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Art History to Art Today 2022


Olivia Webb, Anthems of Belonging, 2019 (Tiibin family). Courtesy of the artist.


Weekly Thursdays, 1.30pm–3.30pm

with Claire Chamberlain

beginning 10 February 2022


Art History to Art Today is the perfect introductory course for those new to the world of art and its history. 

Covering a range of topics, students will be introduced to the origins of modern art through the work of early ‘movers and shakers’ in the 19th century both in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad. A deeper exploration of these local and international contexts continues through examining the work of pivotal 20th-century artists. Students will gain an understanding of the contexts which drove the art of yesteryear and the correlations between what drives the art of our current post-digital age. 

Classes are varied with a mix of lecture-based lessons, trips to galleries and auction houses, and visits with guest speakers. Classes are informal and primarily based on discussion, with no formal assessment. Topics may arise from exhibitions, travel and the interests of tutor and participants alike.

*Please note the course fee listed includes an online transaction surcharge. You can avoid the surcharge by paying by bank transfer, in which case the amount will be $1,100. For details, please visit here.

About the tutor

Claire Chamberlain is passionate about art appreciation, art education and the visual arts in general. She has taught at Te Tuhi for the Lois Perry Art Today programme since 2018. Claire has over 20 years’ experience as a secondary teacher of art history, from the historical to the contemporary. During this time she was also the president of the New Zealand Art History Teachers’ Association (NZAHTA).

Claire holds a Master of Arts in Art History (First-Class Honours) and has written for various publications. She is the author of a text on contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand art published by Longman. Claire is a keen supporter of New Zealand representation at the Biennale di Venezia. She is the Co-Director of New Zealand at Venice Patrons for 2022 and has been a patron of NZ at Venice since 2017. She led patrons’ tours in 2017 to Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel in neighbouring Padua and was also involved in the organisation of the programme of events for patrons of New Zealand at Venice in 2019. Claire was an exhibition attendant for Lisa Reihana’s 'Emissaries’, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Venice Biennale exhibit in 2017, which showcased in Pursuit of Venus [infected]. Claire is a keen collector of art and is a member of both the Auckland Art Gallery Contemporary Benefactors and its Foundation. She is passionate about communicating her love of art and art history in an accessible, informed and, above all, enjoyable way. 

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