We welcome New Members.
If you want to know more please contact either of the two Group Leaders by email (click on the blue bird, top right) or by phone:
Val Snape (01772) 748736 OR Steve Riley (01772) 462514
We meet once a month except in August and December. Meetings are on the 4th Thursday of the month, from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm at Ashton Methodist Church, Wellington Road, Ashton, Preston, PR2 1BU
The meetings generally involve one or more of our members giving a talk or presentation on their chosen theme: usually an artist or period or art movement. All members can suggest topics and volunteer to present them, but this is entirely voluntary. We experience a wide range of subjects which have included illustrations, sculpture, fabrics, mosaics and photography as well as paintings. We occasionally watch an art themed DVD and have regular "Bring an Art Object" sessions which are very popular. For a flavour of past topics see the link "Recent meetings" to the right.
Our programme and meetings are currently suspended due to coronavirus.
Luckily we can still visit art galleries and museums digitally.
Here are a few examples of institutions which have opened their doors to the online visitor. Once you start searching you will find that other possibilities present themselves. Please note that some of the websites require you to sign in, but it's usually free.
Galleries with on line tours or exhibits
- The Guggenheim
- The National Gallery of Art Washington (see Vermeer)
- The Getty Museums
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- The Courtauld Gallery
- And many more…….
Google Arts & Culture
This is a website created by the Google Cultural Institute, which has partnered with 2000 global art institutions to create virtual tours. One such is the National Gallery in London which in collaboration with Google Street View offers a tour including 300 Renaissance masterpieces. You can also pop into the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and The Mauritshuis in The Hague.
Google "U tube The Hermitage" to find a tour around St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum.
And nearer home
The Harris is closed but is featuring several of its exhibitions on line.
And check out The Atkinson at Southport.
Culture in Quarantine
This is a BBC initiative to maintain public access to art and culture during the lock down.
It lists what is available to watch or listen to on the BBC's TV, radio and digital platforms. The Culture in Quarantine page will be regularly updated.
To access it, Google "Culture in Quarantine" and choose "BBC Arts" (www.bbc.co.uk/art).