Tim Stimson
B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E., M.A.

Tim’s involvement in art began with the practical; for a number of years he was a professional painter/ ceramicist in Scotland and Wales, before returning to university to study literature and the history of art, then training to teach adults.

For the last 30 years Tim has been a freelance cultural/art historian, specialising in 17th and 19th century art and society. Tim has recently completed a second lecture tour of Australia.

Tim has lectured for Cambridge University, the WEA, The Arts Society (previously known as NADFAS) and The Art Fund, and presents residential study courses in Britain and Europe.


Dear Friends, I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these strange and challenging times.

During the Covid 19 pandemic it has been impossible to present my lectures in person, and although many of us are now vaccinated, I know that some of you will still be cautious; so here at TimStimsonArts we will continue to present lectures via Zoom.

Our colleagues at the Art Society are still taking bookings for lectures via Zoom and

the W.E.A. has worked hard to make sure that courses are still available online for the Autumn term.

Our INSIGHTS mini-series, and monthly one hour lectures have been very successful, and here is some of the feedback we have received from participants - 

"Very many thanks, Tim, for a most enlightening and fascinating talk. Looking forward to next week’s lecture and the brilliant art you show and the context you give."

"Thank you for today’s lecture.  It was a fascinating roam around a neglected corner of Victorian England." 

"Excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this"

"Wonderfully done! Really relaxed and professional. Very impressed and looking forward to next week."

We are, therefore, delighted to continue with a new series of monthly, one hour lectures via Zoom for the Autumn of 2021.







         The Neglected Impressionist                              Thursday 16th September at 2.00pm                      


     Caillebotte organised some of the Impressionist exhibitions, bought their pictures, and donated them to the French nation; yet by the 20th century his own pictures exhibited alongside Monet and co. had been forgotten. The reason?

He retired from the controversy surrounding impressionism before it became popular and was of independent means, so gave away many of his pictures, and in private collections they have remained. However his contribution was unique- especially his views of the remodelled Paris of the 1870’s which convey far more clearly than any other French painter how this great city was experienced. He was an eccentric and part of the fun of his discovery is his unpredictability!.


                                                   £10.00 for each lecture,          

                         For more information and bookings please click here                                                            or use the email address at the bottom of the page.




 Laura Knight - The Exuberant Realist:                       Her Art and Life

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th July 2021


   English Attitudes to Cartoonery


Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th July 2021



Higham is committed to providing safe face to face courses and to supporting our tutors in online teaching  

Please visit our website via the underlined link above for the latest updates


Yorkshire Dales

     Laura Knight - The Exuberant Realist:

                        Her Art and Life

Tuesday 17th - Thursday 19th august 2021



Please visit our website via the underlined link above for the latest updates on the   Covid 19 situation


 NEW    W.E.A.  Courses Live & on Zoom for the Autumn Term 2021

Courses on Zoom -                                               Live Courses -

"The Glasgow Boys: Art, Empire and Culture - continued"                 "Laura Knight and The Wild North Sea"

Course Code C3679658                                                                                                               Course Code  C3679665  

Starting Friday 6th August 2021 and running for 8 weeks,                                                            Starting Friday 22nd October 2021 and running for 9 weeks,

  2.15pm - 4.15pm                                                                                                                                                 2.30pm - 4.30pm

                                                                                                                                                        At - Grimsby Central Hall & Arts Community Centre. 

"Swedish Impressionism: Art and Society Transformed"

Course code C3679845 

Starting Monday 25th October 2021 and running for 8 weeks,  

11.45am – 1.45pm


"The Later Pre-Raphaelites: Continued"

Course Code C3679846

Starting Tuesday 26th October 2021 and running for 8 weeks,

11.45am – 1.45pm

"Every Picture Tells a Story: Continued" 

Course Code C3679847

Starting Thursday 28th October 2021 and running for 8 weeks,

2.15pm - 4.15pm


PLEASE NOTE: Courses 'continued' are suitable for beginners and will include an introductory, background lecture.


To book a place on any of these courses please click on the underlined W.E.A link above and enter the course code in the search bar.

PLEASE NOTE - Most of these courses will be presented via Zoom in the Autumn 2021. See the W.E.A. website for updates.

The Tim Stimson Annual

Public Ferens Lecture

A Lecture by Tim Stimson

Honorary Patron of the Friends of the Ferens

The Ferens Art Gallery re-opened in 2017 to celebrate HULL CITY OF CULTURE, following a £4.5m makeover and is the venue for Tim's annual lecture.


A free lecture for the people of Hull hosted by The Friends of the Ferens

Lecture subject and date for 2022 to be announced

This lecture can be booked by emailing the Friends of the Ferens at chrys@hullsangel.karoo.co.uk 


My first tour of Australia in 2010 took me from Perth to the Blue Mountains outside Sydney via many exotic and outlandish places. As an inexperienced traveller I fully expected my lecture in Wagga Wagga to be housed in a corrugated iron roofed hut!

Of course,that was not the case and the Art Societies of Australia are very civilised and hospitable, and they certainly appreciate British lecturers making the long journey to speak to them.

In May 2016 my travels took me back to Sydney and thence to Cairns with a much clearer idea of what to expect of the landscape and the people.

Being a straight talking Yorkshireman myself, I feel a definite affinity with the straight talking Aussies!

Early May in Sydney was like a hot Midsummer's Day in England, though the first place I visited, Mudgee, a good many miles inland, surprised me by having frost overnight and the clearest skies I have ever seen; the Milky Way like a grey band across the sky. My hosts in Mudgee were wonderful and so welcoming.

I then travelled on to some of the towns and cities of the East Coast, Brisbane and finally to Cairns, where my itinerary included a free day, which I took advantage of by Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef - just as wonderful as you might expect!

The most popular subject, as it was on my previous tour, was GUSTAV KLIMT, who is a great favourite amongst the Australian Art Societies.

It was after my first lecture in Mudgee that a member of the audience informed me that he had been part of the committee trying to keep the one and only Klimt painting in Australia from being sold abroad.

The history of the portrait of Hermine Gallia is fascinating. Tim Bonyhady's book ‘GOOD LIVING STREET- THE FORTUNES OF MY VIENNESE FAMILY’ tells the story of how the Gallia sisters fled Nazi persecution in 1938, arriving in Australia with not only the portrait but the whole of their Vienna Workshop interior furnishings with them.

The sisters' furniture and personal effects are now housed in the Art Gallery in Melbourne, but the portrait by Klimt eventually left Australia despite the best efforts of the Australian people to purchase it and is now in the National Gallery, London.

Many thanks to my hosts in Australia and to ADFAS for their excellent organisation and hospitality during my tour. It was a delight and a pleasure!