ArtyFacts @ Blackheath

The week is just not the same if there is no Friday morning art to go to.” Pauline

Confirmed dates (all 10am to 12 noon) and topics for January and February 2019 are:

11 January – The Monarch of the Glen and Scottish Art 

One of the world’s best-known animal paintings, Edwin Landseer’s ‘The Monarch of the Glen’, is currently on loan to the National Gallery.  This iconic painting epitomised a romantic notion of the Highlands of Scotland and set the tone for a particular image of the country that rankled with a subsequent group of artists, known as the Glasgow Boys.  We will explore the career of Landseer, the painting of The Monarch and the reactions of later Scottish artists.

[The Monarch of the Glen is at The National Gallery until 3 February]

18 January – Mantegna & Bellini 

The National Gallery’s Mantegna and Bellini exhibition is described as a once in a lifetime opportunity to see in London rare loans of paintings and drawings from around the world by two of the most influential artists of the Renaissance. We will look at works in the exhibition and the intriguing story of art, family, rivalry and personality of these two artists and brothers-in-law.

[‘Mantegna and Bellini’ at The National Gallery, ends 27 January]

1 and 8 February – Pre-Raphaelites and Burne-Jones 

Tate Britain is currently hosting their first solo exhibition of Edward Burne-Jones’ work since 1933, with over 150 objects, covering major works from across his career.  The talk on 8 February will cover many of the works in the exhibition and aspects of his life and career, including his close friendship and working relationship with William Morris.  They were both inspired to dedicate their lives to Art thanks to the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of the key figures in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.  To provide context for the Burne-Jones exhibition, on 1 February we will look back to the beginnings of the Pre-Raphaelites and the lead up to Burne-Jones’ so called late or second phase Pre-Raphaelitism.

[‘Edward Burne-Jones’ is at Tate Britain until 24 February 2019]

15 February – Bill Viola / Michelangelo 

The Royal Academy’s ‘Bill Viola / Michelangelo’ exhibition brings together two artists who were born centuries apart, but who both explore the same universal themes, with, as the RA says, “works of transcendent beauty and raw emotional power.”  We will explore how the American pioneering video artist Viola responded to the collection of Michelangelo drawings he first saw at Windsor Castle and how both artists, in their very different ways, use the human body to convey emotional and spiritual experiences.

[‘Bill Viola / Michelangelo’ will be at the Royal Academy from 26 January to 31 March 2019]

Please contact us to book your place and check to ensure that any sessions you are wishing to attend are running.

All lectures will be given by Rosalind Whyte, lecturer for The Arts Society, Guide and Lecturer at Tate and the Royal Academy and will take place in the Bakehouse Theatre, at the Age Exchange Blackheath (directly opposite Blackheath Railway Station) for 2 hours on Friday mornings (including a coffee break). Access to the Bakehouse Theatre is through the Age Exchange Reminiscence Centre, or via Bennett Park. £15 per session when pre-booked, £16 drop-in.

For further information or to book your place, please contact us.



1 March – Pierre Bonnard 

Tate Modern’s ‘Pierre Bonnard The Colour of Memory’ will be the first major exhibition of his work in this country for 20 years. This talk will focus on the works in the exhibition, to explore his unconventional use of colour, in both landscapes and the intimate domestic scenes, predominantly featuring his wife, for which he is most well-known.

[‘Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory’, Tate Modern 23 January to 6 May 2019]

8 March – Russia & Fenton  

“Through war, alliance and dynastic marriage the relationships between Britain and Russia and their royal families are explored from Peter the Great’s visit to London in 1698 through to Nicholas II. Portraits, sculpture, photographs, archival documents and miniature masterpieces by Fabergé illustrate historic events and family meetings between the rulers of the two nations.”  Come along to find out more about the ‘Russia, Royalty and the Romanovs’ exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery.

[‘Russia, Royalty and the Romanovs’ and ‘Roger Fenton’s Photographs of The Crimea’ at The Queen’s Gallery until 28 April]

15 and 22 March – Art and Photography 

The Queen’s Gallery is also hosting an exhibition of the work of pioneering photographer Roger Fenton’s images of the Crimean War from 1855.  As there are also photography exhibitions at Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery over the same period, why not join me for a two-week look at Art and Photography on 15 and 22 March, looking at the history and key developments in photography, as well as the Roger Fenton, Don McCullin (TB) and Martin Parr (NPG) exhibitions.

[‘Don McCullin’, Tate Britain 5 February to 6 May 2019]

[‘Only Human: Martin Parr’, at The National Portrait Gallery’, 7 March until 27 May 2019]