Canberra

Postal Address:

ADFAS Canberra
PO Box 8
Deakin West ACT 2600

Contact: canberra@adfas.org.au

All Enquiries:
Email: adfasmembershipcanberra@gmail.com or contact Sally Petherbridge on 0420 536 409
For payment of memberships, bookings for Special Interest Mornings (SIMS) and Christmas Party and for guests, please contact TRYBOOKING at www.trybooking.com/BMEIR

ABN: 65 303 903 455

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 when topics can be examined in more detail.

Regular newsletters provide information on lectures, speakers and other activities.

Committee 2021

Chair:
Sally Petherbridge
Ph: 0420 536 409

Vice Chair:
Sue Healy
Ph: 0410 491 640

 


Secretary:
Janet Lynch
Ph: 0411 434 914 or 6254 0714

Treasurer:
Myra Croke
Ph: 0419 433 170

PROGRAMME FOR 2021

PLEASE NOTE ALL LECTURES AND SPECIAL INTEREST MORNINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ACT HEALTH COVIDSAFE REQUIREMENTS.


15 March 2021
STELLA BOWEN IN PARIS
Lola WILKINS*

In her autobiography Australian artist Stella Bowen (1893-1947) wrote I love and adore Paris. I love the way its quick and brilliant life runs openly on the surface for all to see. Every face in the street, every voice, every shape, is hard at it, telling its story, living its life, producing itself.’ In Paris in 1922 Stella craved for a life of art among fellow artists.  Ford Madox Ford her partner however insisted on a peaceful existence in order to write. Consequently Stellas art and her wishes often took second place.

Lola Wilkins is former Head of Art, Australian War Memorial, and former Chair, ADFAS Canberra


We will also email members a digital version of the following
lecture: 

THE BEGINNINGS OF MOORISH ARCHITECTURE: EXPERIENCING AND UNDERSTANDING THE EXOTIC
Ian COCKBURN 

The Classical origins that influenced the Moors are not well known but fascinating to explore, as too is the decorative style which gave their architecture beauty and exotic appeal – an appeal so strong it was copied by the Christians even while they were slowly reconquering the territory from the Islamic rulers.

Ian Cockburn is an Art historian with a BA (Birkbeck College) in Art History and an MA (Courtauld Institute of Art) in Medieval Spanish Art History. He is a specialist in the Moorish occupation and the Christian reconquest of medieval Iberia.  He has lectured at both the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the London Art History Society on textiles and ivories from Al-Andalus. He has recently also given a presentation on Islamic textiles from Al-Andalus to an expert audience of academics at Madrid University.


12 April 2021
LEADERSHIP OF THE GALLERY DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC
Karen QUINLAN AM*

Karen Quinlan was going to present a lecture to ADFAS Canberra in April 2020 on the National Portrait Gallery’s coming exhibitions and outreach programs for 2020. This lecture and the Portrait Galleries program was cancelled because of Covid-19. In this lecture Karen has agreed to give us an intriguing insider’s view of how she and her gallery staff coped with the initial lockdown of the gallery and the days and weeks that followed.

Karen Quinlan AM has been the Director of the National Portrait Gallery since December 2018. Formerly she was the highly esteemed Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery from 2000 until 2018. Karen was recently invited to be Patron of the Capital Arts PatronsOrganisation based in Canberra.

We will also email members a digital version of the following lecture:

CHINOISERIE
Jane GARDINER

The opening up of trade routes between Europe and East Asia in the early years of the seventeenth century led to the craze for all things oriental, particularly porcelain and lacquerware. It had an enormous impact on taste, collecting and display. European designers took inspiration from the subjects depicted on these imported goods in order to create a whimsical, sometimes fantastic and thoroughly European style based on an oriental theme. Chinoiserie was a style that affected every branch of interior design and decoration throughout the eighteenth century.

Jane Gardiner has an MA History of Art from the University of London. She trained at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she is a regular lecturer.  Jane was a Senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art for 17 years, becoming a Deputy Director of Sotheby’s, UK.


