Courses and Lectures

Upcoming Course, Lectures and Tours

Spring 2022

In-Person and Live online:

Regency to Early Victorian Art and Architecture

Sir Thomas Lawrence (British, 1769–1830), Lady Maria Conyngham, c.1824-25, Oil on canvas, 92.1 x 71.8 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


This course will trace the development of art in the British Isles from 1811 when the Prince of Wales stood in for his father George III, through the reign of George IV and his successor William IV concluding with the early Victorian period. This was the time of great cultural production from the novels of Jane Austen to the poetry of Byron. The art of the day will be considered in relation to these developments and the society it was created by and for, further historical background including the Napoleonic wars will be discussed along with influential French artist such as Élizabeth Vigée-Lebrun. Painting, sculpture, decorative art and architecture will be explored. Artists and architects to be explored include William Blake, Thomas Lawerence, John Nash, Thomas Hope, John Flaxman, William Beechey, JMW Turner, John Constable. Irish art at this time will be examined including works by Daniel Maclise, George Petrie and William Mulready. There will be a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland in person and/or virtually for the last class.

Dates: 10 Wednesdays from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm

(2 hrs including a 15 min break)

Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, (no class 16), 23, 30, Apr 6, 13

Location: Newtownpark Parish Pastoral Centre, Newtownpark Ave, Stradbrook, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Or Online

Fee: €200 per person for 10 weeks

Please note in-person places are limited.

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Museums around the World & The History of Collecting – Virtual tours

Johan Joseph Zoffany (German, 1733-1810), The Tribuna of the Uffizi, 1772-78, Oil on canvas, 124 x 155 cm, Royal Collection, Windsor.


This course will trace the history of collecting art through a combination of PowerPoint presentations and use of online virtual tours. A wide variety of museums and galleries from around the world will be explored including the Louvre, Paris, The Met., New York, MASP, São Paulo, Hermitage, St Petersburg, The Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Tokyo National Museum and many more.

Dates: 10 Thursdays – live 11 am to 1 pm and repeat of the recording available online for the duration of the course

(2 hrs including a 15 min break)

Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 10, (no class 17), 24, 31, Apr 7 2022

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €200 per person for 10 weeks

Booking: Please fill in the booking form here:

UCD Access and Lifelong Learning: An Introduction to Post-Impressionism

Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891), Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884-1886, oil on canvas, 2.07×3.08m, Art Institute of Chicago.


Post-Impressionism can be understood as both a continuation of and a reaction against the 19th-century art movement Impressionism. The leading artists of the style are Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat. This course will examine their work and artistic theories as well relevant aspects of their lives. The continued popularity of the movement cannot be doubted as paintings by Post-impressionists have sold for record-breaking sums at auction. An essential element is a discussion of the wonderful collection of relevant art in the Hugh Lane Gallery and exploring the impact on Irish art.

Date: 8 Tuesdays 2 pm to 4 pm

(2 hrs including a 15 min break)

Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €185 per person for 8 weeks


Booking enquiries to UCD:

National Gallery of Ireland – Rebel Artists – 20th Century Irish Women Artists

Mainie Jellett (1897-1944), ‘A composition’, 1930s. © National Gallery of Ireland


The early 20th century was a time of great change in Ireland, from the 1916 Rising to the formation of the Free State, to the declaration of the Republic. This escape from the colonial past was, in ways, mirrored at the time by the women’s liberation movement, where a break from constrictive gendered traditions was enacted. Interestingly, this spirit of rebellion was simultaneously expressed in the overturning of the rules and traditions in Western art. This course will examine the fascinating intersection of these three historically significant breaks with the past by looking at the art created by women artists in Ireland and abroad during the period 1910–1970, including Estella Solomons, Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone, Mary Swanzy and Eileen Gray. Invited experts will also contribute to the course, and further details will be available closer to the time. 

Dates: 8 Tuesdays – 6 pm to 7.15 pm

(1 hr 15 mins including a 5 min break)

Mar 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €150 per person for 8 weeks


Booking enquiries to National Gallery of Ireland Education Department:

Great Artists Lecture: Banksy (British?)

Banksy (British?), There is Always Hope (Girl with a Heart Balloon), 2002, Mural, Spray paint stencil,  Original Version on Waterloo Bridge, South Bank, London. Photographed by Dominic Robinson, 19 June 2004, 18:13.

Banksy (British?), the mysterious, satirical street artist is perhaps one of the best-known living artists in the work even though their identity is still a mystery. A controversial figure, the popularity of their pieces has led to a confusing amount of support and hatred from the public, the authorities, other street artists and art collectors. Some see Banksy as a genius others as a fraud.

Date: Monday January 24 from 7 to 8.30 pm

(1hr 30 mins)

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €25 per person

Booking: Please fill in the booking form here: