Art Picnics of the usual kind are not safe or practical at present but that has not stopped members of Richmond English as Additional Language (EAL) Friendship Group from meeting for virtual art and language celebrations. With local artist Sasa Marinkov we have explored decorative features at Marble Hill House, currently in process of restoration. The theme of the virtual art 'picnic', held online over five weeks, was 'festoons' and 'swags' as seen in several places in Marble Hill House. We also discussed wildlife and some famous trees, including the three hundred year old Black Walnut tree in Marble Hill Park. Thirteen people dialled in to the sessions plus family members who were inspired to join in by making art and enjoying the good company.

Above: one of the grpoup meetings sharing art and company.

Below: Swags and Festoons made by members of the Richmond English as Additional Language Friendship Group


This activity is kindly supported by English Heritage and the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Big Lottery.