Location and times: 1st Tuesday @14:00 in the Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room
The group operates from October to March inclusive. The meetings in Victoria
Hall are group led and cover a wide range of topics suggested by members of
the group. Occasional visits to local exhibitions are arranged.
At our December meeting we had a look at different depictions of 'The Three Wise Men' through the ages and in different media. It was interesting to see how ideas changed and developed.
Frank Gordon, in January, gave us a fascinating and erudite view of the 'Abstract Expressionism' exhibition held recently at the Royal Academy. He explained the terms used and how the artists worked and developed their themes.
In February we look forward to Sue Simpson who will be talking about art in Umbria.
Rosie Feather's talk at the beginning of November on Albrecht Durer was fascinating and extremely well researched. Thank you Rosie.
Our December session will have a Christmassy feel with a twist! See you in the Castleberg room at 2pm on Tuesday 6th December. Debi Burridge
We had a very good first session with a lively discussion around various exhibitions members had been to over the summer. Our next session on November 1st is a talk 'The Changing Status of the Artist.
I look forward to next 6 sessions of this group. Our first meeting on 4th October will be the usual round up of exhibitions visited by members over the summer. Come with any catalogues, cards and thoughts to join in the discussion. On 1st November will be a talk about Durer by Rosemary Feather. Later Paul Cochrane will give us an insight into an aspect of Art History and Sue Simpson will tell us about her trip to Umbria. Frank Gordon will be with us on 3rd Jan to talk about a recent London exhibition he has visited. Debi Burridge
We have had two very good presentations recently. Frank Gordon came to talk to us in January about 'Art, lies and truths - what artists do.' He showed us how artists change perspective, alter details, add people/buildings to their work to present to the viewer what they want us to see. In February Paul Cochrane gave us a fascinating history of drawing. Artists have always drawn but often the drawings were preparatory work and were hidden by paint or were meant as temporary sketches and didn't survive. In more recent times people began to value drawings for themselves.
Our final session will be Sue Simpson telling us about 'The most stolen painting in the world.'
Our January session will be Frank Gordon 'Art, Lies and Truth - what artists
do'. Do come and see what this intriguingly titled talk will reveal.
We had a very interesting talk from Mary Gavagan on our visit to her Settle
gallery for our December session. It was good to see the current exhibition
and see so many ceramics. The recent visit to the York Art gallery complemented
this with its wonderful ceramics display. Several group members have been following
the 'The Great Pottery Throw Down' programme with enthusiasm! Debi Burridge.
I've booked a coach for a trip to the York art gallery on Wednesday 25th November,
leaving the cricket club in Settle at 9.30 am, and departing York at 3.00 pm.
It will cost £13 for the coach. I haven't booked a group into the gallery
but if 10 or more go in together it will be £5 each instead of £7.30.
Art Fund members are free entry.
Please let me know if you would like to go with the group.
We have had two interesting afternoons already. October was a lively review
of the many exhibitions members had visited over the summer. This resulted in
some ideas for future meetings. In November we had two presentations. The first
about the artist and designer Sonia Delauney (1885-1979) and the second about
Owen Jones (1809-1874), architect and designer.
Our December session will be at Gavagan Art - the new gallery in the centre
of Settle http://gavaganart.com. Meet there
at 2pm, 1st December, for a talk from the owner Mary Gavagan. There is also
an opportunity to pop into the Studio Vault under the Tourist Information Office
which is worth a visit to meet the owner and jewellery designer, Emily Knight.
Welcome to previous and new members. Our first Session is on Tuesday 6th October
at 2 pm in the Castleberg room, Victoria Hall. We will review any exhibitions
visited over the summer and plan our programme. Debi Burridge
I have booked a tour of the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester for Wednesday
29th April. I propose to book a coach to leave Settle at 9.30 am, arriving there
approximately 11.30 am. There is a cafe at the gallery and a park outside for
picnics. Manchester Museum is not too far away. The return would leave 3.30
pm, back here approximately 5.30 pm. Tour (free) lasting 45 minutes begins at
2 pm, cost would be £10-£15. Let me know by Monday 16 March.
