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Current Operation

The group is now meeting at the Whitworth Centre in Darley Dale on the second Tuesday of each month at 2pm. We share  information and enthusiasm for all aspects of art. Members make contributions by presenting images on a theme or a particular artist or sometimes about a significant art gallery. These presentations lead to lively discussions. For further information please contact the group’s coordinator, Patrick Wright, who can be contacted by email,.

Members should have an interest in the subject and be prepared to make occasional presentations on artists or works of art that interest them. We normally view artworks using MAU3A’s laptop and data projector, though reproductions from books and postcards are also used. Topics are chosen democratically by the group and are broadly-based, to allow everyone an opportunity to learn and contribute equally. Within each theme members explore their interests with presentations and each topic may last several months.

This group has been meeting for well over a decade and we have considered a wide variety of artistic themes including, painting and drawing, sculpture , illustration, photography, stained glass and more. We try to maintain as broad a look at art as possible.

Art Appreciation Group One normally meets at The Whitworth Centre at Darley Dale on the second Tuesday of each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. 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.

Adapting to Zoom!

Our last meeting face-to-face at the Whitworth Centre was in March 2020. Throughout the summer we maintained contact with emails and phone calls. After a few discussions it was decided that we should have a go at Zoom meetings. We decided to stick to our usual meeting time of the second Tuesday of the month at 2pm.

To start us off a Gill Oldroyd volunteered to prepare a presentation on the seventeenth century Spanish artist of the Baroque period, Diego Velasquez. We used PowerPoint to display the paintings and to our delight it was successful. Two of our more technically minded members, Philip Mason and Judith Hodges kindly offered to be our Zoom hosts. We have on average nine members of the group who join in. In normal times we have sixteen members.

Since then we have met each month and each time one person gives a presentation of a chosen artist and there is always an opportunity for a discussion at some point in the meeting.

In November Judith Hodges looked at the work of the nineteenth century French painter Toulouse-Lautrec.

In 1891 the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) was asked to produce a poster for the Cabaret ‘Moulin Rouge’, something which other painters considered beneath them. But he did not care about that and took it on enthusiastically, working in a new medium of colour lithography, which turned out to be his true artistic element. The poster was a breakthrough for him and made him famous overnight




In December we had a presentation from Christie Taylor of a modern British artist Maggie Hambling, some of whose work is quite controversial. This led to a lively discussion.

In the new year we had a contrast with the work of sixteenth century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel given by John Oldfield.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1564-1638)

The Peasant Wedding 1567

Bruegel often painted community events. This is one of his many painting s depicting peasant life. Many of his paintings have a symbolic meaning as well as a moral aspect.



Then in February Philip Mason considered the work of the British twentieth century painter Eric Ravilious.

In March Derek Pollard stayed with the twentieth century with the work of American African artists, Horace Pippin and Jacob Lawrence.

We acknowledge that our Zoom meetings are enjoyable and interesting but they are quite different in nature to our old way of being together. However it is a good compromise in these difficult times. All the artwork we examine is chosen by the individual members who generously volunteer to research their selected topic. As a group we always try to be flexible and open minded in the way we appreciate art

We all look forward to a time in the not too distant future when we can be all be together in the same room for our meetings.

Art Appreciation 1