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

Information at a Glance

  • A Lunchtime Learning (daytime) course
  • Tutor: Dr Michael Paraskos
  • Times: Fridays 11:00 - 12:00
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Location: Various around London
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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

The programme will be set for this course at the start of the term, taking account of the exhibitions on show in London at the time.

It will include visits to various art exhibition sites, including places such as Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the National Gallery and other venues across London.

Note this course is not a classroom course. Each week we will visit a different museum or art gallery in London.

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

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.

Fees and reductions for this course

Fees for this course 
Rate CategoryFee 
 Standard Rate  £TBA  
 Associate Rate  £TBA  
 Internal Rate  £TBA  
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The fee rates for courses starting after September 2019 will be published in the near future. 

Standard rate

Applicable to all who do not qualify for the Associate Rate or Internal Rate.

Internal rate

Applicable to all current Imperial College students and staff (including Imperial NHS Trust and Imperial Innovations), including ancillary and service staff employed on long term contracts at Imperial College employed by third party contractors.

 Associate rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of Friends of Imperial College 
  • 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
  • Local residents (SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8 postcodes only)


CLCC rate

  • Current CLCC staff
  • Current CLCC PhD students
  • Imperial College Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students
  • Students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme

 If you are applying for an additional CLCC rate you should email before completing the online enrolment form.

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 are able to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on.

 Applicable terms and conditions

 Only one discount can apply to each applicant. Please read the terms and conditions before enrolling on any course.

Further Study

If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.

Any Questions?

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

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