Debi Burridge (01729) 825922, firstname.lastname@example.org
We had an excellent group discussion about Abstract art as a follow up to a
previous session with everyone bringing in an interesting example from sculpture
to painting, even including a garden or two.
On March 3rd Sue Simpson is to talk about Percy Kelly, an interesting but little
known Cumbrian artist. Do come along to what will be our last session for this
year. However I am investigating the possibility of a group visit to the newly
refurbished Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, probably after Easter.
Book List:- Recently I mentioned some books that might be interesting,
all available from the library but you might need to reserve them. In fact I
have one (*) at the moment, but haven't looked at the others yet.
- "How to read paintings: a crash course in meaning and method."
Liz Redeal, 2014, W European art.
- "How to look at a painting." Francoise Barbe-Gall, 2010. Deciphering
- "How to understand a painting:decoding symbols in art." (*) Francoise
Barbe-Gall. This author has written others on the subject directed at particular
genres of art.
- "Art:the definitive visual guide." Dorking Kindersley 2008. 2500
paintings and sculptures.
- "How to read a modern painting:understanding and enjoying the modern
masters." Jon Thompson 2006. 200 works.
We had a very interesting discussion about abstract art on Tuesday. On the
whole we decided we might still not entirely understand the concepts behind
the art. But perhaps it was easier to appreciate sculpture rather than paintings.
Could members please look out for a piece of abstract art they would be willing
to say a few words about for the February session?
Our next session on Tuesday 2nd December at 2pm will be a visit to see a very
eclectic local collection. If you want to come to this can you please let me
know so I can confirm numbers and give you more details. Debi Burridge (email@example.com,
On Tuesday 6th January Frank Gordon will be coming to talk to us about Turner
in the Dales at 2pm in the Castleberg room at the Victoria Hall.
The first session was an interesting review of several exhibitions members
had visited over the summer, both here in Britain and in Europe - Matisse in
London, Art in Yorkshire in Harrogate, Moore and Rodin at Compton Verney, Moses
Levy in Viarregio, Mucha in Prague, and two small, local shows in SW France.
The future programme was decided -:
- November - Abstract Art, a brief look, David Holdsworth
- December - a visit to Roger Moss, a local collector
- January - Frank Gordon 'Turner in the Dales'
- February - Censored Art, a group discussion
- March - Percy Kelly, a northern artist, Sue Simpson
I am going to see the Grayson Perry tapestries at Temple Newsam on 23rd October
and have a spare seat if anyone would like to go. Debi Burridge 825922.
The first session on 7th October 2014 will be a review of any exhibitions members
have visited over the summer. Please come prepared to share your experiences.
Also we will look at topics we might discuss in future sessions. At the moment
I have planned a visit to see Roger Moss's collections and Frank Gordon will
be coming to speak to us. Debi Burridge.
The 2012-13 Art Appreciation sessions covered a wide
range of topics led mainly by group members.
Sue Simpsons talk, entitled Travelling South with Charles Rennie
Mackintosh, was inspired by a painting of hers that was the very view
from the window of her house in the south of France. For some of us it was a
first look at the body of work he completed in his later years, travelling in
Debi Burridge introduced us to the wide ranging work of Eric Ravilious, using
her collection of books and postcards to illustrate her talk.
A DVD, borrowed from National U3A resources, introduced us to American portrait
painter Alice Neel, someone none of us had previously heard of.
The TV documentary series on the class tapestries of Grayson Perry
formed the basis of another session, which was much enjoyed.
A local artist and Giggleswick resident, Frank Gordon, came and talked entertainingly
about his own journey as an artist and how his work has changed over the years.
The 2013-14 Art Appreciation sessions will be facilitated by Debi Burridge (01729
823621 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
and will start on the first Tuesday in October.