Adelaide

ADFAS Adelaide welcomes you

ADFAS Adelaide is one of thirty-eight ADFAS societies in Australia.  ADFAS is a not-for-profit organisation run by a committee of volunteers. We aim to promote an interest in the study of decorative and fine arts by offering nine high quality monthly lectures on a wide range of subjects including social history, landscape gardening and design, architecture, textiles and music.

Lectures:

ADFAS Adelaide hold two sessions of lectures on Wednesdays:

Morning Session
St Andrews Church: 43 Church Tce, Walkerville
Lectures commence at 10.30am. Morning Tea at 10am.

Afternoon Session
Burnside City Uniting Church: 384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore
Lectures begin at 7.30pm. Supper at approximately 8.30p

Program
Find full details of the 2023 program here

Membership:
Annual membership
$155 single
$290 double
Click here to join or email: mstableford1@bigpond.com

Special Interest Half Days are optional, and an additional fee applies. Registration forms are sent out approximately one month prior to the lecture. 

Guests welcome:
Guests are most welcome with prior notice. Please phone: Margaret Stableford on 0407 070 722. A $25 fee applies (or $15 if your guest is a member of another ADFAS Society). Membership between societies is non transferrable

Contact:
For all enquiries please email: mstableford1@bigpond.com
Postal Address: PO Box 565 Walkerville SA 5081
ABN: 54 559 495 272

Committee 2023
Chair: Dr Gillian Potter
Treasurer:  Dr Henry Glennie
Secretary: Sandie Meyer
Public Officer: Ross Burton
Membership Secretary: Margaret Stableford   Ph: 0407 070 722

2023 PROGRAM

Wednesday 22 March 2023
A VIRTUAL TOUR OF MOMA NEW YORK
Presented by Anna Moszynska

Morning: St Andrews Church: 43 Church Tce, Walkerville. Morning tea from 10am, lecture at 10.30am.
Afternoon: Burnside City Uniting Church: 384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore. Lecture at 7.30pm, supper afterwards.

This lecture offers an opportunity to ‘travel’ to New York and experience the excitement of visiting its premier modern art museum. Established in 1929 and newly extended in 2019, the museum offers a superb range of art ranging from Impressionism to the present day. In this talk, Anna will briefly review the museum’s fascinating history and architecture, but most of all, tour parts of the collection through its different floors, looking at specific pieces and showing how they resonate with other works close by. Anna will offer a lively introduction to MoMA and lead you through time to encounter exciting works by both modern and contemporary artists, ranging from Vincent Van Gogh to Cindy Sherman.

Anna is a London-based lecturer and writer specialising in contemporary art. Anna currently teaches at academic institutions in London and Paris and runs her own courses. She enjoys introducing art to audiences in a lively and approachable way to make modern and contemporary art both accessible and interesting.

​Wednesday 19 April 2023
FUTURE TRADITIONS: ART GALLERY OF SA
Presented by Sera Waters

Morning: St Andrews Church: 43 Church Tce, Walkerville. Morning tea from 10am, lecture at 10.30am.
Afternoon: Burnside City Uniting Church: 384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore. Lecture at 7.30pm, supper afterwards.

Domestic handicrafts and textiles, despite often being disparaged, are rich repositories of ancient human knowledge. This talk will delve into what can be learned from intergenerational textile traditions, skills and knowledge which when reawakened can help us navigate a future – future traditions.

Sera Waters is an artist living on Kaurna Country, South Australia. Since being awarded a Ruth Tuck Scholarship in 2006 to study hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework (UK), Waters’ art practice has been characterised by a darkly stitched meticulousness which dwells within the gaps of settler colonial home-making histories. Most recently, Waters has exhibited in the 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, as well as the 2022 Busan Biennale, South Korea. Her works are held by the Cruthers collection of Women’s art, Ararat Regional Gallery, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Powerhouse and private collections nationwide and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.

Wednesday 24 May 2023
ART NOUVEAU ARCHITECTURE AROUND THE WORLD
Presented by Ian Gledhill

Morning: St Andrews Church: 43 Church Tce, Walkerville. Morning tea from 10am, lecture at 10.30am.
Afternoon: Burnside City Uniting Church: 384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore. Lecture at 7.30pm, supper afterwards.

Art Nouveau influenced architecture in countries around the world including Britain, Austria, Spain, Latvia and America. Plant forms, animal shapes, carved stone and iron shapes became part of architecture, as did the designs of Tiffany and Louis Sullivan.

Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary. In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and the theatre, where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator.

Wednesday 21 June 2023
THE POWER OF ART IN HIGHER EDUCATION: CASE STUDIES FROM FLINDERS UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART
Presented by Fiona Salmon

Morning: St Andrews Church: 43 Church Tce, Walkerville. Morning tea from 10am, lecture at 10.30am.
Afternoon: Burnside City Uniting Church: 384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore. Lecture at 7.30pm, supper afterwards.

This lecture introduces the FUMA collections and traces their contemporary use and value in education.FUMA is custodian to one of the largest public art collections in South Australia. It spans the 15th to 21st centuries and comprises over 8000 original Australian and international works. Collection highlights include nationally significant holdings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, conceptual art projects by North American, European and Australian artists, and a vast archive of Australian political prints and posters.

Fiona is a curator, arts administrator and educator who has worked in the public sector since 1995. Currently Director of Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA), she has oversight of the university’s art collections, exhibitions and associated education and public programs, and is co-convenor of the university’s Indigenous Australian Art topic.

Wednesday 26 July 2023
SHAKEN BY AN EARTHQUAKE: IGOR STRAVINSKY, THE BALLET RUSSES AND THE ASTONISHING 1913 PREMIERE OF STRAVINSKY’S RITE OF SPRING
Presented by Sandy Burnett

Morning: St Andrews Church: 43 Church Tce, Walkerville. Morning tea from 10am, lecture at 10.30am.
Afternoon: Burnside City Uniting Church: 384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore. Lecture at 7.30pm, supper afterwards.

Nothing could top the riot at the Rite in 1913 when Stravinsky and Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes transformed expectations of what a night in the theatre could be. We’ll look at the set design, costumes and the musical score on that dramatic night.

Sandy Burnett is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3.​

Thursday 27 July 2023
SPECIAL INTEREST HALF DAY
Presented by Sandy Burnett
9.30AM–12.30PM, Burnside City Uniting Church

From Preludes to Passions: Johan Sebastian Bach’s Music and its timeless appeal More than any other composer, Johann Sebastian Bach’s music has transcended the passage of time. Sandy examines the enduring appeal of this astonishing composer’s work, traces the evolution of his life and career from his early days at Eisenach and Arnstadt through spells at Weimar, Cöthen and finally Leipzig, and looks at the shifting perception of Bach’s music over the years since his death in 1750. Illustrations include a selection of musical highlights great and small, ranging from tiny keyboard preludes through to some of the earth-shattering moments from the mighty John and Matthew Passions.

30 August 2023
A PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY: SHACKLETON’S ENDURANCE EXPEDITION CAPTURED ON CAMERA
Presented by Mark Cottle
Morning: St Andrews Church: 43 Church Tce, Walkerville. Morning tea from 10am, lecture at 10.30am.
Afternoon: Burnside City Uniting Church: 384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore. Lecture at 7.30pm, supper afterwards

On Ernest Shackleton’s third Antarctic expedition in 1914, his ship, the Endurance was trapped and eventually crushed in the ice pack.  The Australian Frank Hurley, one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century was the expedition’s official photographer.  His photographs are a visual narrative of an epic journey which capture with great artistry new and amazing landscapes within which a remarkable human drama is played out.

The aim of the lecture is to capture Hurley’s achievements as a photographer of the Antarctic in the first flush of human contact when it was still essentially terra incognita.

Mark Cottle’s career has been spent in education and training at home and abroad. He has lectured at Exeter College on Medieval and Tudor history, St Mark’s & St John’s University College, Plymouth, and at Bath University on Anglo Saxon and medieval England.

27 September 2023
THE ARTS OF JAPAN: HIGHLIGHTS OF JAPANESE ART AND CULTURE
Presented by Marie Conte-Helm

Morning: St Andrews Church: 43 Church Tce, Walkerville. Morning tea from 10am, lecture at 10.30am.
Afternoon: Burnside City Uniting Church: 384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore. Lecture at 7.30pm, supper afterwards

Contact with China and the West, contrasting aristocratic and military tastes, and the impact of Zen Buddhism have all contributed to distinctive visual trends and techniques in Japanese painting, sculpture and the applied arts.This lecture will provide an introduction to and an overview of the arts of Japan.  It will chart the development of key aspects of the Japanese aesthetic in painting, sculpture and the applied arts through different periods of history.

