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 October, November and December 2023

27 October – A Taste of Tate – A brief look at four Tate exhibitions, the Sarah Lucas ‘Happy Gas’ exhibition and Richard Hamilton one-room display at Tate Britain, plus the latest Turbine Hall commission, El Anatsui’s ‘Behind the Red Moon’ and ‘A World in Common : Contemporary African Photography’ at Tate Modern.

3 November – Joseph Wright of Derby – Explore some of the preoccupations of this key British artist from the Age of Enlightenment, amongst them his exploration of light, from candle-lit subjects and to eruptions of Vesuvius and his scenes from a period of industrialisation and scientific experimentation.

10 November – Frans Hals (National Gallery until 21 January). Four hundred years since they were painted, Hals’ portraits, including his famous ‘Laughing Cavalier’, still seem full of life, giving us a glimpse, through the hint of a smile, a twinkle in the eye, of the personalities of those who sat for one of the most sought-after painters in 17th Century Haarlem.  

17 November – Rubens and Women (at Dulwich Picture Gallery until 28 January 2024). The word ‘Rubenesque’ has become part of the English language, most often used to denote a voluptuous, curvaceous female figure. At Dulwich they are re-examining the word and the concept, introducing us to a variety of different types of women painted by Rubens.

24 November – Holbein at the Tudor Court (Queen’s Gallery 10 Nov – 14 April 2024) Holbein’s Depictions of Henry VIII’s court have coloured our modern view of the period.  Through drawings, paintings and miniatures we are brought face-to-face with some of 16thC England’s most famous people in one of the most important surviving collections of his work.  


Proposed dates, not yet confirmed :

1 December – Philip Guston (Tate Modern until 25 February) Tate presents the first major retrospective of Guston’s work in this country for nearly 20 years, introducing us to a complex artist who, in his trademark cartoon-like style, often addresses racism in America, particularly through the white hoods synonymous with the evils of the Ku Klux Klan.

8 December – HockneyDrawing from Life (National Portrait Gallery until 21 January). The NPG exhibition includes portraits from the last six decades, with representations of his mother, his friends and Hockney himself, in a wide range of mediums and styles.  Touching on many of these, we will also take a wider look at his long career.

If you are interested in any of the above talks, please contact us, stating if you would prefer to join the live Zoom or receive a recording.


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

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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’ 

After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art Parts 1 and 2* (National Gallery exhibition)

Tate Britain rehang Parts 1-4

The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea (Royal Museums Greenwich exhibition 2023) 


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.