Brisbane River

ADFAS Brisbane River welcomes you.

ADFAS Brisbane River provides a program of eight beautifully illustrated, informative and entertaining Lectures on many diverse topics relating to The Arts given by Lecturers all chosen for their communication skills and passionate, expert knowledge of their fields. Morning Tea is served after each Lecture in a friendly welcoming environment and provides Members with the opportunity to socialise and to meet the Lecturers and ask questions. There are also three Special Interest Mornings which provide an extended format for a more in-depth experience.

Our annual membership fee provides access to the eight lectures and to the special Christmas Morning Tea which follows the Annual General Meeting. Each of our optional Interest Mornings are costed separately, with Members $60 and Guests $70. Enquiries to Chris Rylands on 0404 875 309 or payadfasbr@hotmail.com

Anyone with an interest in the arts or who wishes to develop an interest in the arts is very welcome. No prior knowledge is needed and the Lectures are very accessible. Our friendly Members all have one thing in common – an interest in learning more about the arts.

ADFAS Brisbane River proudly supports young people under 25 to engage in the arts with our Young Arts (YA) Projects.  We also support Young Conservators through the Association of ADFAS’s the Patricia Robertson Fund. Click here to watch a clip about one of the current Young Arts projects we support.

Lectures:

Venue:
Lectures are held at The State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane.

Time:
Lectures are on a Friday, please be seated by 10.25am as sessions begin at 10.30am sharp.

Membership:
The annual membership subscription is $210.00

We regret that we currently have no membership vacancies available but we do have a waiting list for future membership opportunities.  To join the waitlist please contact Maria Hansen on mariahansen2@bigpond.com or (07) 3374 3530.

Contact:
For all general enquiries please contact: Terry Cronin adfasbrisbaneriver@gmail.com or 0438 708 799.

Due to our full Membership, we are unable to accommodate Visitors or Guests at all Lectures in 2023.  To enquire about Guest availability for each Lecture please contact Maria Hansen on mariahansen2@bigpond.com or (07) 3374 3530.

Booking for each Lecture and Morning Tea is required on the Trybooking Link provided each month or, if you have problems, contact Jenny Neuss on bookingadfasbr@gmail.com or 0414 230 358.

Enquiries about Special Interest Mornings to Chris Rylands on payadfasbr@hotmail.com or 0404 875 309.

For all Payment enquiries contact Treasurer Chris Rylands on payadfasbr@hotmail.com or 0404 875 309.

Postal Address: PO Box 1764, Carindale, 4152
ABN: 21 339 806 033

Committee 2023
Chair: Greg Vickery
Vice Chair: Paul Anthony
Secretary: Terry Cronin
Treasurer: Chris Rylands
Membership: Maria Hansen

2023 PROGRAM

Friday 10 March 2023
THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN: An Inside View
Presented by Nigel Bates
Time & Venue: 10:30am, The State Library of Queensland

A look at life backstage at London’s Royal Opera House, the flagship of the British Arts World, and the tribulations and triumphs of working with The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet companies. We look at the way artistic inspirations, the people involved, and this very special building all function together to create world-class opera and ballet in a unique environment, the workplace of more than a thousand people. The history and architecture of the building, costume and set design are discussed, along with production values and the way daily performances and rehearsals of opera and ballet all fit into this elegant Victorian theatre. We see how the digital age has been embraced by the opera and ballet worlds. This lecture includes performance videoclips.

Nigel Bates is the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly forty years in, and out of, the Royal Opera House (ROH). For seventeen years he was Principal Percussionist with the ROH Orchestra. He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC’s Maestro at the Opera and Pappano’s Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the content of the ROH. For over twenty years, Nigel has given lectures to arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.

SPECIAL INTEREST MORNING

Wednesday 15 March 2023
TRIUMPH AND TRIBULATION: At the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera Companies
Presented by Nigel Bates
Time: 10.30 – 1.30pm
Venue: The State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane.

They Make No Noise

What is it that conductors do that makes orchestras respond in so many different ways? Is it a good baton technique or a strong personality? The way they look? And why are there so few women found on the podium? Drawing on history and his own experiences from many performances and recordings, Nigel seeks out some answers. This session includes some rare video footage of conductors in rehearsal and performance.

Tantrums & Tiaras

We glimpse backstage at the tribulations and triumphs of working with The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet companies. With beautiful illustrations, including unique performance videoclips, we look at the way artistic inspirations and the people involved, function together to create world-class opera and ballet in a unique environment.

Nigel Bates is the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly forty years in, and out of, the Royal Opera House (ROH). For seventeen years he was Principal Percussionist with the ROH Orchestra. He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC’s Maestro at the Opera and Pappano’s Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the content of the ROH. For over twenty years, Nigel has given lectures to arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.

