Events Programme

Entry to all events includes visit to A Victorian Obsession exhibition.

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Dates: 9th December, 11th February, 5th March

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm; doors open at 6pm

Tickets: £25

Special evening tours of the House and exhibition by Victorian art specialists including a glass of wine.

Numbers are limited so early booking is advised.

Book now on Eventbrite: Evening Tours



Dates: 4th March

Time: 7pm to 9pm; doors open at 6:30pm

Tickets: £20

Special price for The Friends of Leighton House. For Friends bookings please contact Jennifer Sage at

Join leading art historians as they discuss the relative merits of the Victorian Masters featured in the exhibition A Victorian Obsession. An entertaining and enlightening evening that will shed light on the collection and its artists; not only as individuals but also as part of a bigger picture.

The panel of experts, chaired by art historian Colin Cruise, will take it in turns to present one of the Masters from the exhibitionto the audience. Panellists include Alison Smith (Millais), Christopher Newall (Rossetti), Julian Treuherz (Alma-Tadema), Daniel Robbins (Leighton) and Stephen Wildman (Burne-Jones). The debate will conclude with questions from the floor and a show of hands - which artist will win the public's vote?

Doors open at 6.30pm with the opportunity to view the exhibition and enjoy light refreshments.

Book now on Eventbrite: Balloon Debate




Dates: 21st October, 25th November, 20th January, 17th February, 17th March

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Tickets: £35 per session. SPECIAL OFFER: book three separate classes and save £15

Artists of all levels are invited to Leighton House for a series of afternoons of guided instruction in the craft of drawing from life. Each session will consist of a mixture of short exercises and longer poses, with reference to objects of the permanent collection and work on show. Participants will work in charcoal on textured paper and they are encouraged to bring their own drawing materials (charcoal, paper and a sketch pad). There will be a limited supply of materials for sale on the day. Course led by Lavender Hill Studios founder and director, Ann Witheridge.  
Book now on Eventbrite: Life-Drawing classes



Dates: 19th November, 10th December, 14th January, 18th February, 11th March

To mark the opening of A Victorian Obsession exhibition and in celebration of Lavender Hill Studios’ 10th anniversary, Leighton House is hosting an Artist-in-Residence programme welcoming two artists over a ten week period each. The chosen artists will spend a day a week, drawing and painting in Leighton’s studio on the first floor, producing work in response to the temporary exhibition and the environment. 



Dates: 3rd March

Time: 10am – 3pm

Tickets: £35

A rare opportunity to learn about the traditional materials used by an artist, from an artist and materials expert. Scott Pohlschmidt, painter, sculptor and co-founder of Lavender Hill Studios will explain the provenance and properties of different pigments; how to grind them and make paint; how to apply them to greatest effect. Participants will learn to stretch and prime the canvas and have the opportunity to varnish a finished work. Using examples from A Victorian Obsession exhibition, Scott will also provide a historical background into the materials used today as well as recommendations on the latest trends and products.  

Book now on Eventbrite: Artist Workshop




Dates: 2nd December

Time: 7:15pm – 9:30pm; doors open at 6:30pm

Tickets: £35

Special price for The Friends of Leighton House. For Friends bookings please contact Jennifer Sage at

One of our most eagerly anticipated events, the annual Operatic Soirée combines the special atmosphere of the studio with an evening of opera from Matilde Wallevik and friends. Leighton was a great music-lover and had a good tenor voice. His studio was the venue for his own ‘Musics’ and the evening features readings that evoke these events and the appearance of the studio at that time. Marking Leighton’s birthday on 3rd December, the evening is a treat for all music lovers.

Book now on Eventbrite: An Operatic Soirée



Dates: 11th December

Time: 7:15pm – 9:30pm; doors open at 6:30pm

Tickets: £20 Adults; £10 children under 16.

Join presenter Sandy Burnett with mezzo soprano Yvonne Howard, tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson and pianist Juliet Edwards for a delightful Victorian Christmas celebration. The candlelight concert will include extracts from Handel’s Messiah, the Three Kings by Peter Cornelius, and Liszt’s magical In Dulci Jubilo, as well as some delightful music hall rarities including Miss Hooligan’s Christmas Cake and What shall we sing at Christmas?  Book now on Eventbrite: Music for Christmas



Dates: 12th February

Time: 7:15pm – 10pm; doors open at 6:30pm

Tickets: £25

Special price for The Friends of Leighton House. For Friends bookings please contact Jennifer Sage at

Come along to a musical feast in Leighton’s studio that celebrates A Victorian Obsession through the performance of music that relates to the paintings on display in the exhibition – either by sharing the same literary inspiration or by personal connections between the artists and composers.

Tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson with violinist Kathryn Parry and pianist Juliet Edwards will weave a tapestry of musical delights under the stewardship of compere Sandy Burnett that will include an aria from Cavalli’s unpublished opera Eliogabalo and music by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Brahms and Debussy inspired by the same poets and poetry that so affected the Victorian artists. The concert will feature the magical Lark Ascending in Vaughan Williams’ original version for violin and piano.

Book now on Eventbrite: An Evening of Music




Dates: 8th December

Time: 6:30pm – 8.30pm, doors open at 6pm

Tickets: £15

Special price for The Friends of Leighton House. For Friends bookings please contact Jennifer Sage at

Effie Gray, the first original screenplay written by Emma Thompson, explores the fascinating, true story of the relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, played by Dakota Fanning, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.The film will be shown in Leighton's studio, a room known to Ruskin, Millais and Effie adding a special atmosphere to the evening.

The screening will be attended by producers Donald Rosenfeld and Andreas Roald.

Book now on Eventbrite: Effie Gray



Dates: 25th February

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm, doors open at 6:30pm

Tickets: £25; entry includes a wine reception

Special price for The Friends of Leighton House. For Friends bookings please contact Jennifer Sage at

Poet in the City presents an evening in the company of The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

As part of A Victorian Obsession exhibition, this event will look in detail at the philosophy behind a fascinating group of artists, and will explore the poets and poetry inspired by this stunning collection. Hosted by academic and broadcaster Peggy Reynolds (BBC Radio 3 Adventures in Poetry), in discussion with art historian Jan Marsh, the event includes special live performances of some classic poetry from the likes of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Browning and Swinburne.

This salon event will culminate with a live piano recital of composers influenced by the Pre Raphaelites, including Faure, Delius and Schumann, by celebrated pianist Prach Boondiskulchok.

Book now on Eventbrite: An Aesthetic Soirée


THE MUSE. Beauty. Nudity. Ambition. A new play by Palimpsest


Dates: 13th March, 14th March, 19th March, 20th March, 23rd March, 24th March, 25th March, 27th March, 28th March

Time: 7:45pm – 9pm, doors open at 7:15pm for drinks soirée

Tickets: £25

Special preview on 12th March for The Friends of Leighton House. For Friends bookings please contact Jennifer Sage on

Following the sell-out success of the production Hedda in April 2014, Leighton House is delighted to be working again with the Palimpsest theatre, film and web company to present an extended run of a new multi-media play that explores the relationship between Frederic, Lord Leighton, one of the most influential Victorian artists and President of the Royal Academy (1878 – 1896) and Dorothy Dene (aka Ada Pullan), his model, muse and confidante. Staged in Leighton's studio, where Dorothy so often posed for the artist, and based on extensive new research, The Muse is a must see.

Not suitable for under 14 yr olds 

Due to the nature of the play please note that late comers will not be admitted

Download the press release here [PDF] (254 kb)


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