Art Appreciation

Where: Various locations.

When: The 3rd Thursday of the month.

Time: As arranged.

Leader: Carol.


We have in common an interest in art and enjoy experiencing it in many forms. We visit galleries and occasionally studios across the North East, some using public transport and others cars. Hopefully our visits are fun, often including coffee and/or lunch.

A Visit to Donnison School

2023-11-09T20:13:44+01:00October 21st, 2023|Art Appreciation|

On Friday evening, which was dark and damp, 23 of us spent an evening in flickering candlelight, in the historical Donnison School, an appropriate setting for the enactment of the story of Mary Ann Cotton, mass- murderer of this area. The actors played their parts enthusiastically, with great humour, and the [...]

Art Visit to Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire.

2023-10-21T09:34:21+01:00October 21st, 2023|Art Appreciation|

Beningbrough is a National Trust property near York. It is a delightful house with wonderful gardens. Seventeen of our members visited the art exhibition, “Inspired by Italy,” which displays the work of Kate Somerville, a Yorkshire based black and white photographer and Giovanni Batista, an 18th Century Italian artist. The exhibition [...]

A Visit to Tennant’s Auction House

2023-03-19T12:34:38+01:00March 19th, 2023|Art Appreciation|

On Thursday last 34 members travelled by coach to Leyburn to spend the day at Tennant’s- the largest auction house outside London. From the moment we arrived to be greeted by friendly faces, coffee and still-warm, newly- baked shortbread, until we left at 4pm having been sent on our way with [...]

From Edinburgh to London and Beyond

2022-06-18T10:26:59+01:00June 18th, 2022|Art Appreciation|

Seventeen members of the Art Group had a very enjoyable trip to Ushaw House to see ‘From Edinburgh to London and Beyond’ - an extensive exhibition, beautifully displayed, of railway posters through the 20th Century. It was delightful to see how much the venue has improved. This beautiful building now looks [...]

Art Appriciation Update

2022-06-12T12:40:27+01:00June 12th, 2022|Art Appreciation|

Just to remind you, our next visit will be June 16th to see the exhibition ofRailway Poster Art at Ushaw College.  It is recommended that you use the Postcode DH7 7DW to take you to the visitors' entrance. It opens at 11am and I propose we meet in the cafe soon [...]

Art Appreciation

2022-05-22T10:15:30+01:00May 22nd, 2022|Art Appreciation|

Our May outing saw 12 of us visit The Great North Museum-Hancock to see their exhibition celebrating the 2020 Fine Arts BA Degree work from Newcastle University. It certainly was different, and saw many of us scratching our heads and looking mystified-even with the printed explanatory pamphlets in hand! Still - [...]

Spanish Gallery

2022-04-24T09:00:14+01:00April 24th, 2022|Art Appreciation|

On 21st April, 24 members visited the newly -opened Spanish Gallery, at Bishop Auckland. The gallery itself, a stunning conversion of a bank building, housed a mind-boggling collection of paintings from the Golden Age of Spanish Art. We were all vastly impressed by the work we saw there, and enjoyed the [...]

April visit to SpanishGallery

2022-03-28T13:06:49+01:00March 28th, 2022|Art Appreciation|

As you know, we are scheduled to visit the new Spanish Gallery at Bishop Auckland on April 21st. I gather it is a beautiful exhibition space, housing the biggest and best collection of Spanish art outside of London , including works by El Greco, Velasquez and Murillo. This is a real [...]

The Lindisfarne Gospel

2022-03-21T16:09:04+01:00March 21st, 2022|Art Appreciation|

Hello all! It was lovely to se so many members at South Shields on Thursday, and that everyone seemed to enjoy the exhibition. As you probably know, The Lindisfarne Gospels will be on display at the Laing Gallery for two months in the Autumn. As some of you may remember from [...]