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Arts Appreciation

  • Art - Wot Is Art ?


    A discussion group, chaired by Katharine Draper, which explores aspects of the visual arts through topics proposed by its members (with an on-going search for the "Wow" factor); contributions from everyone. Discussions are wide-ranging including those stimulated by short presentations, recent exhibitions at the national (e.g. Major London galleries), regional (e.g. Ashmolean, Oxford; Fitzwilliam, Cambridge; Turner, Margate) and local level (e.g. Mascalls).  Members make their own choice of exhibitions to visit and then report to the Group.

    Art - wot is art 1 300

    Contact :   Lynn Mead

    Meetings :   Thursdays, 1st, 2 - 4

  • Churches - Looking at London Churches


    The group visits places of worship in London.  We explore the architecture, iconography, history and development of all types of places of worship in the London Area.  We have tended to focus on the City but are happy to visit anywhere in the greater London area.  Most outings take a day and include a visit to two places of worship and lunch, if required.  We take it in turn to arrange and lead visits but also have access to the services of an experienced City Guide.

    London churches 300

    Contact :   Tina and David Milman

    Meetings :   Wednesday 3rd,  all day

  • European Film Studies


    This new group will watch a European film, chosen by a member and taking account of its ease of availability, at home before the meeting. At the meeting a member will lead a discussion to include the background to the film and the director, the themes/questions posed by the film and their relevance to society. The goal is to increase our understanding of why that film was made at that time. Meeting : monthly, date to be determined to suit members.

    Euro film studies 300

    Contact :   John Clark

    Meetings :  Tuesday, 2nd, 10.00 to 12.00.

  • Gallery Group 1


    The group explores the work of significant artists, movements and genres.  On the first Wednesday an introductory talk is given and on the second an all day visit is made to a gallery, museum or house, usually in the London area.  Occasionally trips may be made further afield or even abroad.  No special expertise is required other than a willingness to contribute and attend regularly.

    Gallery Group 1 300

    Contact :   Chris Dance

    Meetings :   Wednesday, 1st, 2.00 - 4.30 (meetings),         Wednesday, 2nd, (visit)

  • Gallery Group 2


    Meetings are held in a house in Otford, or a gallery in London or elsewhere.  At house meetings we discuss what we have seen and look at our postcard reminders, and watch relevant videos or DVDs, as well as planning future visits.  Members are asked to collect newspaper reviews and news items on forthcoming exhibitions so that they are able to contribute to discussions.  Our London visits meet up at approximately 11 am.

    Gallery Group 2 300

    Contact :   Pauline Lovell

    Meetings :  Friday,  2nd (11.30) & 4th (10.30)

  • Jazz & Blues 1

    JAZZ & BLUES 1

    A group whose members share a diversity of interests in jazz and blues and in discovering more about the diversity of this vibrant part of our musical culture.  Meetings comprise presentations by group members, often on aspects of jazz which they have researched or discovered.  There will be a strong emphasis on presenting and listening to jazz that is readily accessible to most enthusiasts.

    Jazz and Blues One 1 300

    Contact :     Peter Moss

    Meetings :   Thursday 4th, 2 - 4

  • Jazz & Blues 2

    JAZZ & BLUES 2

    A group whose members share an enthusiasm for jazz and blues and in discovering more about the diversity of this vibrant part of our musical culture. Meetings comprise presentations by group members, often on aspects of jazz which they have researched or discovered. There has been a strong emphasis on presenting and listening to music that can be enjoyed by most jazz enthusiasts.
    Both Groups (1 and 2) occasionally pursue activities beyond their regular monthly meetings. These might include Study Mornings (available to all U3A members) or light-hearted social meetings with live contributions from members. 

    J and B 2 300

    Contact :     Jim Purves

    Meetings :   Thursday,   1st,   2.00 - 4.00

  • Music Appreciation A & B


    These groups meet in members’ homes to listen to recordings of classical music. The works may be by specific composers or linked with a particular style, period or theme. Members may present programmes individually or bring pieces linked to an agreed theme. Usually, shorter items or extracts are played. The aim is to widen members’ knowledge and appreciation of music by learning about the pieces and their composers and origins.

    Music App A 300

    Group A
    Contact :   Ken Brown

    Meetings :    Monday,  3rd,  2 - 4

    Group B
    Contact :   Jeff Lee

    Meetings :   Mondays,  4th,  2 - 4

  • Opera


    We aim to watch a variety of operas, on DVD, from the familiar to the less well known.  We start the meeting with a description of the work, including the provision of a synopsis, to assist understanding.  Members will have the opportunity to introduce their own favourite works or performances.  Allowing for a coffee break at a suitable point between acts, meetings can last up to 3 hours.


    Contact :   Ken Brown

    Meetings :   Friday, 1st, 10.15 - 1.15


  • Theatre Studies - From Page to Stage

    THEATRE STUDIES: From Page to Stage

    This group combines the study and discussion of plays with theatre visits.  The focus is mainly on modern and contemporary plays, the selection depending on what is on in London.  Earlier drama is included if the group is keen.  Members introduce the play, taking an area of interest to them (e.g. context, themes, character interpretation, staging).  The emphasis at meetings is on discussion and exchanging views.

    Theatre Studies Photo

    Contact :   Vicki Joyce

    Meetings :   Tuesday, 1st, 10.15 - 12.00

jeff Lee photo

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