Mornington Peninsula

ADFAS Mornington Peninsula welcomes you

ADFAS Mornington Peninsula provides an opportunity for those interested in Arts and Culture to participate in a program of lectures and other events including excursions to Melbourne and beyond in a friendly group.  Members enjoy an annual program of nine illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their expert knowledge of their chosen subject, and their communication skills. Half-day sessions are also held when topics are examined in more detail.

Lectures:

Venue:
Our lectures take place at the Balcombe Grammar School
389 Nepean Highway, Mt Martha.

Time:
Lectures are on Fridays, from 5.30-6.30pm, followed by refreshments.

Program
Find full details of the 2023 program here

Membership:
Annual membership – $155
To join email: adfasmp@gmail.com

Guests welcome:
Guests of members and visitors are most welcome.
Cost per lecture – $30

Contact: 
For all enquiries please email: adfasmp@gmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 572 Mornington 3931
ABN: 51 654 880 821

Committee 2023
Chair: Vicky Davison
Vice Chair / Membership Secretary: Ann Hawker
Treasurer: Lilian Pascoe
Secretary: Jan Getson

2023 PROGRAM

Friday 24 February 2023
Mirka and Georges – a Culinary Affair
Presented by Kendrah Morgan
Venue and Time: Balcombe Grammar School, 5.30pm start

Arriving in Melbourne from Paris in 1951, Mirka and Georges Mora contributed significantly to the local art and restaurant scenes and the transformation of the city into a sophisticated metropolis.  This lecture opens with Mirka and Georges’ early lives and food experiences in France, then tells the stories of their celebrated hospitality in Australia and their intermingling of food, art, love and life.

Kendrah Morgan is senior curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. She has co-authored four books about aspects of Heide history with Lesley Harding, including Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed (2015), which was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction.

Friday 24 March 2023
In the Kingdom of Sweets
Presented by Nigel Bates
Venue & Time: Balcombe Grammar School, 5.30pm start

The Nutcracker ballet continuously delights audiences, despite being deemed a failure at its early performances.  This lecture explores a Royal Ballet production, showing how magic is created by combining Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music with story-telling, design, dance and stage ingenuity. The talk includes several performance video clips. 

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), including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the 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.

Friday 26 May 2023
From Cabinets of Curiosity to the Evolution of the Universal Museum
Presented by Dr Tom Flynn
Venue & Time: Balcombe Grammar School, 5.30pm start

This lively lecture looks back to the late 17th Century to discover how the Cabinets of Curiosity assembled by the travelling elite formed the foundations for the great museums of today, such as the British Museum, the Louvre and many others.  To what extent were these collections enriched by the spoils of colonialism and imperial adventure during the 19th Century?

Dr Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer, and art consultant, and holds degrees in art and design history.  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.

Saturday 27 May 2023 – Interest Morning
Dead Sharks and Oligarchs: Inside the Art Market of the 21st Century, and 
How China Lost its China and China Began to Win it Back
Presented by Dr Tom Flynn
Venue & Time: Beleura House and Garden, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Dr Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer, and art consultant, and holds degrees in art and design history.  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 23 June 2023
Russell, Mab and the Grimwades on the Mornington Peninsula
Presented by Alisa Bunbury
Venue & Time: Balcombe Grammar School, 5.30pm start

Alisa Bunbury, Grimwade Collection Curator at the University of Melbourne, will explore Grimwade family associations with the Mornington Peninsula, in particular the properties Coolart (built for F.S. Grimwade in 1896) and Westerfield (built for Russell and Mab Grimwade in 1924). Among the art, books and archives bequeathed by Russell and Mab to the University are numerous photo albums recording their life together, from Russell’s holidays relaxing with his family at Coolart, to his years with Mab at their working farm Westerfield. Here, on a 45-hectare site with views to Western Port, they established significant gardens as well as protected remnant vegetation. Close friends Daryl and Joan Lindsay were regular visitors from nearby Mulberry Hill and appear regularly in Russell’s photographs. Both Westerfield and Mulberry Hill were designed by the architect Harold Desbrowe Annear, whose innovative design continues to be appreciate by the current owners of Westerfield.

