E-News Bulletin January 2024

A very happy and prosperous New Year to all our members. We hope you will enjoy our programme of events during 2024 as well many new exhibitions showing in London galleries, a list of which you can access at the end of this bulletin. New Society events for the summer term will be announced at the end of this month. In the meantime, there are still places available on some of our spring events so do have a look at our website.

Our first event of the year is a visit to the Supreme Court of the UK on 18 January, which is currently fully booked but you can add your name to a waiting list in case of cancellations. This is followed by a five-week course on Ottonian Art, led by Dr Sally Dormer at Lettsom House starting on 24 January for which there are a few places still available. In February there are places available on the online study day Picasso: prophet or profit, led by Dr Jacqueline Cockburn and the five-week online course exploring eighteenth-century British Portraiture,  A Golden Age of British Portraiture?  led by Dr Prasannajit de Silva.

Non-members attending events
We are extending this option for a further six months. Events which are undersubscribed two weeks before the occasion will continue to be open for non-members to attend. Guest attendance will involve contacting the organiser by email to express interest (go to our website, select an event, if the green places available sign is showing click the booking button, and then select the organiser’s name under Contact to access the email address). It is important for administrative reasons that requests for guest attendance is arranged via the organiser. Please do not try to book guest places directly via the online booking system. Guests may only attend one event during the trial period.

BRITISH MUSEUM, Print Room, until 28 January 2024
The Genius of Nature: botanical drawings by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues
A display of fifty drawings by the botanical artist held in the museum’s collection which were part of an album created c.1585 for Lady Mary Sidney.

THE COURTAULD GALLERY, 18 January 2024, 2-4pm
Afternoon Concert: Guildhall x Courtauld
In collaboration with The Courtauld students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama perform music written in response to impressionist artworks in the gallery’s collection.

Opening Event: cultural constellations
An exhibition exploring how the Union Street area of Plymouth is changing and how the arts policy has affected the process.

TWO TEMPLE PLACE, 27 January-21 April 2024
The Glass Heart: Art, Industry and Collaboration
A celebration of British glassmakers who have pushed the boundaries over the last 170 years in terms of artistry and innovation.

GRESHAM COLLEGE, 25 January 2024, 6pm
Satirical Cartoons: A History
The lecture will explore the art of satire from its beginnings to the present day.

SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM, 25 January 2024, 1-2pm
Eternally Fascinating: the Sarcophagus of Pharaoh Seti I
The lecture will consider the fascination of the sarcophagus sited in the museum which gripped the Georgian public.

New exhibitions starting this month are Art Now: Zeinab Saleh at Tate Britain and Pasquarosa at the Estorick Collection. You can access and download a listing of exhibitions showing in London for the first half of this year here. This listing is compiled by one of our volunteer members, Eva Bigalke, whose contribution is much appreciated by the Society.