Originally the Art Appreciation Group, we recently rechristened ourselves, as that sounded rather pompous and our aim is as much as anything about enjoying art in its many forms, both by visiting exhibitions, galleries and museums and learning from each other. We meet in the New Year to decide on a programme in which different people volunteer to make arrangements for each visit.
This year we have once again ranged near and far. Locally we have been to the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden for a talk on Edward Bawden and to visit the exhibition Bawden at Home. Some of us are hoping to join a guided tour of Great Bardfield in August, led by Janet Dyson, author of the book Artists of Great Bardfield to see the houses in the village where a number of Bawden’s artist contemporaries lived, as well as Bawden himself. We have also ventured to the Sainsbury Centre at the University of Norwich for the exhibition New Architecture:1960-90 and explored the Permanent Sculpture Trail. Further afield we have made several pilgrimages to London for the Tate Modern exhibitions on Modigliani & Picasso, to the Royal Academy & the Queen’s Gallery for the Charles I & Charles II exhibitions and visited the National Gallery to see Monet & Architecture. (Some of us even cleverly managed to fit in our last three visits to the Queen’s Gallery for the price of just the first!)
With three more expeditions to London still planned this year: a house tour of Two, Temple Place, the Mantengna & Bellini and the Lorenzo Lotti exhibitions at the National Gallery and the Burne-Jones at Tate Britain, we haven’t had time yet to think about 2019.
Our group is currently full, as we prefer to travel by car or train, avoiding the expense of coach hire.
Please contact Lucy Marshall Tel: 01206 323197