Art History


Where and when

We meet at 10am on the first Monday of the month in the Ashley room at the Congregational Church.

Contact details

Angela Deane 01858 431111   email:


Art History – January 2021

  In December we had our second group meeting on Zoom, when we enjoyed looking at Seascapes chosen by group members.  There was a great selection of paintings including some by some lesser known artists and it was interesting to note the different ways of approaching the subject.  Our topic for January is ‘Food and […]

Art History – December 2020

We had our first meeting on Zoom in early November when we looked at six paintings on the subject of ‘Autumn Harvest’.  We enjoyed being able to comment and discuss the art works with each other and plan to have another online session in December, when the subject will be ‘Seascapes’. I continue to update […]

Art History – November 2020

By the time you read this we will have held our first meeting on Zoom with the theme of Autumn Harvest.  I selected 6 paintings on the subject and we discussed the artists and their work and tried to pick a favourite.  If this trial session goes well, we will continue to have group meetings […]

Art History – September 2020

For the time being we will continue to share information about TV programmes and useful websites, by email or phone.  Recent recommendations have included ‘Romancing the Stone: the Golden Age of British Sculpture’ with Alistair Sooke; ‘The Riviera: a History in Pictures’, with Richard E Grant and ‘The Art of Japanese Life’, with Dr James […]

Art History – August 2020

The group are adapting to the ‘new normal’ of sharing ideas by email and phone.  Many museums and galleries are gradually reopening and continue to share content online.  The Royal Academy Young Artists Summer Show is available at  Celebrating a new generation of art talent ranging from drawing, painting and photography, to video and […]

Art History – July 2020

We continue to keep in touch by email and phone but look forward to meeting in person some day.  The welcome news is that many galleries and museums will soon reopen which will provide them with essential revenue. There will be reduced hours, advance booking and extra measures to keep everyone safe.  Even so, I […]

Art History

The group continue to keep in touch by email and phone. I have had many positive responses to my suggestions for TV programmes and websites.  There is certainly a lot more on YouTube than I realised!  Indeed the Royal Academy has recently put some ‘Exhibition on Screen’ films onto YouTube including Manet – Portraying Life […]

Art History – May 2020

The group have been staying in touch by email and phone.  We have been sharing ideas about TV programmes including those available on BBC iplayer, virtual exhibitions and gallery visits, the Google Art Project and films on YouTube.  As I write this, ( 27th April) tonight on BBC 4 there is a new series called […]

Art History – April 2020

In view of the current situation, the Art History group will not be meeting until further notice.   However, there is plenty of art information available online and I will highlight something  I was lucky enough to visit the Picasso and Paper Exhibition a week before the Royal Academy had to temporarily close its doors […]

Art History – March 2020

The group will not be meeting in April. We will return on 4th May, when we start our investigation into British Art of the 1960’s as part of the SLU3A 20th Anniversary project.  Our first artist will be Francis Bacon who created an extraordinary body of intense and uncompromising figure paintings and portraits. This should […]