Art and crafts

We run nine art and crafts groups.  Use the buttons below to read about any that are of interest. If you would like to contact the leader of a particular group, please use the Contact us form. Your enquiry will then be forwarded to the leader of the group in question.

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Have you ever looked at an artwork and wondered about its meaning, about the artist, the context or the techniques involved? If so, then you’ll enjoy the Art History and Appreciation group. No expert artistic knowledge is assumed or necessary - just a liking and interest in art in its many and varied forms.

Presentations by group members are appreciated and enjoyed. Everyone’s opinion and contribution is valued in this friendly, informal, and enthusiastic group.

The group aims to provide opportunities to socialise, discuss and learn from each other. We warmly welcome new members.

Recent Activity

With many galleries, museums and artists offering virtual tours and lectures, each month we issue lists of what’s available on the various forms of media: giving websites, dates, and times.  Members also receive an activity such as a related quiz, presentation or short lecture which can be enjoyed at any time at leisure. Email is our main means of communication, but we have also established a Closed Facebook group and a one hour Zoom meeting, held at our customary monthly meeting time, showing PowerPoint presentations, for example, for ‘Members’ Choice’, a committee member screen-shared paintings chosen by members, who each told us about their chosen picture.

In February, the group looked at images of animals in art through time. We met via Zoom in March, with a PowerPoint presentation 'Posters of the 20th Century'. Our April meeting covered the theme, 'Spring is in the Air' and our May meeting was a Powerpoint presentation, via Zoom, entitled 'Photographer Gordon Parks'.

Forthcoming Activity

The programme for the coming year will include:

Art nouveau, record album covers, quizzes, members’ 

choices, 20th Century art movements.

We restarted meeting in person  on 14th September 2021, when we watched an episode from the series ‘Great Paintings of the World’ presented by Andrew Marr. The episode explored aspects of the life and art of Pablo Picasso and focused on the painting ‘Weeping Woman’, an expression of the grief and despair during the Spanish Civil War, particularly, to the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica.

If you would like to join us for 2021/22, you will be made most welcome.


Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham, RG24 8LT

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3rd Wednesday of the month


14:00 - 16:00


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