E-news bulletin November 2023


The Society’s AGM will take place on 20 November at 5pm at The Art Workers’ Guild followed by a lecture, Sacred Art and Women’s Visions: Julia Margaret Cameron and Paula Rego as modern interpreters of Renaissance art, given by Revd Dr Ayla Lepine at 6pm. There are no fees for lectures but booking is required. A joint ticket for the AGM and lecture will be issued.

There are still places available this month on The Normans in Southern Italy, a two-part online study event led by John McNeill on 22/23 November. This event will be recorded and available for one week so that you can watch at a time to suit you if you are not able to join the live event. We will record online events going forward, subject to lecturers’ permission.

You are encouraged to book events as soon as possible so that we can confirm that we have sufficient participants to make the event financially viable to run.

Members are reminded that visits have to be paid in advance to the given organisation. Therefore no refunds can be arranged unless a person on a possible waiting list takes the place.

Non-members attending events
We have extended the trial period until the end of the year, so 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.


STEPHEN FRIEDMAN GALLERY, until 11 November 2023
Yinka Shonibare CBE, RA: Free The Wind, The Sprit, The Sun
Described by Shonibare as ‘a celebration of nature’, this exhibition of vibrant sculptures takes its inspiration from dadaism. The show includes a group presentation of African artists curated by the artist.

HAYWARD GALLERY, until 7 January 2024
Hiroshi Sugimoto
The show features key works from the photographer’s oeuvre as well as lesser-known works showing his interest in the history of photography, mathematics and optical sciences.

SERPENTINE SOUTH GALLERY, until 7 January 2024
Georg Baselitz: Sculptures 2011-15
An exhibition of wooden sculptures which were maquettes for bronze works and not originally intended for public view. They provide an insight into the artist’s processes in producing sculptures.

PIANO NOBILE, until 26 January 2024
R J Kitaj
A chronological overview of the artist’s career exploring the relationship between art and the places he lived.

PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY, until 11 February 2024
Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective
The entire gallery has been dedicated to the Japanese photographer’s sixty-year career, best-known as a street photographer who pushed the form to its limits.

GARDEN MUSEUM, until 25 February 2024
Frank Walter: Artist, Gardener, Radical
A retrospective of the works of the prolific Antiguan painter, environmentalist and intellectual. On show are over one hundred paintings and sculptures exploring the Antiguan landscape, plants and its current environment.


THE COURTAULD, Vernon Square, 6 November 2023, 5.30-7pm
An investigation of the textual and material context in which the famous painting appears when it was in Margaret of Austria’s possession to discover the identification of the couple.

SAATCHI GALLERY, 15 November 2023-22 January 2024
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Boundless
A retrospective of the careers of the couple and their creative vision which overrode traditional norms, examined alongside contemporaries such as Jean Dubuffet, Yves Klein and Lucio Fontana.

WHITE CUBE BERMONDSEY, 22 November 2023-28 January 2024
Antony Gormley: Body Politic
In the words of the artist ‘Each part of this show is an attempt to assess and reflect on our present condition: us now.’

New exhibitions starting this month include Hockney at the National Portrait Gallery and Holbein at The Queen’s Gallery. You can access and download a listing of current and future exhibitions showing in London here.