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Tibet: Buddhism and its Sacred Art and Culture    

3 JUL, 10.30AM-3.30PM

Tutor: Zara Fleming

Known as the roof of the world because of its elevated mountainous terrain, Tibet has a rich artistic tradition, inspired by Buddhism. This day explores the country’s cultural history, from the sixth century to today.

The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury

£36 (coffee)

E: Rosemary Baldwin

Natural Light: The Newlyn School

25 JUL, 10.30AM-3.30PM

Tutor: Clare Ford-Wille

From the 1880s to the 20th century, the Cornish fishing town of Newlyn was a creative hub for artists including Stanhope Forbes, Frank Bramley and Walter Langley. Known as the Newlyn School, the group’s work focused on scenes of everyday life and natural light.

The Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly


E: Judith Leon

Swedish Grace: 100 years of Swedish art and design, celebrating Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn

9 SEPT, 10.30AM-3.30PM

Tutor: Anne Anderson

A day celebrating the centenaries of two Swedish artists, Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn. A leading painter and sculptor, Zorn was known for his portraits and country scenes, while Larsson’s designs became a blueprint for Ikea. 

The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury


E: Susan Branfield

Cities of Art: Dresden and its treasures

23 SEPT, 10.30AM-3.30PM

Tutor: Clare Ford-Wille

Discover Dresden’s wealth of cultural treasures, from the Frauenkirche and Royal Palace to its extensive art collections.

The Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly


E: Susan Branfield

The Silk Road and the Sea – China’s Windows on the World

4 OCT, 10.30AM-3.30PM

Tutor: Anne Haworth

From silk and perfumes to tea and wallpaper, discover the material goods that were exchanged along China’s Silk Road and its port cities.

The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury

£36 (coffee and biscuits)

E: Tricia Savours

The History Of London Through Its Artists And Craftsmen

7 OCT Tutor: Andrew Davies; 21 OCT Frank Woodgate;18 NOV Antony Penrose; 9 DEC Mary Alexander; 6 JAN 2020 Frank Woodgate; 27 JAN 2020 Daniel Snowman; 17 FEB 2020 Raymond Warburton; 9 MAR 2020 Pamela Campbell-Johnson; 30 MAR 2020 Barry Venning; 20 APR 2020 Colin Davies


This 10-session course explores the artists who shaped London during the late 20th century. Join Andrew Davies to learn about John Betjeman and London conservation, followed by an afternoon walk around Bedford Park. In the second session, Frank Woodgate delves into the world of Freud, Bacon and the London School, with a visit to Tate Britain. Explore the work of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose with Antony Penrose. Discover London fashions in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s with Mary Alexander, and enjoy a visit to the V&A  in the afternoon. Frank Woodgate takes a look at the Turner Prize, complete with a trip to Tate Britain, and Daniel Snowman explores the cultural impact of the Hitler émigrés. Raymond Warburton charts the rise of Pop Art on both sides of the Atlantic, with a visit to Tate Britain. Uncover the story of the Lansdowne Club, and the art of 1935, with Pamela Campbell-Johnson, which includes a guided tour of the eponymous venue. Barry Venning delves into the history of the Saatchi Gallery, followed by a guided visit. The final session is given by Colin Davies, who explores the architecture of late-20th- century London, complete with an architecture walk.

The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury

£380 (full course); 
£28 (individual session – mornings only) 
(coffee and biscuits)

E: Sue Mills

Tintoretto: Five Hundred Years

18 OCT, 10.30AM-3.30PM

Tutor: Clare Ford-Wille

Known for his inventive, large-scale works, Tintoretto was a leading Renaissance artist. To mark the 500th anniversary of his birth, this day explores his life and art.

The Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly


E: Judith Leon

The Art and Scandalous Lives of the Bloomsbury Group

28 OCT, 10.30AM-3.30PM

Tutor: Frank Woodgate

The ‘Bloomsberries’ were known for their unconventional lifestyles as much as their art. This day looks at the lives and works of this group, who transformed Britain’s cultural landscape.

The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury

£36 (coffee and biscuits)

E: Tricia Savours


Heritage Highlights – The Whole Art of the Book 

2 OCT, 10.30AM-3PM

Tutor: Dominic Riley


Invented on the banks of the Nile 2,000 years ago, the art of bookbinding continues to fascinate. Watch a demonstration of techniques, find out how to make a traditional handbound book, and view a range of bindings. 

The King’s Church, Raans Road, Amersham

£37 (sandwich lunch and refreshments)

E: Felicity Sykes



Heritage Highlights – Embroidery and Textiles 

21 OCT, 10.30AM-3PM

Tutor: Susan Kay-Williams


From the Bayeux Tapestry to the wedding dress of the Duchess of Cambridge, this day charts the history of embroidery and its uses, whether as embellishment for garments or interior decorations. The day includes a tour of the Embroiderers’ Guild Gallery in the Bucks County Museum.

The Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury
£35 (coffee)

E: Felicity Sykes –

Heritage Highlights – Art in the City

15 NOV, 10.30AM-3PM

Tutor: Alexandra Epps


Steeped in more than 2,000 years of history, London’s Square Mile contains cultural treasures. From the symbolism of stained glass to hidden works of public art, this day also explores artists’ responses to the Thames. 

The King’s Church, Raans Road, Amersham

£37 (sandwich lunch and refreshments)

E: Felicity Sykes


From Downton to Gatsby: The Glamour Years

8 JUL, 10AM-2.30PM

Tutor: Andrew Prince

Jeweller Andrew Prince has designed pieces to accompany V&A exhibitions and supplied jewellery for Downton Abbey. On this day he will bring along pieces featured in the series.

Little Baddow Memorial Hall, Little Baddow, Chelmsford

£35 (coffee, lunch and soft drinks)

E: Megan Bashir


Van Gogh and Britain Exhibition at Tate Britain


Tutor: Frank Woodgate

This day includes a visit to Tate Britain’s The EY Exhibition:Van Gogh and Britain. With more than 50 of his works, the show reveals how British art and culture influenced the painter. 

Tate Britain, Millbank, London

£25.60-£45 (refreshments, lunch, lecture and entry to exhibition)

E: Geraldine Corbitt 

Decoding Courtly Dress in Tudor and Restoration England

5 OCT, 10AM-1PM

Tutor: Jacqui Ansell

From emblematic jewellery and embroidery to perfumed gloves and poking sticks, this Study Day delves into the fashions of the Tudor period. It will also explore the props and accessories that feature in the works of Sir Peter Lely and van Dyck.

The Clockhouse, Milford, Surrey

£18 (refreshments and Tudor biscuits)

E: Liz Coult


‘Am I Missing Something?’ Dartmoor History of Arts Course 

3, 10, 17 SEPT AND 1, 8 OCT,10AM-3.30PM

Tutors: Geri Parlby and Jeni Fraser

Uncover the hidden messages and symbols in art in this five-session course, including medieval art, the history of icons, the world of interior design and the birth of the silver screen.

All Saints Hall, Okehampton

£130 (full course)

E: Canon Tim Newcombe 

The Anatomy of Collecting 

17 OCT, 10AM-3.30PM

Tutor: Marc Allum

Discover some of history’s greatest collectors and collections with Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum. Learn about fakes and forgeries, and the importance of provenance. Attendees are encouraged to bring along antiques.

Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton, Devon

£39 (coffee and buffet lunch)

E: Sarah Merchant


Russia: Unwrapping the Enigma

29 OCT Tutor: Rosamund Bartlett; 19 NOV Patricia Erskine-Hill; 21 JAN 2020 Brian Healey; 18 FEB 2020 Rosamund Bartlett; 10 MAR 2020 Natalia Murray 10AM-3PM

Explore Russian art and music with Rosamund Bartlett, and learn about Peter the Great and the birth of modern Russia with Patricia Erskine-Hill. Join Brian Healey to look at Fabergé and the end of the Romanovs, and delve into the Golden Age of opera, ballet and literature with Rosamund Bartlett. Natalia Murray concludes the course with an insight into Russian art and revolution, from 1917–32. 

Cerne Abbas Village Hall, Dorset

£140 (five sessions); 
£30 (individual sessions) (lunch and refreshments)

E: Maggie Watts


Architecture and art reflect society throughout the ages

1 NOV Tutor: Rosamund Bartlett; 7 NOV Sally Dormer; 15 NOV Clare Ford-Wille; 22 NOV Paula Nuttall; 29 NOV Anne Anderson 10.30AM-3.30PM

From Scandinavian designs to English architecture, this course explores the relationship between society and the arts. Rosamund Bartlett looks at ancient buildings and contemporary designs of Denmark and Norway. Sally Dormer analyses the architecture and religious and social purpose of medieval churches. Clare Ford-Wille gives insight into the art and architecture of Baroque Europe, and Paula Nuttall uncovers the functions of Italian Renaissance buildings. Finally, Anne Anderson reveals how England’s ancient buildings have inspired 19th-century architects, and highlights how Victorian buildings have shaped modern styles.

Southampton City Art Gallery Lecture Theatre 
£125 (five sessions); 
£25 (individual sessions)
E: Penny Witherick

This is just a taster of Study Days – find and book the latest on our Area websites. Information correct at time of publication. For more call 020 7430 0730.


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