Art Appreciation

This group meets on the 3rd Monday each month from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm in the upstairs conference room of the Sun Inn.

New members are welcome. For more information contact Helen Baker tel. 01773 710743 or email


Future Meetings:

Please note there will be NO MEETING in DECEMBER.

Next meeting – Monday 21st January 2019 at 10.30 when we will be planning for the new year. Please bring suggestions for artists to study and places to visit.

Past meetings and visits:

November – War Art

Continuing the theme there will be a presentation about WW1 artists based on the resources of the Imperial War Museum and a look at one artist in particular, Anna Airy, and further contributions from members.

Visit – The Harley Gallery, 22nd October

Ten members of the Group visited the Harley Gallery at Welbeck Abbey to see the latest exhibition which was Dichotomy by sculptor Kate MccGwire.    She describes the works as “familiar yet otherworldly, beautiful and disgusting, tranquil and malicious.”

The sculptures were made of feathers, quills, leather etc. and whilst we all acknowledged the work that had gone into each piece some of us thought they were wonderful whilst others were left repelled.    Which is what the sculptor was trying to achieve.

An exhibition well worth visiting, as is the adjoining Portland Collection of paintings and priceless artefacts collected by the Cavendish family over the years.The group enjoyed coffee in the café by the Gallery before having a late lunch at the garden centre restaurant next door.
See gallery for photos

October – War Art

We were shown members’ family WW1 memorabilia and an extensive collection of postcards from the time.  We learned about the looting of the Benin bronzes during the Boer War, many of which are to found in the Horniman Museum in London and are said to have influenced Pablo Picasso.  We looked at the work of Dame Laura Knight during WW2.  One member talked about the use of artists as illustrators for the newspapers and in particular the London Illustrated News in the 19th century during the Crimea and Boer Wars through to WW1.


The first meeting was held at the Sun Inn on August 16th and was attended by fourteen members. The theme of the meeting was to discuss and suggest ideas to ‘start the ball rolling’ all of which were very positive and will prove to be most interesting and informative.


May 2018 meeting and visit.

Our most recent meeting was held at the Sun inn on May 21st where we enjoyed two presentations. The first one by Linda Rothwell featured Benvenuto Cellini and the iconic priceless gold and enamel saltcellar he produced in 1543. The second presentation by David and Sue Willey featured the works of Alfred de Breanski Senior and Junior. Both presentations were entertaining and informative.
On Tuesday 29th May twelve of us had an enjoyable trip to Derby Museum & Art Gallery to look at the current exhibition entitled, Art in Industry, which we found to be most interesting. The next meeting will be held on Monday 18th June at the Sun Inn at 10.30am  David Willey   (see photo in gallery)


Tuesday 27th March 2018

Today twelve of us had a guided tour of the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery at Weekday Cross which was found to be interesting, informative and very diverse. The tour lasted for about an hour and the guide was very pleasant and enthusiastic. This was followed by a trip to the Lakeside Arts Centre at Nottingham University to view the current exhibition at the Djanogly Gallery entitled, Scaling the Sublime – Art at the limits of landscape.
At the last meeting on March 19th future gallery visits were discussed including trips to Leicester, Sheffield, and to Derby again to see their current Art in Industry exhibition. Further details will be confirmed later. The next meeting will be on Monday April 16th at 10.30 am in the conference room of the Sun Inn.(photo in gallery)      David Willey



 Our recent meeting was held on Monday 19th February 2018 at our regular venue. the Sun Inn Eastwood. Two artist profiles were presented, the first one being the art of Beryl Cook and the second one as a complete contrast featured the work of Paul Cezanne which everyone found to be most interesting and informative.
Our next meeting is on Monday 19th March at 10.30am in the upstairs conference room of the Sun Inn. No presentations have been arranged for this meeting and it will solely be a discussion group to explore ideas for future artist profiles and potential visits to galleries and/or museums.  David Willey


Monday 18th September 2017: There was  a short presentation on the work of the artist Peter Burgess, who is holding an exhibition of his work 1997- 2017 at Patchings Art Centre, Calverton from 2nd September to the 8th October. A visit to ‘Patchings’ to see his work ‘in the flesh’ will probably be organised – but more of that at a later date. Also at the meeting we  had a presentation on the life and work of Joseph Wright, examples of who’s work can be seen at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. See gallery for photograph.