British Art Collections and Patrons

Art History

Residential course

Wayne Bennett

29 October 2021 to 31 October 2021

From £226 Non-residential fee

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The arrival of great art into the United Kingdom is a historical and cultural phenomenon that is barely recognised.  We take for granted the works which hang on our gallery walls and don’t give too much thought to the background story of their journey.

This course will tell how and why many great works of art ended up in Britain and how they subsequently entered the public sphere.  We will consider the role of private patrons as well as public patronage and we will view many terrific paintings and some sculpture along the way.  As well as the collecting habits of monarchs and aristocrats we will encounter much philanthropy and the names of Walker, Davies, Barber, Burrell, Tate, Courtauld, Sainsbury and Saatchi.

All-comers welcome.

Residential Fees From: £338.   Non Residential: £226

Course runs from Dinner on Friday to Lunch on Sunday.

Tutor information

Wayne Bennett: After an initial training and career in the theatre (including working for over four years at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) Wayne studied fine art and art history at Camberwell School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, where he obtained a first class honours degree. For two years he worked for the Contemporary Art Society based at the Tate Gallery after which he moved to Dorset. For 23 years he led the team at Dillington House until his retirement in early 2015. He now divides his time between his many research interests – archaeology, cartography, cultural history, music and art. Wayne is Co-Director of the Dillington Summer School and continues to originate and tutor courses for Dillington and elsewhere. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.