ArtyFacts @ Blackheath

Live Zoom lectures continue, with topics mainly based on exhibitions that are on in London over the period.  The talks take place on Friday mornings, from 10.00 until 11.30, with a lecture of 60-75 minutes, followed by Q&A and discussion.  All sessions are now £13 per person per session, whether via Zoom or if you prefer to receive the recording afterwards.

Talks for March 2023

3 March – Peter Doig (Courtauld Gallery exhibition until 29 May). The Courtauld’s exhibition presents an exciting new chapter in the career of one of the most celebrated and important painters working today, following his return from Trinidad to London in 2021.  It features works that were started in Trinidad, New York and elsewhere and have been completed since his move to London, as well as completely fresh paintings, including a new London subject.  It provides an opportunity to witness the creative way that he works, as he explores and incorporates a rich variety of places, people and memories in his paintings. 

17 March – Tate Britain rehang Part 2 – Following our initial look at TB’s new hang in February, it became clear that a second and third visit to the topic would be required! There is so much to see, including work by many women artists whose work has not previously been displayed.  We often neglect permanent collections in favour of temporary exhibitions, but this is an opportunity to look at some of the highlights, as well as new works, in one of the country’s best collections. We will continue our chronological journey through British art, but this is a ‘stand-alone’ talk, so it doesn’t matter if you missed Part 1.  

24 March – Alice Neel (Barbican exhibition until 21 May) The Barbican presents the largest exhibition to date in this country of American artist Alice Neel’s work.  Her vivid portraits capture the shifting social and political context of 20th Century America.  Describing herself as ‘a collector of souls’, she worked in New York and was crowned the ‘court painter of the underground,’ her canvases celebrating those who were too often marginalised in society.  The exhibition brings together over 70 of her most vibrant portraits, shown alongside archival photography and film, bringing to life what she called ’the swirl of the era’. 


“A lovely way to spend a Friday morning.” Helma. 

Further feedback


ALSO AVAILABLE …. Recordings

Digital recordings of past virtual talks are available on the following topics (sent via WeTransfer and easy to access):

Portraying Pregnancy‘, a look at the exhibition that was on at the Foundling Museum.

Aubrey Beardsley‘, focusing on Tate Britain’s exhibition.

Antony Gormley‘, a look at the work and career of one of Britain’s most well-known artists.

Picasso and Paper‘, looking at the Royal Academy’s exhibition.

‘Dulwich Picture Gallery’ Parts 1 and 2: Exploring the history and some of the highlights of the collection of this little gem in South London.

‘British Surrealism’ exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

‘Angelica Kauffman’  Unfortunately the proposed Angelica Kauffman exhibition at the RA was cancelled due to the current pandemic.  In order to give her a small slot in the spotlight, this talk covers general aspects of her life and work.

‘Titian: Love, Desire, Death’ at the National Gallery

‘Andy Warhol’ at Tate Modern 

The Queen’s House, Greenwich

The History of Greenwich

Nothing to Declare: Art Seized at Customs’

William Hogarth

Spirituality in 20th and 21st Century Art

Barbizon School of French Landscape Painters

The Impressionists  

Gauguin and the Impressionists : Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection

Danish Galleries – An exploration of works in three major Danish collections

Danish Art – Examining some key figures and themes from Danish art

Among the Trees – Hayward Gallery 

Developments in British Landscape Painting

‘A Walk on the Wild Side’ – The Landscapes of John Constable 

JMW Turner, ‘Painter of Light’

Turner’s Modern World – Tate Britain

‘Sin’ – Based on the National Gallery’s 2020 exhibition

Women Artists in the National Gallery’s Collection

Artemisia Gentileschi – based on the National Gallery’s 2020 exhibition

Representations of Women in Victorian Paintings

Nativity Scenes and Christmas Traditions

Norwegian Art

Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch : The Loneliness of the Soul 

Dame Laura Knight

Dame Barbara Hepworth

Bridget Riley

Cornelia Parker

Spirituality in Art

Fashion in Art (Parts 1 and 2)

Animals in Art

Scottish Art (Parts 1 and 2)




Marc Chagall

Georgia O’Keeffe

Frida Kahlo

‘Hans Holbein the Younger’

‘Sir Anthony Van Dyck’

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace

‘David Hockney’

‘Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Zanele Muholi’

Public Art in London

The Making of Rodin

Constantin Brâncuși

An Overview of British Sculpture

Sir Joshua Reynolds

The Courtauld Gallery, its history, collection and recent refurbishment

Van Gogh’s Self-portraits

Van Gogh, Gauguin and The Yellow House

Francis Bacon

Lubaina Himid

Kehinde Wiley

Gainsborough’s ‘Blue Boy’

Durer’s Journey

Late Constable

Poussin and Dance

Helen Frankenthaler

Mixing it Up : Painting Now

Isamu Noguchi

Life Between Islands – British and Caribbean Art

Hogarth and Europe

Joseph Beuys

Edward Burra

Paula Rego

Stolen Art

Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child

Whistler’s Woman in White

Cornelia Parker

A Century of the Artist’s Studio

‘Alberto Giacometti and Isabel Rawsthorne, A Conversation’ and Hew Locke’s ‘The Procession’ 


All these recordings are available now.   The charge is £10 per viewer per session.  If you are interested please contact us and we can arrange to send you the recording.