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january 2015



Courtauld expert talk

Please note this event has been postponed to a later date due to a bereavement.


This year, membership donations from The Friends will include support for the post of Dr Maureen Cross, Lecturer in Conservation & Technology and Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Dr Cross will give us a short talk and demonstration about pigments and how to make some of them plus us a short insight into the history of painting materials Afterwards we will go to the Courtauld Gallery to see some examples of the techniques and pigments used by our conservation department.


Meet in the foyer of the New Wing, Somerset House 4pm


Tickets: Friends FREE/Guest £12.50

To book: Please email to register your interest. You will then be emailed once the new date has been set.





Display preview and curatorial tour

The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery, The Courtauld Gallery

Thursday 5 February 11am – 12 noon


We are thrilled to have received funding from Gilbert and Ildiko Butler to establish a permanent Drawings Gallery at The Courtauld Gallery on the mezzanine floor. Dr Stephanie Buck, Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings and curator of this exhibition, will give us an introduction to the new gallery and a curatorial tour of Unseen, the very first display,to go on show here, consisting of a selection of our fabulous collection of drawings. Further displays this year are Renaissance Modern (22 April -7 June) and Jonathan Richards the Elder: Self-Portraits (24 June – 20 September).


Meet in the foyer of The Courtauld Gallery at 10.45am


Tickets: Friends FREE/Guest £10.00



Exhibition preview and curatorial tour

The Courtauld Gallery

Wednesday 25 February 3 – 4pm


Dr Stephanie Buck, Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings and curator of this exhibition, will give us a curatorial tour of our new Goya exhibition. Produced in the last decade of his life, the so-called Witches and Old Women Album is one of the least known of Goya’s eight albums. The exhibition reassembles all 22 surviving drawings, made around 1819-23. It offers an important perspective on the development of Goya’s interest in old age, the fantastic and the diabolical, embodied in the themes of witchcraft, dreams and nightmares. Above all, the drawings reveal Goya’s penetrating observation of human nature: our passions, fears and desires.


Meet in the foyer of The Courtauld Gallery at 2.45pm


Tickets: Friends FREE/Guest £15.00





Guided Tours of Cathedral or Triforium followed by an optional lunch*

Tuesday 3 March 11.15am and 11.30am


These are two distinctly different guided tours: One a 90 minute tour of St Paul’s Cathedral introducing its history, architecture and many tombs and memorials. It will cover the floor, the crypt, the geometrical staircase, St Michael & St George’s Chapel and the Quire. For those who know these areas already, we offer a guided tour of the Triforium, which includes a visit to the Old Library, the stairwell of the Geometrical Staircase, parts of the medieval cathedral and the Trophy Room, with Wren’s model of St Paul’s. Please note: there are 141 steps and no lift to the Triforium, so we kindly ask not to join this tour if you have mobility issues. All tickets include admission to the Cathedral and the Galleries which you may visit at your own leisure after the guided tours.


Meet at St Paul’s Cathedral, London EC4 at 11am for the Cathedral Tour and at 11.15am for the Triforium tour.


Tickets: Cathedral: Friends £25/Guest £27.50

               Triforium: Friends £30/Guest £32.50



Guided tour

Wednesday 18 March 11am – 12 noon


This unique and influential Modernist home was designed by architect Ernö Goldfinger in 1939 for himself and his family. With surprising design details that were ground-breaking at the time and still feel modern today, the house also contains the Goldfinger’s impressive collection of modern art, intriguing personal possessions and innovative furniture.


Meet at 2 Willow Road, London NW3 at 10.45am


Tickets: Friends £10/Guest £15



The Courtauld Gallery

Thursday 19 March 4.45 – 5.30pm


Dr Rachel Hapoienu will take our new and long standing Friends on a highlights tour of our collections in the gallery, talking about medieval altarpieces, Renaissance paintings and finishing with the Impressionists. This event is followed by the Courtauld Friends Annual General Meeting.


Meet in the foyer of the Courtauld Gallery at 4.30pm


Tickets: Friends FREE/Guest £10



Annual General Meeting                 

The Courtauld Institute

Thursday 19 March 5.45 – 6.15pm



Guided tour followed by an optional lunch*

Tuesday 31 March 11am – 12 noon


Guided tour of our image libraries by Dr Karin Kyburz (PhD 2008), Witt and Conway Supervisor. Both these libraries hold a collection of reproductions: The Witt of paintings, drawings and prints of Western art while the Conway holds images of architecture, sculpture, ivories, manuscript illumination, stained glass and much more.


