Detail of Landscape painting by Turner

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

At a glance:

  • Daytime (Lunchtime Learning) Class
  • Fridays 11:00 - 12:00
  • 10 weeks: October to December
  • One hour taught time per week
  • Tutor: Dr Michael Paraskos
  • Fees from £52 to £100
  • Locations: various around London

This course is now full, but there is an identical class available on Wednesday mornings.

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. However, the course is restricted to people aged over 50 and has a strong social aspect geared towards this age group.

 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 Friday 11 October 2019.

Course Information

Course Programme

Friday 11 October 2019 

Tate Britain (SW1P 4RG): William Blake (MP)
Please meet in the main basement café at Tate Britain from 10:30am onwards. There is a charge for this exhibition, please book a ticket beforehand as they might have sold out on the day. We will head to the gallery at around 11:15am

Friday 18 October 2019

North Piccadilly Galleries: Clive Head and Other Artists (MP)
Please meet at the Royal Academy Burlington House basement cafe from 10:30am onwards. There are no charges for these exhibitions. We will head to the Waterhouse and Dodd Gallery (W1S 4JW) in Albemarle Street at around 11:15am.

Friday 25 October 2019

William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow (E17 4PP): Pioneers - William Morris and the Bauhaus (MP)
Please meet in the William Morris Gallery Café from 10:30am onwards. There is no charge for this exhibition.

Friday 1 November 2019

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square (WC2N 5DN): Gauguin Portraits (MP)
Please meet in the National Gallery Café (the one nearest St Martin in the Fields Church – not the Sainsbury Wing) from 10:30am onwards. There is a charge for this exhibition and it is likely to be busy, so please book your ticket online in advance. If asked for an entry time when booking the ticket please aim for 11.30am.

Friday 8 November 2019

Out of Town Full Day Visit: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester: Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries (PK)
Please meet at the café inside Chichester Cathedral at 12 noon. We will set off from there to the gallery at around 1pm. The gallery is a short walk from the Cathedral. There is a charge for this exhibition, but tickets can be bought at the gallery. I will be travelling to Chichester on the 10:06 train from Victoria to Chichester, which goes through Clapham Junction at 10.12, but you can catch any other train you prefer.

Friday 15 November 2019

Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre (SE1 8XX): Bridget Riley (PK)
Please meet in the Riverside Café in the Royal Festival Hall (South Bank Centre) from 10.30am. We will set off for the Hayward Gallery at around 11.15am. There is a charge for this exhibition.

Friday 22 November 2019

Guildhall Art Gallery (EC2V 5AE): The Architecture of London in Art (MP)
Please meet at the Nespresso Café at 100 Cheapside, London EC2V 6DT from 10.30am. We will set off for the exhibition at around 11.15am. There is a charge for this exhibition.

Friday 29 November 2019

National Portrait Gallery (WC2H 0HE): Pre-Raphaelite Sisters (PK)
Please meet in the National Portrait Gallery basement cafe from 10.30am. We will set off for the exhibition at around 11.15am. There is a charge for this exhibition and you are advised to buy a ticket in advance from the gallery website.

Friday 6 December 2019

British Museum (WC1B 3DG): Inspired by the East (PK)
Please meet in the British Museum Great Court cafe from 10.30am. We will set off for the exhibition at around 11.15am. There is a charge for this exhibition and you are advised to buy a ticket in advance from the museum website.

Friday 13 December 2019
Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre (EC2Y 8DS): Into the Night Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art (MP)
Please meet in the Barbican Kitchen Café in the Barbican Arts Centre from 11.30am. We will set off for the gallery at around 12 noon. There is a charge for this exhibition and you are advised to book a ticket online in advance from the Barbican Gallery website.

Additional Reading and Credit Information

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

No academic credits are available for this course.

About Your Tutor

Photograph of Michael Paraskos 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

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate 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 30 September for courses starting in October   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

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

Internal Rate

  • 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 before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • 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)

Late enrolment

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  before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 10  10 7 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (10 weeks) n/a n/a

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
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
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
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  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
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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% (8) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the tutor for this class, Dr Michael Paraskos,

Please carefully review the course information, programme timetableterm dates and fees & enrolment information.