Tuesday 16th August – Lydia Buaman – “Eugene Boudin – The Man Who Inspired Monet.”

Caffe Portico is well known for its Jazz Nights, but less well known are the Art History talks given by Lydia Bauman. These Talks are perfect for art lovers who are keen to learn more about influential artists and the history of their work. We would like to invite you on Tuesday 16th August at 6.30pm to Caffe Portico for one of Lincoln’s hidden gems.

Our summer talk will be “Eugene Boudin – The Man Who Inspired Monet.”

“Eugene Boudin (1824 -1898) was a native of Honfleur who liked to paint the beaches of Deauville and Trouville. It was he who introduced young Claude Monet (1840-1925) to the idea of painting in the open air, setting the scene for the revolution which was Impressionism. We will look at the remarkable work of this unsung hero of Impressionism and examine his influence on the young Monet.”

After the talk a dinner will be served for all those who would like to dine and discuss.

Tickets will be £10 on the door and this includes a hot drink or a glass of wine (at a small supplement)

You can call 07956653156 for more details

See you soon!

Eugène Boudin (French, 1824 - 1898 ), Beach at Trouville, 1864/1865, oil on wood, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection

Eugène Boudin (French, 1824 – 1898 ), Beach at Trouville, 1864/1865, oil on wood, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection


Lydia Bauman – Russian art – Tuesday 3rd May

We’d like to invite you to a talk Lydia has given recently in St Petersburg – Russian Art – an Overview which will give a useful background to the current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of a collection of portraits from the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow called “Russia and the Arts – Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky”

The talk is about the development of art in Russia from the time of Peter the Great ( 18th century) under the influence of European artists and onto the truly Russian group called the Wanderers who in the 19th century turned their attention to scenes of Russian history, myths and contemporary society and some of the best landscape painting you are ever likely to see. Little known but fascinating and magnificent in many ways.

Tuesday 3rd May 6.30 at Cafe Portico – tickets £10 on the door with a complimentary hot drink (or wine at a small supplement).

Hope to see you there.


Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 By Lydia Bauman.

Tuesday 19th November

Talk starts 6:30 Food served after lecture

Tickets £10 in advance including either tea or coffee


Portraiture is closely identified with the distinctive flourishing of modern art in the Austrian capital during its famed fin-de-siècle: artists worked to the demands of patrons, and in Vienna modern artists were compelled to focus on the image of the individual.

Iconic portraits from this time – by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Richard Gerstl, Oskar Kokoschka and Arnold Schönberg are displayed alongside works by important yet less widely known artists such as Broncia Koller and Isidor Kaufmann.

An Evening With Lydia Bauman: Australia

Tuesday 15th October
Food served after lecture
Talk starts at 6.30pm
Tickets: £10 (including tea or coffee)


Marking the first major survey of Australian art in the UK for 50 years, this exhibition will span more than 200 years from 1800 to the present day and seeks to uncover the fascinating social and cultural evolution of a nation through its art.

Two hundred works including painting, drawing, photography, watercolours and multimedia will shed light on a period of rapid and intense change; from the impact of colonisation on an indigenous people, to the pioneering nation building of the 19th century through to the enterprising urbanisation of the last 100 years.


An evening with Lydia Bauman: L.S. Lowry

Tuesday 11th June 2013
Talk starts at 6:00pm  Food served from 7:00pm
Tickets: £10 in advance (incl. a tea or coffee)

This summer, Tate Britain presents a major exhibition of landscapes by the much-loved British painter L.S. Lowry – the first of its kind held by a public institution in London since the artist’s death. Focusing on the best of Lowry’s urban scenes and industrial landscapes , this timely and carefully selected exhibition aims to re-assess Lowry’s contribution to art history and to argue for his achievement as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the industrial city.


An evening with Lydia Bauman: Federico Barocci & George Bellows


Wednesday 1st May 2013
Talk starts at 6:00pm  Food served from 7:00pm
Tickets: £10 in advance (incl. a tea or coffee)

Federico Barocci (about 1533–1612) though now forgotten was in his day celebrated as one of the most talented artists of late 16th century Italy.Fascinated by the human form, he fused charm and compositional harmony with an unparalleled sensitivity to colour.

When George Bellows (1882-1925) died he was considered one of the greatest artists in America. His fascination with New York’s gritty urban landscape and the diversity of its inhabitants, made him both an artist of the modern city and an insightful observer of the early 20th century.



