News Archive 2021

Don’t miss out on these December gems from the Research Forum

1 Dec 2021

The Courtauld Gallery exterior
Photo: Two by Two

After Hours: Glow Up!

Join in seeing The Courtauld Gallery’s major transformation come alive after dark with the Research Forum’s new series of After Hours events, starting with Glow Up! on 15 December from 19:00 to 21:00.

You can expect a mix of art, music, food, and drinks, as well as exciting activities inspired by representations of fashion, jewellery, hair, and beauty in our collection, including:

  • DJ set by London-based artist and DJ and founder of Moonlight Creative, Fiona Jane
  • A new interactive workshop ‘Mantra Tattoo’ led by artist Davina Drummond
  • Brand new installation created by drag artist Rujazzle (Painted Lady, Walking Exhibition(ist)
  • Food and drink from the stylish new Art Café
  • Talks from art historians and beauty experts exploring treasures from The Courtauld’s collection of masterpieces, including Amedeo Modigliani’s Female Nude, Pierre Auguste Renoir’s La Loge, and George Seurat’s Young Woman Powdering Herself

Read more here and book your tickets today.


Sam Francis from Karshan collection
Sam Francis, Red, Black & Blue; Composition, 1985. Private Collection. Promised gift by Linda Karshan in memory of her husband, Howard Karshan. On long-term loan to The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © Sam Francis Foundation, California / DACS 2021 Photo © The Courtauld

Considering Collecting: Collections within Collections

Find out what inspires individuals to donate their art collections to museums and galleries, and how these gifts help public collections to expand and diversify. Join Coralie Malissard, Curatorial Assistant, and Barnaby Wright, Deputy Head of The Courtauld Gallery, for an in conversation with artist and collector Linda Karshan.

On 14 December at 18:30, our expert panel will discuss the history, character, and importance of the recent Karshan Gift to The Courtauld Gallery (on display 19 November – 9 Jan 2022).This group of 24 major modern drawings, collected by Linda Karshan and her late husband, Howard Karshan, represents one of The Courtauld Gallery’s biggest gifts in a generation.

Book your tickets here to uncover the genesis and the particularities of the Karshans’ collecting, and the reasons why the couple decided to bequest these works to The Courtauld- as well as the position these now hold amongst the Gallery’s collection as a whole.

Georges Seurat, Young Woman Powdering Herself (1889-90) The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Open Courtauld Hour: Dress-up!

Come along to the last Open Courtauld Hour of 2021! On 16 December at 20:00 the Research Forum are celebrating their final episode of this virtual series in style with an episode called Dress Up! This hour will explore how works from The Courtauld’s collection are often used as tools to discuss how historic fashions, such as the glamorous outfits worn in Renoir’s La Loge, can be understood by a modern audience.

Join our one-of-a-kind panel in discovering how fashion depicted in Courtauld works can (and has) been used to encourage ethical consumerism, support small businesses and inspire contemporary practitioners to get creative:

  • Charlotte McReynolds, Curator of Art at Ulster Museum
  • Toya Walker, Public Programmes Educator at The Courtauld
  • Emma Andrews, Teacher at Cullybackey College
  • Aliyah Hussain, Visual Artist and Contemporary Jewellery Designer

From what to wear to what jewellery to gift, book your tickets to this Open Courtauld for your ultimate art historical guide to the festive season!