All visits are to exhibitions and venues in the wider London area. They take place on Friday mornings and normally last about two hours including time in cafes.
Places are offered to members of the Exhibitions and Galleries Group first but if there are any vacancies they will be offered to members of Crouch End & District U3A as a whole.
☐ Frequency : Monthly
☐ Where : At the chosen gallery
☐ Number of places per visit : No more than 12
Group Convener : Louise Spitz. Group Administrator : Jennifer Pulham
To join the group please complete the contact form below. This form may also be used to contact the Convener on all matters relating to the Group.
22 February 2019
John Ruskin : The Power of Seeing at Two Temple Place
15 March 2018
Don McCullin’s photographs at Tate Britain
29 March 2018
Bill Viola/Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth at the Royal Academy
Visits we have enjoyed since October 2017
A large group visited the Mantegna/Bellini exhibition at the National Gallery on Friday 18th January. Olga Savastano’s excellent introductory talk inspired our appreciation of the exhibition, and conversation in the National Gallery café afterwards was lively.
We visited the Serpentine and Serpentine Sackler Galleries on a glorious crisp January morning to see Uumwelt, a collaboration between French artist, Pierre Huyghe, and neuroscientists In Japan to give visual form to brain activity using MRI scans.
At Serpentine Sackler, there was another collaboration, this time between designer Beca Lipscombe and artist Lucy McKenzie of Atelier E.B. Passer-by incorporated Fashion photography and magazines, mannequins, therapeutic dolls, traditional costumes, tapestry and “vitrines” as well as some contemporary designs.
Our visit concluded in the spectacular Zaha Hadid Cafe in brilliant January sunshine.
Edward Burne-Jones at Tate Britain
Photograph © Angela Dawson
Annie Albers at Tate Modern
“As a female student at the radical Bauhaus art school, Albers was discouraged from taking up certain classes. She enrolled in the weaving workshop and made textiles her key form of expression. She inspired and was inspired by her artist contemporaries, among them her teacher, Paul Klee, and her husband, Josef Albers. This … exhibition illuminates the artist’s creative process and her engagement with art, architecture and design. You can discover why Albers has been a profound influence on artists around the world via more than 350 objects from exquisite small-scale ‘pictorial weavings’ to large wall-hangings and the textiles she designed for mass production, as well as her later prints and drawings.” – Quoted from Tate Modern website. We had a most enjoyable visit, an experience much enriched by Noeleen Grattan’s interesting and inspiring introductory talk and further comments.
Photographs © Lesley Ramm
The Estorick Gallery, Canonbury Square
Our biggest ever group visited the Exhibition of between-the-wars Italian paintings on Friday and greatly enjoyed Luke Alder’s talk on these works as well as on selected works from the Permanent Collection, all followed by coffee and conversation in the Gallery’s cafe.
A sizeable group visited Aftermath : Art in the Wake of World War I at Tate Britain, followed by lively discussion in the Tate cafe. It was agreed, among other things, that however much we had thought we knew about the First World War period, we had all learned something new; that some of the post war art on show was very good indeed; and that facial expressions in the later paintings were still sad and strained. We were also very impressed by prints by Kathe Kollwitz and others.
Thanks to Louise and Jennifer for arranging today’s visit to the Aftermath exhibition at Tate Britain. Very powerful, e.g. the 1919 film footage from an airship over the blasted landscape of France and Belgium. Empty helmets were depicted to symbolise a soldier’s death, enabling artists to get past the censors. – Roslyn Byfield, Member No. 308
Thank you very much for having the idea that this month’s visit should be to Aftermath. It is a wonderful and moving exhibition: like many of us I found Kathe Kollwitz’s work a revelation and I also was moved by Rosine Cohen’s wounded soldiers in hospital. I have never seen Charles Sergeant Jagger’s bronzes before, and I loved them. – Mary Rees, Member No. 14.
Apsley House offered so much of interest that it was hard to take it all in. The collection ranges from gifts of silver and porcelain to an astonishing range of Dutch, Spanish and Italian works by major artists. The cafe next door provided not only coffee and a chance to chat, but also an excellent close up view of the Household Cavalry in all their splendour
Sir John Ritblat Gallery in the British Library
Some members of the group visited the Sir John Ritblat gallery in the British Library. We could only do justice to a small selection of its many treasures, from Magna Carta, through ancient and beautifully illustrated texts of a number of religions, jottings of famous writers, Shakespeare’s first folio and early methods of notating music on paper, to Karl Marx and, unexpectedly to some of us, the Beatles. The morning was rounded off with coffee and chat outside in the sunshine.
Gursky at the Hayward Gallery
Andreas Gursky has devoted his life to developing photographic techniques and the effects he achieves are extraordinary. 12 members of the Galleries group visited the exhibition on Friday 13th April at the Hayward Gallery. One of them stopped in front of the first photograph and exclaimed “Well! My gob is smacked already! “, which just about summed up the experience of us all.
Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell Collection
Five intrepid souls evaded illness, slippery pavements, heating problems and everything else that the vicious late winter could throw at us, and were greatly cheered by the colourful Degas works on loan from the Burrell collection in Glasgow. If you missed the exhibition, do go: it’s on until 7th May (and free)!
Rhythm and Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain, Two Temple Place
11 members of the Group appreciated both the exuberant décor of the building and the cheerfully contrasting style of the exhibition on between-the-wars Jazz, and afterwards adjourned to a café to discuss these and many other matters.
Soutine’s Portraits : Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys at the Courtauld Gallery
El Greco to Goya – Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum at the Wallace Collection