United Kingdom, Cambridge

Art and Visual Culture Summer Programme

when 21 July 2019 - 3 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks

The programme offers a multidisciplinary approach encompassing art, architecture, sculpture and film, and draws on the magnificent collections across the University of Cambridge. For undergraduates, graduates, teachers and those with a passion for art and visual culture.

The academic programme

Plenary lecture series: Patrons and Collections
Two seminars, one per week
Afternoon gallery and museum visits within Cambridge
Evening talks

Week 1 (21 - 27 July)
Ja1 - Early modern women patrons
Ja2 - Collecting and interpreting Gothic art and architecture
Ja3 - Russian art: from the Icon to the Black Square
Ja4 - The beauty of life: William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Week 2 (28 July - 3 August)
Jb1 - Museums and meaning
Jb2 - The restoration of paintings
Jb3 - Image and identity in portrait painting
Jb4 - Art and power: how value is made

Plenary lectures
These lectures will be given by leading academics from the University of Cambridge and distinguished visiting speakers. Lecturers explore the theme of Patrons and Collections: topics will cover public and private art collections, patronage and provenance.

Proposed gallery and museum visits
The world-renowned Fitzwilliam Museum houses an impressive collection of art and artefacts from around the world. In addition to coins and Egyptian coffins, Renaissance sculpture, Asian art, the Museum’s painting collection range from the 13th to the 21st century and are represented by medieval diptychs, Titian, Canaletto, Turner, Poussin, Monet and Sickert.

The New Hall Art Collection of over 500 exhibits started in the 1980s and early 1990s and is now the largest collection of works by women in Europe. This tour by the Collections’ Curator focuses on the feminist and political dynamic of works in the collection. The tour will include areas not usually open to the public.

Additional visits for 2019 will be added over the coming months.

Evening talks
Eminent speakers will present a variety of general interest talks. These are shared with students on our other programmes.

Course leader

Dr Lydia Hamlett

Course aim


Credits info

The University of Cambridge does not use a credit system for the awarding of its internal degrees, and cannot award credit directly for its International Summer Programmes. Students wishing to obtain credit as a result of our evaluation should consult their own institutions in advance about the acceptability of the Summer Programmes evaluation for credit purposes.

Fee info

GBP 0: See official website