The aim of the Art Appreciation group is to explore any and all aspects of Art, as agreed by the group, and to exchange information, experience and opinions in order to enable each member of the group to learn and contribute equally, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our definition of "Art" is broad and embraces most visual means of communication and expression, including drawing, painting, sculpture, illustration, photography, architecture and design. We use whatever means are appropriate, including individual presentations, discussion, and visits to galleries. We normally view artworks using MU3A's laptop and data projector, though reproductions from books and postcards are also used.

No formal qualifications are required, but members should have an interest in the subject, and be prepared to make occasional presentations to the group on artists or works of art which interest them. A small amount of research is usually advisable for this.

There is normally a charge to cover the costs of room hire and refreshments. The charge will vary, depending on the number of members attending. The costs of travel and entry to art galleries, etc, are the responsibility of members.

The Art Appreciation Group normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. We currently meet at The Whitworth Centre at Darley Dale. There is ample free car parking.

It is not possible to list a complete future programme on the website, but a description of our procedures may be helpful. Topics are chosen democratically by the group and are broadly-based, to allow everyone an opportunity to take part. Topics chosen in the past have included Portraits, Landscapes, Towns and cities, History, Religion, myth and legend, Work, Still life, the Sea, the Nude, and so on. We have explored the uses of particular colours in art and the expression of particular emotions. In 2014 we looked at "The Art of Britain" and "Self-portraits". Within each theme members explore their interests with presentations and each topic may last several months.

We began 2015 by exploring topics such as photography, drawing, illustration, architecture, design, ceramics, etc, under the umbrella title of "Anything but Painting and Sculpture". This took us through until September when we began to look at "Schools of Art".

We have continued with this theme into 2016. So far we have enjoyed presentations on the following Schools of Art or significant groups of artists: The English Kitchen Sink Group, The Canadian Group Seven, Masaccio, The Secession Movement, The Skagen Painters, the Vorticists, DeStilj and English Eighteenth Century Landscape Painters.

Swedish Art, The Camden Town Group, Celtic Art and the artist Utrillo are being planned for February and March.

We have visited two or three major exhibitions each year, travelling by coach. In 2014 we visited the Wallace Collection and Kenwood House, London, "Cezanne and the Moderns" at the Ashmolean, Oxford, and "Rembrandt: The Late Works" at the National Gallery. We had a break from external visits in 2015 but in April 2016 we visited the Barber Institute in Birmingham and hope to plan further trips later in the year.


The Art Appreciation Group and guests shelter from a sudden downpour in the entrance to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, where they visited the touring exhibition 'Cezanne and the Moderns'.

The group's coordinator is Anne Oldfield, who can be contacted by email by clicking on her name, or by telephone on 01629 733296.


Tuesday, 19 July - Visit to the York Art Gallery

This Art Appreciation Group visit was a great success..

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Oppy Wood, 1917. Evening, by John Nash. Image © Imperial War Museum

Last updated on 19 July, 2016
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