Monday 30 May 2022

14 June outing to Christchurch Highbury.

Meet at 11 am on Tuesday 14 June at Christchurch, Highbury outside the Community Room and cafe. 

The Community Room is on the side of the church away from Highbury Grove opposite the clocktower, commemorating Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee.

Pic just in case. The community room is on the right almost out of sight.

The church itself is early Victorian with some later additions. The nearby area is known as Highbury Barn, after an actual barn which became a popular entertainment centre in the nineteenth century. Many of the local shops are independent specialist shops, such as a good butcher, greengrocer and Italian Deli. Highbury Barn Tavern is nearby with an outside terrace.

The address of the church is 155 Highbury Grove N5 1SA. It is about midway between Finsbury Park and Highbury and Islington underground stations and is served by several buses including the 4 and the 19. Highbury Fields is nearby.

The community rooms offer coffee and cakes. There are also loos. They are happy to welcome us whether or not we buy any coffee, as we are a community group (Islington Art Society). They are happy to provide us with extra chairs, but please don't take them out of the grounds. There should be no problem about eating our own sandwiches should we choose to. We hope to be able to get into the Church, but this will be confirmed on the day.

And finally image from Gill D'Ambrosio from the previous outing to the Olden Garden.      


Sunday 15 May 2022

Our outing to the Olden Garden

On a rather wet day 14 artists, including an international Urban Sketcher, made their way to the Olden Garden just off Whistler Street. This garden was previously derelict land and has been reclaimed by the community as a garden and woodland. It was made and maintained by dedicated volunteers for community use. It is a very special place and all the better for being unexpected. Entry is through a locked door from the street, a real secret garden!

The summer house was made by a volunteer and does look splendid.

Fortunately the day was not as wet as the following one and the artists managed to get some very commendable work done. The sun came out in the afternoon and the light changed for the better.

Really the pictures say it all and thank you Olden Garden for allowing us to come and sketch.

The date for the next outing is Tuesday 14 June, the venue is to be confirmed. 

Below are pictures by:

Gafung Wong

2 pictures

Diane Umemoto

Sue Lees

2 pictures

Gill Steiner

Janet Payne

Ann Funston

two pictures

Cathy Burkinshaw

2 pictures

Janet Perkins

2 pictures

Peter Colley

2 pictures

Eva Sze

Helena Yiu

Elaine Kleinen