The Courtauld will be transformed into An Artist’s Studio for our first ‘After Hour’ of 2022— with pop-up talks, demonstrations and hands on activities inspired by the ateliers of the artists in our collection. From Montmatre to the streets of Bloomsbury these artists workspaces, secluded to communal, give us a revealing glimpse into their creative approach. Join us in tracing, paving and marking these sites of imagination to explore how the studio shaped the finished works on our walls. This event will grant a rare opportunity to experience The Courtauld’s incredible collection after dark. All materials included in ticket price.
Please note that valid Courtauld identification will be required for staff, student, volunteer, friend and partner tickets.
Our After Hours series is 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.
Aligning with The Courtauld’s digital events series ‘Open Courtauld Hour’ our ‘After Hours’ will broach contemporary issues in society through participatory activities that encourage new perspectives and thinking, focused on The Courtauld collection.
Led by artist Adrian Dutton, the Blavatnik Fine Rooms (Second Floor) will be transformed into a working ‘Artists studio’ for the duration of our After Hours!
These drop-in drawing workshops will encourage participants to work with the objects and architecture unique to The Courtauld, as well as live models in the space. Aligning with a broader programme of talks and object study sessions which focus on how and where artists’ worked, these sessions enable audiences to get practical with drawing.
These sessions are open and accessible to all who are interested in drawing, no previous experience is required. All materials will be provided.
Looking up to Rubens: Life Drawing & the Rubens Ceiling Sketches
- This Life Drawing workshop will offer practical guidance on ‘foreshortening’ exploring how artists have drawn the foreshortened human figure. The workshop will take place in the Fine rooms, where we will work from three life models, referencing Rubens’ Ceiling Sketches.
Drawing The Courtauld: London’s Finest Urban Sketch Club
- Urban sketching is now a vital and popular artist practice. This workshop will teach key urban sketching skills, drawing the Courtauld its self, with it’s amazing staircases and ceilings. This is a unique opportunity to develop your drawing practice and to get to know the Courtauld better, it will also be great fun.
Join our curators, conservators and art historians for expert talks on the artistic processes of some of the most loved artists in our collection.
Due to unforeseen circumstances some of these talks may be cancelled or delivered by another member of the Courtauld team. Please speak to a member of staff on arrival for the most up to date list of talks.
- 7.10 – 7.20: Oskar Kokoschka’s The Myth of Prometheus, Katja and Nicolai Tangen 20th Century Gallery (Third Floor), Barnaby Wright
- 7.10 -7.20: Paul Cezanne’s Still Life with Plaster Cupid, The LVMH Great Room (Third Floor), Coralie Malissard
- 7.25 – 7.35: Paul Gauguin’s Avant et après, The LVMH Great Room (Third Floor), Rachel Sloan
- 7.40 – 7.50: Impressionism and ‘Plein Air’ Painting, The LVMH Great Room (Third Floor), Karen Serres
- 7.55 – 8.05: Oskar Kokoschka’s The Myth of Prometheus, Katja and Nicolai Tangen 20th Century Gallery (Third Floor), Barnaby Wright
- 7.55 – 8.05: Paul Cezanne’s Still Life with Plaster Cupid, The LVMH Great Room (Third Floor), Coralie Malissard
- 8.10 – 8.20: Paul Gauguin’s Avant et après, The LVMH Great Room (Third Floor), Rachel Sloan
- 8.25 – 8.35: Impressionism and ‘Plein Air’ Painting, The LVMH Great Room (Third Floor), Karen Serres
Object Study Sessions
Take the opportunity to drop in to our more intimate gallery spaces and speak to our experts about the objects they know best. These rare sessions will grant the opportunity to ask questions, to interrogate artworks first hand and to learn more about how artists worked.
- 7.15 – 7.45: Bloomsbury Group (Third Floor)
- 7.45 – 8.15: Medieval and early Renaissance (First Floor), Maureen Cross
Food, drink and shopping
- 7.00 – 9.00: Both our stylish shop and pop-up bar will be open throughout the event. In each space we have crafted a shopping and eating experience inspired by the world-class artworks on display at The Courtauld.