Autumn/Winter 2013/4 EVENTS programme
Friends events are designed to give Friends special access to The Courtauld's collections and distinguished faculty, curators and alumni.
The theme this series is public buildings and we are thrilled to offer our friends access to The Palace of Westminster, The Foreign and commonwealth Office and the Supreme Court. You will of course also have an exclusive preview of The Courtauld’s new Dürer exhibition.
If you would like to enjoy these events and other benefits too, then become a Friend of The Courtauld. You can join online or contact Pia Rainey Friends Manager on 020 7848 1448 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PALACE OF WESTMINSTER, photo by Pia Rainey
PALACE OF WESTMINSTER
Wednesday 25 September 1.30pm, 1.45pm (fully booked) and 2pm (places)
Guided tour followed by tea
As a start to the theme of public buildings, we will visit the Palace of Westminster, designed by Charles Barry in neo Gothic style after the Great Fire of 1834. The tour will cover The Queen’s Robing Room, The Royal Gallery, The Prince’s Chamber, the majestic Lords Chamber, the Central Lobby, the Members’ Lobby and a voting lobby before entering the Commons Chamber room; the cloisters of St Stephen ending in the 900 year old Westminster Hall. Hopefully we will also have a peek in the normally closed Pugin Room. There will be two identical tours each lasting 75 minutes and will be followed by optional tea in the Jubilee Cafe*.
ALMOST FULLY BOOKED
East End Street Art, anon
East End Street Art
Thursday 3 October 6-8pm (fully booked)
Street Art is a growing and fluid phenomenon and this walking tour, led by Anthony Thompson, explores the area around Brick Lane and Shoreditch in the East End where you will find many outstanding examples by British and foreign artists.
An excellent opportunity to find out what is happening in an area that has established itself as a showcase for established and emerging graffiti artists and which is continuously changing and evolving, with some work only lasting a few weeks before being over painted or removed. There may be an opportunity to see artists in action. The tour will be followed by an optional supper in a local pub.
The Homewood, photo by Pia Rainey
Saturday 12 October 2-3pm and 3-4pm
The Homewood is an extraordinary Modernist house and landscaped gardens designed in 1938 by the architect Patrick Gwynne for his parents. The building exemplifies design innovations of continental architects such as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. It is one of the few Modernist domestic buildings in Britain to survive unaltered and with its contents intact. On top the landscaped gardens are a real treasure. There will be two identical tours each lasting one hour.
Meet at Claremont Gardens, Esher, Surrey KT10 at 1.40pm or 2.40pm
Tickets: Friends £22.50/One guest £30/taxi £5 pp (Esher to Claremont gardens)
Master of the Housebook A pair of lovers seen from behind, c. 1485-1490s © Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany
The Young Dürer: Drawing The Figure
Exhibition preview and curatorial tour
Wednesday 16 October 3 - 4pm
This exhibition examines the figure drawings of the young Albrecht Dürer and in particular his Wanderjahre or journeyman years during which he travelled widely and was exposed to a range of new experiences. The exhibition brings together outstanding drawings by Dürer from international collections as well as rare works by precursors and contemporaries who remain little known in the UK. Dr. Stephanie Buck, Courtauld Curator of Drawings and Curator of this exhibition, will give us a curatorial tour.
Meet in the foyer of The Courtauld Gallery at 2.45pm
Tickets: Friends free/One guest £15
Durbar Court, FCO
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Friday 8 November tour 1 at 2pm and tour 2 at 4pm (both fully booked)
We are thrilled to visit the FCO, built between 1861 and 1868 and designed by George Gilbert Scott in the Italianate style at the initiative of the then Secretary of State Lord Palmerston. It housed originally four separate government departments: the Foreign Office, the India Office, the Colonial Office and the Home Office. Highlight of the building is Durbar Court at the heart of the original India Office, and a masterpiece by Matthew Digby Wyatt. Originally open to the sky, the four sides of the court are surrounded by three stories of columns and piers supporting arches in different styles and materials: Doric and Ionic columns in red Peterhead and Corinthian columns in grey Aberdeen granite. The pavement has Greek, Sicilian and Belgian marble. We will also visit the now fully restored Locarno Suite, where in 1925 the Locarno Treaties were signed. There will be two identical tours each lasting one and a half hour.
Sir Peter Paul Rubens Landscape by Moonlight, c. 1637-8 © Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
The Courtauld Gallery
Thursday 7 November 5 – 6pm (fully booked)
We are again offering our bi-annual curatorial tour of a few selected pieces by a Courtauld expert prior to the Dürer Lates programme. The tour is for ‘old’ and ‘new’ Friends alike.
An excellent opportunity for new Friends to get acquainted with some of our much loved paintings and to meet other Friends afterwards in the café over a glass of wine.
Sandham Memorial Chapel, photo by Pia Rainey
Stanley Spencer Murals at Somerset House
Tuesday 26 November 11am (fully booked )
Sir Stanley Spencer painted the murals in the Sandham Memorial Chapel (see photo) between 1928 and 1932 as a commission for the family of Lieutenant Henry Willoughby Sandham, who had died in 1919 following injuries incurred during the Macedonian campaign. Private Spencer himself had been there as an active soldier, medical orderly and war artist and could thus perfectly evoke in images the experiences endured by his combatants, like: Convoy Arriving with Wounded, Sorting the Laundry, Reveille and Tea in the Hospital Ward.
The (removable) panels form the object of a temporary exhibition in Somerset House. This excludes the fixed murals behind the altar - like the Resurrection - and above the panels. Courtauld Professor Lisa Tickner will give us a guided tour.
Henry Moore Three Standing Figures, 1945 © Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation
Francis Bacon / Henry Moore Exhibition and permanent Collection of Ashmolean Museum with lunch
Friday 6 December 11am – 3pm
Despite working in different media, Bacon and Moore were exhibited together from the end of the Second World War into the 1960s. This new exhibition aims to bring a fresh perspective to Francis Bacon and henry Moore highlighting the important influences and experiences which they shared and exploring specific themes in their work. The exhibition will feature 20 works by each artist, to bring out the similarities and differences.
We are delighted to offer timed entry to this new exhibition at the Ashmolean followed by Christmas lunch in the Ashmolean restaurant. After lunch you can visit the permanent collection at your own leisure.
Meet at the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 at 10.45am
Tickets: Friends £30/One Guest £37.50 including Christmas lunch
Supreme Court, façade (detail), sculpture by James Gibson, photo by Pia Rainey
Friday 10 January 11.30am -12.20pm (fully booked)
The Supreme Court was designed by the Scottish architect James Gibson (1864 – 1951) and is situated opposite the Houses of Parliament; it was originally part of the sanctuary grounds of Westminster Abbey. The neo-gothic building started life as the Middlesex Guildhall in 1913 and housed two Courts and the offices of Middlesex County Council. Gibson demonstrated a modern approach to his design by “keeping it quite distinct in scale and style so as to preserve its own individuality”. The guided tour will last about 50 minutes.
to book or become a friend
Please note that the Friends Manager is on annual leave from 6 to 22 September and all bookings will be dealt with in order of receipt. If you have not heard by 28 September, your booking can be considered confirmed.
- To book please use the Booking Form and send in with payment or ring Pia Rainey on 020 7848 1448 and pay by card.
- For more information on the booking conditions, please refer to page two of the Booking Form.
- To become a Friend and enjoy these events and other benefits, please ring Pia Rainey, Friends Manager, on 020 7848 1448 or visit www.courtauld.ac.uk/supporting/friends.
To have a look at our previous events please look here: Archived events