Art Appreciation

Fourth Monday

The Assembly Rooms, Devizes Town Hall

10.15am – 12.15pm [doors 10am] – First floor, via the stairs or lift

GROUP LEADER:  Jill & Ken Ross

Art Appreciation was one of the original founder groups set up in 1996 by Devizes and District U3A and has remained a very popular option during the ensuing 23 years.
Art App’s object is to provide the wherewithal for its members to have a better understanding of art in order to appreciate it more fully; in essence, how to decipher the artist’s meaning and be able to ‘read’ the painting.
Our programme offers an eclectic mix and consists principally of talks by very knowledgeable and respected Art Historians and two trips to London galleries for guided tours by our regular London guide.
Our meetings are held in the beautiful Devizes Assembly Rooms from 10.15am to 12.15pm, on the 4th Monday, September to April (stairs or lift), and preceded by our ‘meet & greet’ with refreshments. Subs £3 payable at the door.
New members should contact Lynne Farrow whose number is in the newsletter or email .

Monday 23rd March
‘Archaeology and Art: Archaeological Reconstruction, Interpretation and Expression’
Today we welcome Peter Dunn, a talented artist who has, over time, developed a keen interest in archaeology.  Art and archaeology is a combination new to us.  Peter explains: “Reconstruction of archaeological and historical sites has for many years provided an important means of interpreting and visualising information on what we see as holes in the ground and featureless areas of bare earth.  So where does this sit within Archaeology, and is this Art?  Reconstruction should always aim to create a sense of time and place to stimulate the viewer to look, question and understand the past. I will show examples of work and background information on Stonehenge and sites in Jamaica dating from 4,000BC to the 19th century.

Monday 27th April
Tate Britain – ‘Early 20th Century Artists’ – Guided Tour
Today, Gayna, our London guide, will concentrate on the work of late 19th century European artists who greatly influenced British artists in the early 20th century and how WW1 changed their work forever.  The Tate has a wide range of paintings & sculptures of this era which we will look at and discuss.  Coach pick up at Station Rd car park & then Devizes Corn Exchange from where it will leave at 8.30am: return London at 4pm.  Total cost £29.50: coach only £14.50. Guided tours, approx.1 hour timed at 12.15 & 1.30 (state preference). Book at Jan’s Desk at Art App meetings or email .  You can also telephone Jan on the number given in the Newsletter.

This is the last meeting of our year. We are now taking our summer break and look forward to meeting up with you again on Monday, 28th September. We wish you all a relaxing and sunny summer! Ken, Jan and Jill.

These photographs were taken by Peter Elson on 25th November on the visit to the National Portrait Gallery.


On 9th December 2019 at the December Meeting

Updated on 06-02-2020