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.
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.
Aftermath : Art in the Wake of World War I
The Estorick Collection
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:
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. 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!
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