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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 recently completed a lecture tour of Australia.

Tim now lectures 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.

NEW Courses for Spring & Summer 2018

To book a place on these courses please click on the underlined venue name to book directly 



Victorian Art: Realism & Idealism
in Town & Country

 17th - 19th July 2018

Nordic Romantic Art -
Carl Larsson & Anders Zorn

20th - 22nd July 2018


Yorkshire Dales

French Impressionist, French Realist - Caillebotte & Tissot

17th - 19th April 2018


The Pre Raphaelites, Myth & Medievalism

7th - 9th August 2018


The Lake District

"Every Picture Tells A Story"

Victorian Narrative Painting

19th - 21st June 

W.E.A. Local Courses for the Autumn Term 2017

The Victorians: Face to Face

At The Peter Harrison Room, Beverley Minster, Beverley,

Starting Monday 2nd October 2017 and running for 10 weeks,  

10.30am – 12.30pm

See The World Through Artists' Eyes: Part 2

(This course stands alone and students need not have attended Part 1)

At HIP Gallery, Harbour Deck, Princes Quay, Hull,

Starting Monday 2nd October 2017 and running for 11 weeks,

6.30 - 8.30pm



Klimt and the Golden Age of Vienna

At The Friends Meeting House, Bean Street, Hull,

Starting Tuesday 3rd October 2017 and running for 11 weeks,

10.30am – 12.30pm

See The World Through Artists Eyes: Part 1

At Artlink, Princes Avenue, Hull

Starting Thursday 5th October 2017

and running for 11 weeks,

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Atkinson Grimshaw & James Tissot:

Victorian Art, Life & Love

At HIP Gallery, Harbour Deck, Princes Quay, Hull, 

Starting Friday 6th October 2017 and running for 11 weeks,

10.30am – 12.30pm


"Every Picture Tells A Story" Victorian Narrative Painting

At Grimsby Central Hall, Duncombe Street, Grimsby,

Starting Friday 6th October 2017 and running for 10 weeks,

2.30 - 4.30pm

To book a place on any of these courses please click on the underlined W.E.A link above and contact the venue directly.

UK City of Culture 2017

The Ferens Art Gallery has re-opened for 2017 following a £4.5m makeover and will be the venue for Tim's lecture,

"The Ferens Art Gallery - Civic Pride, Civic Patronage"

Wednesday 3rd May at 1.00pm

A free, public lecture in the Ferens Gallery to tie in with the new exhibition of local patronage,
with the emphasis of course, on T. R. Ferens himself.

‘’Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler’’ 

Thursday 14th September 2017 1.30pm to 3.30pm

How did people keep cheerful during the dark days of World War II, the Battle of France, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz?

Mr Punch’s cartoons reflected the cheerful resolve of the British people to carry on a way of life threatened by invasion.  

Regular features such as ‘From the Home Front’ and ‘At the Pictures’  dealt with topical issues in an informed but humorous way.

An illustrated lecture at Kardomah94

Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door, from Kardomah94 [Alfred Gelder St]

or or Hilary Byers on 01482 445747.

Proceeds support the development of the National Picture Theatre on Beverley Road as a Home Front Tribute and Education and Events facility.

Artlink Princes Avenue, Hull 

Artlink are proposing a new course of art appreciation as part of the City of Culture celebrations.

The course will be run in association with the W.E.A. and will begin on Thursday 5th October.

See The World Through Artists Eyes

An exciting new interactive course to encourage engagement with the historical background that underpins our visual culture. It is aimed to create a sense of confidence which will encourage deeper participation in the appreciation of art.

2.00pm - 4.00pm for 11 weeks


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!

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