Perth

ADFAS Perth welcomes you.

ADFAS Perth is a not-for-profit member-based organisation run by a dedicated committee of volunteers. We offer an annual stimulating lecture program on a diverse range of subjects covering visual arts, architecture, fashion, music, literature and more. We’re delighted to be welcoming back The Arts Society’s lecturers in 2023 after a two-year absence due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, in addition to Australian and local lecturers.

Members are kept up to date with regular electronic newsletters and our more expansive quarterly newsletter which can be accessed via the button to the left or from links at the bottom of this page. Plus you can find regular updates and general local arts information on our Facebook group and Instagram pages.  Please join our growing community of arts lovers in these social media channels and subscribe to our eNews here.

Lectures:

Venue:
Lectures are held at the State Library of WA Theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge

Time:
Most lectures are held on a Saturday afternoon. Please refer to the lecture program below for details.

Registration:
In order to manage venue capacity, Members are required to register their attendance on Trybooking.com for each lecture – use the book here buttons below or search ADFAS Perth (+ lecture name).

Membership:
Annual Membership Single – $200
Annual Membership Couple – $390

Guests welcome:
Unless otherwise stated, we welcome guests to all our events. Please use the Book here buttons to purchase tickets at $25 per lecture.

All ticket purchases and member registration can be done at www.trybooking.com
Enter ADFAS Perth into the search bar, date of lecture, and postcode 6003

Contact:
For all enquiries please email: perth@adfas.org.au
Postal Address: PO Box 7072 Shenton Park WA 6008
ABN: 33 564 259 095

2023 LECTURE AND EVENTS PROGRAM

Saturday 25 February 2023
ABSTRACT/POP/MINIMAL:  THE NEW YORK ART SCENE IN THE 1950S AND 60S
Presented by Alan R Dodge AM CitWA,
Theatre -State Library of WA Theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
2.00 – 3.30 pm

Post-World War II confirmed New York as the new international centre of art and commerce.  Artists came from all over the world to absorb the heady atmosphere. In dizzying succession, movement after movement vied for attention as Abstract Expressionism evolved out of European Dada and Surrealism, only to be overtaken by the Colour Field movement, Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptualism in a wild eruption of creativity. Former AGWA Director, Alan Dodge will take us on a journey through two of the most culturally dynamic decades of the 20th Century in one of the world’s most exciting cities. 

Alan R. Dodge AM CitWA, and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, has served in the art museum world for over 40 years. He was the first Senior Research Officer at the NGA, an Honorary Edith Cowan University Fellow, has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from both Murdoch and Curtin Universities, and was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008 for service to the arts. In 2011 Alan was named WA Citizen of the Year, Culture, Arts and Entertainment.

Saturday 25 March 2023
THE BODY AS A PLACE: THE SCULPTURE OF ANTONY GORMLEY
Presented by Anna Moszynska
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
2.00-3.30 pm

In Australia Antony Gormley is best known for his Lake Ballard figures but internationally for his iconic Angel of the North sculpture, which is imposingly situated beside the A1, a main thoroughfare in the north of England. Anna Moszynska has known Gormley since he was a student and written on the artist’s drawings so is uniquely positioned to deliver a unique perspective on the development of this major British sculptor and his fascination with the body as a place – both of experience and of interaction with its surroundings.

Anna Moszynska is a London-based lecturer and writer specialising in contemporary art.  She has taught at Sotheby’s Institute, The City Lit, the Royal Academy and Tate London plus lectured in cities ranging from Dubai to New York. Anna’s books include Abstract Art (1990) and Sculpture Now (2013), both published by Thames & Hudson. She enjoys introducing art to audiences in a lively and approachable way to make modern and contemporary art both accessible and interesting.

Saturday 29 April 2023
NEW INSIGHTS INTO GUY GREY-SMITH
Presented by Andrew Gaynor
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
1.00 -2.30pm

Guy Grey-Smith is one of the most influential modernist artists to work in Western Australia. He had two retrospectives in 1976 and 2014. In 2012, Andrew Gaynor published the first monograph on Grey-Smith which met with wide critical acclaim. Since then, Gaynor has kept researching the artist and now presents a special lecture focusing on his discoveries and new insights gained since the book’s publication. Accompanied by a remarkable array of images, this lecture is a must for those seeking to understand the complexities of regional modernism, and for those who simply love Guy Grey-Smith’s art.

Andrew Gaynor is a writer, researcher and freelance curator whose area of special interest is Australian modernism. He has held curatorial positions at key institutions including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the City of Boroondara, and the McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park. Andrew’s writings include the first monograph on Guy Grey-Smith published by UWA Publishing in 2012; and since 2015, has written extensively on Australian art for Deutscher & Hackett Fine Art Auctions.

