What a way to get into art, with others, to love art, revel in it, with art professionals who so willingly share their knowledge. Fun. Great company. Demystifying the great puzzle of contemporary art.

We are excited that TJ (Terry) McNamara is back for the 2021 TJ Winter Lecture Series.

In the context of three centuries: Colonial, 19th Century and 20th Century TJ will share his in depth understanding of Art in America. The Covid prevented the series going ahead last year. For 2021 TJ will represent the Colonial lecture, setting the scene for the next two centuries

Week 1, July 1: Westward the Wagons
The beginnings before the War of Independence
The influences on style and subject are all from England at first but a change is underway.

Week 2, July 8: Evolving Independence
The pull of influence has changed to France with Academic grandeur giving way to the colour of the Impressionists and the emergence of a gritty sense of realism applied to contemporary subject matter.

Week 3, July 15: Damn the Torpedoes
Painting reflects the the life and industry of the United States, its industry and its cities. One last exhibition from France sets art in America on new directions that develop into total independence of expression.

Cost for the series or individual lectures:

Prepay by June 24:
Three sessions for $70
Or $25 each session

After June 24:
All three sessions: $90
Pay online: $80
Individual sessions:
Pay at the door:
$35 per person for cash on the day – exact change please.
$30 pay online



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In Auckland look for:

  • The Winter Van Tour
  • TJ McNamara Winter Lecture Series
  • Summer Van Tour
  • Summer special event
    • Botanic Gardens Sculpture Tour
    • Sculpture on the Gulf

In Wellington look for:

  • Winter Wonder Van Tour
  • Wairarapa Van Tour
  • Whanganui Van Tour

In Dunedin look for:

  • Hocken Collection Tour
  • Public Hospital Collection Tour

Each Event is a one off.