This is a thriving group with several long-established members & a waiting list.
Members volunteer to make presentations about art & artists. Over the last five years Pat, Tony & some other members have encouraged the use of digital & slide presentations, & supported members new to this approach. This has been a great success, adding to members’ interest. The leaders also organise other art-related activities such as quizzes and a recent session in which members ‘show & tell’ their own items. This produced an amazing variety of objects & their background histories - a sort of ‘Antiques Road Show’ without money’!
At each meeting members have an opportunity to say if they have been to any exhibitions etc which might be of interest resulting in a useful exchange of information.
Pat & Ken Matthews
There’s no I in team, or for that matter group, so the aim of our group is to work together as a team to make our group more effective. A good example of this was the December challenge. Everyone in the group was asked to bring in an artefact that had some artistic value. It had to be easily transportable and they had to speak about it for 2 minutes. The response was amazing! An enormous range of things arrived, from home and abroad. They were produced in different materials and had different functions. The whole event stimulated questions and discussion. It was an excellent team effort so well done all. You are all stars.
Teams, often made up of two people have, also produced some of our talks this year. These mini teams have agreed that it has made their research more enjoyable and fun. Others prefer to work independently and that is fine too. The team has produced very interesting presentations which have included: - Something Beginning with G, Composition in Art, Paula Rego, Jack Butler Yeats, The Nine Eleven and other memorials, and lastly Yellow.
As we have visually impaired members, we try to help them by using yellow paper when necessary, with 20pt black print. This is recommended for visually impaired people because yellow focuses directly onto the retina without the lens changing shape. We try to keep our meeting place hazard free, which is essential for people with VI. It is also good health and especially safety practice.
Anthony & Patricia Perry