©Starry Night Over the Rhone, Musee d'Orsay Paris

Van Gogh and Britain

Thursday 16th May 2019

Join us for a special study day in conjunction with one of 2019’s key exhibitions dedicated to the ever popular paintings of Van Gogh. This will be the largest exhibition of his work shown in the UK for nearly a decade and will focus in particular on the artist’s relationship with Britain, exploring his love of British art and culture from the paintings of Constable to the writings of Charles Dickens. It will also describe how Van Gogh in turn influenced the work of many British painters such as Francis Bacon.

The period between 1873 and 1876 was crucial to Van Gogh’s early career, a time which he spent working as a teacher and trainee art dealer in London and where he forged an intense love and admiration for British culture as revealed in letters to his brother Theo. He sought out hundreds of engravings showing in particular scenes from everyday life and indeed returned to these subjects towards the end of his career, painting his only image of London, Prisoners Exercising, from Gustave Doré’s print of Newgate Prison.

Key loans will include the magnificent Starry Night on the Rhône 1888 from the Musée d’Orsay as well as his Self-Portrait 1889 from the National Gallery of Art, Washington; L'Arlésienne 1890 from Museu de Arte de São Paolo; Shoes from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the rarely loaned Sunflowers 1888 from the National Gallery, London.

Our study day is entirely on-site and includes a private introductory lecture in Tate Britain's lecture theatre, coffee/tea and biscuits before the talk, timed entry tickets and a buffet lunch.  

Don't miss this exhiting highlight of 2019's exhibition calendar!

This study day is now fully booked but let us know if you would like to join a waiting list in case places become available



Please arrive at Tate Britain via the Clore Entrance at the side of the building on Millbank. When standing with your back to the river the Clore entrance is located the right of the main entrance through the green doors.

Please meet in the Clore Foyer where refreshments will be served from 10.30-11.00. Our private lecture will then take place in the adjacent Clore Auditorium and finish just after 12.00. We are delighted that Janeen Haythornthwaite has agreed to be our guest speaker. Janeen is a Tate lecturer and freelance art historian - some of you will have met her in 2014 when she gave us a wonderful lecture in conjunction with Late Turner: Painting Set Free and again in 2018  when she gave us a private talk in conjunction with the Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern.

A private buffet lunch (included) will then be served in the Clore Foyer followed by timed entry tickets to see the exhibition. Audioguide hire is not included but these can be hired for a small fee at the exhibition entrance if required.

Please do let us know on the booking form if you have any food intolerances, allergies or dietary requirements as we need to inform the catering department of these in advance. Thank you


Lunch is included - please see above.

We are sorry that alcoholic drinks will not be available during lunch as they are not permitted in the public spaces of the gallery.

Further Study Day Information

Location and Directions
Please arrive at Tate Britain via the Clore Entrance at the side of the building on Millbank. After refreshments in the Clore Foyer we will then walk to the auditorium a little before 11.00 - latecomers should make their way directly to the auditorium. Click here for more information on gallery access, entrances, facilities and practicalities. Click here for a gallery map showing the location of the auditorium.

Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG
Tel : 020 7887 8888

To view a map of the gallery location click here

Travel Information:
The nearest underground stations to Tate Britain are:

  • Pimlico (Victoria Line, 600 metres approx.)
  • Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines, 750 metres approx.)
  • Vauxhall (Victoria Line, 850 metres approx.)

The following buses stop near Tate Britain:

  • Route 87 stops on Millbank
  • Routes 88 and C10 stop on John Islip Street
  • Routes 2, 36, 185, 436 stop on Vauxhall Bridge Road

The nearest mainline train stations to Tate Britain are:

  • Vauxhall (850 metres approx.)
  • Victoria (1,600 metres approx.)

If you would like to join us please fill in the online booking form. If you would prefer to send a booking form by post please download a copy here.  

Once your booking has been accepted, we will notify you by email. Please just bring the study day details and email confirmation with you on the day. We regret we are unable to offer refunds on unused tickets, but tickets may be transferred to someone else for the event you have booked (please do let us know if you would like to do so, and give us the name of the person who will be taking your place)

If you have Tate membership, the study day price will be reduced by £18. Members can use their membership cards to enter the exhibition and do not need to book a slot

Art Fund members have a reduction of £7.50. Arts Society(former Nadfas) members have a reduction of £2. If booking by manual form and sending a cheque, please simply deduct any amounts from the total. Deductions cannot be combined.

Important note: please inform us of any reductions when filling in your booking form, thank you.

Refunds for bookings made online will be actioned via Paypal (please let us know if you do not have a Paypal account and we will send you a refund by cheque).

Please note that reductions cannot be combined

We are sorry to say that we are unable to offer any reductions if not informed at the booking stage. Thank you. Members should bring their passes on the day otherwise admittance will not be permitted.

Booking closes on May 1st and ticket availability is limited.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event.

Image - Starry Night on the Rhône © Musée d’Orsay Paris


  • One of the highlights of this year's exhibition calendar
  • Private on-site introductory lecture
  • Timed entry tickets, lunch and refreshments all included



Booking is now closed.

If you have any questions regarding the study day or booking please send us an email or
call on +44 (0)1932 267322

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