Drawing for block-printed fabric Tulip and Willow by William Morris, 1873

What’s on: future study days

Study days are designed to explore specific subjects in depth, under the leadership of one or more expert lecturers. The topics range widely but we try to include subjects relating to forthcoming major exhibitions in London where possible, and recent study days have included Anglo-Saxon Treasures, the Arts and Craft Movement, Cubism and Caravaggio.

Study days are held at various central London locations (for example Conway Hall, Lettsom House or the Keynes Library at Birkbeck) and typically last for five or six hours, including breaks for refreshments (tea and coffee provided) and lunch (not included).

Current fees for study days are £38, unless indicated otherwise on the booking page, and are for members only.


Members only

Places available

Watteau & Chardin: New directions in French painting

  • Tue 19 July 2022
  • Sarah Fell Room, Friends House
  • Lecturer: Clare Ford-Wille

The day will explore the work and careers of Watteau and Chardin and examine their influence upon future developments in later eighteenth-century painting in the work of French male and female painters from Lancret to Anne Vallayer-Coster.

Members only

Places available


  • Mon 25 July 2022
  • Friends House
  • Lecturer: Ben Street

The study day  will consider the fascination of the artist’s work via a variety of timeframes through which to think about his work: through his interest in certain painters of the past; his relationship with his contemporaries; and his projection into art practices of the future.

Members only

Places available

Avignon and the papacy: thirteenth to sixteenth centuries

  • Wed 28 September 2022
  • Sarah Fell Room, Friends House
  • Lecturer: Dr Alexandra Gajewski

Within less than fifty years, between 1305 and c. 1340, Avignon developed from a prosperous medium-size merchant town into the residence of the pope. Over the following decades, the papal court attracted vast contingents of people, including cardinals, servants, bankers and all kinds of artists and craftsmen. We will trace this development chronologically, beginning with the twelfth century, before the popes’ arrival when the city built its famous bridge.

Study Events Coordinator

Maggie Stockton



We prefer online booking using WebCollect by clicking on BOOK PLACES in the event details section. It is also possible to book by printing and completing a paper booking form  and sending it together with a cheque to our Administrator at the address on the form.

Payment for subscriptions and event bookings through WebCollect can be made by card (via PayPal), by direct debit, by bank transfer, or by cheque. For information on each payment option, you can either read more on this site, or download the information as a PDF.

If you require any further information you may call and leave a short message at tel: 0843 289 4663. Please state the event you enquiring about. (Calls cost 7p per minute plus any network access charge your phone company may levy)

Terms & Conditions

Applying for Courses and Study Events as a member of the Society;  cancelling an application (including cancellation fees, and circumstances under which we will give a full or partial refund); what happens if the Society cancels a Course or Study Event. Read full details here, or download a PDF of our Terms and Conditions.