Insights Into Art History

Art and Queer Theory | Mickalene Thomas on Manet

Free Young People's Workshop

Free online workshop with The Courtauld Young People’s Programme
Suitable for ages 16-18

How can queer artists ‘queer’ the canon of art history?

This workshop, led by art historian Tilly Scantlebury, will explore gender and sexuality in the practice of Mickalene Thomas, whose multi-media large scale paintings rethink traditional art historical representation. Through close visual analysis, we will uncover the ways in which Thomas repurposes Manet’s canonical works, Olympia and Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, to provide visibility and representation from a black, feminist and queer perspective.

Please note:
 this event has already taken place.
Links to further reading and resources relating to this workshop can be found below.

Any questions, please email

You might also like

the audience of a lecture

Young People (16-18)

The Courtauld’s Young People’s Programme offers an exciting series of free workshops, courses and events for young people aged 16-18 to explore The Courtauld Gallery Collection and engage with art history and art practice....

A speaker during one of out resfest events in 2017, speaking to an audience in the gallery

Take Part

The Courtauld’s open programme of public activities offers something for everyone to enjoy, whatever their levels of interest and knowledge....