If you’ve ever been taught how to look at a painting, then you’ll know how much being able to ‘read’ a work of art increases the pleasure of going to any exhibition. (John Berger’s classic book, Ways of Seeing, is a must-read on this subject). That’s why this art course appeals to us so much. Held over six Thursday mornings, from 10.30am – 12.30pm, from 23rd May to 27th June, it offers the opportunity to explore some of London’s most interesting contemporary art exhibitions, with teacher and artist Helen Benigson. The course takes the subject of an artist’s archive as one of its starting points, and includes visits to the Camden Arts Centre, to look at the Dieter Roth Diaries exhibition, the V&A to see the David Bowie show, the Barbican’s Dancing Around Duchamp exhibition, as well as a couple of special private viewings with curators at smaller galleries. The choice of exhibitions is fantastic, and the course doesn’t require any previous knowledge – just lots of enthusiasm, as there will be plenty of room for discussion. Seriously, if you are interested in art, or the nature of memory, or how we record things, both privately and for others, and you can spare a couple of hours over the next few Thursdays, this will be a totally life enhancing way to spend some time.