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.

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 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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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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Friends’ Lecture: Behind the Scenes in Conservation at the National Gallery

Thursday 12th September 5.00PM BST

A special online guest lecture for Friends of Art History in Focus with Dr Kristina Mandy, conservator at the National Gallery.

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Europe’s Art Treasures Revealed: Part II

A 10-week course: 4th October - 13th December 2024. Fridays 11.00AM-12.45PM (UK)

Visit some of Europe’s greatest art treasures, with live, exclusive online access to prestigious exhibitions, art collections and museums. Includes an exclusive broadcast from the upcoming Drawing the Italian Renaissance exhibition at the King’s Gallery; a livestream tour of Rubens’ altarpieces brought to you direct from Antwerp Cathedral, and a live broadcast from the Spada Gallery in Rome where you will learn about the current Artemisia Gentileschi research project at the museum, including interviews with its conservators.

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Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers – an Exhibition Introduction

Thursday 10th October 6.00PM BST

This autumn the National Gallery in London hosts a major exhibition dedicated to the art of Van Gogh. Join us for an introductory lecture by Gallery lecturer, Siân Walters.

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Cultural Travels from Home: A Walking Tour of San Gimignano

Tuesday 22nd October 10.30AM BST

Join our wonderful Tuscan guide Elisabetta for an evocative walk through the medieval town of San Gimignano

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Leonardo’s “Salvator Mundi”: The Real Story

Monday 4th November 5.00PM GMT

Learn about the real story of the world’s most expensive painting, with eminent art historian and Leonardo scholar, Dr Antonio Mazzotta

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“Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael: Florence c.1504” at the Royal Academy: An Exhibition Introduction

Monday 25th November 6.00PM GMT

An introductory lecture in conjunction with the Royal Academy’s major exhibition dedicated to the great trilogy of High Renaissance artists

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Cultural Travels from Home: Cologne at Christmas

Monday 2nd December 6.00PM GMT

Join us for an online, festive guided walk of Cologne’s Christmas markets, with a commentary given by one of our most popular guides, Stephan.

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In-Person Tour: The Wallace Collection, London

Thursday 12th December 10.30AM GMT

Join Art History in Focus Director Siân Walters for an in-person tour of The Wallace Collection, including refreshments.

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