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09 Leisure activities > Dance/keep fit - Pg. 197

Leisure activities 197 programme with guests, and the award-winning RM quarterly magazine. See website: www.royalacademy.org.uk. Tate is a public institution, owned by and existing for the public. Tate's mission is to increase public knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of British modern and contemporary art through its collection and programmes in and beyond its galleries. See website: www.tate.org.uk. Painting as a hobby If you are interested in improving your own painting technique, art courses are available at your local adult education institute. Your library may have details of painting groups and societies in your area. The Society for All Artists (SAA), which exists to inform, encourage and inspire all who want to paint, whatever their ability, provides all that you need to enjoy this hobby. Find out more on its website: www.saa.co.uk. Crafts The majority of suggestions are contained in Chapter 14, Holidays, variously under `Arts and crafts' and `Special interest holidays', since many organisations offer residential courses and painting holidays. If you are interested in a particular form of craft work many of the societies and others listed in Chapter 14 should be able to help you. Here are a few additional possibilities: Basket-makers' Association promotes classes, courses, exhibitions, lectures and discussions on all aspects of basket-making, chair seating and allied crafts. See website: www.basketassoc.org. Crafts Council's aim is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft, visit markets, fairs, galleries, shops and outlets for craft work. See website: www.craftscouncil.org.uk. Open College of the Arts (OCA) is an educational charity established to widen participation in arts education, to acquire or improve skills or gain a higher education qualification. See website: www.oca-uk.com. Dance/keep fit Clubs, classes and groups exist in all parts of the country offering ballroom, old time, Scottish, folk, ballet, disco dancing and others. Additionally, there are