Open Courtauld Hour

Open Courtauld Hour: Dress-up!

Painting of a woman powdering her face

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!

The Courtauld’s collection is often used as a tool to discuss how historic fashions, such as the glamorous outfits worn in Renoir’s La Loge, can be understood by a modern audience. This hour will read the fashion depicted in our collection to evaluate how our collection can (and has) been used to encourage ethical consumerism, support small businesses and inspire contemporary practitioners to get creative.

Join Charlotte McReynolds (Curator of Art, Ulster Museum), Toya Walker (Public Programmes Educator, The Courtauld), Emma Andrews (Teacher at Cullybackey College) and Aliyah Hussain (Visual Artist and Contemporary Jewellery Designer). From what to wear to what jewellery to gift, this Open Courtauld Hour will be your ultimate art historical guide to the festive season.

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.

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.

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16 Dec 2021

8pm - 9pm GMT

Free, booking essential


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 



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Open Courtauld Hour - Episode 4, S6: Dress Up!