 16
    Online Webinar
    Feb 16, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Visionary and eccentric, the worlds created in the paintings of Stanley Spencer are quite unique. Just as remarkable was his relationship with his two wives. This lecture examines the art produced by this infamous group of artists, including some of Spencer’s most powerful paintings.
  • Appreciating the Work in Artworks
    Wed, Feb 17
    Online Course
    Feb 17, 4:00 PM GMT
    Online Course
    Ever wondered what oil paint feels like to work with? Acquire a new appreciation for the materials & processes behind the art we have been studying through this practical series by artist & art historian, Ruth Smith! Please see additional information below.
  • Poison, Poo and Mad Scientists
    Fri, Feb 19
    Online Webinar
    Feb 19, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    The social history of colour in textiles from the 19th to 21st centuries. This lecture explores how colour was a global industry by the 19th century, the birth of the new power colours and how dyeing has changed to meet the needs of fashion.
  • Bad Artists imitate, Great Artists Steal
    Tue, Feb 23
    Online Webinar
    Feb 23, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    We know Donatello played a huge role in the formation of Mantegna's style, as Mantegna copied many of Donatello's subsidiary figures into his own works. In this lecture we will discuss a number of great artists who used the examples of others to improve their own work.
  • More than Picasso: Spanish Art, a 5 week course
    Fri, Feb 26
    Online Webinar
    Feb 26, 11:00 AM GMT
    Online Webinar
    A 5 weeks course covering, in chronological order, all the greats from the 700 year Islamic rule to modernity! See more detail below. (Please note that the individual weeks will also be listed as stand alone lectures, for more information check the separate listings.)
  • Spanish Art, the Beginnings: the Rise of Catholic Power
    Fri, Feb 26
    Online Webinar
    Feb 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Art produced in the 15th century by Spanish artists blends fierce images of conquest with precise Netherlandish techniques of oil paint and the gold ground background to glorify the power of the church. Hattie will look at The Reconquista, the Inquisition, and Isabella's court painters.
  • 16th & 17th century Spanish Art: The Church Triumphant
    Fri, Mar 05
    Online Webinar
    Mar 05, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Forced conversions, expulsions & the Inquisition carried out in the name of the Catholic Church required powerful religious images highlighting the suffering of Christ & His martyrs. This provided significant opportunities for artists like ElGreco, Zurbaran, Ribera, Sanchez-Cotan and Fernadez.
  • The Intimacy of Miniatures
    Tue, Mar 09
    Online Webinar
    Mar 09, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    From diplomatic gifts to tokens of love, between 16th-19th c miniatures were commissioned as small portraits which could be held in the hand or placed inside lockets creating an intimate relationship between the owner and sitter. Cindy looks at the history of these tiny treasures of art.
  • Spanish Art: the Beauty of Murillo and Velázquez
    Fri, Mar 12
    Online Webinar
    Mar 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Seville flourished as a centre of the arts. Here Murillo created soft religious images of the Holy Family replacing drama with domesticity, and Velázquez started a career in which his subject matter, technique & composition broke with conventions.
  • Are you a Cat person or a Dog person?
    Tue, Mar 16
    Online Webinar
    Mar 16, 5:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    'Leonardo daVinci said ’the smallest feline is a masterpiece’. Yes! Says our resident cat loving lecturer Cindy Polemis (who’s willing to concede that dogs play their role in art too.) From symbolism to sentimentality, from sinister cats to loyal pooches, we look at our favourite creatures in art.
  • Spanish Art: Suffering - Goya & Sunshine - Sorolla
    Fri, Mar 19
    Online Webinar
    Mar 19, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Goya's artworks show his personal approvals & dislikes, and his despair with Spanish politics. While Joaquín Sorolla focusses on leisure beautiful Spanish coastal scenes, reflecting a Spain on the brink of a new era.
  • Spanish Art: Modernity - Picasso, Gris, Miro and Dali
    Fri, Mar 26
    Online Webinar
    Mar 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Immersed in a profound economic, social and political crisis Spain entered the 20th century seeking to reinvent and modernise itself. This discussion impregnated society and it deeply influenced the works of some of the most important artists and painters of the time.
  • Book Presentation: King and Collector: Henry VIII and the Art of Kingship
    Tue, Apr 06
    Online Webinar
    Apr 06, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    Our infamous Henry VIII was also known to be an ardent patron of the arts whose tapestries & paintings, purchased in pursuit of glory & magnificence, adorned his lavish court and began the Royal Collection. Join Siobhan as she talks about her new book explaining Henry's drive as a patron of the arts
  • French Masters: A 4 Week Course
    Fri, Apr 09
    Online Webinar Course
    Apr 09, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar Course
    Please join Alan for a chronological run through 4 extremely important French Master artists, each changing the course of art history in their own and characteristic ways of approaching the creation of an artwork. Each talk can we watched as an individual session too.
  • IDEALISED CLASSICISM: Jean-August Ingres
    Fri, Apr 09
    Online Webinar Lecture
    Apr 09, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar Lecture
    ‘There comes a time when an artist of genius feels somehow swept along by his own capacities...I think I am that man'. This week Alan will consider the great French Master Ingres, his history paintings, his portraits and his skill as a draughtsman.
  • ARROGANT REALISM: Gustav Courbet
    Fri, Apr 16
    Online Webinar Lecture
    Apr 16, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar Lecture
    ‘I am the proudest and most arrogant man in France’ wrote Courbet. Alan will show in this 1 hour lecture how Courbet's approach resulted in a movement which radically altered the course of European art.
  • STUDIED SPONTANEITY: Edgar Degas
    Fri, Apr 23
    Online Webinar Lecture
    Apr 23, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar Lecture
    ‘No art is less spontaneous than mine’ claimed Degas. Alan will demonstrate how Degas’s knowledge of Old Masters was fused with a fascination of modern life: ballet dancers, horse racing and bathing women.
  • PIONEERING CUBISM: George Braque
    Fri, Apr 30
    Online Webinar Lecture
    Apr 30, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar Lecture
    ‘Roped together like mountaineers’ is how Braque characterised his relationship with Picasso in the development of Cubism. But his career was multi-faceted, and Alan will take us from his early association with Fauvism through to some of the most richly complex still lives of the twentieth century.
  • Museum of the Missing
    Fri, May 07
    Online Webinar
    May 07, 11:00 AM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    A museum made up of all the stolen artworks that remain missing would house the most valuable collection ever known. This lecture looks at missing masterpieces such as Caravaggio’s Nativity with St Francis & St Laurence, Vermeer’s The Concert, and the missing panel from the Ghent Altarpiece.
  • Recording: Imperial Purple to Marie Antoinette’s fleas
    Time is TBD
    Online Recorded Webinar
    Time is TBD
    Online Recorded Webinar
    The social history of colour in textiles from BC to the end of the 18th century. This lecture shows the developing skills of the dyers to meet the desires of their customers, how they learned to colour different materials and how fashionable colours emerged from the most unlikely sources.
  • Recording: Brueghel & Rubens, a fruitful partnership
    Time is TBD
    Recorded Online Webinar
    Time is TBD
    Recorded Online Webinar
    In the early 17th century 2 admired painters teamed up to profit from each other’s strengths: Peter Paul Rubens painted the figures while Jan Brueghel the Elder the landscapes, flora and fauna. Join Mariska as she discusses this fruitful partnership.