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 December

9 December – Discover Manet & Eva Gonzalès (NG until 15 January 2023)

Taking as its focus Manet’s portrait of Eva Gonzalès, his only pupil, this exhibition provides an opportunity to discover more about Eva, her work and her relationship with Manet, as well as new technical analysis of the portrait.  It also looks more generally at the position of women artists in 19th century Paris, and sets all of this in the broader context of self-portraits by several women artists from the 18th to early 20th centuries, giving an opportunity to see the work of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, alongside that of Angelica Kauffmann, Laura Knight, Berthe Morisot and others.

16 December – Making Modernism (Royal Academy until 12 February 2023)

Sticking with the theme of women artists, the Royal Academy’s exhibition transports us to Germany in the early 1900s and the work of Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin.  Presenting 65 works by these and other Expressionist women artists, many never seen in the UK before, this exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity to see impressive, bold works by a group of artists who may be less well-known than their male counterparts, such as Kandinsky, but who were no less central to the development of radical new approaches to art in Europe.  


“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’ 


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.