E-news bulletin June 2023


There are still places available on the second day of this year’s Summer Series examining some of the great  British art collections  – the Fitzwilliam Museum led by Sarah Burles on 15 June. Sarah will also lead a visit around the museum in October. Places are available on all the remaining days – including the Walker Art Gallery, and Kenwood House/Estorick Foundation, both taking place in July. Each day can be booked separately.

Also in July there are places available on the study day Modernity and Reaction in European Art 1900-1945. Richard Humphreys, the lecturer will explore the dramatic effects on art during this period of great political upheaval.

Regrettably due to the rail strike we decided to postpone the seminar on Hypnerotomachia Poliphili yesterday. A new date will be organised shortly and available places advertised.

Your Society’s success depends on people attending the events which our hardworking volunteers set up. Please do look at the programme and make a booking.

Non-members attending events
Don’t forget that for a trial period, until the end of June, events which are undersubscribed two weeks before the occasion will 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). Guests may only attend one event during the trial period.


The centre has now expanded to seven galleries allowing the museum to display many more images from its huge collection spanning the period from the beginnings of photography to the present day. Find out more here.

WHITE CUBE MASON’S YARD, until 1 July 2023
Isamu Noguchi: This Earth, This Passage
The show presents works by the multicultural sculptor and designer created during his long career between the 1920s and 1980s.

GAGOSIAN, GROSVENOR HILL, until 25 August 2023
To Bend the Ear of the Outer World
An exhibition of new and recent works by more than forty abstract artists from the Americas, UK and Germany. Each artist is represented by one work, including Auerbach, Frank Bowling, Gerhard Richter.

WALLACE COLLECTION, 6/7 June 2023, 11am-1pm
The Lure of the Grand Tour
An exploration of the way the Grand Tour developed during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries and its impact on European art.

Gilded Suns and Peacock Angels: Art and Theatre in Renaissance Florence
A research seminar exploring relationships between art and theatrical spectacle in fifteenth-century Florence.

GRESHAM COLLEGE, 14 June 2023, 6pm
Sir Christopher Wren: Architect & Courtier
The lecture uses new research to present Wren’s career in a new light as primarily a courtier serving the architectural whims of the Stuart dynasty.

ESTORICK COLLECTION, 14 June-10 September 2023
Osvaldo Licini: Rebellious Angel
This is the first UK solo exhibition dedicated to the artist, a key figure in twentieth-century Italian art. The show explores his career from Futurist, to figurative artist to abstract art.

THE COURTAULD GALLERY, 15 June-3 September 2023
Post-Impressionist collection display
A selection of lesser-known works in The Courtauld’s collection of Post-Impressionist art, including Vuillard, Bonnard and Rousseau.

GARDEN MUSEUM, 21 Jue-10 September 2023
Jean Cooke: Ungardening
An exhibition of the artist’s gardens which were mainly uncultivated.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, re-opening 22 June 2023
First Look Festival, to 12 July 2023
Artists talks, curator tours, workshops and more to celebrate the new NPG.

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY, 23 June-24 September 2023
Evelyn Hofer
A solo show spanning 45 years of the German-American photographer’s career, from black and white portraits in London and Wales to street life in the US in vibrant colours.

The annual Summer Exhibition starts at the Royal Academy this month as well as an examination of twentieth-century painting and photography at Tate Modern. You can access and download a listing of current and future exhibitions showing in London from now until October 2023 here.