Mercer Art Gallery and the Royal Hall, Harrogate
Travelling by coach, there will be a trip to Harrogate to see the Atkinson Grimshaw exhibition at the Mercer Gallery. John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) is famous for his night-time, moon-lit paintings of cities and dockyards. Whistler once remarked 'I considered myself the inventor of Nocturnes until I saw Grimmy's pictures'. Grimshaw's paintings were: 'sharply focussed, almost photographic, recording the rain and mist, the puddles and smokey fog of late Victorian industrial England with great poetry'.
There will be an introduction to the exhibition by the Mercer's curator and, while one group of 20 is at the Mercer, the other group will visit the recently refurbished Royal Hall. Completed in 1903, the Royal Hall was designed by Frank Matcham and his architect Robert Beale. The building was based on the great ballrooms and music pavillions of Imperial Europe. It was a major entertainment venue for the rich and famous who went to Harrogate to take the waters. Howard Hughes, Chairman of the Restoration Trust will give a talk about the Royal Hall. Then both groups will lunch together at The Orchid, a Thai restaurant which has been recommended. There will then be an hour's free time to explore Harrogate further.