Meet in the foyer of The Courtauld Institute at 10.45am


Tickets: Friends FREE/Guest £15.00



Thursdays 26 March and 21 May 6 – 9pm

The Courtauld Gallery


The Courtauld Lates programme is renowned for its innovative programming and stylish dressed up audience. Downstairs delicious cocktails and snacks inspired by the exhibition will be available in the cash bar of The Courtauld Gallery Café till 9pm. Not to be missed!

As a Friend you don’t need to book and can enjoy a full evening of entertainment with live music, experts holding talks on the Goya exhibition, art workshops and much more, for free with a guest.





Guided tours with an optional lunch*

Tuesday 21 April at 11am and 2pm


To commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo we will visit Apsley House. This magnificent London House, also known as Number One, London, became home to the Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon in 1815. Our guided tour will take in the history of the building and its illustrious owners. In addition we will visit the house’s brilliant art collection, which contains fine Spanish old masters such as Goya, Velazquez and Murillo plus silver and porcelain. This tour is followed by an optional lunch nearby. In the afternoon we will climb (or take the lift) to the top of Wellington Arch, built as a victory arch for The Duke, and have a 45 minute guided tour taking in the history of the building. You will enjoy some fantastic views over Hyde Park before seeing the Waterloo exhibition at your own leisure.


Meet at Apsley House, London W1 at 10.45am or at Wellington Arch at 1.45pm

Tickets: Apsley House Friends £27.50/Guest £32.50

               Wellington Arch Friends £12.50/Guest 15

               Combined Ticket Friends £35/Guest £42.50





Guided tour followed by an optional lunch*

Friday 15 May 11am – 1.00pm


Finalist in the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2014, this museum holds an internationally important collection of works by artists such as the sculptor, wood engraver, type-designer and letter-cutter Eric Gill, the calligrapher Edward Johnston (responsible for the famous Johnston typeface used for the London Underground), the printer Hilary Pepler and the weaver Ethel Mairet. We will start with coffee and biscuits, followed by a guided tour of the museum and a walking tour of the village. The museum is one mile from Hassocks Train Station. Optional lunch in a local pub.


Meet at Ditchling Museum, Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 at 11am


Tickets: Friends £22.50/Guest £27.50 (including coffee and biscuits)





Guided tour followed by an optional lunch*

Friday 5 June 11.30am – 3pm


Gainsborough's House’s permanent collection encompasses the artist's whole career, from early portraits and landscapes painted in Suffolk in the 1750s to later works from his London period of the 1770s and 80s, plus a collection of works on paper by himself and his contemporaries and followers. There is also a selection of rare books from the period alongside some Gainsborough memorabilia including the artist's studio cabinet, his swordstick, paint scraper and pocket-watch. We are fortunate to have Mark Bills, Director of Gainsborough’s House giving us a guided tour of the House, its history and its art, after coffee and cake.


Meet at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 at 11.30am


Tickets: Friends £20/Guest £25 (including coffee and cake)



Summer Showcase preview and curatorial tour

The Courtauld Gallery

Wednesday 17 June 3 – 4pm


The curator, Dr Karen Serres, Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings, will give us a guided tour of this year’s Summer Showcase. This show will bring together paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that have all been described as unfinished. While some were clearly abandoned by the artist and provide an insight into the artistic process, others occupy a more ambiguous territory where there is a clash between the artist’s intention and public reception. A final category explores the deliberate use of a loose, seemingly unfinished style by artists to express a certain agility and grace in the handling of the medium.


Meet in the foyer of The Courtauld Gallery at 2.45pm


Tickets: Friends FREE/Guest £15.00



Visit of the Castle and Gardens

Friday 26 June 11am – 3pm


In the 1930s Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created its now world renowned garden, reflecting the legacy of Vita’s poems and writings, which is at the height of its bloom in June. Sissinghurst Castle itself has a diverse history: from being used as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. The castle remains mostly as romantic ruins apart from the study and the tower, giving panoramic views, which we will visit before wandering around the extensive gardens, followed by a group lunch.


Meet at Sissinghurst Castle, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 at 10.45am


Tickets: Friends £32.50 Guest £37.50 (including a two course lunch)




  •  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
  •  To download a PdF of this events programme click events.



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