Friends events are designed to give special access to The Courtauld's collections and distinguished faculty, curators and alumni.

If you would like to enjoy these events and other benefits then become a Friend of The Courtauld. You can join online or contact Pia Rainey via 020 3751 0546/


FRIENDS EVENTS autumn/winter 2014/5


To book

  •  Please complete the Booking Form and send it with payment to: The Friends Manager, Development Office, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R
  •  Phone Pia Rainey on 020 3751 0546 and pay by credit/debit card


  •   All events need to be booked even if they are free. If there is no charge for an event, you may book by email.
  •  We do not send out tickets for events, to save on administration and postage costs. Unless you hear to the contrary within 10 days your booking is confirmed. We will always send you a reminder email with the meeting details about one week before each event.

  • Friends may book tickets for a maximum of one guest per event (unless the event description states otherwise).

november 2014


Bust of Churchill, CWR. Photo by Pia Rainey    Bust of Churchill, CWR. Photo by Pia Rainey

Churchill War Rooms
Group visit

Thursday 20 November 1.30 – 3.30pm

The Churchill War Rooms consist of the original Cabinet War Rooms and the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz. Explore these historic rooms to experience the secret history that lives on underground. Discover the stories of those who worked
beneath the surface as London was being bombed above, and then find out more about the life and legacy of Winston
Churchill in the interactive Churchill Museum.




New atrium, Imperial War Museum    New atrium, Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum
Guided tours

Tuesday 2 December 6.15 – 7.15pm

The Imperial War Museum is re-opening this year after a major refit. We are offering two different but simultaneous private tours with drinks on the same night. Please only
book one tour.

Tour 1 – Art at the IWM
This exceptional collection is one of the most important representations of twentieth century British art in the world. It includes many great works of art from the British government war art schemes of the First and Second World Wars, which
employed the greatest artists of their day, including leaders of the avant-garde. These artists included Sir Walter Monnington PRA, Paul Nash, Charles Pears, John Singer Sargent and Sir William Orpen. FULLY BOOKED

Tour 2 – WWI Galleries

This tour will go to the new groundbreaking WWI galleries redone on the occasion of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. 1 place left

J. M. W. Turner, Dawn after the Wreck, c.1841, Samuel Courtauld Trust (detail)    J. M. W. Turner, Dawn after the Wreck, c.1841, Samuel Courtauld Trust (detail)

Late Turner – Painting Set Free
Illustrated Talk and Christmas lunch

Tate Britain
Friday 12 December 11.30am and 1pm

Late Turner – Painting Set Free is the first exhibition devoted to the extraordinary work J.M.W. Turner created between 1835 and his death in 1851. Bringing together spectacular works from the UK and abroad, this exhibition celebrates Turner’s astonishing creative flowering in these later years when he produced many of his finest pictures. We will have an illustrated talk by an expert at Tate Britain followed by our annual Christmas lunch. Tickets to the exhibition are not included but if you wish to go
before or after this event, we recommend booking them early.


january 2015


Dr Sacha Gerstein    Dr Sacha Gerstein with one of the 'illuminated objects' from the Courtauld's collection

Illuminating Objects
Curator’s Talk

The Courtauld Gallery
Thursday 15 January 2015 4.45 – 5.45pm

The Illuminating Objects project shines a new light on unexpected objects from the decorative arts and sculpture collections in The Courtauld Gallery. Dr Sacha Gerstein, Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, will talk about some of these wonderful but lesser known objects. This event is followed by a ‘Late’ celebrating our Schiele exhibition in The Courtauld Gallery, offering music and drawing classes. During this late opening of the gallery you will be able to meet other Friends until 9pm in
the café over a glass of wine.

Meet in the foyer of The Courtauld Gallery at 4.30pm

Tickets: Friends FREE/One Guest £10.00

become a friend

Please note that the friends manager is on annual leave from 19 December 2014 and will return on 6 January 2015. During this period memberships can be purchased at The Courtauld Gallery.

To become a Friend and enjoy these events and other benefits, please ring Pia Rainey, Friends Manager, on 020 3751 0546 or visit



Previous Events


To have a look at our previous events please look here: Archived events