The finishing line at a horse race; ten portrait caricatures, including eight of famous jockeys. lithograph after L. Prosperi, 1888.

What’s on: future courses

Our courses are designed to give members a chance to explore a wide range of new or familiar topics in the fields of art and architecture, at a level to suit their own expertise. Courses consist of between five and ten weekly two-hour sessions, and are led by an acknowledged authority in the subject.

Courses are open to Society members only. Current fees are £90 for a five-week course, £108 for six weeks and £180 for ten weeks; it is not possible to pay for part of a course.

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Works of Byzantine Art and Architecture

  • Thu 3 - Thu 31 October 2019
  • Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
  • Lecturer: Dr Lyn Rodley

This course will consider Byzantine art and architecture by analysing in detail a selection of works in terms of different types, media and dates. The works will also be considered in terms of broader issues such as materials, functions and social contexts of Byzantine art and architecture and the nature of continuity and change over time.

Members only

Places available

Art and photography: a cultural history

  • Tue 8 October - Tue 5 November 2019
  • The Art Workers' Guild
  • Lecturer: Tim Satterthwaite

This course explores the historical connections between visual art and photography: the evolution of photographic aesthetics, and the influence of the new mechanical medium on the forms and subject matter of fine art.

Members only

Places available

Rembrandt 350: a commemoration of his life and work, 1606-1669

  • Mon 11 November - Mon 9 December 2019
  • Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
  • Lecturer: Clare Ford-Wille

This course provides an in-depth exploration of Rembrandt’s life and career from his early life in Leiden to his final days in Amsterdam.

Members only

Places available

Another six english medieval cathedrals in context

  • Wed 22 January - Wed 26 February 2020
  • Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
  • Lecturer: John McNeill

This series of six lectures follows a similar short set of lectures in 2019 but is designed so that each lecture is self-sufficient. It will examine six English medieval cathedrals, and do so from the perspective of their origin, location and architectural character.

Courses Coordinator

Jackie Leigh


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