Canberra

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS Canberra
PO Box 8
Deakin West, ACT 2600

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.

Contact: canberra@adfas.org.au

Committee 2020

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

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/BEFIP

Programme for 2020

2 March 2020            
CASSANDRE STYLE: FROM KHARKOV TO POIROT
Charles HARRIS

Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron, known as A.M. Cassandre, was a style guru in an age full of style – the Art Deco. Highly influential, his work was at the centre of Modernism.! Cassandre will always be loved for his stunning high-fashion posters promoting luxury liners, railways, avant-garde bars, and sultry cigarettes in the days before the austerities of a second world war.

Focusing on the role of posters and poster artists in the history of advertising, Charles Harris has himself created posters for major brands including British Airways, Nestlé, Sony, General Motors and Shell. His travel writing and photography have appeared in various airline magazines as well as Time magazine. He has also written and produced TV and Radio commercials and corporate video programmes.

6 April 2020                                 
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY – 2020 AND BEYOND
Karen QUINLAN AM*

Karen Quinlan will reflect on her extensive experience in the cultural sector in Australia and her ambitious plans for exhibitions and outreach programs at the National Portrait Gallery.

Ms Quinlan AM has been the Director of the National Portrait Gallery since December 2018. She commenced her curatorial career in 1994 at the National Gallery of Victoria. She was appointed Curator of the Bendigo Art Gallery in 1996 and later became its Director from 2000 until 2018. She was instrumental in working with international cultural institutions, attracting high profile exhibitions to regional Victoria including many exhibitions on fashion from the V&A, London.

18 May 2020                                
VIRGINIA WOOLF ON ART, LIFE, LONDON AND BUYING SUSPENDERS
Karin FERNALD

Virginia Woolf never painted or drew but her writing was much influenced by artists of her day, in particular her sister, Vanessa Bell.  In her novel, To the Lighthouse, Woolf vividly describes the thoughts and feelings of a young artist as she works creatively.  The lecture will be illustrated with paintings by Vanessa Bell, Walter Sickert, Spencer Gore, Robert Bevan, Malcolm Drummond and other members of the Camden Group of artists.

Karin Fernald is known for her entertaining lectures on writers and diarists connected with the arts from the mid-18th to 19th century. Karin’s extensive research into the diaries and letters of the time bring her lectures vividly to life.

15 June 2020             
BAGAN – THE ARTISTIC HERITAGE OF EARLY BUDDHISM IN MYANMAR
Dr Charlotte GALLOWAY*

Bagan was capital of the first Burman kingdom. From 1044 until 1284 Bagan was the centre of a new nation as well as the centre for a new form of Buddhism. Now known as kammatic Buddhism, the driving practice of earning merit through donation saw over 4000 Buddhist monuments constructed over a vast plain. This presentation highlights some of the remarkable artistic and architectural achievements of the period, and also discusses some of the challenges of conserving the monuments now Bagan is inscribed on the world heritage register.

Dr Charlotte Galloway is an Asian art historian at the Australian National University with a specialist research focus on the Buddhist art of Myanmar. In 2017 Charlotte was appointed one of the international experts to assist in preparing the successful UNESCO world heritage nomination for Myanmar’s extraordinary Buddhist site of Bagan.

20 July 2020                                
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE: POET AND SPY
Giles RAMSAY

Christopher Marlowe who was mysteriously murdered at age 29 was very much a man of his times. He lived in an era when men were prepared to murder and be martyred for their religious faith.   It was also a time when a Golden Age of Theatre emerged in England.

 Special Interest Morning
Tuesday 21 July 2020
20TH CENTURY THEATRE;1900 TO NOW

Giles will look at the revolution in theatre that took place in the late 19th century and its legacy on the European theatrical styles of the early 20th century. He will examine the impact on British theatre of the First World War and the Great Depression as well as the Second World War theatre scene. He will also examine the stark contrast between pre and post-war British theatre and how we in the C21st can reassess which playwrights have really stood the test of time. 

