E-news bulletin September 2023


 There are still places available this month for the last day in the Summer Series on British art collections, The National Gallery of Scotland led by Sarah Burles on 27 September. And places are available on Frans Hals: Transforming the Portrait, a study day  led by Clare-Ford-Wille on 5 October. This event will provide an excellent introduction to the exhibition on Frans Hals starting at The National Gallery at the end of September.

The first lecture of the season, Sir Christopher Wren’s Architecture, given by Dr Steven Brindle takes place on 9 October at 5pm via Zoom.

The five-week online course, Nicolas Poussin: ‘Peintre Philosophe’ in the age of the Baroque, led by Giulia Martina Weston starting on 12 October is confirmed and there are still places available.

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.

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.


BRITISH MUSEUM PRINT ROOM, until 9 September 2023
New Acquisitions: Paul Bril To Wendy Red Star
The last chance to view the museum’s latest prints and drawings acquired over the past five years, ranging from works in the sixteenth century to the present day from around the world.


OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL 2023, 6-17 September 2023
The annual festival is an opportunity to visit a vast array of buildings in London which the public rarely has the opportunity to enter. A programme of urban walks and tours accompanies the festival of open buildings.

SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM, 6 September 2023, 1pm
In Focus: The Adam Drawings for Lord Mansfield’s Library at Kenwood
A lunchtime talk examining Robert Adam’s surviving drawings for the library at Kenwood House.

BEN URI Gallery, 13 September-15 December 2023
‘Sheer Verve’: The Women’s International Art Club
The gallery presents 22 works from its collection showcasing the “sheer verve” of the women’s club active from 1900 to 1978 which included members such as Sonia Delaunay, Laura Knight and Orovida Pissarro among others.

RIBA, 13 September 2023-24 February 2024
Wide-Angle View: architecture as social space in the Manplan series 1969-70
An exhibition of over seventy original photographs offering unique insights into society in the late 1960s.

VICTORIA MIRO, N1, 22 September-11 November 2023
Paula Rego: Letting Loose
An exhibition of works from the 1980s, a period of self-discovery for the late artist which led to her first major exhibition in the UK.

RIBA, 20 September 2023, 6.30-9pm
RIBA+Grimshaw Foundation Annual Art Lecture
The lecture will be given by Cornelia Parker.

23 September 2023, 2.30-4pm
Concrete Futures
A walking tour exploring two examples of Brutalism in East London: Balfron Tower and Robin Hood Gardens.


New exhibitions starting this month include Rubens & Women at the Dulwich Art Gallery, Marina Abramovic at the Royal Academy and Frans Hals at The National Gallery. The Society has a study day on Frans Hals on 5 October to coincide with the exhibition. You can access and download a listing of current and future exhibitions showing in London from now until February 2024 here.