All lectures begin at 11.00 am in the Lecture Room

The Lecture Room is open from 10.30 am. Seating is limited due to fire regulations. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.


Sunday 16 June, Belonging and not Belonging: The Immigrant Experience in Modern British Art
Monica Bohm-Duchen

British art has been enriched by the presence of artists from elsewhere for many centuries. This lecture will examine an important yet often overlooked aspect of modern cultural history: the experience, reception and contribution of émigré artists to this country from the late nineteenth century to the present day. The diverse backgrounds of these artists notwithstanding, certain leitmotifs recur: the initially ambivalent, often hostile response of the “host” culture; issues of “otherness”, displacement, dislocation and loss; xenophobia versus internationalism; the creative tensions between assimilation and separatism, integration and isolation, mainstream and margins; and the more recent concepts of globalisation, multiculturalism and cultural hybridity.

Monica Bohm-Duchen is a freelance lecturer, writer and exhibition organiser. She is an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College, lectures for Tate, the Royal Academy of Arts, Sotheby's Institute of Art, the Arts Society and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is the creative director of a nationwide arts festival taking place throughout 2019, entitled Insiders/Outsiders: Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Culture

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Sunday 22 September, Lord Iveagh: Adventures in his Art Dealer’s Archive
Julius Bryant

Ninety years ago, The Iveagh Bequest Act of Parliament was passed, enabling the public to enjoy free of charge an exceptional collection of Old Master paintings including works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. To mark this extraordinary deed of generosity the Friends asked Julius Bryant to share with us some of his ongoing research on Lord Iveagh as an art collector, drawing upon the archives of the art dealers Agnew’s, now in the National Gallery. He will also reveal some of the paintings that ‘got away’, which he has traced to other collections.

Julius Bryant joined Kenwood in 1983 as Assistant Curator and became Head of Museums Division and Chief Curator at English Heritage in 1990.  During his tenure, Kenwood hosted major art exhibitions and his definitive and distinguished catalogue of the Iveagh Bequest was first published in 2003. Since 2005 he has been Keeper of Word and Image at the V&A. However, he has maintained a close interest in our activities, most recently giving learned and entertaining lectures at our evening events.


Sunday 20 October, Designing the Revival of Thomas Gainsborough’s Birthplace
Adam Zombory-Moldovan

The house in Sudbury, Suffolk, where Gainsborough was born in 1727 is now a museum of his early life with an outstanding collection of portraits and landscapes. It has embarked on an ambitious five-year scheme to refurbish and extend the museum with a large gallery to house its Gainsborough collection together with the work of other Suffolk artists, including Constable.

Leading the project is Adam Zombory-Moldovan, founding Principal of ZMMA, Architects, specialising in museums, galleries and exhibition design. Recent schemes include the Watts Gallery and Watts Studios and two acclaimed projects for the V&A – Europe 1600-1815 and the Scottish Design Galleries at V&A Dundee. Adam will reveal the designs for developing Gainsborough’s birthplace and explain the design process for making new galleries to display Gainsborough’s work and that of his contemporaries. He will show other project examples to illustrate ZMMA’s approach to the design of museum and gallery buildings, spaces and exhibitions.


Sunday 17 November, Women Artists of WW2
Magdalen Evans

Some of the finest works of modern British art were produced during World War II, many of them by women. One of these artists was commissioned to record the Blitz and travel through Europe to record its devastation, while another was the first civilian to arrive at Belsen after its liberation. Back home they painted Land Girls, women in working factories, in the ATS and the Red Cross. Many of their paintings were exhibited at the National Gallery after the masterpieces had been evacuated to Snowdonia for safekeeping. The lecture will highlight the work of artists who lived and worked in Hampstead – Barbara Jones, Mary Kessell, Malvina Cheek and of course Laura Knight in nearby St. John’s Wood.

Magdalen Evans is a free-lance writer who has researched these and other mid-20th century women artists over many years and was able to interview four of them. Her book, Utmost Fidelity, the Painting Lives of Marianne and Adrian Stokes, was published in 2009.


Sunday 8 December, The Great Dr Burney
Jennifer Bate

Charles Burney was a towering figure in the musical life of 18th century Britain. He was a performer on the harpsichord and the organ and also a composer. Today he is best remembered as a music historian, publishing his mighty General History of Music in four volumes between 1776 and 1789, still a key source of historical information and a reflection of contemporary musical tastes. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Handel and Haydn and heard the young Mozart perform in London. The lecture will cover his extraordinary musical life, his travels in Europe and his cultural circle that included Samuel Johnson and Joshua Reynolds, vividly recorded by his daughter Fanny Burney.

Jennifer Bate is a leading international organist. Many composers have written for her, inspired by her phenomenal technique. Among her many awards is her appointment as Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2011. Alongside her performing career, she has spent many years researching the 18th and 19th century English repertoire. Much of her 5-CD compendium From Stanley to Wesley was recorded on the organ at Kenwood, on which she gave a recital for the Friends some years ago.


This lecture is followed by our Christmas Drinks Party



Tuesday 16 July, Southside House
Southside House, 3 Woodhayes Road, London SW19 4RJ at 10.45am

SouthsideHouseIt is rare to discover such an enchanting place as Southside House. It is a relic of the past, an eccentric backdrop to the lives and loves of generations of the Pennington Mellor Munthe families. Southside was refashioned in a late seventeenth century style and behind the façade are the old rooms still with much of the original furniture that the Penningtons brought there, and filled with a fine collection of art and historical objects reflecting centuries of ownership. Yet it still feels like a family home. The family’s history is easily as colourful as the house – the Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe whose book The Story of St Michele (1929) briefly outsold the bible and Major Malcolm Munthe, a distinguished member of the S.O.E., who worked behind enemy lines in Scandinavia, during WW2 – are just two of many extraordinary characters. The family had connections with nineteenth and early twentieth century European royalty and mementoes of these associations are among the house’s treasures. There is an extensive garden with a wilderness, a woodland, secret paths and classical follies – all can be explored after the tour.

The cost is £14 which includes coffee on arrival and the guided tour. There are pubs on nearby Wimbledon Common if you want to have lunch.
Please complete a booking form which can be downloaded from our website.

Please complete a booking form which can be downloaded here.

Thursday 3 October, ING UK Art Collection
ING, 8-10 Moorgate, London EC2R 6DA at 5.45pm

FrancisBaringThomasLawrenceFollowing the successful evening visit to the College of Arms last year, we have arranged another visit to the City. The London headquarters of the ING Bank has a gem of a collection of British art. It has its roots in Barings, the British merchant bank acquired by ING (along with its art collection) in 1995. Barings played a leading role in the development of the British and international financial world from the 1760s until the late twentieth century.  However, it was not until the late 1970s that Barings developed a clear collecting policy.  Two distinct collections were created – one of 18th and 19th century English watercolours and another of figurative works by ‘early modern’ British artists. The historical portraits that came with the collection, had been mostly commissioned by the Baring family, who sought out the leading artists of the day, including Thomas Lawrence (see drawing of Sir Thomas Baring from the collection, left) and Benjamin West. The watercolours are by major painters such as Peter de Wint, Samuel Palmer and Thomas Shotter Boys.  The twentieth century paintings feature works by Stanley Spencer, John and Paul Nash and L. S. Lowry.  ING has continued this tradition of acquiring British art, with a group of works acquired through ING’s sponsorship of the ING Discerning Eye exhibition in the UK. This collection includes modern work by Jeremy Gardiner, Neil Canning and James Lloyd.

The cost is £15. The visit begins with a drink and nibbles followed by a guided tour of the collection by the archivist.

Please complete a booking form which can be downloaded here.


Thursday, 9 October, Theme to be announced

A walk with Kenwood’s Head Gardener.

Meet at 10.30am, North Front of Kenwood House.

Walks are free for Friends of Kenwood; non-members £5.00.

Please contact Elizabeth Inglis on 020 8450 8802 or via email efinglis@dsl.pipex.com

You can also download an events sheet for September 2018  to January  2019


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