Giles Ramsay is an independent theatre director and producer who specializes in creating new work with artists in developing countries. He regularly lectures on the history and practice of theatre. Giles combines academic analysis with hands on experience to bring a unique insight to the world of the theatre.

17 August 2020                           
ART NOUVEAU ARCHITECTURE AROUND THE WORLD 
Ian GLEDHILL

This lecture looks at the influence of Art Nouveau style on architecture in countries 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. The lecture concludes in America, with the elaborately decorated designs of Louis Tiffany and Louis Sullivan.

Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary. In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre, where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator. His main interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta, and these are reflected in the wide-ranging list of subjects for his lectures.

14 September 2020                    
TIFFANY & CO: OF DIAMONDS AND DECADENCE
Brian HEALEY 

Founded by Charles Tiffany with a loan of just $1000, the firm of Tiffany & Company, New York grew from a small bric-a-brac shop to become purveyors of the finest luxury goods and the world’s leading jewellers. The business evolved even further under Charles’s immensely gifted son Louis, who not only completely redesigned the now lost interior of the White House but spent over thirty years developing the manufacture of the most exquisite glass. This is a fascinating tale of how art and luxury came together to create one of the world’s most iconic brands.

Special Interest Morning
Tuesday 15 September 2020                       
PIONEERS OF THE NEW AMERICA: ARTISTS OF THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL

Originating in the dramatic Adirondack mountains of Upstate New York, the Hudson winds its way south to end alongside the skyscrapers of Manhattan. In the 19th century, it was a source of inspiration for artists who sought to associate the unspoilt grandeur and vast potential of these recently claimed lands with the hopes and aspirations of a new nation. The lecture focuses particularly on the work of English born Thomas Cole, who founded the movement, and later followers Frederic Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt. The work of all three was charged belief that such majesty could only be the work of a divine hand.

AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM
Many are familiar with the work of American artist and friend of Degas, Mary Cassatt, but rather fewer with John Twachtman, Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase and Theodore Robinson. Although many of the American impressionists were inspired by what they had seen in Paris, they were no slavish copyists, and each developed his or her own distinctive style. From the intimate interiors and Long Island landscapes of William Merritt Chase to the atmospheric cityscapes and delicate gardens of Childe Hassam, this lecture shows how American followers of impressionism adapted this style to record the many moods and changing face of America in the latter years of the 19th century.

 A senior modern languages teacher in an independent grammar school for many years, Brian Healy has enjoyed a successful parallel career since the 1980s as a professional artist and interior designer. Since 2006 he has been either resident artist, guest lecturer on art history or a destination speaker on specialised tours.  Most recently he has begun art guiding through important towns and museums in Europe.

12 October 2020                         
THE EASTERN INFLUENCE IN EUROPEAN JEWELLERY
Patricia LAW

The influence of the East on European jewellery is pervasive. This lecture looks at the gemstones that were traded and exported to Europe, such as pearls from the Indies in Roman times, and the gems in the Crown Jewels.  Rubies came from Burma, sapphires from Kashmir and Ceylon and Imperial Jade from China.  With these gemstones came influences on styles and the way that jewellery was worn.  Techniques too were learnt, such as the Japanese cloisonné enamelling used by the French jeweller Falize.  This lecture aims to show the glamour of the East and how the West embraced and absorbed its myriad influences.

Patricia Law is a Fellow of the Gemmological Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers. Having spent twenty-five years working for International Auction Houses preparing jewellery sales for London, Geneva and New York, she established her own valuation business in 2015. She values jewellery providing legal documents for such purposes as Insurance, Inheritance Tax and Open Market. Patricia enjoys a role in teaching gemmology and jewellery history to newly qualified insurance brokers as well as lecturing to private associations and charitable groups.

Wednesday 9 December 2020

The Annual General Meeting and Christmas Party

25 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla, ACT 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.

VENUES AND TIME OF LECTURES – PLEASE NOTE

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, there are two Special Interest Mornings (SIMS) on Tuesday 21 July and Tuesday 15 September held at 25 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla at 10 am.  Each of these sessions 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 2020 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 2020) 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.

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