Art Appreciation

Group meetings are currently held via Zoom.

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We will be meeting via Zoom on the third Monday of each month at 10:30am.

The list of topics we hope to cover are:

  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • The Pitman Painters
  • Magritte
  • Clarisse Cliff
  • Celebrity artists
  • Banksy
  • Pointilism

Next month we welcome a guest speaker, Stuart Hancock, who will speak on Native American art.

March 2021

We had a very enjoyable presentation lead by Margaret on the enigma that is Banksy. We were all surprised both by how much work he has produced and by the diverse nature of it. He is well known as a graffiti artist but was also behind the ‘Dismaland’ installation at Weston super Mare, some years ago, and the ‘Walled Off Hotel’ on the West Bank, and there are several books and films too. We were not all aware of just how far around the world his works have been installed and he’s been seen in Nottingham of course with ‘Hula Hooping Girl’.
We looked at the breadth of his work from beginnings as a graffiti artist and designer of albumcovers for the Bristol music scene, through various exhibitions and some of his well-known and controversial pieces. He very cleverly highlights political and social issues with recurring themes such as war and poverty. He was voted Britain’s favourite artist in 2019.
He very often causes headlines as when the famous ‘Girl with Balloon’ shredded itself on being bought at auction for £1m+. The painting was not completely destroyed, and it could now be worth twice as much!
There is a lot more about him on the internet and his own website is Margaret had a tough time picking out what to show us in our limited meeting time and I’m sure we’ll all be exploring more about him.
Below: ‘Stop and Search’,’Flower Thrower’ and ‘Girl with Balloon’.

February 2021

There was a bumper turnout for our meeting this month, 13 out of 17 members.
David gave us a presentation on Roy Lichtenstein, starting with a brief outline of his early life and career. He showed a number of examples of different styles of his work which piqued our interest and gave rise to a variety of questions which give us all something to research further.
Lichtenstein was a leading figure in the pop art movement in America. He produced paintings parodying the comic strip and advertising, and even versions of other artists such as van Gogh.

January 2021

We discussed our plans for the year and then had a presentation on Alfred Wallis. He was a Cornish fisherman who turned to painting very late in life.  He was unable to afford the usual artist materials so used ship’s paint etc and often worked on scraps of wood and card, with a limited colour palette. He died in the workhouse not having been recognised for his talent in his lifetime.



Further information from the group contact (see details below)


Here are some links to follow when in isolation.  They allow you to ‘visit’ some great museums worldwide:

Guggenheim Museum, New York – 3D tour

Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – 3D tour

Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Uffizi Gallery, Florence – install Google Arts & Culture app to explore virtual reality tour

MASP, Sao Paulo – install Google Arts & Culture app to explore virtual reality tour

National Gallery of Art, Washington – install Google Arts & Culture app to explore virtual reality tour

Paris Museums – 100,000 images online for free viewing

Googles Art site – explore in 3D many places of interest

Most detailed ever photograph of The Night Watch goes online – Rijksmuseum



This group meets on the 3rd Monday each month from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm in the upstairs conference room of the Sun Inn.

New members are welcome. For more information contact Helen Baker tel. 01773 710743 or email


Future Meetings:

Art Appreciation – Programme for 2021

18th January

Planning meeting


15th February Roy Lichtenstein
15th March Banish
19th April Native American Art

Past meetings and visits:

September/October 2020 on Zoom

We have started meeting together via Zoom and our sessions are running pretty much as they were before.  One of us leads on a topic and others join in with observations, questions or extra information so it’s not like a lecture. It’s working very well and we are very pleased to have welcomed two new members.

Not all the group’s members join us but any presentations or notes are emailed out to all with a report of the meeting so we hope they don’t feel that they’re missing too much.  We have also been sending out links to online exhibitions and other happenings.We are missing going out to exhibitions which have been very enjoyable experiences.

In September, David introduced us to the Newlyn School and a particular favourite of his, Stanhope Forbes, a founding member of the movement.  He described how the artists painted from real life, using local models and illustrating local life, showing us lots of examples.

In October, Helen showed a presentation on Fauvism. This was a movement in France following Impressionism, foremost of whose artists was Matisse.  They were called ‘Les Fauvres’ or The Wild Beasts because of the impact ofthe aggressive nature of their painting and often strident use of colour.

November’s meeting is about Modern Architecture with a look at the Bauhaus School, Frank Lloyd Wright and Gaudi.

There will be no meeting in December and we will get together again in January to plan our next year of study.

Helen Baker, Group Contact.

March 2020 – Welbeck’s Harley Gallery

We went ahead with our planned visit (well 3 of us did) to see the Lego exhibition in the Harley Gallery just before Lockdown.  It was called Brick by Brick and included everything from sculpture to photography, not just bricks.

The exhibits were thought provoking, such as the guns reproduced in Lego by a Northern Ireland artist who was familiar with both as he was growing up, to the funny as in the use of Lego figures in comic-style images.
Here are just a few of our favourites:

During Lockdown we are hoping to visit lots of museums and art galleries albeit virtually!

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