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Romans and Romantics: The Guildhall Art Gallery


Sun 12 May 2019, 4:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $25.00
  • Member (Friends of Te Papa & Art Society of Wellington): $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Friends of Te Papa

In the centre of the City of London stands its ancient headquarters, the medieval Guildhall. The present building dates from 1411 and is still in regular use today. The whole building stands on the site of London’s Roman amphitheatre, only discovered in the 1980s. This lecture describes the Guildhall exterior and interior and then moves into the adjacent Guildhall Art Gallery.

The City of London has been commissioning and acquiring art for nearly 350 years and now owns a vast and diverse collection. We will look at paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries as well as the sparkling Victorian collection and 20th century works as we hear the stories that are not on the captions.

Ian Swankie is a Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and gives tours at each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and leads regular tours for various corporations and organisations. Six years ago, he established a weekly independent art lecture group in his home town of Richmond in West London, and he gives talks on a variety of subjects. He is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars.

Doorsales will also be available outside Soundings Theatre on the day from 3pm. Theatre doors will open at 3.30pm.

Presented in association with The Art Society of Wellington.

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