Art Appreciation

Updated on 1 Dec 2019

The Art Appreciation group visits galleries and exhibitions, generally about once per month. Here’s our current program of activities: –

Winter 2019 / 2020

Saturday November 9th at 11 AM – Windsor Arts Fair

Bringing together over 160 artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries from the UK and Europe, we offer the very best in contemporary art. Licensed Restaurant  -– Workshops – Painting Demonstrations – Children’s Art Quest – Wine Tasting – Fee Art Valuations. Tickets £6 (Seniors) in advance or £8 at the door.

Friday November 29th – coach trip to Winchester – Orla Kiely at the Discovery Centre

We’re hitching a ride with the U3A coach trip to the Winchester Cathedral Christmas market.

Orla’s stylised plant based patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. Inspired by the upbeat exuberance of the 1960s, a love of Irish and Scandinavian architecture and mid-century design, Kiely’s designs have grown from humble beginnings in the 1990s to become a global phenomenon. Entrance free. PLEASE BOOK YOUR SEAT ON THE COACH AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Friday January 17th – Gauguin (National Gallery) and Pre Raphaelite Sisters (National Portrait Gallery)

Two exhibitions very close to each other. Perhaps we’ll have to choose just one of these.

The first-ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin, spanning his early years as an artist through to his later years spent in French Polynesia, the exhibition shows how the French artist revolutionised the portrait. Tickets £20 in advance.

It’s 170 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849. This exhibition, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to this iconic artistic movement. Tickets £17.

Friday February 21st – Guided Tour of Two Temple Place and Exhibition

Two Temple Place is a spectacular neo-Gothic mansion completed in 1895, that combines the grandeur of a London mansion with the intimacy of a private home. The interiors are adorned with gilding, marble and stained glass creating an opulent setting for any event, while the warm mahogany wood panelling gives a cosy and homely feel to the space.

Unbound: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles celebrates seven pioneering women who saw beyond the purely functional, to reveal the extraordinary artistic, social and cultural importance of textiles.

Friday March 20th – Hockney Drawings (National Portrait Gallery)

The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him. Tickets £17

Friday April 17th – Young Rembrandt

This major exhibition will explore the first ten years of the career of the most famous of all Dutch artists, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669). Beginning with his earliest known paintings, prints and drawings, made in his native Leiden in the mid-1620s, and ending at the moment he rockets to stardom in Amsterdam in the mid 1630s, this exhibition will chart an astonishing transformation.

Monday 27th April to Friday 1st May – Spring Break in Birmingham

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. From the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite artwork to progressive installations from exciting new artists.  Birmingham is home to some fantastic museums, galleries and studios that shouldn’t be missed on a visit to the city.

Spring / Summer 2019 Activities

Past activities:

August 2019 – Stanley Kubrick at the Design Museum

July 2019 – Pitzanger Manor House followed by Kew Gardens

June 2019 – An Earthly Paradise: William Morris at River & Rowing Museum, Henley

May 2019 – Van Gogh and Britain at the Tate Britain

April 2019 – Spring Break to Edinburgh

April 2019 – Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean, Oxford (£11.25 seniors)

March 2019 – John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing at 2 Temple Place. (Free admission)

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.