The clue to our group activities is in the title: we simply enjoy art.
We try to visit as many local exhibitions as possible and book guided tours when these are available. We have been informed and inspired by some excellent guides, many of them volunteers with a genuine love and enthusiasm for their subject.
We are fortunate that most art venues seem to incorporate excellent restaurants where we enjoy morning coffee on arrival, lunch, and sometimes afternoon tea and cake as well!
Here is an indication of the range of our activities since we started, just two years ago.
- Compton Verney for guided tours of the following exhibitions: Canaletto in Britain, the Arts & Crafts House, Shakespeare in Art, Picasso on Paper and Creating the Countryside
- Chipping Camden for tours of their Court Barn Museum, the arts and crafts high street architecture, the Gordon Russell Design Museum and Hart Silversmiths
- The Royal Academy in London for their Monet to Matisse “Painting the Modern Garden” exhibition followed up with a documentary at Solihull’s cineworld
- Birmingham for the Pre-Raphaelites’ Enchanting Dreams exhibition, William Morris & Andy Warhol exhibition, J W Evans silver factory, the Victorian Coffin museum, the Barber Institute and the Birmingham Watercolour Society
- The Herbert Museum in Coventry for the Degas Dancers and the Grayson Perry exhibition of 6 of his largescale tapestries “The Vanity of Small Differences”.
- Selected artists’ studios open to the public during their annual open studios events in Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
- Broadway for their new Ashmolean Museum and Oxford for Waterperry Gardens’ wonderful Art In Action exhibition, sadly the last.
- Nature in Art, Gloucester, for their Charles Tunnicliffe exhibition and their Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition
- Walsall New Art Gallery for a guided tour of the Garman Ryan Collection and insight into Jacob Epstein’s wonderful sculptures.
- Worcester Art Gallery for the David Cox and his Contemporaries exhibition.
Mostly we travel by car and meet in Cheswick Green for car sharing. We use the train when this is more convenient than trying to park, for example Worcester and Walsall art galleries.
If these are the sort of activities that appeal to you, do come along and join us. The calendar is updated regularly and you will see we meet quarterly in Earlswood Craft Centre.