Contemporary art showing in London

Course Dates: 03/05/17 - 05/07/17
Time: 14:00 - 16:10
Location: OS - Off Site

Examine and discuss art on show in London. Each week we’ll visit a commercial gallery or public institution and examine specific exhibitions or paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture.


What is the course about?

This is a gallery-based course which aims to explore London’s contemporary art scene through visits to a range of galleries, from public to commercial and artist-led spaces. Sessions focus on how to read and understand contemporary art exhibitions in a range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, video art and installation.

Please contact the department for a full list of meeting places for this course after you have enrolled: 020 7492 2700 or 2703 or email

What will we cover?

We will explore: the artist’s process and techniques; the input of the curator and whether the display is effective; how the venue affects the work; and any themes which emerge from the exhibition.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Examine the works of a broad range of artists in a variety of London gallery settings
- Differentiate between media used by artists in the work observed
- Identify the processes/techniques used by a range of artists
- Particiate in discussions about successful and unsuccessful outcomes in the work observed with increased sophistication.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is visit-based. There will be introductions to the artist by the tutor and/or gallery staff with the opportunity for group discussion throughout. There will also be some pair/small group activities. There will be suggestions for background reading, but this is not essential.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There will be travel costs to the galleries. You may find it useful to bring a notebook.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VB157

Wed, day, 03 May - 05 Jul '17

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00
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