Online Lectures & Courses, Friends' Events & In-Person Tours
Art History in Focus organises various lectures and courses throughout the year, which are open for all to join. These are characterised by a relaxed and entertaining learning environment, which often allows for lively discussion.
All of Siân’s lectures are currently being live streamed online – these are easy to access, entertaining and informative, with prices from £10. Tune in from anywhere in the world – join the live sessions with Q&A, or watch later on catch-up.
Our Cultural Travels from Home programme comprises guided tours and exclusive museum openings, broadcast live from various cultural cities around the world. We are the only organisation in the world to have been allowed special access to some of the world’s greatest galleries and cultural sites – please check our programme below which is updated regularly.
We have a few in-person events: just look out for “in-person” in the event heading.
Europe’s Art Treasures RevealedA 10-week course: 12th January - 22nd March 2024. Fridays 11.00AM-12.45PM GMT
Enjoy a live tour of some of Europe’s greatest art treasures, with livestream guided tours, broadcast direct from museums. Includes an exclusive tour of Tintoretto’s Crucifixion, live from the conservators’ platform, and a broadcast from the current Holbein exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery. With guest lectures by the Director of the Wallace Collection and the Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum.Further information
NG200: Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery, An Anniversary LectureMonday 4th March 6.00PM GMT
As The National Gallery celebrates its bicentenary and as the Sainsbury Wing reopens, join us for a special “Behind the Scenes” lecture with gallery lecturer, Siân Walters.Further information
Curator’s Introduction: Angelica Kauffman at the Royal AcademyMonday 25th March 6.00PM GMT
Join us for a special introduction to the Angelica Kauffman exhibition at the Royal Academy, given by exhibition co-curator Annette WickhamFurther information
In-Person Tour: Highlights of the National GalleryWednesday 27th March 10.30AM GMT
Join Art History in Focus Director Siân Walters for an in-person tour of National Gallery highlights, including refreshments and followed by lunch.Further information
Artist in Focus: Klimt’s WomenThursday 4th April 6.00pm BST
One of Gustav Klimt’s late works, Portrait of Fräulein Lieser, will head to auction on April 24th. In advance of the sale, join us for a live, online lecture exploring the work in the context of Klimt’s other magnificent portraits of Vienna’s society women.Further information
Virtual Milan: Treasures of Art and ArchitectureAn 8-week course: 3rd May-28th June 2024. Fridays 11.00AM-12.45PM BST
An exciting new course combining art lectures with exclusive. livestream museum visits and walking tours in Milan. Includes an exclusive private livestream broadcast from the Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco, Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietà and the Brera Art GalleryFurther information
Cultural Travels from Home: A Walking Tour of Rembrandt’s LeidenTuesday 7th May 11.00AM BST
Join us for a live guided tour through the streets of Leiden with our guide Stephan, walking in Rembrandt’s footsteps and visiting many of the sites associated with the master of the Dutch Golden Age.Further information
In-Person Event: A Private Tour of Spencer House, LondonMonday 20th May 11.00AM BST
Join us for an exclusive, in-person private tour of one of London’s most elegant buildings and its stunning art collection.Further information
Friends’ In-Person Event: A Private Tour of Mansion House and its Art CollectionTuesday 28th May 3.00PM BST
A private (in-person) event and wine reception in London, for Friends of Art History in Focus.Further information
An Exhibition Insight: “Women Artists in Britain 1620-1920” at Tate BritainThursday 30th May 6.00PM BST
Join us for a special introduction to Tate’s new exhibition dedicated to Women Artists, given by exhibition researcher Dr Amy LimFurther information
Cultural Travels from Home: an Evening Tour of PompeiiMonday 17th June June 5.00PM BST
Join our live, interactive evening tour broadcast live from the ancient city of Pompeii, in the company of an expert archaeologist.Further information
Art History in Focus Anniversary Party at The Estorick CollectionWednesday 19th June 6.30PM BST
This is an in-person event. 2024 is Art History in Focus‘ 20th birthday and we’re celebrating with a party at The Estorick Collection – join us for food, wine, a private viewing and special guests!Further information
Cultural Travels from Home: Venice by Boat – a Palladian CruiseThursday 27th June 6.00PM BST
A special twilight tour in Venice led by our expert guide, broadcast from a private boat.Further information
Morgan Szymanski Guitar Recital organised by The Gower Festival (sponsored by Art History in Focus)Wednesday 3rd July 7.30PM BST
This is an in-person event. 2024 is Art History in Focus‘ 20th birthday and we’ll be celebrating throughout the year! Meet us in Wales when we are sponsoring a concert at the Gower Festival.Further information