17 May 2021
THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE ARTIST IN RENAISSANCE FLORENCE
Kathleen OLIVE*

Renaissance artists and artisans were initiated into their crafts from a very early age. As their skills and reputations grew, they could become highly sought after and well remunerated. The qualities required to reach the dizzying heights of innovation were described by Giorgio Vasari in his celebrated book Lives of the Artists first published in 1550.

Kathleen Olive’s PhD was a study of artisanal culture in Renaissance Florence, through the lens of a commonplace book owned by a renaissance goldsmith known as the Codex Rustici. She lived and studied in Italy for a number of years and then taught Italian language, literature and history at the University of Sydney. Kathleen now works with Academy Travel, leading tours to Europe particularly to Italy.

If Kathleen is prevented from presenting her lecture in person, we will email members a digital version.

SPECIAL INTEREST MORNING
Tuesday 18 May 2021
LOOKING AT ITALIAN RENAISSANCE WOMEN (Lecture 1)

Renaissance portraiture was carefully designed to show the status of the sitter and this is frequently obvious in the depiction of luxury fabrics, expensive hair-styles and exotic accoutrements. But Italian portraits of this period also tell us much about the social conditions of women: the position of a woman’s body and the direction of her gaze can be indicators of marital status or of occupation. In this talk we examine a series of paintings in order to discover what life was actually like for women – of varying social classes – in this period of cultural flowering. 

KNOW MY NAME (Lecture 2)

When the National Gallery of Australia joined the international Know My Name project, designed to spotlight the work of long-neglected women artists, it was time to undertake a statistical survey of our national collection. The result? Over 75% of the works were by male artists. In this presentation, Kathleen Olive discusses the ambitious exhibition that arose out of this research. Know My Name: Australian Women Artists, 1900 to now (showing at the NGA until 4 July 2021) presents 350 works rotated over the course of twelve months, the result of significant loans, new acquisitions and commissions and the largest exhibition ever mounted of works by Australian women artists. From Thea Proctor to Lindy Lee and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers of NPY Lands, it showcases the collaborative and dynamic approach Australian women have long taken to their art-making.


21 June 2021
ART OF THE INFINITE SKY: THE ART HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY
Sam BOWKER*

Artists, architects and cartographers have worked with scientists to describe and predict the movements of celestial objects. Through their pursuit of knowledge they created extraordinary artworks. This lecture will survey exquisite relics from the history of art and science and feature some of the most remarkable astronomical artefacts from the early modern period, including Indigenous Australian, Indian, Islamic and Renaissance astrological charts and astrolabes.

Dr Sam Bowker is the Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Charles Sturt University. In addition to developing ‘Islamic art and design’ as a course subject for Australian university students, he has curated diverse international exhibitions and published widely on the history of khayamiya (Egyptian tentmaker applique).

If Sam is prevented from presenting his lecture in person, we will email members a digital version.


19 July 2021
LITERARY ENGLAND – MY TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT
Susannah FULLERTON*

Discover the ‘England of English Literature’ and join Susannah Fullerton as she reveals her ‘Top Ten’ places in England that are connected with writers and great works of literature. In this lecture you will visit a library, houses large and small, churches, a graveyard and an ancient charitable institution. You will travel from the gentle countryside of southern England up to more dramatic northern landscapes. Some of the places will be well known; others might be more of a surprise.

Susannah Fullerton has a BA from the University of Auckland NZ and a post-graduate degree in Victorian literature from the University of Edinburgh. She currently teaches literature courses in Sydney and lectures at the State Library of NSW and the Art Gallery of NSW. She has been president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia for the past 18 years and is the author of several books on Jane Austen.

If Susannah is prevented from presenting her lecture in person, we will email you a digital version.

 

Tuesday 20 July 2021 Special Interest Morning
TOP LITERARY PLACES IN SCANDINAVIA
Susannah FULLERTON*

Denmark, Sweden and Norway, the lands of fairy tales and fjords, Norse Gods and Vikings, have produced wonderful novels, plays and legends. Think of Hans Christian Andersen, Ibsen, Karen Blixen, Astrid Lindgren, Kierkegaard, Strindberg, Knut Hamsun, Stieg Larsson, Thor Heyerdahl, the Scandi crime writers. And then there are places connected with plays (Elsinore Castle), film (The Bridge), Scandi noir (Stockholm) and Viking sagas and song. The Nobel Prize for Literature has had many Scandinavian recipients. There is even a connection to our own Henry Lawson. 

