Art in London Galleries (Wednesdays)
Curated visits to some of London’s most interesting art galleries and museums
At a glance:
- Daytime (Lunchtime Learning) Class
- Wednesdays 11:00 - 12:00
- 10 weeks: October to December
- One hour taught time per week
- Tutor: Michael Paraskos
- Fees from £52 to £100
- Locations: various around London
This daytime course is designed for those who want to join a friendly community of art lovers on trips to see some of London’s most interesting (and sometimes challenging!) art exhibitions. The class is very informal and on our weekly trips to various art galleries and museums across London we will be encouraged to view the works of art on display in a considered and active way, and share our opinions with others in the group.
In each session we will visit a different art gallery or temporary exhibition space in the company of our tutor, and we will be introduced to the theme of the exhibition, aspects of its historical context, or different ways in which the works on display can be viewed. Those joining the class should be aware, we will not be given guided tours of exhibitions, which is not permitted in most galleries. Instead, the tutor will give a short introduction to the exhibition visited at the start of each session, and be on hand to talk to us informally, either individually or as part of a small group, as we view the exhibition itself.
The whole of this course will be delivered at different museum and gallery venues around London each week. You will be responsible for your own entrance fees (where charged), travel arrangements and costs when visiting the exhibitions as these are not included in the course fee. Depending on what exhibitions are available outside London, a small number trips to galleries outside the capital might also be included.
The course is suitable for complete beginners, and no previous experience or knowledge of art is necessary. The official class time is one hour, but you are welcome to continue to look at the exhibitions visited for longer if you wish.
Please note the starting date for this course will be Wednesday 9 October 2019.
The course comprises 9 visits (one a week) to galleries in London on Wednesdays, plus a day trip to Chichester on Friday 8 November 2019 (there is no session on Wednesday 6 November - see Course Programme below).
Note this course is not a classroom course. Each week we will visit a different museum or art gallery in London, plus a full day visit to Chichester.
The course fee does not include travel or entry fees to exhibitions.
This list is highly provisional and subject to change.
Wednesday 9 October 2019
Tate Britain: William Blake
Wednesday 16 October 2019
Cork Street Galleries: Clive Head and Other Artists
Wednesday 23 October 2019
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow: William Morris and the Bauhaus
Wednesday 30 October 2019
National Gallery: Gauguin Portraits
NB - This week's session is on Friday 8 November 2019
Out of Town Full Day Visit:
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester: Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries
Wednesday 13 November 2019
Hayward Gallery: Bridget Riley
Wednesday 20 November 2019
Barbican Art Gallery: Into the Night Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art
Wednesday 27 November 2019
Dulwich Picture Gallery: Rembrandt's Light
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Guildhall Art Gallery: The Architecture of London in Art
Wednesday 11 December 2019
British Museum: Inspired by the East
Additional Reading and Credit Information
There is no requirement to undertake specific reading for this course.
No academic credits are available for this course. No attendance certificate is issued for this course.
About Your Tutor
Dr Michael Paraskos is a very experienced adult education tutor, having taught for over twenty-five years. He holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and also teaches art history to undergraduate students at the City and Guilds of London Art School.
He is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has published very widely on art of this period, as well as reviewing exhibitions and novels for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Spectator magazine. His first novel In Search of Sixpence was published in 2016 and his second, called Rabbitman, was published in 2017.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|10||10||£100 (Early Bird rate: £90*)||£58 (Early Bird rate: £52*)
||£77 (Early Bird rate: £70*)|
|* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October | All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.|
Fee Categories and Discounts
- Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
- Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
- Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening email@example.com before completing the online enrolment form.
- Students (non-Imperial College)
- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Members of the Friends of Imperial College
- Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
- Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Natural History Museum staff
- Science Museum staff
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
- Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.
Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term|
|10||10||7 Oct - 13 Dec 2019 (10 weeks)||n/a||n/a|
Web enrolment starts 1 August
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- Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
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- The following email notifications will be sent
|What is sent||When is it sent||What does it contain|
|1. Payment confirmation||Instantaneously following submission of your online application||
|2. Enrolment confirmation||Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received||
|3. Programme information||Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
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Certificate of Attendance
Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.
Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the course tutor, Dr Michael Paraskos, firstname.lastname@example.org