Contemporary art in London summer exhibitions

Course Dates: 22/07/20 - 24/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: OS - Off Site

Explore and discuss some of London's newest and most exciting summer art exhibitions, at cutting edge venues across the capital.


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.


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Review by YK / (Posted on 21/07/2019)
It has been an amazing experience. I loved the structured analytical approach yet open to take direction and change form from any comments and ideas students had. The tutor is super knowledgeable and gives great context and background. He is also very able to lead the conversation without imposing any pre-defined view, facilitating and stimulating critical thinking to form and develop.
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Review by RF / (Posted on 10/08/2018)
I went on this course because I have nearly always reacted to contemporary art with indifference. The tutor taught me to react, sometimes negatively and sometimes with enthusiasm and curiosity. I would recommend this course if you have some knowledge of art whether classical or modern and want to improve your critical skills.
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Review by moya / (Posted on 10/08/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Ian Tucknott

Ian is a cultural theorist and creative practitioner, with 15 years experience of teaching & managing in the areas of contemporary art, critical, cultural and communication theory, and art history. Ian has taught at City Lit for over 10 years, and has previously been Programme Manager for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and Art History departments. In addition to teaching, Ian is currently Head of School for the Humanities & Sciences. Ian's current interests include creative learning, radical andragogy, and transformative education; contemporary art and theory; wellbeing and mental health in relation to education and the arts; and the cultural and psychological implications of climate breakdown. Alongside his teaching and management work, Ian is a creative practioner and poet, and is currently completing his first poetry collection.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VB625

Wed-Fri, day, 22 Jul - 24 Jul '20

Duration: 3 sessions

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £42.00

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