TOP LITERARY PLACES IN FRANCE

The great French writers lived life to the full – sometimes to excess – with mistresses and lovers, the accumulation of enormous debts, homes they couldn’t afford, and banquets and cookbooks as accompaniments. This talk will introduce some of those intriguing characters, from George Sand to Marcel Proust, taking you into their residences – chateaux, manor houses, apartments, a seaside villa, and a windmill – and also to places connected with their fictional creations, such as a prison and a medical museum.

 

We will also email members a digital version of the lecture:

ART NOUVEAU ARCHITECTURE AROUND THE WORLD
Ian Gledhill

The Art Nouveau style influenced architecture around the world, including Britain, Austria, Spain, Latvia and America. The city with more Art Nouveau buildings than any other is Riga in Latvia where carved stone is much more prominent than the fantastical iron shapes found in Belgium or France. We finish our world tour in America, with the elaborately decorated designs of Louis Tiffany and Louis Sullivan.

Ian Gledhill has had a varied career from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary. He has worked in tourism, music publishing, television and especially in the theatre where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator. His interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta.


9 August 2021
THE AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE FROM GLOVER TO OLSEN
Nick GORDON*

THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER BECAUSE OF THE SYDNEY LOCKDOWN – PLEASE SEE BELOW

We will also email members a digital version of the lecture:

PORTRAITS IN STONE: THE GREAT CATHEDRALS OF MEDIEVAL ENGLAND
Mark COTTLE 

The great medieval cathedrals of England were built over a period of five hundred years. In terms of resources called upon, the ambitions of scale, the design and craftsmanship employed, this period marks the greatest single architectural achievement in English history. The lecture follows the evolution of cathedral building from Durham to Gloucester with particular reference to structural and aesthetic details of the architecture together with some of the fascinating figures and events that are associated with this great era of medieval achievement.

Born on the Isles of Scilly and educated at Truro School, Cornwall, and Birmingham University, Mark’ Cottle’s career has been spent at home and abroad in education and training. He has lectured at Exeter College on Medieval and Tudor history, at St Mark’s and St John’s University College, Plymouth and at Bath University on Anglo Saxon and medieval England

Tuesday 10 August 2021
Special Interest Morning
JAN VAN EYCK AND THE MASTERY OF LIGHT
Nick GORDON*

THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER BECAUSE OF THE SYDNEY LOCKDOWN – PLEASE SEE BELOW


13 September 2021
FOUR WHO WENT TO WAR (AUSTRALIAN WAR ARTISTS)
Gavin FRY*

This lecture looks at the first four Australian artists commissioned as Official War Artists in World War 11, namely William Dargie, Harold Herbert, Ivor Hele and Murray Griffin. They were very different characters; each with their own approach to a great artistic challenge. The lecture discusses the way in which they were selected, their experiences at the front, the work they produced and what their service meant for their later careers in civilian life.

Gavin Fry is a writer and artist as well as working in museums and institutions.  He is the author of twenty-five books and has contributed to a large number of periodicals and catalogues on Australian art and history. In retirement Gavin exhibits as a painter in Newcastle and Melbourne. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Arts [Hons] and Master of Arts from Monash University and Master of Philosophy from Leicester University.

If Gavin is prevented from presenting his lecture in person, we will email you a digital version.

 

We will also email members a digital version of the lecture:

BEETHOVEN AT 250
Sandy BURNETT

2020 was the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the revolutionary composer whose death in March 1827 left the Austro-German composers who came after him with a serious problem: how could they possibly follow the example of this musical titan who had changed the world of classical music forever? With the aid of images, recorded excerpts and live musical analysis, Sandy Burnett takes an in-depth look at this amazing composer and into this fascinating era of music making. 