 

Friday 21 July 2023
Amadeo Modigliani – Inspired Painter, Tragic Life
Presented by Lucrezia Walker
Venue & Time: Balcombe Grammar School, 5.30pm start

Living and working in Montmartre and Montparnasse in Paris at the  turn of the century, Modigliani embodies the quintessential image of the bohemian artist.  Handsome, impoverished, living hard, engrossed in his own distinctive mode of expression, Modigliani died at a young age only to be celebrated after his short life ended.

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 2010-2014.

Friday 25 August  2023
Venice, Warts and All
Presented by Nirvana Rommel
Venue & Time: Balcombe Grammar School, 5.30pm start

This lecture explores the causative connection between the political, social, and economic history of this famous city and its arts. The uniqueness of the city’s history and people is reflected in the revolutionary and innovative character of Venetian arts – both in positive and negative ways. The lecture highlights the contribution that the Venetian colonies made to the art of the famous Venetian School, which has been highly romanticised in the past, and separates facts from sentiment.

Nirvana Romell holds degrees in the history of art and 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.

Saturday 26 August 2023 – Interest Morning
An Introduction to African Sub-Saharan Traditional Art
Presented by Nirvana Rommel
Venue & Time: Beleura House and Garden, 10.00am-12.30pm

Nirvana Romell holds degrees in the history of art and 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.

 

 

Friday 29 September 2023
The Wind in the Willows, Revisited Through its Illustrations
Presented by John Ericson
Venue & Time: Balcombe Grammar School, 5.30pm start

The Wind in the Willows is notable for its mixture of adventure, camaraderie, morality and mysticism, and it’s marvelous imagery depicted by over ninety different illustrators. This evocative presentation analyses and compares the imagery of some of these famous illustrators, whilst also exploring the interesting but ultimately tragic life of Kenneth Grahame.

Formerly Director of Studies in the School of Education and lecturer at the University of Bath lecturer, John Ericson had responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant and in this role has given lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world. In 2008 and 2011 John undertook extensive lecture tours in Australia and he has been a popular speaker for The Arts Society in the UK for many years.

Friday 27 October 2022
Pots and Frocks – the World of Grayson Perry from Essex Punk Potter to Superstar National Treasure
Presented by Ian Swankie
Venue & Time: Balcombe Grammar School, 5.30pm start

Best known for his outlandish appearances dressed as his feminine alter ego, Claire, Grayson Perry is one of the world’s best-known contemporary artists, with his textiles, tapestries and prints being highly sought after. This talk will explore Grayson Perry’s exciting and thought-provoking work, and the unique character inside the flamboyant frocks. 

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, and gives tours at each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and leads regular tours for various corporations and organisations. 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 17 November 2023
Wartime Quilts: Quilts made by soldiers, kings, and talented tailors
Presented by Dr Annette Gero
Venue & Time: Balcombe Grammar School, 5.30pm start

This presentation will showcase the spectacular, geometric quilts made from military and dress uniforms. Military intarsia quilting is a craft that was practised widely in British and European militaries when soldiers repurposed scraps of discarded uniforms to construct textile mosaics with intricate and beautiful patterns. Many of the quilts were also commissioned by 18th and 19th century kings.

Dr Annette Gero is one of the world’s leading quilt historians. Documenting and collecting quilts for forty years, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Quilts (London) and sits on the Advisory Board of the International Quilt Study Center (USA). Focussing upon quilts made by soldiers (often of a type called ‘intarsia’) Dr Gero will detail her masterpieces made from military fabrics.

Excursions

Visits to museums, galleries, gardens, private collections and places of architectural or artistic interest are also arranged.

 

Volunteer Guides and Heritage Volunteers

Members of ADFAS Mornington Peninsula have the opportunity to become volunteer guides at Beleura-House-Garden conducting tours of the house and garden, or heritage volunteers archiving, researching and conserving the collections. Mr John Tallis bequeathed this beautifully refurbished Italianate villa to the people of Victoria as a place of historic and educational interest in 1996.

 

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