ArtyFacts @ Blackheath

Live Zoom lectures will continue in 2024, with topics mainly based on exhibitions that are on in London over the period.  The talks will 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 February and March 2024:

Talks for February and March 2024:

2 February – Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  Mackintosh began his career as an architect, creating masterpieces such as The Glasgow School of Art, as well as designing domestic interiors and Tea Rooms in Glasgow, alongside his talented wife, Margaret MacDonald.  His perfectionism in design and the radical nature of his work would later create problems and he would leave his native Glasgow for France, turning from architecture to watercolour paintings and inhabiting the classic role of the misunderstood artist. 

9 February – Travels with My Art – France.  Initially following in the footsteps of Charles Rennie Mackintosh on his wanderings in France, this week will follow my own recent wanderings and the artworks to be enjoyed there.  We begin in the French Pyrenees, moving on to nearby Céret and Collioure, both of which housed artistic colonies and nurtured the beginnings of Cubism and Fauvism respectively.  We will also touch on the life and work of Camille Claudel, before consolidating it all with a look at the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Troyes, in the North. 

16 February – Impressionists on Paper (Royal Academy until 10 March). Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists in late 19th Century France radically transformed the direction of art, but not just through their paintings on canvas. The RA’s exhibition brings together 77 works on paper to illustrate the subtle but seismic shift they brought about, elevating the status of works on paper, be they drawings, pastels, watercolours, temperas or gouaches, from mere preparatory works, to artworks in their own right. 

1 March – Entangled Pasts, 1768 to Now (Royal Academy 3 February to 28 April) 

The RA’s exhibition stages a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives of empire, enslavement and resistance, and how it may help set a course for the future.  Artworks by leading contemporary British artists of the African, Caribbean and South Asian diasporas will be on display alongside works by artists from the past 250 years, creating connections across time that explore questions of power, representation and history. 

8 March – John Singer Sargent   

In preparation for a look at Tate Britain’s ‘Sargent and Fashion’ exhibition next week, this talk will explore the background of Sargent’s life and career, focusing on his arrival in London, following the scandal that greeted his ‘Portrait of Madame X’ in the Paris Salon of 1884.  As well as the brilliance of his own artistic technique and his increasing dissatisfaction with society portraiture, we will look at the wider artistic milieu that he found himself in.  

15 March – Sargent and Fashion (Tate Britain 22 February to 7 July) 

With over 50 paintings on display, including major portraits that rarely travel, this exhibition gives an insight into Sargent ‘the stylist’, who used fashion to express the identity and personality of his sitters.  Often choosing outfits or tweaking the look, he incorporated his own sartorial choices to express his vision in contemporary fashion, which still enthrals today.  Several period garments will also be displayed alongside the portraits they feature in. 

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):

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

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.