The weather is finally getting better, and while I realise many of you will be heading off on holiday, some may still want something to do of a Monday evening – so I’m still planning online talks for those who are happy to wait indoors! Before long I hope to be able to let you know about in-person talks as well, and trips for next year – particularly as this year’s are full, as far as I know! However, you can always check… It’ll be lovely to have you onboard, one way or another!

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 reasonably 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…

I have now given the first three of the talks in my series called Sculpture: Form, Function, Material and Memory, which is happening on every Monday evening in June. Here is a link with more information about the remaining talk, where you also book a ticket:

Monday 27 June at 6pm:
Memory – something to remember

I am then planning what I will call a ‘scattered’ series, in that the subjects have precious little in common, apart from the fact that they are things that I have seen recently – scattered across the country – and all of which involve looking at things – or at art itself – in different ways. The first of these, on Monday 4 July at 6pm, will be an introduction to The Courtauld Gallery’s exhibition Edvard Munch: Masterpieces from Bergen – the talk itself will be entitled Seeing and Feeling.

On the two subsequent Mondays I will give a pair of talks called Negative Spaces.

The first, on Monday 11 July at 6pm, is dedicated to Two Women from Bury St Edmunds – the wonderful 17th Century portraitist Mary Beale, and the 20th Century printmaker Sybil Andrews, both of whose work can be seen at Moyses Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds this summer.

The second, on Monday 18 July at 6pm, will be an introduction to Tate’s superb retrospective of the work of Cornelia Parker. All of these are now on sale, and you can book tickets from Tixoom via the blue links – which will also give you more information about each talk. There could well be more in this series – Looking in Different Ways – but I’m still doing the research…

From June 23 – 26, 2022 I will return to Dresden with Art History Abroad, and then from September 26 – October 1, 2022 we will head back to Porto and the Douro Valley – for any of you who have not managed to make these trips before. Finally this year, from 1 – 4 December, 2022, I will lead the long-delayed visit to Lille, with its remarkable collection, which some say is the best in France outside of Paris.

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