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6 – 8pm
£295 / £275 (students and unemployed) for six-week course

Taking inspiration from our exhibitions, as well as the gallery’s wider context, this introductory course will encourage participants to develop an understanding of modern and contemporary art, art theory and visual culture.

Over six weeks, participants will develop visual literacy and awareness, as well as a range of critical and analytical skills.

We will consider the beach – real and imagined – in British art, looking at drawings, paintings, prints and other objects relating to the British coast as well as the many sandy shores to which British artists have travelled.

This course is designed to be accessible for those with little or no previous experience, and stimulating and informative for those who have previously studied art and culture.

About the tutor
Ben Pollitt is a specialist in art and maritime exploration in the 18th and 19th centuries. He has received a Paul Mellon Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship for his book project The Last of Cook: John Webber’s Atlas and the Object of Sympathy and a Caird Library Postdoctoral Fellowship in the National Maritime Museum and the Critical Histories of Art Studentship at UCL, and his current book project, Visualising the Elements in the Art of British Maritime Exploration (1766- 1820) saw him travel to Australia thanks to a Paul Mellon Research Support Grant.

All sales are final. We are unable to offer refunds.

Image: Gabriel Dante Rossetti’s Writing on the Sand (1858–59)

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