Friends events are designed to give special access to The Courtauld's collections and distinguished faculty, curators and alumni.

If you would like to enjoy these events and other benefits then become a Friend of The Courtauld. You can join online or contact Pia Rainey via 020 3751 0546/


FRIENDS EVENTS autumn/winter 2014/5


To book

  •  Please complete the Booking Form and send it with payment to: The Friends Manager, Development Office, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R
  •  Phone Pia Rainey on 020 3751 0546 and pay by credit/debit card


  •   All events need to be booked even if they are free. If there is no charge for an event, you may book by email.
  •  We do not send out tickets for events, to save on administration and postage costs. Unless you hear to the contrary within 10 days your booking is confirmed. We will always send you a reminder email with the meeting details about one week before each event.

  • Friends may book tickets for a maximum of one guest per event (unless the event description states otherwise).


Red House, Bexleyheath    Red House, Bexleyheath. Photo by Pia Rainey.

Red House
Guided tour

Sunday 14 September 12.30pm

Red House is an iconic Arts and Crafts home built by William Morris - writer, artist, craftsman and socialist - and a
building of extraordinary architectural and social significance. The rooms give a unique view of William Morris’ earliest designs and decorative schemes. We will
also see an unknown Pre-Raphaelite wall painting uncovered by conservation work in 2013 and a very early repeating floral pattern by Morris. The original features and furniture by Morris and Philip Webb, stained glass and paintings by Burne-Jones, and the bold architecture and glorious garden will make this a fabulous visit. Followed by an optional light lunch at the Red House café (not included).

Meet at Red House, Bexleyheath, London DA6 at  12.20 pm

Natalia Goncharova, The Little Station c.1912, private collection    Natalia Goncharova, The Little Station c.1912, private collection

Jack of Diamonds: Russian avant-garde art
Curatorial tour

The Courtauld Gallery
Wednesday 24 September 12 – 12.30pm

Dr Natalia Murray, a freelance lecturer in Russian Art at The Courtauld and co-curator of this display, will give a guided
tour of the Jack of Diamonds display of early 20th-century Russian avant-garde paintings, generously loaned from a
private collection. This project marks the importance of the Jack of Diamonds group, founded in Moscow in 1910. In Russia it became one of the most celebrated exhibition societies across the whole Russian avant-garde before 1914. The display includes works by Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Aristarkh Lentulov, Vladimir Burliuk, Olga Rozanova and Alexandra Exter, all active contributors to the Jack of Diamonds group. Followed by optional lunch (not included).

Meet in the foyer of The Courtauld Gallery at 11.45am





Fenton House, National Trust Photo Library    Fenton House, National Trust Photo Library

Fenton House
Guided tour

Friday 10 October 11am – 1pm

This beautiful 17th-century merchant’s house is a hidden gem in London and a place of unique charm and ambience.
It is famous for its collection of early keyboard instruments but also has a fine display of porcelain, Georgian furniture
and 17th-century needlework. Early 20th-century drawings and paintings by artists from the Camden group add to a
captivating experience. Dr Charlotte De Mille, freelance curator of the Lates’ music programme at the Courtauld, alumna and specialist in the relationship between art and music, will give us a guided tour. Followed by optional lunch in restaurant-pub The Holly Bush, Hampstead (not included).

Meet at Fenton House, Hampstead, London NW3 at 10.45am


Egon Schiele, Two Women Embracing, 1915, Museum of Fine Arts Budapest    Egon Schiele, Two Women Embracing, 1915, Museum of Fine Arts Budapest

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude
Exhibition preview and curatorial tour

The Courtauld Gallery
Wednesday 22 October 3 – 4pm

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude brings together an outstanding group of the artist’s nudes to chart his groundbreaking approach during his short but urgent career. It explores one of Schiele’s most vital and original subjects – his extraordinary drawings and watercolours of
male and female nudes. Dr. Barnaby Wright, Daniel Katz Curator of 20th-century Art and curator of this exhibition, will lead this tour.

Meet in the foyer of The Courtauld Gallery at 2.45pm


Angels at Brompton Cemetery, James McDonald     Angels at Brompton Cemetery, James McDonald

Brompton Cemetery and Catacombs
Guided tour

Friday 31 October 11am – 12.30pm

Brompton Cemetery is one of the magnificent seven cemeteries, created to solve the problem of overcrowded
graveyards in the 19th century, and among the oldest and most distinguished ‘Garden Cemeteries’ in London. It was created by Stephen Geary (of Highgate and Nunhead
cemeteries) and consecrated by the Bishop of London in 1840. The layout is supposed to have been inspired by the Piazza of St Peter’s in Rome and comprises classical architecture like collonades, a domed chapel and catacombs. Notable graves belong to Emmeline Pankhurst (leading Suffragette) and Samuel Sotheby (founder
of Sotheby’s). It is also the last resting place of over 300 servicemen from both World
Wars. Tea/coffee and biscuits at the start of the tour in the chapel are included.

