PO Box 112
Scone NSW, 2337
ABN: 39 468 761 041
ADFAS Scone provides for its members a yearly programme of seven illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.
Ph: 0428 458 141
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Programme for 2020
3 March 2020
Arts and Crafts Hall, Kingdon Street, Scone
LOVE, ART & TRAGEDY: Close Encounters in a Cornish Art Colony
Catherine WALLACE BA M.LITT The Arts Society
Publications include Catching the Light: The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke 1858–1929 (2008). Catherine now delivers courses in Cornwall on the history of Cornish Art and also runs Study Holidays with an itinerary of lectures, cultural visits, including museums and places of interest in Cornwall.
The lecture begins with views of the valley and paintings by Birch of Lamorna. The husband and wife artists Harold and Laura Knight came to Cornwall for inspiration and artistic camaraderie in 1907. Initially they stayed in Newlyn but on becoming acquainted with Lamorna Birch they moved to Lamorna This lecture looks at the changes in Laura’s approach to painting whilst in Cornwall. Harold Knight also mainly focused on the figure but he tended to prefer the quiet of his studio where his main subjects were beautiful young women. He asked the young student at the Forbes School in Newlyn, Florence Carter-Wood to pose for him as did Laura. But it was agreeing to model for a new arrival in the valley, Alfred J. Munnings in 1910 that sealed her fate. The lecture looks at the various depictions of Florence Carter-Wood and tells the story of her marriage to Munnings and her secret love for Captain Gilbert Evans -the subject of the novel and film ‘Summer in February’.
7 April 2020
Plants and People who Changed our Gardens
Fiona OGILVIE B.A. (Hons)
Fiona is an author, garden writer and photographer. She is a former garden tour leader for Renaissance Tours and has taken tours to many overseas and Australian destinations including China, Sri Lanka, Bali, New Zealand and Scotland. Fiona has contributed to the weekly gardening column and photograph to The Landnewspaper since 1995. She enjoys lecturing on all aspects of gardening and is inspired by the many gardens she visits in the course of her work as a writer and tour leader. Her interest in plants and in the people who discovered them in the wild and introduced them to gardeners arose as an extension of her love of history and gardening.
12 May 2020
The Sculptures of the Parthenon or How Lord Elgin Gained and Lost His Marbles
Alan READ MA MITG – The Arts Society
Alan holds a master’s and first class honours degree in History of Art from Birkbeck College, London. He is a gallery guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery and for Frieze Masters and regularly lectures at the NPG, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery and other galleries in the UK. He also works as a London Blue Badge Guide and a City of London Guide.
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.
7 July 2020
BRITISH TAILORING – TWO HUNDRED YEARS AT THE TOP
Kate Strasdin – The Arts Society
Publications include ‘An Easy Day for a Lady’ (Costume, Journal of the Costume Society, 2008) and ‘Empire Dressing – the Design and Realisation of Queen Alexandra’s Coronation Gown’ (Journal of Design History, 2012). Kate has written a book about Queen Alexandra’s wardrobe which was published by Bloomsbury in 2017. She is also one of the youngest practitioners of the dying art of producing handmade Honiton lace.
From the early 19th century, British tailoring became synonymous with quality and fit and was to become renowned for its high standards. Exploring the origins of Savile Row, royal influences and aristocratic patronage, this lecture offers a tour of some of the most well-known establishments on the row, their customers and how it has evolved over the generations to remain as a site of high quality craftsmanship to this day. Using archives, letters, portraits and memoirs as well as the evidence of the objects themselves it is a chance to metaphorically unpick this most British of trades.
11 August 2020
Packing up the Nation
Dr Carolyn Shenton MA DPhil (Oxon) FSA FRHistS – The Arts Society
Her book The Day Parliament Burned Down won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 and Mary Beard called it ‘microhistory at its absolute best’. Its acclaimed sequel, Mr Barry’s War, about the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster, was a Book of the Year in 2016 for The Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazineand was described by Lucy Worsley as ‘a real jewel, finely wrought and beautiful’.
In the early evening of 16 October 1834, to the horror of bystanders, a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor and from stagecoaches on top of the South Downs. In front of hundreds of thousands of witnesses, the great conflagration destroyed Parliament’s glorious old buildings and their contents. No one who witnessed the disaster would ever forget it. Based on the acclaimed book of the same name, this talk takes the audience through the gripping hour-by-hour story of the fire through contemporary depictions of the disaster by Turner, William Heath and others.
8 September 2020
The Age of Jazz
Sandy Burnett MA – The Arts Society
After studying music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of music presenters on BBC Radio 3. He enjoys a varied career that embraces broadcasting, conducting, playing double bass and communicating his passion for music. He regularly leads cultural lecture holidays, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.
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. His illustrations range from early pre-impressions by Maurice Ravel and others and the very earliest jazz recordings through to classics by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the dawn of the Swing Era.
13 October 2020
Urban Noir: Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks
Dr Kathy McLauchlan Ph.D – The Arts Society
Kathy McLauchlan is a lecturer specialising in 19th-century art history, she is currently a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum, organising courses and study days on the history of art and design. She teaches at several institutions, including the Arts Society and Art Pursuits. She is a graduate of Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute, with a Ph.D. on French 19th-century painters in Rome
Edward Hopper’s paintings of urban life are typically characterized by a sense of loneliness and alienation. The most celebrated example is Nighthawks, a work of 1942, which depicts three men and a woman gathered in a brightly illuminated restaurant in downtown New York. We are given few clues as to the identity of these people, whether they know each other or are in any way related. It is in fact the inexplicable quality of this scene which has made it so intriguing to generations of viewers, and has turned Nighthawks into one of the iconic images of 20th century urban life. This lecture considers the background to Hopper’s masterpiece and offers possible reasons for its lasting fascination.
VENUE AND TIME OF LECTURES
Lectures commence at 6.30pm.
Venue: Scone Arts & Crafts Hall, Kingdon Street, Scone – except for May and September. Then the venue is the Upper Hunter Shire Council, Liverpool Street, Scone.
The Scone Arts & Crafts building is situated in a quiet street in Scone where there is adequate street parking.
Annual membership fee $140 per person
Members are encouraged to invite a guest to accompany them to a lecture. There is no charge for the first and second guest. Subsequent guests would be charged the Visitors fee of $30.
Visiting ADFAS members and school students free
ALL MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES
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