London artists and their locals: the capital’s historic pubs

Course Dates: 16/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: OS - Off Site

Forget galleries or museums, surely the capital’s greatest institution is the traditional London pub! Explore quirky histories and wonderful architecture via some of London’s finest pubs, and the artists who drank there.

Description

What is the course about?

Taking a slightly more studious approach to the traditional pub crawl, we pay a visit to a handpicked selection of some of central London’s most fascinating and architecturally interesting pubs. We’ll delve into some of the quirky and murky histories of the capital’s favourite watering-holes, including some Renaissance and Victorian gems. As well as exploring the architecture, we’ll find out about the artists and writers who occasionally liked to stop there in for a swift half (or two): their lives, their work and perhaps one or two of their exploits they might have preferred to forget.
The tour will be a mixture of exterior and interior visits. The opportunity will be presented to get a drink in a few of the pubs, as time allows - although we won’t manage to stop in each one, or we’d never finish the tour!
Please note: There is no requirement to consume alcohol and the pace of the group will determine the number of pubs visited.

What will we cover?

• A selection of Central London pubs, notable for their architecture, from the 16th century to the Victorian.
• The artists, writers and historical figures who drank there, their lives and work.

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

• List a number of artists who frequented the capital’s watering-holes and hostelries and identify examples of their work.
• Identify three important architects or architectural features that gave some of London’s best-loved pubs their unique character.
• Regale your fellow punters with at least one anecdote relating to a Central London pub and the artists and writers who once drank their (we cannot guarantee they’ll be impressed by your stories, however!).

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

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, , hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
The course will involved walking around Central London between locations. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella or waterproof clothing.
The tour will be a mixture of exterior and interior visits. The opportunity will be presented to get a drink in a few of the pubs, as time allows - although we won’t manage to stop in each one, or we’d never finish the tour!
Please note: There is no requirement to consume alcohol and the pace of the group will determine the number of pubs visited.

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

You will be taught with a guided walk and group discussion.

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

Please wear comfortable footwear and bring an umbrella. Budget for the cost of refreshments of your choice.

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

You might also be interested in:
• VB675 - Friday Lates: The Art of Getting Lost - An A-Z of Psychogeography
• VB220 -The art and culture of the Victorians
• VB602 - Art walks: printmaking in 18th century London.

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Tutor Biographies
Christopher Collier

Christopher Collier trained as an artist, before gaining an MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths and a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex. He has taught at institutions including the University of Essex and Winchester School of Art, as well as presenting internationally at a range of workshops and conferences, including at the ICA, London and CCA, Glasgow. His broad range of interests includes the intersections of art and political economy, art and science, urbanism and cultural theory. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VB681

Thu, day, 16 Jul - 16 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £19.00
Senior fee: £15.00
Concession: £12.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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