Open Courtauld Hour

Open Courtauld Hour: Art and Scent

three metal objects from the Courtauld's collection in the foreground.

What does it mean to smell art history? This Open Courtauld Hour will explore how The Courtauld can use aromatic stimuli, perfumes and fragrances, to transport people to places, moments and feelings (without using written or visual languages). Join The Courtauld Community to learn more about how we are taking visitors on an olfactory journey, designed to reflect the inspirations and illustrations in the artworks on our walls.

Journey through scent with Sarah McCartney (creator of 4160Tuesdays’ secret formulas), Fran Herrick (Public Programmes Educator, The Courtauld) and Helen Higgins (Head of Learning (interim) &
Oak Foundation Young People’s Programme Manager, The Courtauld). This event is inspired and curated by the work of our Young People’s Programme.

This online mini 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.

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.

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28 Apr 2022

8pm - 9pm BST

Free, booking required


Booking closes 30 minutes before the event start time.  
If you do not receive the log in details on the day of the event, please email 



Open Courtauld Hour - Episode 7, S6: Art and Scent

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