(An extract from our November newsletter available to read in the Members Area [requires login])

Our Chorleywood u3a Study Day – first for several years – on Aspects of Art, proved very popular and successful event with our members. Around fifty people attended on the day and there was something for every taste and interest – history, geography and even seaside tourism in addition to art appreciation.

We had three excellent speakers: Jackie Clare, an acclaimed Blue Badge guide, spoke about ‘London Street Art’. She took us on a fascinating tour of London starting at Liverpool Street and heading outside the city to Spitalfields and Shoreditch. She introduced us to public art in the area, some symbolising the waves of immigrants who brought their religion and skills with them and showed us interesting and diverse examples of London street Art.

Art historian Nicholas Reed’s topic was: ‘Wish you Were Here: The Seaside Holiday in Art’ and he provided us with an insight into the development of the British seaside holiday resorts and included a variety of artists with the theme of a seaside. From designers of once popular seaside postcards to Victorian painters of seascapes and 20th century posters advertising Railway trips to the seaside.

Andrew Davies is a renowned lecturer and his talk on ‘Old Father Thames:
The River in Art’ emphasised the importance of river Thames and its fascination for many artists, that can be traced back to 16th century. From the Prague born graphic artist Wenceslas Hollar to Canaletto, who produced some 150 works in 11 years he spent in England. Whistler, JMW Turner and Monet were all obsessed by the river Thames.

It was organised by Jill Menghetti, Georgie Barton, Tricia King and Jayne Morgan and ably assisted by Mike and
Carmelina Field, Gillian Hill, Nikki Scott and Clare Morrison.


Below you can see some photos taken on the day as well as some photos of the street art.

Click on an image to see full size.  Move through the images using the page numbers (1, 2, 3 etc.) at the bottom right.