"There is something characteristic about the very physiognomy of the Yorkshireman. He is much more of a Dane or a Viking than a Saxon." - Dr Ing, Abbot of York

At a Glance

  • Classroom and online (hybrid)
  • Wednesdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 5 weeks from 18 January 2023
  • Tutor: Michael Paraskos
  • Fees from £70 to £118
  • Reduced fee rates for residents of Leeds
This course is not currently running.

This course is not currently running.

Leeds has an astonishing history when it comes to the visual arts. From great nineteenth-century artists like Frederick Leighton and Atkinson Grimshaw, to the rise of modern art with the Leeds Arts Club, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, and the emergence of feminist art in the 1970s, Leeds has long been at the forefront of avant-garde trends in painting, sculpture, photography and other art forms.

But does that mean there is an identifiable Leeds approach to art? And if so, what does it look like?

On this course we will look at the art of Leeds and the wider region of Yorkshire and we will ask the question, is it possible to talk about regional art movements within England? More specifically, can we talk about Yorkshire art, or even Leeds art?

Despite the (often overwhelming) place of London in mainstream histories of British art, during the twentieth century it became widely accepted for cultural historians to look at the art, literature, music and other culture from Scotland and Wales as distinct forces in their own right. This radical approach can be seen as analogous to other approaches to art history that have decentralised the mainstream canon, such as feminist theory. In the case of Scottish and Welsh art history, each has been seen as drawing on specific local traditions and notions of identity, and has engaged with the wider cultural world in their own unique ways. Yet this radical approach to cultural history is much rarer within England itself, even in those parts of England which have a strong regional identity, such as Yorkshire.

In this pioneering course, Dr Michael Paraskos invites us to join him on a five-week exploration of Yorkshire art history, with a few forays into other cultural forms, both to discover the remarkable history of art in this part of England, but also to ask the question, is there any difference in talking about the art and cultural history of Scotland and Wales as being distinct from the London-centred idea of Britishness, and talking about the art and cultural history of Yorkshire being distinct from the London-centred idea of Britishness?

At the end of the course we will have discovered some remarkable works of painting and sculpture by some remarkable Yorkshire-born and Yorkshire-based artists active since 1800, but we will also have begun to ask whether these artists display in their work a Yorkshire identity that is unique and separate from a generic Englishness.

This course is taught "hybrid", which simply means you can choose to attend the course in person at the South Kensington campus of Imperial College London, or you can attend online via Zoom from anywhere in the world. We will also record the live sessions, in case you miss any of them, and you are welcome also to alternate between the different attendance methods.

Reduced course fee rate available for all residents of Leeds City Council postcodes!

Class Recordings

Where feasible, for this course sessions will be recorded for subsequent viewing


Attendance Certificate


Successful completion of this course leads to the award of an Imperial College attendance certificate


Terms and conditions apply to all enrolments to this course. Please read them before enrolment

Course Information

Course Programme and Additional Reading

Course Programme (subject to possible change)

Week 1 - 18 January 2023

What is Yorkshire art and what is the relationship between art and identity?

Week 2 - 25 January 2023

Those who go and those who stay: Frederick Leighton and Atkinson Grimshaw

Week 3 - 1 February 2023

International Modernism in Yorkshire: Mark Senior, Jacob Kramer and the Leeds Arts Club

8 February - No Session

Week 4 - 15 February 2023

Yorkshire Art Conquers the World: Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Herbert Read

Week 5 - 22 February 2023

Post-War Radicalism: Harry Thubron and the Leeds College of Art

Additional Reading

There is no compulsory reading for this course.

Your Tutor

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 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

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 10  5 £118  (£11.80 p/h)
£70  (£7 p/h) £92  (£9.20 p/h)
All fee rates quoted are for the whole 1-term course. Part-payments are not possible. Equivalent to hourly rate is shown for comparison guidance 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
  • Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Students, staff and Governors of Woodhouse College and the IC Mathematics School

Associate Rate

  • All residents or workers in Leeds City Council postcode areas
  • 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
  • Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
  • Friends of Leighton House/ Sambourne House
  • Friends of the Royal College of Music
  • 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)
  • National Health Service (NHS) employees
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • 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 of our adult education courses after the course has already 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.

Friends and Family Scheme

This course is eligible for the  allowing Imperial College students and staff to share their discount with their friends and family.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksSpring termSummer termSummer School
 10  5 Week commencing 16 January to week ending 25 February 2023* n/a n/a
* This is a one-term course. No session on 8 February 2023

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment opens 30 November 2022

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 Paraskosm.paraskos@imperial.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your enrolment or payment processes please contact the Programme Administrator, Christian Jacobi, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk