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ADFAS Canberra offers a yearly program of one hour illustrated lectures by overseas and Australian lecturers, chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge. Occasional half-day sessions (Special Interest Mornings) are also held where topics can be examined in more detail.
Regular newsletters provide information on lectures, speakers and other activities.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Myra Croke on 0419 433 170 (m)
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ALL LECTURES AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY BEGIN at 6pm
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PROGRAMME FOR 2022
PLEASE NOTE ALL LECTURES AND SPECIAL INTEREST MORNINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ACT HEALTH COVIDSAFE REQUIREMENTS.
21 February 2022 (TBC)
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TIARA
In 1868 there was a diamond strike In Kimberley, South Africa which resulted in an unprecedented upsurge in the supply of consistently bigger stones. In the following 50 years together with technical advances in the techniques used to cut them mostly in Amsterdam, magnificent jewels underwent a series of transformations, largely driven by a rash of European coronations. Court society dictated that tiaras be worn on many social occasions. The tiara became an important item of jewellery mostly designed by unsung designers and makers.
Angus Trumble was Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 1996 to 2001; Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut from 2003 to 214 and Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra from 2014 to 2019. He is currently Senior Research Fellow in Australian History at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
7 March 2022
CULTURAL APPROPRIATION – DEFINING BOUNDARIES
A video by an American designer who showed Australian Aboriginal art, then proceeded to make work based on it, raises complex questions about the ethics of the use of references to other cultures. It prompted me to question my own approach to textile art, since my work has usually encompassed the seven countries where I have lived and the influence of having taught in 24 countries. In this presentation I reflect on the issues of respect and other aspects of working across cultures.
Jennifer Bowker has worked with textiles since receiving her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from ANU, Canberra. Married to a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Jennifer lived for eleven years in Arab and Islamic countries. The influence of the Middle East can be seen in her lectures and subject matter. She has had solo exhibitions in the U.K, Australia and the Middle East. Jennifer has lectured in countries where she has travelled, as well as at Quilt Conventions and universities.
11 April 2022
WAR AND PIECED: WARTIME QUILTS, APPLIQUE AND GEOMETRIC MASTER PIECES
Dr Annette GERO*
War and Pieced was the first exhibition in the United States (2017) to showcase the spectacularly complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools derived from British military and dress uniforms. Once termed “soldiers’ quilts” or “convalescent quilts”, the pieced textiles are most closely associated with the Crimean War as well as conflicts in India, South Africa, and other troubled regions of the British Empire during the nineteenth century.
12 April 2022
Special Interest Morning
PLEASE NOTE THIS SIM HAS BEEN ORGANISED IN CONJUNCTION WITH ADFAS MOLONGLO AND IS TO BE HELD AT THE QUEANBEYAN BICENTENNIAL HALL AT 11.00
The Fabric of Society: Australia’s Quilt Heritage from Convict Times to 1960
Australia has a rich and diverse heritage in patchwork quilts: this lecture will show that quilts were made by convict women under the guidance of Elizabeth Fry, Governor’s wives, Gold Rush immigrants, WW1 diggers, people from the Depression, WW2 Prisoners of War; rabbit trappers and finally Mum. This lecture not only reflects the quilts found but also the social history of countless ordinary people. The thread that holds this patchwork of Australian history together is that each story told includes the making of a quilt.
After morning tea Dr Gero will display quilts from her collection and talk about them and answer questions. Dr. Annette Gero was the first Australian to present a paper on the history of Australian quilts at the American Quilt Study Symposium in 1987. She has published over 200 articles on quilt and women’s history, presented papers at international conferences and lectured at major museums and regional art.
18 May 2022
ABORIGINAL ART FROM ROCK ART TO TODAY
Dr Sally BUTLER
PLEASE NOTE THIS LECTURE IS ON A WEDNESDAY
This lecture explains how the modern Aboriginal art movement developed since the 1970s and how it maintains its connection to visual traditions going back to rock art created many thousands of years ago. The lecture focuses on how cultural traditions are reinvented and reinvigorated through innovative art of today. Examples include Indigenous art from the Central Desert, North Queensland, the Kimberleys and Arnhem Land.
Dr Sally Butler is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Queensland and formerly a Senior Education Officer at the Queensland Art Gallery and an Associate Editor and feature writer for Art Collector magazine. She has published widely in Australian and international journals and in several books. Sally is the author and curator of the 2007 publication and international touring exhibition titled Our Way,Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Lockhart River.
20 June 2022
Concerning the Spiritual in Art: the reading of Russian and Byzantine icons
by Sasha GRISHIN PhD FAHA AM *
Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin examines ways in which to understand, decipher and enter the spiritual dimension involved in religious icons.
Professor Grishin established the academic discipline of Art History at the Australian National University and until December 2013 was the Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History and Head of Art History at the ANU. Professor Grishin studied art history at the universities of Melbourne, Moscow, London and Oxford and has served several terms as visiting scholar at Harvard University. He works internationally as an art historian, art critic and curator. In 2004 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, in 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Australian art and art history and in 2008 was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. He has published over twenty-five books and over two thousand articles dealing with various aspects of art including Australian Art: A history in 2014 and his monographs on John Wolseley, Inge King and S.T. Gill in 2015.
(Note: This replaces the lecture The Art of Flamenco by Tomás DIETZ.)
18 July 2022
GILDED YOUTH: FASHION, PHOTOGRAPHY AND GLAMOUR IN INTER-WAR ENGLAND
Dr Peter MCNEIL*
This talk introduces you to a variety of British fashion icons and fashion creators from the 1920s to 1960s. They include the dilettantes Bunny Rogers and Stephen Tennant, the photographer Cecil Beaton and couturier to the Royals, Norman Hartnell. How did such men, many of whom were ‘gay’, glamourize the Royal Family? How did extreme styles of the 1930s become mainstream and a part of wider popular culture?
Dr Peter McNeil FAHA is Distinguished Professor of Design History at UTS. From 2008-18 he was the Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies in Sweden and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor. His book Pretty Gentlemen, on Macaroni Men and the 18th century fashion world, was published in 2018. He was the main writer for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s travelling exhibition ‘Reigning Men’ (2016-18). Award-winning Australian shows include ‘Dressing Sydney’ (2012-13) with the Sydney Jewish Museum.
19 July 2022
Special Interest Morning
STYLE, POLITICS AND DESIGN: THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR C1930-1970
Fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, & scratch where it itches. The Duchess of Windsor
The Duke of Windsor was already one of the most famous men in the world as Prince Edward of York, later Prince of Wales, before he abdicated as King Edward VIII in 1936. Following their marriage, The Duke and Duchess (formerly Wallis Simpson) of Windsor became one of the most famous couples in the world. But what were they famous for? The answer is style. Take a walk inside their design circles and wider fashion worlds. We will uncover: Windsor style – his and hers; visit the ‘Villa Windsor’ (Paris); see his and hers remarkable bathrooms; and a case study of Surrealist fashion design by their contemporary Elsa Schiaparelli. How did they all entertain? Where did the eighteenth-century furniture end up? Explore Windsor style across clothing, jewellery, interiors, lifestyle and even cars.
15 August 2022
Robert Ketton and Catherine Ketton*
Turner lived at a time of great social change and scientific invention. More than anyone else he recorded, the transition of Britain from a rural to an industrial society. Turner was a fascinating character, secretive, driven, penny pinching and generous, chaotic in his private life and fiercely patriotic. He is regarded as one of the greatest nineteenth century painters, His likeness appears on the twenty pound note, a tribute that would have appealed to his vanity but contradicted his need for anonymity.
While Robert talks about Turner, Catherine will take to the easel to give us a glimpse of Turner’s style and technique. At the end of the lecture Catherine will present the artwork to the society. Robert Ketton was educated at the Burton School of Speech and Drama. In 1976 he was appointed as a Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba where he taught acting and directed dozens of plays for the university’s Performance Centre. Since retiring Robert has worked for GP Connections (a division of general practice) to help with flood relief in Toowoomba and environs. He also works as a communication consultant, M.C. and public speaker. Robert has a number of published books and plays.
Catherine Ketton had a career as a drama teacher and family therapist. She took her first adult art lesson in 2004. Amongst the many highlights of her painting career have been a spell at the Florence Academy of Art, being part of an arts co-operative, teaching oil painting, both freelance and for U3A, and holding exhibitions of her work. Catherine has received several art prizes, most recently the Fred Gardiner award for best picture the Toowoomba Art Society show in September 2020.
12 September 2022
40 YEARS ON: AUSTRALIANA IN A CHANGING CONTEXT
Dr Grace COCHRANE AM*
This talk was given on the 40th anniversary of the Australiana Society in 2019. The Society is an association devoted to collecting, studying and preserving Australiana: art, decorative arts, antiques, historic items, collectables, buildings and sites, and portable heritage. The Society wanted to recognise its links with contemporary crafts and design, so the talk celebrates the Society’s history while discussing and illustrating changes that have been made in making practices, education, museums and galleries, organisations, events, community groups, influential people, and funding bodies.
Dr Grace Cochrane AM was a senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney until 2005 and is now an independent curator and writer, She is the author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: A History and for over 45 years has spoken about the crafts and design, written for a range of publications, been a board member of a number of professional organisations and spoken at many conferences. In 2010 Grace was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.
24 October 2022
PAINTING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
Art historians commonly associate the Revolution (1789-99) with great painters such as Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Baptiste Greuze. This lecture instead examines the work of a host of lesser, forgotten painters who tried to capture the exhilaration and uncertainty of a society undergoing revolutionary upheaval. They painted not only on canvas but on an extraordinary array of objects. Their work varies greatly in quality, but offers a rich insight into what it meant to be living in revolutionary times.
Peter McPhee was appointed to a Personal Chair in History at the University of Melbourne in 1993. He has published widely on the history of France during the the French Revolution and its aftermath, for example, A Social History of France 1789-1914, Robespierre: a Revolutionary Life, and, most recently, Liberty or Death: the French Revolution. Peter is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of Social Sciences. He is currently Chair of the History Council of Victoria.
5 December 2022
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGAND CHRISTMAS PARTY
*Australian lecturer. We are very pleased to include excellent Australian lecturers; join us to hear these speakers who are at the forefront of their respective subjects.
VENUE AND TIME OF LECTURES
Lectures will be held at the National Library of Australia.
Lectures start at 6.00 pm. They last an hour and refreshments are served afterwards. Free parking is available in the National Library carpark after 5.30pm.
The cost of attending lectures is included in the membership subscription and admission is by name badge.
VENUE AND TIME OF SPECIAL INTEREST MORNINGS
In addition to the nine lectures, there will be Special Interest Mornings on 12 April and 19 July.
Special Interest Mornings (SIMS) are held at 25 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla at 10 am. Each SIM session runs for about two and a half hours with a break for morning tea midway. Attendance costs are $55 per member and $60 per guest. Those attending the SIMS need to book in advance through TRYBOOKING as we no longer use booking forms (except for those few members without access to a computer).
The annual subscription in 2022 is $220 per person ($440.00 double). Half yearly memberships (4 lectures) are also available at $120. The subscription covers attendance and catering at all lectures. Please note: Special Interest Mornings (SIMS) (two in 2022) and other events attract a separate charge announced at the time of the event. Admission is by name badge.
GUESTS AND VISITORS
Guests and visitors are most welcome, at a charge of $30 per lecture, but they need to register beforehand with our Membership Secretary at email@example.com
For payment of memberships, bookings for Special Interest Mornings (SIMS) and the Christmas Party and for guests, please contact TRYBOOKING at
ALL MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES to Myra Croke at 0419 433 170.