Art Appreciation

Updated on 16/02/2019


Spring / Summer 2019 Activities

Fri, 15 March – John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing at 2 Temple Place. (Free admission)

Artist, art critic, educator, social thinker and true polymath, John Ruskin (1819-1900) devoted his life to the pursuit of knowledge. To mark the bicentenary of his birth, a new exhibition will bring together over 190 paintings, drawings, daguerreotypes, metal work, and plaster casts to illustrate how Ruskin’s attitude to aesthetic beauty shaped his radical views on culture and society.

Fri, 12 April – Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean, Oxford (£11.25 seniors)

Jeff Koons has been called the world’s most famous, controversial and subversive living artist, and in 2019 he’s coming to the world’s oldest public museum. This major exhibition offers an exciting journey through a career that has pushed at the boundaries of contemporary art. From the moment he burst onto the scene with floating basket balls and ready-made objects to his recent re-working of classical statues and Old Master paintings, Jeff Koons has, at turns, delighted, shocked and intrigued his viewers.

Fri, 17 May – Van Gogh and Britain at the Tate Britain

Van Gogh and Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world – including Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône, joined by the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.

Van Gogh lived in England as a young man for several crucial years. He fell in love with British culture, especially the novels of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. And he was inspired by the art he saw here, including paintings by Constable and Millais which are featured in the exhibition.

Fri, 21 June – An Earthly Paradise: William Morris at River & Rowing Museum, Henley

The influence of the Thames and its tributaries flowed through William Morris’ life and work. The river provided the setting for his leisure time spent angling and boating, inspiration for his designs and writing, and the ideal water conditions for the manufacture of his textiles.

Fri, 19 July – Pitzanger Manor House followed by Kew Gardens

Sir John Soane, one of Britain’s most influential architects, designed and built Pitzhanger Manor as his dream country retreat in what was then rural Ealing. After extensive restoration, the Manor reopens in 2019 with an inaugural exhibition of sculptures by Anish Kapoor. Kew Gardens is a short bus journey away, so we’ll move on to Kew if we have enough time.

Fri, 16 August – Stanley Kubrick at the Design Museum

Britain is where Kubrick created the battlefields of Vietnam for Full Metal Jacket (1987), an orbiting space station for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and Dr Strangelove’s War Room (1964). The Exhibition will offer a unique insight into the director’s vast archive through original props and costumes, set models and rare photographs, while tracing the design story behind Kubrick’s body of work.

Past activities:

January 2019 – The Soane Museum

November 2018- Windsor Contemporary Arts Show

November 2018 – Edward Burne-Jones at the Tate Britain

October 2018 – The Stanley Spencer gallery in Cookham

September 2018 BP Portrait Award.

July 2018 – Victoria & Albert –  Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

June 2018 – Tate Modern – Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

May 2018  – Kew Gardens – Marianne North and Shirley Sherwood.

April 2018 – Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain at Two Temple Place

April 2018 – Spring Holiday in Liverpool

March 2018 – Charles 1: King and Collector at the Royal Academy

January 2018 – a trip to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum

November 2017 – Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

October 2017 – Reading Museum

June 2017 – Shell Heritage Collection at Mottisfont Abbey

May 2017 – Hockney at Tate Britain

April 2017 – Holiday in St Ives

April 2017 – The Wallace Collection

March 2017 – Kipling and Underwear – Victoria & Albert Museum

January 2017 – The Design Museum, Kensington

November 2016 – Windsor Contemporary Art Fair at Royal Windsor Racecourse.

October 2016 – Autumn Art Sculpture Exhibition at The Savill Garden

October 2016 – Georgia o’Keeffe at the Tate Modern

September2016 – visit to Taplow Court

August 2016 – a 4 day coach trip to France, visiting Paris galleries and Monet’s famous garden in Giverny

July 2016 – Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford

May 2016 – Leighton House Museum to view their exhibition entitled “Pre-Raphaelites on Paper – Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection.”

March 2016 – “The Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” at the Royal Academy in Piccadilly.

February 2016 – Stanley Spencer Gallery , Cookham.