The Museums and Galleries Group brings together members who are interested in visiting art galleries for permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, museum displays and similar events.
We meet quarterly in January, April, July and September to plan our programme for the following months. There is a charge of £1 per meeting to cover room hire. During this meeting, members are asked to put forward suggestions of visits they are interested in making. If there is sufficient interest from the rest of the group they are asked to do some initial research in preparation for handing it over to one of our booking team who will advise cost, confirm the visit with the venue, and advise payment details.
We aim to arrange one visit each month.
Review of 2021
Coronavirus restrictions prevented any visits or planning meetings in the early part of the year. However, we held an outdoor planning meeting in June which was well attended and resulted in some local visits being proposed and arranged. In July we went to Nottingham Castle, soon after its reopening following major refurbishment work. The highlight of the visit was an exhibition about the career of Sir Paul Smith, the international fashion designer who's first shop opened in Nottingham in the 1960's. In August we visited the Harley Gallery and Portland Collection at Welbeck Abbey which was followed with the National Holocaust Memorial Centre in Laxton in September. Here, we heard a very moving account by a holocaust survivor, speaking to us via a live video link. We travelled a little further afield in October and enjoyed a fascinating visit to Gainsborough Old Hall which had recently reopened after being taken over by English Heritage. Also in October we held our first indoor planning meeting, at the Baptist Church which was very well attended. Suggestions were made for outings in November, to the Lakeside Arts Centre at Nottingham University to view 3 exhibitions. In December, no visits were planned but a Christmas lunch was proposed. Proposals were also made for visits in January and February and into the Spring.
Programme for 2022
Details of our January Planning Meeting will be circulated to group members. The outcome of this should be visits in February, March and April.
Museums/Galleries Group News 2019/2020 2019 saw us out and about visiting exhibitions and places of interest, including the the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, the Richard 111 museum in Leicester and a Bondage and Liberation exhibition in Lincoln Castle. Here are a few photos from those: A room in the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth
Members inspecting the Richard 111 statue outside the museum in Leicester
Members viewing Vivienne Westwood creations at Lincoln Castle exhibition
Visits in 2020 Our group goes from strength to strength and we have arranged an exciting programme of visits from February 2020 onwards.
February sees two visits, one to The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester for a tour of the Cézanne exhibition, and one more locally to the Djanogly Gallery at Lakeside, Nottingham to the Ivon Hitchens “Space through Colour” exhibition
March sees us returning to the Compton Verney Gallery near Warwick for 2 exhibitions on Cranach : the Innovator and Fabric: Touch and Identity
These were also planned - so postponed until after Covid Lockdowns:
Derby Museums’ new V21 Artspace Objects of Love, Hope and Fear: a world collection of 1,400 objects
the National Gallery in London to see exhibitions by Titian and Nicolas Maes.
Sainsbury Centre near Norwich - Art Deco by The Sea and Art Nouveau. This is a favourite venue for our members with a pleasant ambiance, which we look forward to revisiting.
Visits undertaken in 2018
In January we had a trip to the Sainsbury Centre at UEA Norwich to visit the Radical Russia exhibition and see the exquisite Fabergé display. Some of the pieces were truly breathtaking
Weds 14th Feb Visit to Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside, “Vikings” exhibition -by public transport
Weds 21st March Newstead Abbey tour & “Peacocks: The Pomp of Power” exhibition - by car share.
Weds 18th/Thursday 19th April. This saw our first overnight visit to Liverpool to see the big exhibition at the World Museum “China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors.” A wonderful experience which we combined with a visit to the Walker Gallery to take in the vast collections there from different centuries plus, between us, the vast array of attractions Liverpool has to offer: Tate Gallery, Maritime Museum, Slavery Museum, Beatles extravaganza, Albert Dock etc. We used the hop on hop off bus to get around conveniently.
An exhibit by the Singh Twins at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool
View across Liverpool (above) Catholic Cathedral "Paddy's Wigwam"(below) The Liver Building (above)
Tues 8th May Visit to Sleaford to Visit Navigation House, The Hub and Coggleshall Watermill - by car share.
View the slideshow below of the Group's visit on 8th May to Sleaford and Cogglesford Mill (photos by Marjorie Bramhill)
Friday 8th June: Portland Miniatures at the Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Group tour of the new miniature portraits collection and viewing of the Glass Exhibition there
Thursday 21st June: visit to a private ceramics collection in Hoveringham
Friday 20th July: Quarterly planning meeting in the Library at 12 noon
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