London's smaller art collections

Course Dates: 31/10/23 - 05/12/23
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Off Site
Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this gallery-based art history course.
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  • Course Code: VB144
  • Dates: 31/10/23 - 05/12/23
  • Time: 10:30 - 12:30
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Off Site
  • Tutor: Julie Barlow

Course Code: VB144

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Finished Tue, day, 31 Oct - 05 Dec '23

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This is a gallery-based art history course that explores London’s lesser-known and often overlooked art collections. Sessions focus on each collection’s origins and curatorial policy and their permanent exhibitions.

A list of meeting points will be sent to you within a week of the course start date.

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.

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 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, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information.

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

This is an interactive course, with a mixture of tutor-led learning and group discussion, with individual exploration very much encouraged.

Museum/gallery-based courses take place during public access hours. Tutors are not able to control sound levels or behaviours of visitors outside of the course group. Unless you are a wheelchair user, and have confirmed access details with us (as levels of access can vary between galleries), you will need to be able to walk between exhibits and stand for some time while looking at them (you may bring your own portable stool if you have one, but we cannot guarantee access to any gallery stools.) If you feel you may be impacted by these environmental variations, please inform the department on before the course begins, to discuss reasonable accommodations we can make to assist your learning in the museum space.

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; this admission is not covered in the fees for this course. 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?

National Gallery
Introduction to the V&A
Introduction to Tate Modern
Introduction to Tate Britain
Islamic Art in 25 Objects, in the British Museum and V&A.

Julie Barlow

Julie Barlow has a degree in Art History/History from the University of Hull and an MPhil (Fine Arts) from the University of Birmingham. She has worked in a variety of roles at Leighton House, V&A and Tate Gallery before studying for a PGCE and moving into Museum Education. Julie has over twenty years of experience as a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery working on all areas of the Education Programme and also for the first ten years at the National Gallery and in the last decade at the Wallace 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.