What is the course about?
This is a gallery-based course which aims to explore London’s lesser-known and often overlooked art collections. Visits focus on each collection’s origins and curatorial policy and their permanent exhibitions.
What will we cover?
In this course we explore some of London's smaller art collections, for example: The Estorick; Guildhall Art Gallery; the Wallace Collection; the Queen's House, Greenwich and Kenwood House.
Please note: We will only visit one museum or gallery per week, and the selection of museums/galleries from the list above will depend on the availability of group booking slots - for example the Courtauld Gallery is closed till 2020 for building works and Leighton House is currently not open on weekdays.
A full list of meeting places for this course will be emailed to you before the start of the course.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. Identify the range of smaller art collections in London and their holdings
2. Participate in discussions around art with increased confidence
3. Explore London’s smaller museums and galleries with greater confidence.
What previous students have achieved on this course: .
“I have raised my awareness of art collections in London and I am motivated to visit them again with an increased enjoyment.”
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for beginners; you do not need to have studied art history before. However, it is also suitable for students with some knowledge of the subject.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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?
Sessions will meet at the collection. Where possible, collection staff will give a brief talk about their gallery/museum followed by a tutor-led tour with the opportunity for group discussion throughout. There will also be some pair/small group activities, especially when lecturing is not permitted.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There will be travel costs to and from the different collections. Some of the galleries visited charge admission. You will be advised of this in advance. You may want to purchase books from the reading list provided at the first session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might like to try any of the other museum or gallery-based courses at City Lit.