This lively, well informed and entertaining Group is looking for new members. If you are interested, please contact the coordinator!

What is art? Where are the boundaries? Is Photography art? Can Architecture be art? Is a pickled shark art? Are cave paintings art? Just some of the questions which we may look at in the Group. We may not answer the questions, but we will have lively and informed discussions.

This Group meets to broaden our minds and to inform, educate and entertain the members. We have a new Co-ordinator this year and we are forming our plans for the rest of the year. We intend to build a structure that will allow all members of the group the opportunity to contribute to the meetings.

Art Appreciation Group Two meets in “The Studio” at St Elphin’s, Darley Dale on the third Monday of each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. There are occasional visits to exhibitions in addition to these meetings. The visits are held in conjunction with Art Appreciation Group One.

There is a charge of £2.50 per person per session, which includes the cost of tea, or coffee and biscuits. Charges for visiting speakers and the cost of visits to galleries and exhibitions are shared between members.

In 2015, we looked into some of these subjects:

‘Isms’ – for example cubism, Fauvism, surrealism and modernism


American Art


Illuminated books




Still Life

Typefaces and printing

Art by Country – Italy, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Australia and Wales


Painters and sculptors and artists by name – Piero Della Francesca, David Hockney, Giotto, Moore, Bruegel, Mondrian, Picasso, Eric Gill, Holbein and Seurat to mention but a few.

In 2016, we plan to discuss and analyse subjects such as Giotto and Piero Della Francesca, past winners of the Turner Prize, Canada’s Group of Seven and Pre-Raphaelite Portraiture.

The group coordinator is Jeremy Taylor, who can be contacted by email by clicking on his name, or by telephone on 01629 826796.


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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