Sandy Burnett is one of the UKs most authoritative broadcasters in the field of classical music spending a decade as one of the core team of music presenters on BBC Radio 3.  He studied music at St Catharines College, Cambridge and worked as music director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and in Londons West End.

He has a practical understanding of music that comes from his busy career that embraces broadcasting, conducting, playing double bass on the London jazz scene and communicating his passion for music.


25 October 2021
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TIARA
Angus TRUMBLE*

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 among society 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.

If Angus is prevented from presenting his lecture in person, we will email members a digital substitute.

 

We will also email members a digital version of the lecture:

VICTORIAN TRAGEDY AND THE WORK OF THE RURAL NATURALISTS
Alan READ

Artistic depictions of the rural poor and dramatic scenes in the life of country-folk held Victorian audiences spellbound. The works of George Clausen, Henry Herbert, La Thangue and Frank Bramley are both social documents as well as reflections of the trends in Victorian art.

Alan Read has a MA in the History of Art from Birkbeck College, London.  He is a gallery guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery and regularly lectures at the National Portrait Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery and elsewhere in the UK. He also works as a London Blue Badge Guide and a City of London Guide.

10 November 2021
THE AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE FROM GLOVER TO OLSEN
Nick GORDON*

It is often said that the Australian landscape its colours, the intensity of light, the strange forms of its mountains and flora posed unique problems for artists trained in a European tradition. However the history of Australian landscape painting is far more complex.

Dr Nick Gordon holds a University Medal and PhD in history from the University of Sydney. He has taught European history at the University of Sydney, the history of political thought at Western Sydney University and architectural history at the University of NSW. He has lectured regularly on art and history topics in educational institutions in Sydney. As an artist he brings his deep knowledge of materials, techniques and the insights of his artists eyeto his analyses of art.

 If Nick is prevented from presenting his lecture in person, we will email you a digital version.

 

11 November 2021 Special Interest Morning
JAN VAN EYCK AND THE MASTERY OFLIGHT
Nick GORDON*

Jan Van Eyck’s masterpieces have astounded people for 600 years – indeed, his Ghent Altarpiece has been loved so much it has been stolen 13 times! The beauty he created comes from a mastery of light and how it reflects off and refracts through different materials, a mastery that has rarely been equalled.

In this lecture, Dr Nick Gordon takes a closer look at how Van Eyck achieved what he did, through new approaches to oil painting and his understanding of contemporary science. 

ART FAIRS AND FESTIVALS: FROM VENICE TO BALLARAT

Art fairs and festivals have changed how the art market works and how the general public have come to view art. But shows aren’t all the same: some are designed for the enjoyment of the public, others are driven by galleries seeking sales, others still provide the art world with insight into cutting edge practices.

In this lecture Dr Nick Gordon takes you into the world of fairs and festivals, from the Venice Biennale, to the commercial fairs born from Art Basel the 1970s, to the contemporary art events of Australia.


6 December 2021
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND CHRISTMAS PARTY

25 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla commencing at 5.45pm.

 

NOTES
*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 8 lectures is included in the membership subscription and admission is by name badge.

VENUE AND TIME OF SPECIAL INTEREST MORNINGS

In addition to the 8 lectures, we may invite some of our Australian lecturers to deliver a special interest meeting – to be advised.

Special Interest Mornings (SIMS) are held at 25 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla at 10 am.  The ADFAS Canberra Committee will discuss this possibility with relevant Australian lecturers. 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).

MEMBERSHIP

The annual subscription in 2021 is $220 per person ($440.00 double). The subscription covers attendance and catering at all lectures (eight in 2020). Please note: Special Interest Mornings (SIMS) (two in 2021) 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 adfasmembershipcanberra@gmail.com.

PAYMENTS

For payment of memberships, bookings for Special Interest Mornings (SIMS) and the Christmas Party and for guests, please contact TRYBOOKING at www.trybooking.com/BEFIP

ALL MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES to Sally Petherbridge at adfasmembershipcanberra@gmail.com or on 0420 536 409 (m).

Click here to download an abbreviated version of the 2021 Program without images if you wish to print out the program.

 

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