Cost:
$60 for members to attend, includes refreshments.
$70 guests welcome
Enquiries to Chris Rylands on 0404 875 309 or payadfasbr@hotmail.com

Friday 14 April 2023
WORKING FROM LIFE: Puppets, Lay Figures and Strange Studios
Presented by Dr Bill Platz SFHEA
Time & Venue: 10:30am, The State Library of Queensland

Until quite recently, it was commonplace for artists to populate their working spaces with odd studio puppets called ‘lay figures’. These disconcerting figures were beautiful pieces of ingenuity and craftsmanship and they enabled artists to pose and study the body when bodies were otherwise unavailable or inconvenient. Lay figures allowed artists to work ‘from life’ without the living. In this lecture, Dr William Platz will use his artwork and his research into studio puppets to shine light into this obscure corner of art practice and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of studio puppets in contemporary art.

Dr Bill Platz is an American-Australian artist, teacher and researcher who exhibits and publishes regularly in the US, Australia and internationally. With a disciplinary focus on drawing and research concentrations in life drawing, portraiture and pedagogies of drawing, his recent work confects drawing, the body and puppets. Dr Platz is currently Deputy Director of Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (Research) and is its Head of Drawing. Dr Platz completed his BFA and MA in New York and his PhD in Australia.

Friday 12 May 2023
DEAD SHARKS AND OLIGARCHS:  Inside the Art Market of the 21st Century
Presented by Dr Tom Flynn
Time & Venue: 10:30am, The State Library of Queensland

After a painting purporting to be a work by Leonardo da Vinci sold for the staggering sum of $450.3 million dollars at an auction in New York, the world looked aghast at the art market and wondered whether it was out of control. The international art market now frequently sees breathtaking prices paid for works of art by the world’s most important painters and sculptors: $200 million for a Jackson Pollock ‘drip’ painting, and even $120,000 for a banana duct-taped to a gallery wall. This lecture explores the dizzying prices paid for ‘blue-chip’ works of art and throws light on the secretive mechanisms and confidential ‘behind-the-scenes’ deals that help bring them about. To what extent might money-laundering be involved.  Do they signify a shift in power and influence from West to East, from Europe to Asia and the Middle East, from the values of Old-World connoisseurship to those of the globalised world of high finance?

Dr Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer, and art consultant. He holds a BA Honours degree (First Class) in Art History from the University of Sussex, a Masters in Design History from the Royal College of Art, and a doctorate from the University of Sussex. A former Henry Moore Foundation post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex, he has written for numerous international art publications and is the author of The Body in Sculpture (Everyman Art Library, 1998). His interests include contemporary art; sculpture history; museology and the history of museums; art crime; issues in cultural heritage; and the historical development and                                                                    professional practice of the European art markets.

Friday 16 June 2023
ART DECO STYLE:  Fashion and Jewellery
Presented by Claudia Chan Shaw
Time & Venue: 10:30am, The State Library of Queensland

The visual culture of Art Deco is defined not only through architecture, but through the decorative arts. It influenced fashion and jewellery design, emphasising clean shapes and simplified lines to express the dynamism of the Machine Age. The well-dressed Deco woman was a study in style; from her gown and accessories, down to her cigarette case. Join Claudia Chan Shaw for an exploration of the Art Deco Style in fashion and jewellery – from the textile designs of Sonia Delaunay, to the poster girls of Shanghai and the luxury of Cartier.

Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multifaceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist, photo artist, and curator. With a BA in Visual Communication Design from Sydney College of the Arts, she is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw. The label is renowned for its exquisite handmade knitwear and jewellery.  The designs are represented in the permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Claudia is perhaps best known for her role as co-host and presenter on ABC TV’s popular program, Collectors and her subsequent book Collectomania: From objects of desire to magnificent obsession. Claudia features in a new TV production Antiques Down Under screening on Fridays at 7.30pm on 9Gem and 9Now.

SPECIAL INTEREST MORNING  

Wednesday 5 July 2023
VAN GOGH:  Why is his Work Still so Famous
Presented by Lucrezia Walker
Time: 10.30 – 1.30pm
Venue: The State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane.

We all know van Gogh. We know the Sunflowers, Starry Night, his self-portraits, the bright prismatic colour applied with energetic strokes of the brush. We know his life was not an easy one. But why is he so famous? What makes him possibly the best-known artist in the world?  Why does every gift shop in every gallery have a Vincent gift on display?  What makes his paintings instantly recognizable? His failure to find sales or success during his lifetime, his suffering leading to self-mutilation & later to suicide at the age of 37 are all well known. What happened during his short life, and afterwards, to transform him into the world’s best-loved artist?

Lucrezia Walker Is a lecturer and gallery guide at the National Gallery in London. She liaises with the Gallery’s corporate sponsors and with the Tate Gallery and the Tate Modern. She teaches US undergraduates on their Study Abroad semesters in London and was Lay Canon for the Visual Arts at St Paul’s Cathedral.

