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BARBICAN LIFE


Cromwell Tower in 2009, and it has shown paintings in cafes in Aldersgate and Whitecross Street. A highlight in this term’s calendar has been the selection of the Group to hold an Exhibition in the Barbican Library during December, against competition from some 50 applicants.


Although originally supported by the voucher system, the members of the Group now pay Bill Newton: there is no Corporation funding. The "Elianor Jonzen" Wednesday morning weekly Barbican Art Class has been in existence since the early '90s: Elianor is a past recipient of the prestigious Prix de Rome. Mary Donaldson was instrumental in the Class links with the Barbican. Initially it was held in the St Giles Crypt but moved because of flooding: it came to the Barbican Art Room in late 1998. The Art Class was until recently an LEA class and for two years an additional class was needed on Wednesday afternoons. The loss of the voucher system affected this and currently members pay Elianor directly by the term. Elianor is an experienced teacher, and four younger members


have gone on to Art School. Exhibitions have included one at the Barbican Library two years ago, and there is a submission for another next year.


The camaraderie of both groups is


excellent - as with much quality adult education, times for experiential learning and reflection are freely linked to social interaction and mutual appreciation. Extracurricular activities include Christmas dinner at Baraccas and other end-of-term celebrations. The current Art Room serves the art needs of the Barbican Residents very well, and the privilege of having such a facility is fully appreciated by its members, who are mostly at the aged end of the community. The problem with Art Rooms is that they are messy, and paintings need to be left around to dry (oils can't be touched for a number of weeks and take six months to harden), they are thus not easy bed- mates for other activities.


Recent interest has stimulated the


exploration of a Monday evening drawing class, a late afternoon children’s class, and the additional use of the Art Room for individual and


other artistic pursuits. Would you like to join one of the groups, have you ideas about promotion and exhibiting the talents of your peers – for further information please contact by email: thebarbicanartsociety@gmail.com. The continuing opportunities for the Barbican Art Group and support from the Barbican Estate Office in the provision of a dedicated Art Room are of enormous benefit to the social welfare of residents. It is gratifying to know that in these austere times, consideration, other than for reasons of financial restraint, is given to the development of cultural activities, the engendering of community spirit and the general feeling that the Barbican with all of its attractions is at the heart of creativity, a worthy example of the Great Society and an excellent example of how to develop the Big S. To show your support for this thriving Group, please come along to their Exhibition in the Barbican Library during the month of December: support your fellow residents - who knows, you may even be tempted to join.


What are you doing on Tuesday afternoons? Nudge! Nudge! We know what you should be doing! Joining us, that’s what.


Barbican Tuesday Club Barbican Tuesday Club


We enjoy each other’s company. We take adventurous trips. We listen to engaging talkers. And its all washed down with buckets of tea accompanied by exotic cakes. You’ll wonder why you’ve not met us before, after all we are the oldest club in The Barb’. Any resident can join us...just pop in at 2.45pm on Tuesday afternoons. We meet in the Lilac Room on level 02 Seddon House. Come on in and see if you like us! The Chair Person, June Giles, with her committee Ann Bradley, Corinne Littlestone and Pam Buck will welcome all of you... girl or fella! Ring June on 7588 1623 if you want to know more about us.


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