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

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

ONLINE EVENTS

Frames in Focus
Fri, Oct 30
Online Webinar
Oct 30, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
It is extremely rare for an old master painting to remain in its original frame. This talk will look at the evolution of the picture frame, from the gothic "engaged" frame, to the renaissance "tabernacle" frame, French carved & gilded frames to the artist's designed frames of the 19th & 20th cent.
The Art Market and the History of Selling Art
Tue, Nov 03
Online Webinar
Nov 03, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
This talk will discuss how art was produced, from the renaissance contract to commissions on-line. We will look at the role and history of the auction house, the importance of the picture dealer for setting taste and trends and how online auctions have flourished in the time of lockdown.
The City Sees Red: St Petersburg and Revolution
Fri, Nov 06
Online Webinar
Nov 06, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
Throughout the nineteenth century, Tsarist Russia was under pressure to reform. Its failure to do so turned the city of St. Petersburg into a stage for Revolution. This talk will explore the impact of the Revolution on the city and its art.
Art as Seed of Political Alternatives
Tue, Nov 10
Online Webinar
Nov 10, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
This lecture will explain the Black Lives Matter protests concerning problematic art earlier this year, the return by some major museums of looted art, the re-labeling of exhibits, and the representation of the diverse societies of today.
Portraiture: Here’s Looking at You
Fri, Nov 13
Online Webinar
Nov 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
From ancient world to artists like Tracey Emin & Lucien Freud, portraits have been used to show power, status, virtue, beauty, wealth & taste. Cindy looks at how portraiture has changed throughout the ages and how the genre shows us how to communicate with past & present in exciting surprising ways.
Artists and writers of Chelsea, London
Tue, Nov 17
Online Webinar
Nov 17, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
Chelsea has long been associated with artists & writers. Join us to learn what Oscar Wilde said when he saw actress Ellen Terry come for her portrait by Singer Sargent, what happened to the book of poetry buried with another artist's dead wife, and about cautionary tales of 2 different libel cases..
Whistler vs Ruskin: Flinging a Pot of Paint in the Public’s Face
Fri, Nov 20
Online Webinar
Nov 20, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
The 1878 trial between artist & critic became the 1st great public debate in Britain about modern art. This talk looks at the issues & personalities involved in this famous courtroom drama, how their animosity divided the art world & the extent to which it can be argued that the outcome ruined both.
The life and work of Walter Sickert
Tue, Nov 24
Online Webinar
Nov 24, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
Sickert was a cosmopolitan and eccentric who often used ordinary people and urban scenes as his subjects. He is considered a prominent figure in the transition from Impressionism to Modernism. Join Stephen as he explores the fascinating life and work of Walter Sickert.
SPACE in Paintings
Fri, Nov 27
Online Webinar
Nov 27, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
Paintings are essentially 2D, yet artists have often striven to create the impression of convincing space. An illusion of depth was the prevailing ambition from the Renaissance - the mid 19th c. In this survey of paintings from middle ages - modern times we'll see that this was not always the case..
Live virtual tour of the Met Cloisters in New York with local guide!!
Tue, Dec 01
Online live tour
Dec 01, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
Online live tour
One of my most favourite museums in NY, not easy to get to as tourists, I have managed to secure a local museum guide to show us the highlights of this extraordinary collection of European medieval art & architecture in a private exclusive live tour, incl Q&A! Please read additional info below.
EXPRESSION in Paintings
Fri, Dec 04
Online Webinar
Dec 04, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
Paintings engage the emotions of the viewer in a variety of ways - some obvious, some much more subtle. Leonardo was the first to recognise the power of body language, but other elements also contribute such as composition, colour and light. Join Lydia as she discusses!
Stuff of Nightmares
Tue, Dec 08
Online Webinar
Dec 08, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
As the nights draw in, Cindy Polemis looks at artists who have been fascinated by images of violence, horror and the supernatural to convey feelings of terror and wonder. From the 18th century Gothic Nightmare of Henry Fuseli to the contemporary dystopian landscapes of Anselm Kiefer.
LIGHT in Paintings
Fri, Dec 11
Online Webinar
Dec 11, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
Along with shadows, light is an essential element which can dramatically change the way we respond to a painting. Lydia looks at Carravaggio's chiaroscuro, and other more subtle ways used by artists for either didactic or purely descriptive purposes, from the Middle Ages to the Impressionists.
Christmas Lecture
Tue, Dec 15
Online Webinar
Dec 15, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
The German customs of the Victorian royal family became the basis of the English Christmas we know today. This lecture explores Christmas at court from the middle ages to the present day and how the royals have influenced our own celebrations.
How to Steal a Million
Fri, Jan 08
Online Webinar
Jan 08, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Online Webinar
We've all heard about audacious art heists that are more like blockbuster movies. This lecture will be a rollicking adventure, where we look at famous art thefts, discuss what motivates art thieves and examine what aspects the thefts have in common, the mistakes made and some incredible police work!
Brueghel & Rubens, a fruitful partnership
Tue, Jan 12
Online Webinar
Jan 12, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
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.
Imperial Purple to Marie Antoinette’s fleas
Fri, Jan 15
Online Webinar
Jan 15, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Online 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.
Mexican Muralism “Public Art, Identity & Collective Memory”
Tue, Jan 19
Online Webinar
Jan 19, 2021, 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.
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: A Volatile Relationship
Fri, Jan 22
Online Webinar
Jan 22, 2021, 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.
From Nero to Miro: Two Thousand Years of Grotesque Ornamentation
Fri, Jan 29
Online Webinar
Jan 29, 2021, 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 methods of decoration in the Renaissance & 18th century. Light, fun & fantastical but with a hint of the surreal & dangerous. Discover 2000 years of decorative delights.
Poison, Poo and Mad Scientists
Fri, Feb 19
Online Webinar
Feb 19, 2021, 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.
Recording: Abstract Expressionism. An Introduction
Time is TBD
Online On Demand Webinar
Time is TBD
Online On Demand Webinar
Join this overview of one of the most important & influential artistic movements of the 20th century. Discussing origin, development, influence and popularity of the 2 main strands: Action painting (with works by artists such as Pollock & de Kooning) & Colour Field painting (incl Rothko & Newman).
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