 

Cost:
$60 for members to attend, includes refreshments.
$70 guests welcome
Enquiries to Chris Rylands on 0404 875 309 or payadfasbr@hotmail.com

Friday 7 July 2023
THE POWDER AND THE GLORY: Helena Rubenstein – Cosmetics, Art & Wealth
Presented by Lucrezia Walker
Time & Venue: 10:30am, The State Library of Queensland

“There are no ugly women, only lazy ones”, quipped cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein, whose company made her one of the world’s richest women. Businesswoman, art collector, and philanthropist, she was the first self-made female millionaire. She commissioned work from avant-garde artists such as Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí – who was to design a powder compact for her. Her exclusive beauty salons influenced and blurred the conceptual boundaries between fashion, art galleries, and the domestic interior. Join us to discover more about this extraordinary woman, the subject of recent exhibitions in New York, Vienna and Paris.

Lucrezia Walker Is a lecturer and gallery guide at the National Gallery in London. She liaises with the Gallery’s corporate sponsors and with the Tate Gallery and the Tate Modern. She teaches US undergraduates on their Study Abroad semesters in London and was Lay Canon for the Visual Arts at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Friday 11 August 2023
THE GOLDEN AGE OF DUBROVNIK
Presented by Nirvana Romell
Time & Venue: 10:30am, The State Library of Queensland

The lecture tells the story of the making of the Dubrovnik Republic and its political and artistic heydays during the 15th and 16th century. Majestic altarpieces, churches and civic buildings serve as perfect examples of Mediterranean Renaissance, combining Italian influences with local medieval and neighbouring eastern traditions. The importance of Dubrovnik in European history stretches beyond its untouched walls and numerous bell towers. The historical heritage of this truly unique city is explained not just with a passion of an art historian but also with the insight of a native Croatian.

Nirvana Romell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Masters of Arts in English Language and Literature. She has 20 years of lecturing experience on three continents. Since her arrival in the UK in 2003, Nirvana has been working as a freelance lecturer, public programmes consultant and tour director. She has regularly presented art history courses and lectures, as well as trained staff and volunteers, at the Manchester Art Gallery, the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, University of Manchester, and other art and learning institutions. She organises and presents tours of permanent and temporary exhibitions across the UK and Europe, and study                                               tours to the Balkans, Italy, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and South Africa.

Friday 15 September 2023
CHILDREN’S BOOKS ILLUSTRATIONS
Presented by John Ericson
Time & Venue: 10:30am, The State Library of Queensland

As adults, we carry in our head, huge numbers of images from childhood: some of the most deeply etched come from illustrations in books that we read as children. Images of storybook characters will remain with us forever! In addition to a wide range of examples, John will examine how illustrations contribute to the development of understanding, and how the interaction of image and narrative creates such powerful memories.

John Ericson is Former Director of Studies in the School of Education and lecturer at the University of Bath where he had responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively outside the UK as an educational consultant and in this role has given lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world. John has undertaken 2 extensive lecture tours in Australia and he has been a popular speaker for The Arts Society in the UK for many years. In his professional life, John has developed a particular interest in presentation skills, including the role of pictures in learning and the appropriate use of the PowerPoint program.

SPECIAL INTEREST MORNING      

Wednesday 11 October 2023
THE BRILLIANCE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Presented by Ian Swankie
Time: 10.30 – 1.30pm
Venue: The State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane.

In this interest day we explore old and new as we examine the very best of British architects from the legacy of Sir Christopher Wren to the present-day brilliance of Thomas Heatherwick (a Modern Leonardo). It is not a technical talk, but an informative and lively examination of some brilliant designers and their legacy.

Ian Swankie is a Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, giving tours at each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide, leading regular tours for various organisations. Since 2012 he has led a popular weekly independent art lecture group in his hometown of Richmond in West London giving talks on a variety of subjects. He is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City Livery Companies.

Cost:
$60 for members to attend, includes refreshments.
$70 guests welcome
Enquiries to Chris Rylands on 0404 875 309 or payadfasbr@hotmail.com

Friday 13 October 2023
TATE MODERN – Much More Than Just a Pile of Bricks
Presented by Ian Swankie
Time & Venue: 10:30am, The State Library of Queensland

Tate Modern originally opened in 2000 but in June 2016 opened the doors to the stunning new Blavatnik Building, immediately setting the new gold standard for museum design. This talk looks at the sleek new architecture and its engagement with the local environment and then follows the highlights of the collection, starting with Monet, Matisse, and Picasso, continuing through the 20th century artists such as Bacon, Freud, and Epstein and on to some international recent works. Some are easy to explain, and some are quite challenging.  Some are profound, some are witty, some are whacky, but they all have a place. Tate Modern is the most visited modern art museum in the world and this armchair tour is a chance to explore the artworks without the crowds.

Ian Swankie is a Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, giving tours at each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide, leading regular tours for various organisations. Since 2012 he has led a popular weekly independent art lecture group in his hometown of Richmond in West London giving talks on a variety of subjects. He is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City Livery Companies.

Friday 1 December 2023
CHRISTMAS MORNING TEA
Incorporating the AGM

Time & Venue: 10:30am, The Edge, The State Library of Queensland

RSVP by 24 November