Frances Hodgkins in Context


Frances Hodgkins The Piano Lesson PaintingOverview:
Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) may be this country’s most famous artist, but there is a lot left to explain about her life’s work.

This course sets her in context and considers her contemporaries and rivals. It examines the different stages of her career and illuminates the changes she made to her style over the years.

Target audience:
This course will appeal to those who enjoy art, particularly New Zealand art.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will have:

  • gained a greater understanding of the artist’s work
  • learned more about the artistic world of her lifetime
  • discussed the connections between style, context and the making of a career.

Course outline:
Each session includes an illustrated lecture presentation with time for questions and discussion.
Week 1: The state of New Zealand art in the late 19th century
Week 2: ‘Peasant-painting’, Brittany and the Newlyn school
Week 3: One of the great female artists?
Week 4: Being modern

A short break is held halfway through each session, and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Dr Pamela Gerrish Nunn, previously of the University of Canterbury, is an experienced adult education tutor and university lecturer. She has published widely on 19th- and 20th-century art topics, including British and New Zealand art and women artists.

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.