Learn art history for free: Bloomsbury’s Paul Mellon Centre opens The Artist and the Garden for art lovers

If you’re looking to learn something new this autumn, mark a date in your diary right now: a free course on art history explores depictions of gardens. It’s open for everyone, even those without much experience in studying art. All you need is commitment and interest in art, as the lectures keep the beginners in mind.

the artist and the garden free course
The Artist and the Garden, John S. Muller, ca. 1715–1792, German, active in Britain, A General Prospect of Vaux Hall Gardens, Shewing at one View the disposition of the whole Gardens, Hand-colored engraving on wove paper, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

The five-week course The Artist and the Garden will run every Thursday evening at the Paul Mellon Centre in Bloomsbury. During each lecture, the experts will shed some light on the depictions of gardens in art, but also on the personal interest that famed artists had when it comes to gardening. The booking opens on 10am on the 20th of August, and the lectures will start on the 27th of September. The course is free and open to everyone, even to those without a background in art history or prior knowledge on the topic. However, everyone needs to enrol beforehand; keep in mind that the spaces are limited!

“The Artist and The Garden will explore the different ways in which artists have impacted upon our understanding and perception of the British garden from the 17th Century to the present day,” said Dr Martin Postle, Deputy Director for Grants and Publications at the Paul Mellon Centre.

“Through a series of related talks, expert speakers will explore not only the ways in which artists depicted gardens but how so many of them were active as gardeners themselves – whether formulating grand landscape designs or cultivating private domestic spaces,” he added.

Each session will start at 6.30pm with introductory drinks and proceed to a lecture, complete with a discussion on the topic. The speakers will include Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum, as well as noted academics Joy Sleeman and Stephen Daniels and Todd Longstaffe-Gowarn, a landscape architect. They’ll discuss a broad range of artists who created our view of the garden or challenged these expectations we might have.

To learn more or book tickets, see the Paul Mellon Centre website.

Kasia Kwasniewska

Editor in Chief

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