Here is the diary for everything I have planned over the next few months, whether live or online. I add things in as they become fixed so… watch this space!

Talks and tours…

The first talks of my five-part series Women Artists, 79-1879 (the first 1800 years) have already been and gone – but each one is effectively free-standing, so do sign up for those that remain! Here’s a general introduction, followed by links for each of the reminaining talks:

In our slightly more enlightened times we are beginning to have an increasing awareness of the women who have worked as artists throughout history, and particularly in the wake of the success of the Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition at the National Gallery, there is a hunger to know more.  Her history is now well known, although her biography still tends to outshine her art, and her fame has put other women into the shadows. But there have always been women artists. Pliny mentioned five in his Natural History, written in the first century of the first millennium, and Boccaccio included some of Pliny’s examples when he wrote On Famous Women in the 1360s. So why were there not more creative women? Or, if there were, why do we not know about them now? These are just some of the questions we will consider during a series of five 2-hour lectures, each of which will have a break in the middle. After the first introductory talk they will cover the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries respectively (spoiler alert: for anyone who attended the course through the National Gallery, this series will be more or less the same).

Monday 23rd January 5.30-7.30pm
3. A Baroque Abundance

Monday 30 January 5.30-7.30pm
4. A Vindication of the Arts of Women?

Monday 6 February, 5.30-7.30pm
5. Getting Real

My plans for February are not yet fully fixed, but I will try to catch up with the plethora of exhibitions which are opening now, starting with the RA’s astonishing collection – borrowed from the Hispanic Society of America – of everything Hispanic:

Monday 13 February, 6.00-7.00pm:
Spain and the Hispanic World

The blue links above will give you more information about the individual talks – but here’s some general information that you might find useful. 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. Booking is done by Tixoom, via the blue links. They deal with all the ticketing, and will email you straight away – so if you don’t hear from them, you should let them know. The email they sends 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…

In addition to my own talks, I will also be working with Art History Abroad’s adult group, Artemisia. They have now announced their courses for the first half of 2023, including a visit I will be making in March to the Vermeer exhibition in Amsterdam. I will also be giving in-person talks for them about the Royal Academy’s exhibition Spain and the Hispanic World on 24 January, Donatello at the V&A on 23 February, The Rossettis at Tate Britain on 18 May and Frans Hals at the National Gallery on 15 November. But don’t worry if you’re not free, or not in reach of London: I will also deliver these talks – or equivalents – online. I’ll post more information when I know more about the play I’ll be doing in February (and more about that soon, for those who are interested in theatre as well as the visual arts).

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