An Evening with Lydia Bauman: Bronze

Tuesday 4th December 2012
Talk starts at 6pm. Tickets:
£10 (incl. a tea or coffee)

This exhibition is a celebration of bronze on a scale never attempted before. Discover the compelling stories behind some of the world’s greatest masterpieces, from Ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan bronzes, to era-defining Medieval and Renaissance treasures and works by iconic figures such as Rodin, Picasso, Jasper Johns, Henry Moore and Louise Bourgeois.

Bronze lion from the Royal Academy


Café Portico September Music Nights

An Evening with Lydia Bauman: From Paris A Taste for Impressionism

Tuesday 4th September 2012
Starts at 6pm. Tickets:
£10 (including tea or coffee)

Lydia Bowman discusses this exhibition of the major works from the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusets, in association with the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition comprises of the Clarks holdings of French 19th century, pre and post impressionist masterpieces by Corot, JF Millet, Monet, Manet, Degas, Pissarro, Renoir and more.

An Evening with Lydia Bauman at Cafe Portico


54 North 

Friday 7th September 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets £5

54 North (Heather and Crauford) will delight you with truly uplifting music to engage ears, hearts and feet simultaneously visiting traditional and experimental folk songs, light jazz classics with a classical influence combined with a smattering of popular tunes. Their ever-changing instrumentation covering at least half a dozen instruments between them will keep you spellbound for an evening’s entertainment.

54 North at Cafe Portico

Boat to Row

Saturday 22nd September 2012
Music starts 8:30pm.Tickets: £6

Boat to Row is a collection of instrument swapping, harmony sharing friends from the Midlands; meandering through all that life and love have to offer. From its beginnings as a solo university project Boat to Row has evolved into a band confident with delivering intelligent, intricate folk. Gaining a reputation for delivering an infectious, uplifting set, Boat to Row have been busy touring many festivals this summer including 2000 Trees, Truck and Larmer Tree.


Boat to Row music night at Cafe Portico


Robin Auld supported by Treehouse

Friday 28th September 2012
Music starts 8:30pm. Tickets: £6

As an award-winning artist with an international CV spanning 20 albums, Robin Auld has performed and recorded in New York, London, Glasgow, Nashville and played events like Womad, the SA National Arts Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. Robin plays an eclectic and vibrant mix of blues, roots and funky country songs incorporating slide guitar, harmonica, African blues guitar and soul vocals.

Hailing from Lincoln, Norfolk, ‘Lovely’ Dorset and southern France; The Treehouse are a collaboration of musicians with their foundations in styles as varied as their roots. Putting personal experiences into a wider perspective The Treehouse create their sound with powerful vocals, beautiful harmonies and intelligent musical interplay.

Robin Auld Cafe PorticoTreehouse music night at Cafe Portico



Café Portico June/July Events

It’s time to share the next series of events at Café Portico.  We have a range of fantastic music nights coming up covering piano and guitar, indie, funk, soul and jazz.  And, if that didn’t whet your musical appetite, there’s also an evening with Lydia Bauman where we’ll be discussing the life and works of landscape and Oxfordshire artist, Turner.

Tickets can be purchased directly from the café during opening hours or by calling 07956 653156 or emailing events@cafeportico.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The team @ Café Portico


Freeloaders Quintet

Friday 1st June 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

The Freeloaders Quintet play cool jazz with a hint of funk and soul, creating a unique blend of jazz standards from the classic era of cool and modal jazz with a fresh and contemporary feel, mixing original arrangements to bring the music up to date so it’s emergent and full of flavour.

Freeloaders Quintet music night at Cafe Portico with lead singer Sean South

An Evening with Lydia Bauman: Turner

Tuesday 12th June 2012
Starts at 6pm. Tickets:
£10 (including a glass of wine)

Turner created a revolution in painting at the beginning of the 19th century, responding to a modern industrial landscape with a freer style and new approaches to composition.

 An Evening with Lydia Bauman discussing Turner at Cafe Portico

The Hot Tomarles

Friday 15th June 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

This completely unique duo has stretched the boundaries of what can be done in the acoustic blues genre by creating the sound of a five piece band played by only two members.  How?

The idea is simple – Chris loops the double bass played live on the first 12 bars, thus giving him the opportunity to pick up the harps on the second round.  Simultaneously, Aidan is providing guitar, vocals and floor stomp box to give a full band sound to an otherwise conventional acoustic duo.  This original idea has never been seen before in the blues genre and the band hopes to set a precedent for what can be done live with only two musicians.  We’re impressed!

