Upcoming Arts Appreciation (click here)

No Arts Appreciation activities until further notice. However, check out the virtual tours offered by the world's best art galleries and museums via

Collette will let you know when we can get our Arts Appreciation programme up and running again. In the meantime, we can enjoy the virtual world of the Arts. Please try to support the Arts that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. We want them to be there for us to enjoy when the world opens up again.

Virtual Arts Appreciation - January 2021

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Dante exhibition currently on display at the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. It consists of 88 rarely seen 16th Century illustrations of Dante's The Divine Comedy, created by the artist Zuccari, to mark the 700th anniversary of the Italian poet's death.
The Divine Comedy, a narrative poem, is considered one of the greatest works of literature. The drawings comprise 28 depictions of hell, 49 of purgatory and 11 of heaven. The Uffizi has held the collection since 1738. This is the first time since then that all the drawings are displayed together. See this virtual exhibition on the Uffizi website.

Virtual Arts Appreciation - February 2021

A lovely way to pass a Winter evening in your stay-at-home theatre is to watch the digital version of the award winning play The Colour Purple. The setting is the racially divided Southern American. A story that celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are.
The stage show runs for 3 weeks from Tuesday, 16th February. Book a ticket online via the Birmingham Hippodrome website and help support our local theatres.

Virtual Arts Appreciation - March 2021

The Royal Opera House is streaming The Marriage Of Figaro each evening at 7pm from the 5th March to the 4th April. Tickets are just priced at £3 and can be obtained from Get your glad rags on and enjoy a sumptuous evening from the comfort of your armchair.

Arts Appreciation - April 2021

Moore To Look Forward To - the sculptor Henry Moore’s studio and gardens reopen from late April. Situated in his former home, at Much Hadham in Hertfordshire, the exhibits will open from Wednesday to Sunday and there is plenty of parking. Enjoy a stroll amongst amazing sculptures, gardens and galleries. Find out more at

Arts Appreciation - May 2021

During the whole month of May, Worcester city is hosting a free outdoor public art trail featuring work from local artists. It's called 'Now We're Talking With Art' and its aim is to combine Art, Exercise and Mental Wellbeing. A great initiative on our doorstep.

Arts Appreciation - June 2021

From the 10th to the 12th June live Ballet takes to the stage again with 3 new performances directed by Carlos Acosta. One performance, City of a Thousand Trades, celebrates Birmingham past and present. The show can be see at the Rep Theatre and tickets are available from their box office.

Arts Appreciation - July 2021

Immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s paintings with this multi-sensory experience currently running at the Hippodrome Theatre Birmingham until Sunday July 11th. Wander around the exhibition viewing Van Gogh’s works from different angles and be surrounded by music, colour and fragrance.

Arts Appreciation - August 2021

From the 16th August, Chamberlain Square in Birmingham, transforms into an outdoor gallery with a display of life size sculptures of key workers during the pandemic. The exhibition lasts for two weeks and is free.

Arts Appreciation - September 2021

As part of Coventry City of Culture, a five mile stretch of the Coventry Canal, starting at Coventry Canal Basin, features 27 Artworks along its length. The Artworks vary from steel sculptures of swans to huge wall murals. These works have been created by local artists and community groups. Free to view while enjoying a walk along the canal.

Arts Appreciation - October 8th 2021

Our first face to face session for some time takes place at the British Legion Club, Union Road, Solihull on 8th October. The session is called ‘More Than Meets The Eye’ and explores the hidden meanings in some well known paintings. Collette will facilitate the discussion. Meet at 11am, when the club opens, for coffee. COVID safety measures in place. The session will finish around 12.45ish. Sigh up sheet available at the October core meeting. No charge and free car parking too.

Arts Appreciation - November 12th, 2021

Join us at the British Legion Club, Union Road at 11am on Friday November 12th at 11am. The session is called ‘The Soundtrack of my life - celebrating black female musicians.’ Judith Sutton will lead our discussion. Meet at 11am for coffee. COVID safe measures in place. No charge and parking is free.