V&A: Global Art in London

Ref: C2423463

The expansion of the British Empire during the three centuries between 1600 and 1900 has had a profound impact on various aspects of Britain, including its art and visual culture. Nonetheless, until recently, the mainstream narrative has focused on the idea of British art, with insufficient attention to the crucial role other cultures played. This session will take a global perspective and look at a series of artworks at the V&A, and explore the alternative ways we can perceive the idea of British art.

Course aim

To view and discuss British art and visual culture (c. 1600 – 1900) from a global perspective.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Appreciate the impact on British art as a result of major cross-cultural exchanges Britain had with other parts of the world between c. 1600 and c. 1900
  • Identify non-British influence in British artworks
  • Be more aware of taking a global perspective in appreciating British/European art

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

The meeting point is at the Exhibition Road entrance of the V&A.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

V&A: Global Art in London


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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