World of Interiors Feature

Seek out the promo for our Winter Wonderland Course at Barnsley House featured in the December edition of The World of Interiors Magazine.


The feature is on an Arcadia course set for December 4. See here for further details: Winter Course


Are you not entertained? Performance Art

The Art of Performance Art

High Road House (Soho House Group) 162-166 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 1PR

December 4th with Nick Nelson of Arcadia Education –

Yves Klein’s Anthropométries employed nude female models as ‘living paintbrushes,’ yet what prompted Christo to wrap the Reichstag in polypropylene fabric? Is Martin Creed’s Work No. 850 featuring a person running as fast as they can every thirty seconds through the Tate Gallery in London really Art? What do you make of Banksy’s geocaching ‘Better Out Than In’ in New York? Why was Ai Weiwei secretly detained for 81 days? Who staged a pillow fight on Tracey Emin’s Bed and which artist created a chocolate bust of themself only to be licked? Come along and endeavour to find out!

The Arts Society Study Day 2


Do join us for the second of two special interest study days devised by Alex Davies: as Chair of the Arts Society for the West Mercia region.

The fuller programme for the two days can be found here: WM Study Day yet on Thursday 2nd November, Nick Nelson, Director of Arcadia Education, will be presenting at 11:45am on the sculptural work of the seminal Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

The event is to be held at Cheltenham College:





On Power, Propaganda & Patronage in the Art of the Renaissance, Reformation and Counter-Reformation

For details, click on: WM Study Days



Study Art History



Study Art History with Arcadia Education with one of our courses: Winter Course

or one a one-to-one basis with our Private Tutoring



Event in Soho House New York 08.23.2017

‘The Taste of Words: Synaesthesia – the Sixth Sense’ – 

The Vinyl Room, Soho House New York, 08.23.17, 18:30pm (Soho House Members’ Event)


On 23rd August 2017 Nick Nelson of Arcadia Education will be interviewing contemporary artist Ali Banisadr who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. This is part of a presentation on Lexical Gustatory Synaesthesia – a rare strain of Synaesthesia that enables the individual to ‘taste words’.

Ali Banisadr ( has, since a young age, experienced Synaesthesia, enabling him to ‘hear colour’ and ‘see sound’. This innate condition Ali combines with memories of his upbringing in Tehran, Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, plus the influence of visionary Medieval artist Hieronymus Bosch.

During the event there will be a chance for Soho House members in attendance to ask Ali Banisadr questions when prompted. His work can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and London’s Saatchi Gallery.

For more information about the event go to:

Soho House Members may wish to contact Events Programming Manager Janel Higgs:

Soho House Barcelona

Stunning spot here in Soho House Barcelona for Arcadia talk ‘Synaesthesia: the Sixth Sense?’ last night – 29.05.17 at 8pm local time.

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Enjoyed an eclectic group in attendance for an interactive talk on Art & Neurology. Apparently Joaquin Cortés was here last week – I remember watching his flamenco show in Malaga bull ring some time back! Somewhere between Michael Jackson and Jesus…… (not a bad accolade / combo).

Keep in touch with forthcoming events for Arcadia Education:

Arcadia Calendar – Imminent

Upcoming Events for Arcadia

For a list of upcoming Arcadia Events click here

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Painting of the Month

With breath-taking verisimilitude, Pieter de Hooch has captured this intimate scene of domestic quietude during the Dutch Golden Age. This window into Delft life reveals the public space beyond the courtyard enclave, aided by the strict system of linear perspective in the foreground. Imbued with a luminescence reminiscent of his Master Vermeer, de Hooch depicts a maid from empiricism given his former life before becoming a painter. This may account for the empathetic rendering of his subject here. The plaque above the brick archway reads, when translated:

‘This is in Saint Jerome’s vale, if you wish to repair to patience and meekness. For we must first descend if we wish to be raised”.