Armidale

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Postal Address:

ADFAS Armidale
PO Box 1029
Armidale NSW 2350

ABN:  81 734 702 341

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In 2020 ADFAS Armidale provides for its members and guests a program of ten illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.

Committee 2020

Chairman: Stephen Gow
Mob: 0412 487 492

Vice Chairman: Julia Hardman
Mob: 0427 753 124

Secretary: Les Davis
Mob: 0488 199 361

 

Treasurer: Tom O’Connor
Ph: (02) 6778 3684

Membership Secretary: Marcella O’Connor
Ph: (02) 6778 3684

Membership Enquiries:  adfasarmidale@bigpond.com

Programme for 2020

 

5 February 2020
Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS
JANE AUSTEN: HER LIFE AND WORKS
Mrs Susannah Fullerton (Australian Lecturer)

Susannah has been passionate about literature for as long as she can remember.
In 2017 Susannah was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for Services to Literature.

The 6 most polished, controlled and elegant social comedies to be found in English Literature were written by a woman whose personal life was unexciting and confined. Jane Austen’s cool judgment, ironic detachment and her genius gave her novels depth and charm and made them some of the most popular novels ever!

Susannah Fullerton, President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and author of several books about Jane Austen, shares her passion for Austen’s novels and her interest in her life and times. Illustrations bring the Regency world to life and readings will remind audiences just how funny Jane Austen can be.

Robb College, UNE, Armidale

5 March 2020
Memorial Hall, TAS
UNDER THE OPEN SKY: NEWLYN AND LAMORNA ARTISTS 1880-1940
Catherine Wallace (UK Arts Society Lecturer)

This lecture gives an overview of art in Cornwall from the late 19th century to the start of the Second World War that was created in and around the remote villages of Newlyn and Lamorna in West Cornwall and the port of Falmouth. It begins with the Social Realism of artists such as Walter Langley and Frank Bramley who captured the harshness of life for families in the fishing community of Newlyn. This lecture then looks at the fame that artists such as Stanhope Forbes achieved both at home and abroad in the 1880s and 90s with his depictions of village life and his fascination with capturing low light levels.

Canal Bridge, Brinscombe, Desire Delaplace, Gerardon c. 1850

15 April 2020
Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS
A NEW BLACK IDENTITY: THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE OF THE 1920’s
Matthew Laing (Australian Lecturer)

The lecture discusses the emergence of the artistic and cultural movement in uptown New York that came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance. A seminal moment in the development of a post-slavery black identity in the United States, Harlem was the interwar crossroads for the greatest creative and intellectual minds in black society. The movement touched upon all areas of African American culture, from the fashions, music and dances of the Cotton Club and jazz halls to the intellectual and religious discourses in black schools, churches and homes.

Drainage Basin

14 May 2020
Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS
THE SCULPTURES OF THE PARTHENON OR HOW LORD ELGIN GAINED AND LOST HIS MARBLES
Alan Read (UK Arts Society Lecturer) 

In the two centuries since they were removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin, the meaning and significance of the ‘Elgin marbles’ has changed dramatically. From architectural decoration to disputed cultural objects this lecture looks at the response to them over their time in Britain, from the original controversy over their purchase to the current debate surrounding the restitution of the marbles to the new Acropolis Museum in Athens. 

Taksang or The Tiger’s Nest Monastery

17 June 2020
Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS
RENAISSANCE ITALIAN VILLAS AND GARDENS, AND THEIR AFTERLIVES
Kathleen Olive (Australian Lecturer) 

Andrea Palladio, the Italian architect whose constructions inspired a new building culture in England and North America, theorised that beauty results “from the form and correspondence of the whole.” Since Antiquity Italian villas and their gardens have been designed harmoniously, making valuable agricultural and economic contributions. They also provided spaces for intellectual reflection, architectural innovation, aesthetic appreciation – and relaxation in some of the most picturesque locations imaginable! In this talk we examine the Renaissance rediscovery of classical texts on villas and their impact on gardens and trace the exportation of this Italian style in the work of designers such as Cecil Pinsent.

Jim Fogarty – Japan 2010

9 July 2020
Arts Theatre, UNE
DRESS DETECTIVE: MISS FISHER’S WARDROBE REVEALED
Kate Strasdin (UK Arts Society Lecturer) 

The phenomenal success of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has a great deal to do with the aesthetic of the TV show – 1920s Melbourne and a glamourous protagonist. This lecture looks at dress in the 1920s, the designers who were influencing style and developments that were changing the way people thought about clothes. It is also a look behind the scenes, creating Phryne Fisher’s world and the flapper style so synonymous with the decade. It was a period that began to embrace sportswear, leisurewear, shortened hems as well as the outrageous parties. It also looks at menswear of the period and changes that were beginning to take place within the masculine wardrobe too.

Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675), The Girl with the Wine Glass (c.1659 – 60), oil on canvas, 78 x 67 cm, Brunswick, Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum.

