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Explore our extraordinary range of History, Culture and Writing courses and lectures. We offer both introductory and specialist in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, from ‘How to read a film’ and World literature, to Creative non-fiction writing courses and American history and Politics courses.

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  1. Art history taster
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Curious about art history? Join us for this taster session where we explore different ways into visual art and its histories, from the ancient to the contemporary.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
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  2. Friday lates: designs of India at the V&A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    Explore the treasures of the V&A Nehru Gallery and its painting and the decorative arts from India between the 16th and 19th centuries.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  3. Friday lates: the art of zines
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christopher Collier
    Underground passions and radical imagery have defined so-called fanzines for over 80 years. From the earliest examples to today, we explore their content, technique and the relation of DIY culture to wider artistic practices.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  4. Micro-memoir: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    A life is measured in moments as well as momentous occasions. This fun workshop coaches students in the art of micro-memoir. Can you write about an instant that changed you in 200 words or less?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  5. Friday lates: Paula Rego – fairy tales and forbidden things
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Discover the work of one of Britain’s best loved artists, whose paintings of vivid interior and private drama draw on her early years growing up in Portugal under the repressive Catholic dictatorship of General Salazar.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  6. Friday lates: new media art in China - over the Great Firewall
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Meitao Qu
    From creation to distribution, the explosion of digital technologies has transformed artmaking in a myriad of ways. In this session, we will journey across the Great Firewall to explore new media art in China.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  7. Friday lates: poster art: print, pop and propaganda
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christopher Collier
    Get a snapshot of the eye-catching and colourful world of poster art, from Belle Époque decadence to Avant-Garde dynamism; from Art Nouveau to Atelier Populaire, and the everyday glamour of Pop.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
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  8. Friday lates: the art of the frame
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    Every picture tells a story, but what about the frame around it? Find out how picture frames can tell us more about the artworks they surround.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
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  9. Friday lates: Lubaina Himid – longing and belonging
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    This Friday evening art history course spotlights the work of artist Lubaina Himid, one of Britain's most thought provoking artists.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
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  10. Focus on: fashion in 16th century art
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Do you know your codpiece from your farthingale? Why did the ruff become so fashionable? How do we identify figures in narrative and religious art? This short course explores the fascinating world of costume in 16th century European painting. Explore the socio-political context behind portraiture, how fashion was employed to convey status, and the impact of developments in textiles and trade.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  11. Friday lates: the body as image and material in 20th century art
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the representation of body and body-related practices by prominent modern and contemporary artists of the twentieth century.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  12. Friday lates: art and maps
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 12 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christopher Collier
    Maps have a long and fascinating history, yet it was really the 20th Century that saw them come alive as an artistic medium, as artists turned to them to explore their place in a disoriented world. Discover the many ways artists have worked with maps, from Surrealism through to Digital Media.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  13. Friday lates: Phantom of Sex Appeal: women Surrealists in Britain
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 19 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    From the occult to the abstract, explore the art London-based, female surrealists and their unique contributions to one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
    Rating:
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  14. Friday lates: 'the future is now', an introduction to video art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Irina Chkhaidze
    Explore the early history of video art, its rise as a medium and its significance as a contemporary art practice. We focus on the influential video works from the 1960s-1980s.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  15. Friday late: Agnes Martin - pioneer, painter, icon
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Henry Martin
    This course examines the unconventional life and artworks of Agnes Martin (1912–2004), regarded as one of the great artists of the Twentieth Century. Topics covered include Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, LGBTQ artists, and the role of the biography in Art History.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00

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