Professor Marie Conte-Helm is a long-established Lecturer of The Arts Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is widely published and also an experienced cruise speaker and a Resident Historian with Viking Cruises, lecturing on many aspects of Asian Art and East-West Encounters. She was awarded an OBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to UK-Japan educational and cultural relations, and the order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Rosette by the Government of Japan in 2019.

25 October 2023
ROME IN AFRICA, AFRICA IN ROME
Presented by Paul Roberts

Morning: St Andrews Church: 43 Church Tce, Walkerville. Morning tea from 10am, lecture at 10.30am.
Afternoon: Burnside City Uniting Church: 384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore. Lecture at 7.30pm, supper afterwards

This lecture looks at the art and society of Roman North Africa from Morocco to Egypt. Though divided, then as now, by their history and ethnicity, these countries all once formed part of the Roman Empire. We see how Rome gradually conquered them and why: their incredible natural resources, from the fish of Morocco to the grain of Tunisia, the oil of Libya and the fabulous wealth of Egypt. Roman influence spread through these provinces: in buildings, art, religion and language, but it is clear it wasn’t a one-way process.

Dr Paul Roberts is Head of the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University. His research focuses on the daily life of ordinary people in the Greek and Roman worlds, and he has written books and articles on Greek and Roman daily life, Pompeii and the Herculaneum, Sicily, Roman Emperors, mummy portraits and the Greek and Roman ceramics and glass.

26 October 2023
SPECIAL INTEREST HALF DAY
Presented by Paul Roberts

9.30am–12.30pm, Burnside City Uniting Church

ANCIENT FACES: FLINDERS PETRIE AND THE MUMMY PORTRAITS OF ROMAN EGYPT

When the last Queen of Egypt, the tragic Cleopatra, died in 31 BC, Egypt became part of the mighty Roman Empire. Many changes took place, even around the iconic Egyptian mummy. Realistic portraits of the deceased began to appear on their mummies, on linen, on thin sheets of wood or in gilded plaster.

In the 1880s, British archaeologist, Sir William Flinders Petrie, discovered dozens of portrait mummies in the Fayum region of Egypt, about 100 miles south-west of Cairo. He recorded them in his journals and notebooks, describing them as if they were works of art, but also realising they were real people who had lived and died in Roman Egypt.

We examine their daily lives, their hairstyles, jewellery and dress, ponder their racial origins and even their characters (or at least Petrie’s opinions on them!). We also gaze on two faces from the portraits, reconstructed from skulls which Petrie brought home, to see just how true to life these ancient faces are.

PALMYRA: BRIDE OF THE DESERT

In this lecture we look at one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world, even in ruin, the fabled city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Palmyra arose on a trade route that brought silk, spices and other luxuries across the desert from the east. Her wealth and power are shown in splendid monuments, while her people, wealthy, sophisticated and cosmopolitan, are preserved in hauntingly beautiful stone funeral portraits.

Palmyra became so powerful during the Roman empire that the warrior queen Zenobia challenged Rome itself. We’ll see Palmyra’s meteoric rise and its dramatic fall, its rediscovery by English lords and its desecration by Isis. But there is hope that beautiful Palmyra will rise again.

22 November 2023
COLLECTING AND EXHIBITING CONTEMPORARY ART IN ADELAIDE: AN HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
Presented by Margot Osborne

Morning: St Andrews Church: 43 Church Tce, Walkerville. Morning tea from 10am, lecture at 10.30am.
Afternoon: Burnside City Uniting Church: 384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore. Lecture at 7.30pm, supper afterwards

In this lecture, Margot will talk about her new book The Adelaide Art Scene: Being contemporary 1939-2000, with a focus on the roles of the Art Gallery of South Australia and of Adelaide’s three major art societies in variously collecting, exhibiting and fostering the work of Adelaide’s contemporary artists.

Adelaide author and curator Dr Margot Osborne has a PhD in art history from the University of Adelaide, where she is a visiting research fellow. Her new book, The Adelaide Art Scene: Being Contemporary 1939-2000 is a landmark first history that charts the development of modern and contemporary art across six decades through the roles of key artists and of landmark exhibitions, through bursts of maverick art criticism and art activism, through the competitive roles of art societies, the rise and fall of key art galleries and the changing role of the city’s flagship art museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia.

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