Meet at Brompton Cemetery, London SW10 at 10.45am




Lecture by Albert Godycki


Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Thursday 13 November 6.30pm


Albert Godycki has been working at the National Gallery on 17th century Dutch projects, including the forthcoming Rembrandt: The Late Works exhibition (15 October 2014 – 18 January 2015). This year he will be starting his PhD with Professor Joanna Woodall, expert in Netherlandisch Art at The Courtauld. Albert will talk to us on the visual imagery of the early Dutch Republic - especially Dutch Mannerism - linking it to the above Rembrandt exhibition. Please reserve your place(s) by emailing Pia at


Tickets: Friends and Guests £5 cash at the door

Bust of Churchill, CWR. Photo by Pia Rainey    Bust of Churchill, CWR. Photo by Pia Rainey

Churchill War Rooms
Group visit

Thursday 20 November 1.30 – 3.30pm

The Churchill War Rooms consist of the original Cabinet War Rooms and the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz. Explore these historic rooms to experience the secret history that lives on underground. Discover the stories of those who worked
beneath the surface as London was being bombed above, and then find out more about the life and legacy of Winston
Churchill in the interactive Churchill Museum.

Meet at Churchill War Rooms, London SW1A at 1.15pm

Tickets: Friends £20/One guest £27.50




New atrium, Imperial War Museum    New atrium, Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum
Guided tours

Tuesday 2 December 6.15 – 7.15pm

The Imperial War Museum is re-opening this year after a major refit. We are offering two different but simultaneous private tours with drinks on the same night. Please only
book one tour.

Tour 1 – Art at the IWM
This exceptional collection is one of the most important representations of twentieth century British art in the world. It includes many great works of art from the British government war art schemes of the First and Second World Wars, which
employed the greatest artists of their day, including leaders of the avant-garde. These artists included Sir Walter Monnington PRA, Paul Nash, Charles Pears, John Singer Sargent and Sir William Orpen.  1 place left

Tour 2 – WWI Galleries

This tour will go to the new groundbreaking WWI galleries redone on the occasion of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. 2 places left

Meet at IWM, London SE1 at 6pm

Tickets: Friends £25/One guest £30

J. M. W. Turner, Dawn after the Wreck, c.1841, Samuel Courtauld Trust (detail)    J. M. W. Turner, Dawn after the Wreck, c.1841, Samuel Courtauld Trust (detail)

Late Turner – Painting Set Free
Illustrated Talk and Christmas lunch

Tate Britain
Friday 12 December 11.30am and 1pm

Late Turner – Painting Set Free is the first exhibition devoted to the extraordinary work J.M.W. Turner created between 1835 and his death in 1851. Bringing together spectacular works from the UK and abroad, this exhibition celebrates Turner’s astonishing creative flowering in these later years when he produced many of his finest pictures. We will have an illustrated talk by an expert at Tate Britain followed by our annual Christmas lunch. Tickets to the exhibition are not included but if you wish to go
before or after this event, we recommend booking them early.

Meet at Tate Britain at 11.15am for the talk, at 12.45pm for lunch

Tickets Talk: Friends £10/Guests £12.50

Tickets Christmas Lunch: Friends £35/One Guest £40


january 2015


Dr Sacha Gerstein    Dr Sacha Gerstein with one of the 'illuminated objects' from the Courtauld's collection

Illuminating Objects
Curator’s Talk

The Courtauld Gallery
Thursday 15 January 2015 4.45 – 5.45pm

The Illuminating Objects project shines a new light on unexpected objects from the decorative arts and sculpture collections in The Courtauld Gallery. Dr Sacha Gerstein, Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, will talk about some of these wonderful but lesser known objects. This event is followed by a ‘Late’ celebrating our Schiele exhibition in The Courtauld Gallery, offering music and drawing classes. During this late opening of the gallery you will be able to meet other Friends until 9pm in
the café over a glass of wine.

Meet in the foyer of The Courtauld Gallery at 4.30pm

Tickets: Friends FREE/One Guest £10.00

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