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 Revealed

A 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.

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NG200: Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery, An Anniversary Lecture

Monday 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.

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Curator’s Introduction: Angelica Kauffman at the Royal Academy

Monday 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 Wickham

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In-Person Tour: Highlights of the National Gallery

Wednesday 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.

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Artist in Focus: Klimt’s Women

Thursday 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.

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Virtual Milan: Treasures of Art and Architecture

An 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 Gallery

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Cultural Travels from Home: A Walking Tour of Rembrandt’s Leiden

Tuesday 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.

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View of the De Put windmill and Rembrandtbrug in the historic city of Leiden, Holland. In this neighbourhood the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt was born. Photographic credit Venemama

In-Person Event: A Private Tour of Spencer House, London

Monday 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.

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Friends’ In-Person Event: A Private Tour of Mansion House and its Art Collection

Tuesday 28th May 3.00PM BST

A private (in-person) event and wine reception in London, for Friends of Art History in Focus.

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An Exhibition Insight: “Women Artists in Britain 1620-1920” at Tate Britain

Thursday 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 Lim

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Cultural Travels from Home: an Evening Tour of Pompeii

Monday 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.

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Art History in Focus Anniversary Party at The Estorick Collection

Wednesday 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!

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Cultural Travels from Home: Venice by Boat – a Palladian Cruise

Thursday 27th June 6.00PM BST

A special twilight tour in Venice led by our expert guide, broadcast from a private boat.

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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.

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