Hogarth’s House, Chiswick
Roslyn, Group Convener writes: “Thanks to Linda for suggesting this Outings Group visit. We enjoyed the house, former country (now has the Great West Road roaring outside!), home of painter Hogarth and now owned by Hounslow Council. There was also a small exhibition by Paula Rego, inspired by Hogarth. I thought the best exhibits were the ‘wine series’ ones commissioned for label designs by a wine company, but they showed alcohol in such a damning light they weren’t used. Tea outside the Chiswick House cafe in the early autumn sunshine afterwards.”
Buckingham Palace Gardens
Roslyn, Group Convener writes: “A select group of Outings Group members came here … but we were disappointed as so much was roped off for the more expensive garden highlights tours, not made clear on their website. You basically see the Buck House lawn. But we enjoyed the company and visiting the English Rose teashop, which two ladies told us about.
The Outings Group enjoyed a visit to one of the London Gagosian galleries, to look at Imagining Landscapes, showcasing 13 pieces of work by the late American abstract artist Helen Frankenthaler, made between 1952 – 1976. She used both primed and unprimed canvases, some painted in oils and some in acrylic. The large scale of the paintings and the ambiguous references to landscape were impressive. There is an exhibition of her woodcut prints planned at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in September. We finished with the very important aspect of the Group, a highly sociable coffee/tea/hot chocolate/smoothie in the sunshine.
A group of us visited the Timothy Spall exhibition at the Pontone private gallery in Fitzrovia. It’s very impressive that Spall only developed this talent when preparing for the role of Turner in the eponymous film a couple of years ago. The main theme seemed to be strong light, including sunsets, contrasting with severely dark and geometric buildings. It only took a short time to go round but interesting and good to chat with members in a cafe afterwards.
Olden Community Garden
Visits to the Olden Garden (only 6 at a time is the management’s preference), but each time members have loved this little gem. On Saturday 19th June some of us walked across the blissfully uncrowded Gillespie Nature Reserve to reach the garden in Drayton Park, and after the visit we decamped to a local cafe and had a good conversation about language learning amongst other things!
The Art of Banksy exhibition
Over 100 of his works were on display in Earlham Street, Covent Garden – gloriously irreverent, illustrating Banksy’s capacity to capture the zeitgeist.
Olden Community Garden
Pallant House Gallery
Outings Group member Chris Hollitzer writes:
The Outings group had a splendid trip to Chichester, primarily to visit the Pallant House Gallery. We prefaced it with a look around the magnificent 12th century cathedral. The highlights for me, apart from the Norman architecture, being the Marc Chagall stained glass window and the John Piper tapestry.
The exhibition Degas to Picasso – international modern masters was curated from Pallant’s own substantial collection. It showed a wide range of artists and pleasingly many whose work was previously unknown to me. In particular the work of Hans Feibusch struck a chord, with an Expressionist use of colour and an intense vision.
I later discovered he was a German artist, muralist and sculptor who emigrated to the UK in 1933, where he lived until his death just a month short of his 100th birthday. There are over 40 of his murals, mostly in Anglican churches, and many in the Chichester diocese. After his death his estate bequeathed the entire contents of his north London studio to Pallant House. A great discovery for me.
Wood Green to Woodberry Wetlands
Starting and ending at Wood Green (Café Corso on Ringslade Road, though other collection points possible), a 3 hour walk southwards along the New River path to Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve and back.
New River Path
Starting and ending at Wood Green (Café Corso on Ringslade Road), a 90 minute walk northwards along the New River path to where coots were nesting near Palmers Green and back.
Bluebells at Osterley House