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 £12 per person per session, whether via Zoom or if you prefer to receive the recording afterwards.

At the end of this set of six talks, we will be taking a summer break, returning with information on talks for autumn/winter in October.

Talks for June and July

17 June : Tate Britain As well as all the paying exhibitions, London offers us a wealth of art that is accessible for free and I thought it would be interesting to explore the permanent collections of Tate, to re-familiarise ourselves with some of the highlights of what we can enjoy in London over the summer.

24 June : Postwar Modern (Barbican until 26 June) This exhibition explores an exciting period of art in Britain, in the wake of the Second World War, “certainty was gone, and the aftershocks continued, but there was also hope for a better tomorrow.”  We will look at some of the 48 artists included; familiar names and new.

1 July : Canaletto’s Venice Revisited (National Maritime Museum until 25 September) This exhibition at Greenwich displays the complete set of 24 Venetian views painted by Canaletto in the 1730s.  These works, on loan from Woburn Abbey, represent the largest single commission he ever received and, painted at the height of his career, they reveal his extraordinary ability to bring Venice to life.

8 July : Edvard Munch (Courtauld Gallery until 4 September) This exhibition brings together 18 paintings that are on loan from Bergen and were originally collected in the early 20th century.  They range from early examples of Munch’s ‘realist’ period of the 1880s to the highly expressive works of the 1890s from his Frieze of Life series, which tackled profound themes of human existence.

15 July : Tate Modern Continuing our exploration of the permanent collection of Tate, we will look at some of the iconic works that are on display at Tate Modern, as well as exploring some exciting examples of work by less well-known artists.     


“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.