We began life as the Art Appreciation Group, before rechristening ourselves with the less pompous title of the Art Lovers as our aims are to experience, discuss but above all enjoy a wide variety of works of art with visits to exhibitions, galleries and museums. Early in the year we meet to plan our next programme with different individuals or couples volunteering to arrange each visit.
We have made several expeditions to London for exhibitions at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Royal Academy and the Queen's Gallery, whilst closer to home we paid visits to the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden and the Sainsbury Centre at the University of Norwich. We have seen paintings by Spanish Impressionist, Sorolla at the National Gallery, and by Van Gogh at Tate Britain (last shown there in 1947), Renaissance Nudes at the Royal Academy and Elizabethan miniatures in the National Portrait Gallery. More locally, Rodin & Suffolk Sculptures in Christchurch Mansion, One Hundred Women at Ipswich Art Gallery and Behind the Lines, a rare opportunity to see Munnings in his role as a war artist, with paintings from Ottawa commissioned for the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and Forestry Corps.
Still to come at the time of writing, we look forward to Leonardo's drawings at the Queen's Gallery, and to Pre-Raphaelite Sisters and Gauguin Portraits, once again at The National and Portrait Galleries respectively.
Our group is currently full, as we prefer to restrict our numbers to less than twenty, so we can travel by car/train and avoid the expense of coach hire.
Please contact Lucy Marshall Tel: 01206 323197