E-News Bulletin March 2019


Our next lecture will be on Wednesday 6th March when Hugh Belsey will discuss Gainsborough as a landscape draughtsman, 6pm at The Art Workers’ Guild as usual. This lecture is in memory of Anne Scott, a past Chairman and Committee member for many years. Her retiring collection was donated to the Society and funds this lecture.

Study Events
There are still places available in March: Jugendstil, a study day on Monday 4th, The Art World Now, a five-week course starting on Tuesday 5th and Art in Canary Wharf, a study walk on Wednesday 27th. Full details and booking of all events can be found on our website.

Architecture Space and Society Centre (ASSC), Friday 8th March 2019 at 6pm in the Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square
Changing Objectscapes, Mediterranean Connectivity and the Emergence of Empire Style in Rome and Paris
Caroline van Eck (University of Cambridge) will consider the influx of works of art and artefacts from around the world as a result of the travels of Thomas Cook and the Napoleonic wars and the emergence of the Empire Style in Rome and Paris. More information here.

Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square, until 12th March 2019
Leonardo da Vinci and Perpetual Motion: Visualising Impossible Machines
This exhibition explores new ways of analysing Leonardo’s designs to create the perfect machine which would function in perpetual motion. More information here.

Also at the Peltz Gallery starting on 22nd March until 24th May 2019:
Art at the Frontier of Film Theory: Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen
This exhibition uses the gallery space to refract the work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen through the prism of art. More information here.

Murray Seminar at Birkbeck, Monday 18th March 2019 at 5pm in the Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square
The Tiberius Psalter: a book for Archbishop Stigand?
The psalter is most famous for its cycle of twenty-three pictures, mostly drawings in coloured outline but with two fully painted pages. Sandy Heslop considers the likelihood that the book was produced for Archbishop Stigand. No booking required. More information here.


VICTORIA MIRO N1, to 23rd March 2019
John Korner: Life in a Box
The Danish artist examines in his paintings and sculptures the way in which we are constrained by things, physical and emotional, and how we navigate them, and how we forge relationships as a result. More information here.

HOUSE OF ILLUSTRATION, to 24th March 2019
Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis
An exploration of refugees’ stories told through forty multi-media works by twelve illustrators. More information here.

Is This Tomorrow?
The gallery has invited ten groups of artists and architects to explore the potential of collaboration and to offer their visions of the future. More information here.

Also showing until 28th April is “la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art, a display consisting of works selected from the collection by leading Spanish novelist Enrique Vila-Matas. He uses these works as inspiration to produce a new work of fiction. Works by Gerhard Richter and Andreas Gursky are included as well as the author’s text in response to the works on display. More information here.


EAMES FINE ART, Bermondsey, 6th-31st March 2019
James Gilray: Political Cartoonist and Satirist
A selection of hand-coloured engravings by the leading eighteenth-century political caricaturist and printmaker. More information here.

BBC RADIO 4, MOVING PICTURES, Tuesday 12th March 2019 at 11.30am
Adoration of the Magi by Jan Gossaert
One of our lecturers and former Birkeck student, Leslie Primo, will be joining guests on the programme to discuss Gossaert’s painting which is in the National Gallery. The programme will be repeated on Saturday 16th March at 3.30pm. He has also written an article on the theme of the Adoration of the Magi which is available here.

CHARTERHOUSE, Monday 25th March at 7pm in the Great Chamber
The Art of Light
A lecture by Alexandra Epps who will discuss stained-glass windows in the historic churches of the City of London and the artists and craftsmen who created them. More information and booking here.

GRESHAM COLLEGE, Wednesday 20th March 2019, 6-7pm
Art and Power in the English Aristocratic House
Simon Thurley questions the view that the English aristocracy is often seen as a rural elite concentrating its patronage of art and architecture in the countryside. This event will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture. More information here.

SERPENTINE GALLERY, 23rd March-19th May 2019
Emma Kunz
This is the first solo exhibition of the late Swiss artist and healer. Her geometric drawings were inspired by spiritualism and were used to formulate diagnoses for her patients. More information here.

The institution offers an extensive series of lectures and events. In March they include The market for Munch and Buildings in Bits: Lessons from the English Baroque. All events are free and open to all but some require booking. Full details of these events and more here. Please remember that events will take place at The Courtauld’s temporary home in King’s Cross.


A list of major exhibitions showing in London in the first half of 2019, can be viewed on our website.

Do keep an eye open for events announced between bulletins in the News section on the Home page of our website.


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