Exhibitions & Galleries

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 members

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.

Forthcoming visits

16 November 2018

Annie Albers at Tate Modern

7 December 2018

Edward Burne-Jones at Tate Britain

Visits we have enjoyed …

October 2018

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.

September 2018

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. Certainly an exhibition not to be missed.

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.

June 2018

Apsley House

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

Shirley Teece enjoyed the visit so much that she writes:

On Friday 15th June a Group of us went to Apsley House, home of Duke of Wellington – in days of yore, known as Number One London. Fortunately it was a lovely sunny day. As I was early I went to cafe and had coffee. As I walked to the cafe, a team of The Household Cavalry rode by.It was a lovely sight to see with their bright red tunics, their brass helmets gleaming in the sun with a sort of pony tail on the back of their helmets. I imagine they were on their way for Changing the Guard ceremony. Quite a lot of people around, many of them I imagine were tourists, cameras, some of them real, many on smart phones pointed at the Guards as they rode by. A great photo opportunity and the chance for visitors to see a small bit of London ‘pageantry’. The house was extremely interesting. Beautiful high ceilinged rooms, with a wonderful collection of paintings over the centuries. I was rather surprised to see a portrait of Napoleon amongst them. Jennifer Pulham, the Convener and her friend Louise were extremely knowledgeable about the house, which added greatly to our visit. I would really recommend it. Hope to go back some time, I have a friend who has a great collection of Napoleon memorabilia, and is also extremely knowledgeable. She has a house in Scotland is there now till end of summer, I am going to visit her in August. When she is back in London we are going to go to the house together. I would really love to see it again and I know she would enjoy it too. Many thanks to Jennifer for organising it and both of them for their knowledge of the period. Interestingly some of the family still live there. – Shirley Teece.

May 2018

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.

April 2018

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. The exhibition ends on 22nd April, and we would urge U3A members who have not seen it to try to do so. Prepare to have your mind blown!

March 2018

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)!

February 2018

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.

December 2017

Kenwood House

November 2017

Soutine’s Portraits : Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys at the Courtauld Gallery

October 2017

El Greco to Goya – Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum at the Wallace Collection