We are now heading in to Autumn, and the nights are definitely drawing in – what better to do on a Monday evening than sit back in front of your laptop, tablet or even phone and look at some great art?

In addition there will be occasional in-person talks, Zoom talks at other times for other people, and, before long, a new set of tours: keep watching the diary!

Talks and tours…

The online talks continue, and I will carry on using Zoom. For all sorts of reasons I do not record my talks (I’m keeping this paragraph in because people keep asking!) I like them to be spontaneous, and ‘in the moment’ – which recording doesn’t favour: please accept my apologies if you are not available. Below you will find links to Tixoom, who deal with all the ticketing. They will email you straight away – so if you don’t hear from them, you should let them know. This email includes the link for the talk itself. You will also receive a receipt from Stripe, who deal with the money. This sounds obvious, but if you don’t get the email with the ticket it is so much easier for me if you contact me more than 5 minutes before the talk is due to start – thank you! However, I will check my emails until at least 10 minutes beforehand if you do have problems…

On 3 October I will return to the normal time (for my talks, at least) of 6pm for an hour-long introduction to the National Gallery’s revelatory exhibition Winslow Homer: Force of Nature – click on the link to book, and for more information. In the following weeks I will continue with my introductions to exhibitions, and have several planned around the country, and even, around Europe.

On Monday 10 October at 6pm I will talk about an exhibition which has just opened at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle, dedicated to The Lindisfarne Gospels – often recognised as ‘the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England’.

The following week, Monday 17 October at 6pm, I will talk about the National Gallery’s main exhibition for the Autumn and Winter, Lucian Freud: New Perspectives. Both talks are now on sale, and you can book, and find more information, on the blue links above. The same is true of the next three two talks!

Monday, 24 October at 6pm:
Cezanne at Tate Modern (5 October 2022 – 12 March 2023)

Monday, 31 October at 6pm:
Edouard Manet and Eva Gonzalès, at the National Gallery, 21 October 2022 – 15 January 2023.

On Thursday 20 October I will be giving an in-person introduction to the National Gallery’s Lucian Freud exhibition for Art History Abroad. The talk itself will be just after 11:00am, but if you would like to come click on the link, which will take you to the AHA website, as there are various options to join us for coffee, for the talk and for lunch before seeing the exhibition – do come and say ‘hello’ if you can make it!

Sadly I can no longer join AHA in Porto and the Douro Valley but will still be heading off, from 1 – 4 December, 2022, to Lille, with its remarkable collection, which some say is the best in France outside of Paris. We’re currently planning trips for 2023, and I will let you know more as soon as they have been finalised.

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