Art Appreciation

The Art Appreciation Group organises art-related talks and visits to Art Galleries, Museums and other venues of artistic interest.

Various locations
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  • Coordinators:
  • Louisa and Ed Bannister - 01695 570582 and 07432 859202
  • Owen Connolly - 01704 840142

2019 Art Visits

Wednesday 9 October: 11.00am

Garstang Museum of Archaeology, 14 Abercromby Square, Liverpool. Professor John Garstang, a notable archeologist collected artefacts in Egypt, Sudan and the Near East. Our tour will look at highlights of this fascinating collection. Meet at gallery 10.50. Places are limited – apply early.

Wednesday 13 November: 11.00am.

Victoria Gallery and Museum. ‘The Secret Art of Survival’. This special exhibition mounted by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Imperial War Museum will show a range of previously used works by a range of prisoners held in Far East camps. Produced in conditions of great jeopardy they reflect the human spirit that survives in the most terrible of conditions. Meet at gallery (cafe open from 10.30).

Please let us know if you wish to join us for these events.


2020 Winter Art Tour

Cardiff 6-9 February

Our winter art study tour for 2020 will be based in the city of Cardiff.

Thursday 6th February we plan to visit the town of Ludlow as we travel to Cardiff.

Friday 7th we will visit the Cathedral at Llandaff which has work by John Piper, Sir Jacob Epstein, William Morris and Burne-Jones before travelling to Castell Coch, a 13th century ruin rebuilt by the visionary Victorian architect William Burges. We will then visit this year’s Art Fund Museum of the Year, St Fagan’s, which has a wide range of historical buildings grand and humble.

Saturday 8th we will visit another William Burges masterpiece, Cardiff Castle, then on to the National Museum of Cardiff which among its many treasures houses a significant collection of Impressionist paintings.

Sunday 9th we will make a short tour of Cardiff Bay before returning home via the Potteries Museum in Hanley.

Places are limited and early booking is recommended.
For more information, please contact Ed, Louisa, Owen Connolly or directly to Discovery Travel Ltd.

London Winter Tour 2017

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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE …………

for the Art Appreciation group

This year’s winter art tour provided a range of unique experiences for members of Aughton & Ormskirk U3A.

 

Our first stop was the wonderful Wightwick Manor, a Victorian mansion, built for the Mander family whose fortune came from the manufacture of a popular brand of paint.  Both Theodore Mander and his wife Flora were passionate followers of both the Aesthetic and the Arts and Crafts style and the house remains a testament to their collecting skills, with wallpapers by Morris & Company, tiles by William De Morgan and a stunning painting ‘Love Among the Ruins’ by Edward Burne-Jones that reduced Andrew Lloyd Webber to tears when he made a film about the house and its contents. From Wightwick Manor we travelled on for a related visit to the new William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow where we learned more about the great man and his legacy.

 

The next day began with a clipper trip from our riverside hotel to the Globe Theatre, where with the help of a witty and knowledgable guide, the life and times of the original 1599 Globe were brought stunningly to life.  The theatre remains an enduring wonder and a fitting memorial to the vision of the American actor, Sam Wanamaker,  who drove it into existence.
After lunch, with a rapid change of gears, we had tours of the Tate Modern Gallery where the collection provided a stimulating source of thought and opinion.  Our guides provided real insights into works which challenge, provoke and inspire.

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Previous Art Tours

 

January 2015 Tour to London:

The Art Appreciation tour to London, January 2015

The Art Appreciation tour to London, January 2015

The Art Appreciation tour to London, January 2015

The Art Appreciation tour to London, January 2015

January 2014 Tour to Edinburgh:

The tour based in Edinburgh, stayed at the Hilton Grosvenor on a half board basis. The programme included a special access visit to Sir Walter Scott’s Gothic fantasy country home Abbotsford, the January exhibition of Turner watercolours at the National Gallery, Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s Gallery, the newly refurbished National Portrait Gallery, a walking tour of Edinburgh seen through Ruskin’s eyes, Rosslyn Chapel and Dryburgh Abbey. Also a lively public performance by our guide, Paul O’Keeffe, in the role of Ruskin lecturing on the life, work and death of JMW Turner. Julie Lawson, curator of the Portrait Gallery, gave additional input on two days.

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Some of the group with their guide Paul O’Keeffe by Raeburn’s portrait of Sir Walter Scott at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

July 2013 Trip to Brantwood:

The Art appreciation Group visited Ruskin’s House at Brantwood via the Steam Yacht Gondola on 17 July. Pictures show Mary Glennon taking it easy, Dermot Glennon and Owen Connolly enjoying the lake tour, Stephen Turner and tour guide, Paul O’Keeffe Brian and Lorna King enjoying the shade the lake from the gardens a group with the head gardener.

May 2013 Tour to Madrid:

A trip to Madrid, Toledo and El Escorial with local guides in May 2013. This included visits to the Prado, Santa Maria della Florida, the Thyssen Bornemisza Collection in the Palacio de Villahermosa and the Centro National de Arte Reina Sofia with Picasso’s ‘Guernica’.

January 2013 Tour to London:

At the end of January, 45 of our members experienced a hugely enjoyable tour of London and the Thames with the the Art Appreciation group. On the way to their Hilton Dockside Hotel, with its fine views of the river, they were given a fascinating guided tour of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Their informative visits to Hampton Court, Greenwich, the Museum of London, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament were all led by expert and enthusiastic guides. Towards the end of the tour they enjoyed a late afternoon sail on the Thames Clipper, passing many of the fine buildings they had visited, now dramatically illuminated in the fading light. All agreed that both the learning and the friendship had been fun.

2012 day trip to the Sculpture Park:

Art Appreciation day trip to the Sculpture Park, June 2012

Art Appreciation day trip to the Sculpture Park, June 2012

2012 Tour to Verona:

Art Appreciation trip to Verona, 2012

Art Appreciation trip to Verona, 2012

May 2011 Tour to Sorrento:

The Art Appreciation Group at Paestum with their guide, Frank Milner, on the art tour in May 2011 based in Sorrento

The Art Appreciation Group at Paestum with their guide, Frank Milner,
on the art tour in May 2011 based in Sorrento

January 2011 tour to London, Oxford and Cambridge:

The Art Appreciation Group at Kenwood House with their guide, Frank Milner, on the 2011 art tour, 'Adventurous Collectors and their Collections'

The Art Appreciation Group at Kenwood House with their guide, Frank Milner, on the 2011 art tour, ‘Adventurous Collectors and their Collections’

2007-2010 Tours to Italy: