Open Courtauld Hour

Henry Fuseli, Woman in a Sculpture Gallery​ (1798) i Henry Fuseli, Woman in a Sculpture Gallery​ (1798) Pen and black ink, brush and watercolour, over graphite, heightened with white opaque watercolour 410 x 247 mm Photo © bpk | Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden | Herbert Boswank

Open Courtauld Hour is a series produced as part of the Open Courtauld strand hosted by The Research Forum. This strand is all about sharing advanced research in art history, curating, and conservation, and is part of our Courtauld Connects project.

This series will provide concise one hour packages of pop-up talks, performances and in detail object study sessions that explore and celebrate our collection, research in art history, curation and conservation.

The series will touch on pertinent issues — magnifying contemporary thinking in society through the field of art history. These episodes will explore how the public, artists and galleries are adapting to a digital world, showcasing art historical research in light of this global pandemic and providing a platform for creative practice in the age of social distancing.

Most importantly, as art is relevant to all, these informal sessions will give attendees the chance to access, engage and read art and art history through a different lens— revamping and rethinking art historical discussions through retelling hidden stories. These episodes will platform new perspectives, new ways into art practice, looking at art and reading its history through themes that impact us all.

Open Courtauld Hour is supported by

Previous events

Henry Fuseli, Woman in a Sculpture Gallery​ (1798)


Open Courtauld Hour: The Modern Woman and Fuseli

5:30pm, 1 Dec 2022 | Free, booking essential

This special Open Courtauld Hour brings our exhibition, Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism, to an online audience. The event, through the fragmentary information we have about sex work and sex workers at this time, will aim to i...

detail of an oil painting depicting a jar, a vase and a pot with some white cubes in it.


Open Courtauld Hour: A Good Brew

8:00pm, 24 Mar 2022 | Free, booking essential

This Open Courtauld Hour will interrogate the problematic history of tea, coffee and sugar and its connection to objects in The Courtauld Connection. The implicit relationship to the lives of those colonised and enslaved can be exposed through tracin...


Open Courtauld Hour: Van Gogh and his Self-Portraits

8:00pm, 24 Feb 2022 | Free, booking essential

This Open Courtauld Hour aligns with and celebrates our latest exhibition! The first ever exhibition devoted to Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portraits across his entire career will take place at The Courtauld Gallery from 3 February – 8 May 2022....


Open Courtauld Hour: In Conversation with Cecily Brown

8:00pm, 27 Jan 2022 | Free, booking essential

This Open Courtauld Hour, an in conversation between the artist Cecily Brown, Barnaby Wright (Deputy Head of The Courtauld Gallery and Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art) and Leyla Bumbra (Research Forum Programme Manager), will traverse the com...

Painting of a woman powdering her face


Open Courtauld Hour: Dress-up!

8:00pm, 16 Dec 2021 | Free, booking essential

Get your glad rags on, dust the cobwebs off your favourite and sparkliest outfits and join The Courtauld for its last Open Courtauld Hour of 2021!...


Open Courtauld Hour: Can-Can!

8:00pm, 25 Nov 2021 | Free, booking essential

This Open Courtauld Hour invites you to enter a world of splendour, misery and excess! In this hour the electrifying entertainment of the can-can and cabaret of the Courtauld Collection takes centre stage....


Open Courtauld Hour: Restaged!

8:00pm, 28 Oct 2021 | Free, booking essential

The Courtauld Gallery will open its doors this November, following the most significant modernisation project in its history. This Open Courtauld Hour will therefore provide a rare back of house tour, a sneak preview to The Courtauld Gallery and the ...

Photo in black and white of a Kurdish child


Open Courtauld Hour: Captured!

8:00pm, 30 Sep 2021 | Free, booking essential

To celebrate the upcoming reopening of our gallery we are teaming up with our digitisation team, volunteers and students for our first Open Courtauld Hour of the season!...