13 August 2020
Arts Theatre, UNE
MR BARRY’S WAR: REBUILDING THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Dr Caroline Shenton (UK Arts Society Lecturer)

A highly topical lecture, given the current arguments about the multi-billion pound restoration planned for Westminster! The Houses of Parliament is one of the most famous and staggering buildings in the world. Its rises serenely from the Thames at Westminster, on a site which has been the centre of power and government in England from the earliest times. It is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture and a spectacular feat of civil engineering: but from the beginning, its design and construction were a battleground for its architect, Charles Barry. This lecture will tell the story of how Charles Barry created the most famous building in Britain.

10 September 2020
Lecture: Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS
BEETHOVEN AT 250
Sandy Burnett (UK Arts Society Lecturer)

2020 sees 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 for ever?  With the aid of selected 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.

Ghislaine in her etching studio

10 September 2020
Special Study Workshop: 9.30am to 12.00 noon 
Venue: NECOM – AUDITORIUM – CB Newling Building
Cnr Mossman and Faulkner Streets, Armidale
THE AGE OF JAZZ
Sandy Burnett (UK Arts Society Lecturer)

Jazz is one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation. Sandy Burnett’s lecture covers the early years of jazz from its very beginnings and the first ever recordings made just over a century ago through to the start of the Second World War. Drawing on his practical experience both as musicologist and gigging musician, Sandy is able to shed light on jazz from the inside.

9.30am to 10.30am Lecture 10.45am to 11.00am Morning Tea 11am to Noon Interactive session (Cost $10)
Sandy Burnett will combine with musicians from NECOM  and senior Secondary students to explore The Age of Jazz.

15 October 2020
Lecture: Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS
PEDER SEVERIN KRØYER: A PAINTER OF NORTHERN LIGHT
Kathy McLauchlan (UK Arts Society Lecturer)

Looking back on his work towards the end of his life, Peder Severin Krøyer recalled his work at Skagen, the Danish artists’ colony at the northernmost tip of Denmark, and expressed his particular love for that time “when the sun is going down, when the moon is rising over the sea, hanging there, crystal-clear, and the water, smooth as glass, reflects its light. Krøyer was referring to the ‘blue hour’ of northern Scandinavian summer nights, when sea and sky appear to merge into a single luminous whole.  This lecture explores Krøyer’s life and work in Skagen and evaluates the paintings that made him into one of Europe’s most celebrated artists by the end of the 19th Century.

Elmslea Chambers, Montague Street, Goulburn. L.P.Burns, 1934

11 November 2020
Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS
ART AND FASHION: THE ENDURING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARTISTS AND FASHION DESIGNERS FROM THE 20TH CENTURY
Alison Kubler (Australian Lecturer)

Historically art and fashion found themselves philosophically opposed. There traditionally existed a hierarchy of high and low art and fashion. Art aspires to a cultural longevity that fashion by its very nature seems designed to negate. So how did art and fashion reconcile in the new millennium, and how are art and fashion collaborations shifting the paradigm?

Alison Kubler has a double major in Art History from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Masters in Post-war and Contemporary Art History from Manchester University, England.
Alison has over 20 years’ experience working as a curator in museums and galleries in Australia.
At present she is a curatorial advisor to Urban Art Projects on the public art for the major Queens Wharf Brisbane Redevelopment. She has been a regular external assessor for the Australia Council Visual Arts Board, and a sessional academic at QUT in the fashion studies department.

Elmslea Chambers, Montague Street, Goulburn. L.P.Burns, 1934

The 2020 AGM of ADFAS Armidale Inc. will be held at 5.30 pm prior to the November 11th Lecture.

Venue and Time of Lectures

The February, April, June and November Lectures will be held at 6pm on Wednesdays in the Michael Hoskins Centre, The Armidale School (TAS), entry from Chapel Street, Armidale.

The May, September and October Lectures will be held at 6pm on Thursdays in the Michael Hoskins Centre, The Armidale School (TAS), entry from Chapel Street, Armidale.

The July and August Lectures will be held at 6pm on Thursdays in the UNE Arts Theatre
A light supper is provided after each lecture.

The Special Study Day in September will be held in the NECOM Auditorium – CB Newling Building, Cnr Mossman and Faulkner Streets, Armidale from 9.30 am to Noon.

 

 

The Armidale School provides ADFAS Armidale the use of the TAS Michael Hoskins Centre or the TAS Memorial Hall as a venue for lectures and technical support as well.

 

 

The University of New England provides ADFAS Armidale the use of the UNE Arts Theatre at a discounted fee as a venue for the July and August 2020 lectures.

MEMBERSHIP

The annual membership subscription is $140 per person
Gift Vouchers are available for membership subscriptions.

MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES

Membership Secretary:  Marcella O’Connor
Ph: (02) 67783684
adfasarmidale@bigpond.com

VISITORS

Guests are welcome and a $25 fee applies per lecture.
Full Time Students (over 18 years of age) $5 per lecture.
Secondary Students (in uniform) Free
There is no fee for visiting ADFAS members.
Gift Vouchers are available for Guest Tickets.

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