What is the course about?
Under the guidance of artist and art theorist Ian Tucknott this course explores three of London's top contemporary art exhibitions, enabling you to gain insight and appreciation of the work of some of today's leading artists.
What will we cover?
Each visit will involve a talk explaining the contexts, motivations, methods and practices of each artist providing insight into the selected exhibitions. Through group discussion and tutor supported analysis, you will engage with various works on show and develop an understanding and appreciation of the artists' practice, building confidence in engaging with contemporary art in London.
The specific exhibitions and artists will be announced towards the end of June.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand and interpret contemporary art work on show in London
- recognise and connect works of contemporary art with their wider artistic, cultural and political contexts
- explore and discuss contemporary art exhibitions with a greater confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all levels of experience, however some understanding of historical, modern or contemporary art may be beneficial. An openness to and desire to understand and discuss contemporary art in greater depth is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught within the context of the exhibitions selected through a mixture of tutor lecture, activities to engage with and interpret works, and group discussion. Resources and guidance will be provided should you wish to go on to explore additional exhibitions across the capital outside of the scheduled classes. Please note: we cannot guarantee stools in the galleries we visit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
This course will be taught within galleries of varying sizes, and seating may not always be available so we recommend wearing comfortable footwear.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To expand your appreciation and understanding of contemporary art you may wish to study further next year on our termly Contemporary art in London courses, or participate in our Art Evolutions series exploring the development of art from the 19th Century up to the present day.
VB140 / VB816 - Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism
VB141 /VB817 - Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism
VB142 - Art evolutions: Pop to Post-Internet Art.
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