Detail of Landscape painting by Turner

Curated visits to some of London’s most interesting art galleries and museums

At a Glance

  • Held at various galleries
  • Fridays 12:00 - 13:00
  • 10 weeks: April to June
  • Tutors: Michael Paraskos and Richard Barnes
  • Fee: £72 (single rate)
This course is now full

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 that 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, however, the course has a strong social aspect and is much more about enjoying art with a group of likeminded people than a formal academic course.

Class Recordings

These classes are not recorded


Course Information

Course Programme

Provisional list - please wait until the course is confirmed before purchasing gallery tickets

All sessions are from 12 noon, but you might like to meet earlier, say from 11:30 the gallery cafe, to have a chat and a coffee beforehand (all optional of course).

  1. Friday 21 April 2023 - Peter Doig (Courtauld Art Gallery)
  2. Friday 28 April 2023 - Hilma af Klint and Piet Mondrian (Tate Modern)
  3. Friday 5 May 2023 - Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney (Wallace Collection)
  4. Friday 12 May 2023 - Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940–70 (Whitechapel Art Gallery)
  5. Friday 19 May 2023 - No session
  6. Friday 26 May 2023 - Berthe Morisot (Dulwich Picture Gallery)
  7. Friday 2 June 2023 - Islanders: The Making of the Mediterranean at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  8. Friday 9 June 2023 - The Rossettis (Tate Britain) 
  9. Friday 16 June 2023 -After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art (National Gallery)
  10. Friday 23 June 2023 - Osvaldo Licini: Rebellious Angel (Estorick Collection)
  11. Friday 30 June 2023 - Anthony Caro Sculptures (Pitzhanger Manor)

Additional Reading

There is no requirement to undertake specific reading for this course.

Your Tutors

Photograph of Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes is a sculptor, stone carver and letter cutter who trained at the City and Guilds of London Art School. He has worked on the architectural sculpture at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and is the recipient of the Brian Till Prize for Art History Writing and the annual award of the Honorable Knights of the Round Table for his carving. His most recent writing includes 'Footfalls on the boundary of another world' published in the anthology, Othello's Island 1 in 2019 and the book Mnemosyne, published 2021

Photograph of Michael ParaskosDr 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 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

SessionsStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 10 £72
£72 £72
This course operates a single-rate fee. Below rate categories which normally apply to our courses are for information only.

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • 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)
  • Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme

Associate Rate

  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends and Patrons of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Members of the Kennel Club
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • National Health Service (NHS) employees
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Teachers and other staff of UK schools
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. 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.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksSpring termSummer termSummer School
 10  10 n/a  Week commencing 17 April to week ending 1 July 2023 n/a
* This is a one-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment opens on 1st March 2023

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. When enrolling:

  • Do check on the drop down menu above called "Course Fees and Rate Categories" to see if you are eligible for a discounted rate and also do make sure you select that rate when enrolling on the eStore
  • If you are a first-time eStore user you will need to create an account before enrolling. You can do this by entering an email address and password. This account can then be used for any future enrolments via the eStore.

When you have enrolled you will be sent the following email notifications:

What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working days. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the academic content or teaching of this course please contact the Course Tutor, Dr Michael

If you have any questions about your enrolment or payment processes please contact the Programme Administrator, Mr Christian Jacobi,