 The Hot Tomarles music night at Cafe Portico

An Evening with Mambo Jambo

Friday 29th June 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

Acoustic roots duo, Mambo Jambo, will take you on an intriguing and joyous musical journey mixing elements and sounds from world, folk and jazz; featuring music from New Orleans, Cuba, Brazil and Eastern Europe, as well as Cajun, bluegrass, boogie, and their own compositions.  Between the two of them, this duo carry with them more instruments than the average orchestra with Pete on guitar, vocal, banjo, percussion, tres (traditional Cuban guitar), ukulele, accordion, suitcase (!) and Frankie on saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, vocal, and percussion.

 Mambo Jambo music night at Cafe Portico

An Evening with Billy Lockett

Saturday 7th July 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

With the backing of top producers and a newly-won place on Fearne Cotton’s Radio1 playlist, Billy Lockett’s flair for piano and guitar has landed him a distinctive style, aided by a soulful voice, charming lyrics and enough allure to leave crowds muttering choruses into the night… and you thought Northampton only made good shoes?

 Billy Locket music night at Cafe Portico

That’s Not Me

Friday 13th July 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

Following another acoustic tour of the UK, That’s Not Me will be playing an intimate, acoustic gig at Café Portico, bringing their mix of country and blues with a modern indie feel.  You can look forward to a variety of music from foot stomping banjo action to rough blues and harmonious acoustic folk/indie tunes. Lincoln’s own NME-reading hillbillies will be sure to entertain!

 That's Not Me music night at Cafe Portico

An Evening with the Karl Svarc Trio

Friday 27th July 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

The Karl Svarc Trio smoothly blends elements of blues, country and world music, creating organic rhythms with the lyrical sensibility of a poet.  Singer/songwriter Karl Svarc is provides vocals and guitar;  Sean South is on lead guitar, and ‘Easy’ Bob Reid plays the harmonica.  Expect a laid back evening of superb harmonies born of musical kinship and shared delight.

This is a night not to be missed!

Karl Svarc music night at Cafe Portico


Café Portico April/May Events

It’s time to share the next series of events at Café Portico. We have some fantastic music and events coming up from fashion shows and hip swaying blues to an evening with Lydia Bauman where we’ll take a visual journey through the works of David Hockney!

Tickets can be purchased directly from the cafe during opening hours or by calling 07956 653156 or emailing events@cafeportico.co.uk.

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

The Portico team


An Evening with Lydia Bauman: David Hockney 

Tuesday 17th April 2012
Starts 6pm. Tickets: £10 (including a glass of wine)

David Hockney


David Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Picture’ spans 50 years, demonstrating his long standing fascination with the landscapes of his beloved Yorkshire. Through his innovative use of new technology you will be taken on a spell binding visual journey.


Dr A’s Rhythm and Groove

Friday 27th April 2012
Music starts 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

Peterborough band Dr A’s Rhythm and Groove return to Café Portico with a slightly altered line up but the same hip swaying blues. A mix of styles comprising of both original compilations and classic old favourites will keep you entertained all night.

Dr A's Rythmn and Groove



Pretty Green Catwalk Fashion Show

Thursday 10th May 2012
Starts 7pm 

A fashion show exhibiting a selection of ethically made womenswear and accessories by both new and established designers. The evening will conclude with an after show sale of the ranges featured.



Colin Dudman and Friends

Friday 11th May 2012
Music starts 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

Local favourite Colin returns to Café Portico with friends Peter Barnaby and Andy Aitcheson. Their acoustic jazz style is based on a fusion of the exuberant Hot Club de Paris music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli mixed with more recent developments in modern jazz to stimulate your soul.

Colin Dudman


Rita Payne

Friday 18th May 2012
Music starts 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

An intriguing acoustic duo that combine effortless yet intricate guitar work with vocal harmonies, resulting in captivating music that stays with you. Rita Payne have perfected the art of making each song individual and unique using limited but interesting instrumentation.


Rita Payne


John Emil supported by Chris Willows

Thursday 24th May 2012
Music starts 8:30pm.  Tickets: £7

Show stopping U.S singer/songwriter and slide/acoustic guitarist John Emil appears at Café Portico for an evening of country blues, folk, bluegrass and lush Hawaiian sounds. John will be supported by Chris Willows, of The Warbirds, for this special Thursday night performance. A spellbinding repertoire makes this an evening not to be missed!