Image: Jarrahs, 1953 Guy Grey-Smith

Saturday 29 April 2023
ROY DE MAISTRE, FRANCIS BACON AND WHITE FIGURE
Presented by Andrew Gaynor
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
3.00 -4.00pm

Roy de Maistre is renowned as one of Australia’s first modernists, having created the still-astounding exhibition Colour in Art with Roland Wakelin in 1919. What is less known is that he relocated to London in 1930 and never returned to Australia. Shortly after his arrival in the UK, he met Francis Bacon. For the next seven years, de Maistre assumed the role of Bacon’s first art mentor. A sequence of paintings known as the New Atlantis series from 1933 mark the highpoint of their professional and personal relationship. Join Andrew Gaynor as he recontextualises one of these works, White Figure, c.1933 held by AGWA.

Andrew Gaynor is a writer, researcher and freelance curator whose area of special interest is Australian modernism. He has held curatorial positions at key institutions including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the City of Boroondara, and the McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park. Andrew’s writings include the first monograph on the West Australian artist Guy Grey-Smith published by UWA Publishing in 2012; and since 2015, has written extensively on Australian art for Deutscher & Hackett Fine Art Auctions.

Image: White Figure c 1933, Roy de Maistre

Saturday 27 May 2023
ART NOUVEAU ARCHITECTURE AROUND THE WORLD 
Presented by Ian Gledhill
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
2.00 -3.30 pm

This lecture examines the influence of Art Nouveau on architecture in countries around the world, including Britain, where the flowing curves based on natural forms style was largely inspired by British designers.  While French and Belgian architects used plant forms to create organic three-dimensional forms, Austrian Art Nouveau is surprisingly flat, and in Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi’s buildings seem much more based on animal shapes than plants. The city with more Art Nouveau buildings than any other is Riga in Latvia, where carved stone is much more prominent. Our world tour finishes in America, with the elaborately decorated designs of Tiffany and 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.

Saturday 29 July 2023
THE AGE OF JAZZ 
Presented by Sandy Burnett
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
1.00 – 2.30pm

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. Sandy’s 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, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the dawn of the Swing Era.

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing, and lecturing. He has worked as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and for a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Additionally, he is a highly sought-after double bassist on the London jazz scene and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.

Saturday 29 July 2023
SHAKEN BY AN EARTHQUAKE – IGOR STRAVINSKY, THE BALLETS RUSSES, AND THE ASTONISHING 1913 PREMIERE OF THE RITE OF SPRING
Presented by Sandy Burnett
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
3.00 – 4.00 pm

The story of one of the greatest creative collaborations of all:  Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, whose team of dancers, choreographers, and costume and set designers transformed expectations of what a night in the theatre could be, and the circumstances behind its most notorious stage work of all. Sandy examines the build-up to the premiere in Paris, takes a look at the original costumes, plays excerpts from this fascinatingly inventive score, and explores what divided opinions of that first-night audience quite so dramatically.  No, nothing could top the riot at the Rite in 1913.

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing, and lecturing. He has worked as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and for a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Additionally, he is a highly sought-after double bassist on the London jazz scene and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.

Saturday 2 September 2023
A PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY: SHACKLETON’S ENDURANCE EXPEDITION CAPTURED ON CAMERA
Presented by Mark Cottle
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
2.00-3.30pm

Australian Frank Hurley, one of the great photographers of the 20th Century, was the official photographer on Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic aboard the Endurance in 1914. The Endurance was immobilised by pack-ice and eventually crushed. Hurley’s photographs are a visual narrative of an epic journey which capture with great artistry new and amazing landscapes within which a remarkable human drama of dogged determination is played out. The aim of the lecture is to capture Hurley’s achievements as a photographer of the Antarctic in the first flush of human contact when it was still essentially terra incognita.

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

Saturday 30 September 2023
DRESSED TO THRILL: THE ART OF THE JAPANESE KIMONO
Presented by Professor Marie Conte-Helm
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
2.00-3.30pm

The kimono, literally meaning ‘wear’ (ki) and ‘thing’ (mono), is a traditional garment worn by both men and women in Japan. But it is so much more than that. Rich in symbolism and encapsulating the best in textile design and techniques through the ages, the kimono has a fascinating history that reflects wider aspects of Japanese life and culture. From everyday kimono to wedding kimono to the elaborate dress of Japanese geisha, this lecture will trace the story of the kimono, its past and its present, and the place that it occupies in the world of contemporary fashion.

Professor Conte-Helm is a long-established lecturer of The Arts Society with a BA in History of Art and an MA in Asian Art. She has held senior academic positions at various UK universities, is widely published and has lectured throughout the UK and abroad. She was awarded an OBE for services to UK-Japan educational and cultural relations, and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by the Government of Japan.

Saturday 28 October 2023
ATHENS AND ROME: A TALE OF TWO CITIES 
Presented by Dr Paul Roberts
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
1.00pm -2.30pm

Athens and Rome were two of the most beautiful, powerful and important cities of the ancient world: Athens the home of democracy, the cradle of the arts, Rome the eternal city, the capital of the world. In this presentation we explore the art and architecture of these extraordinary cities at the height of their power. We admire the products of their craftsmen and look at the people who helped make these cities great. From slaves, who were the engine of both societies, to statesmen, thinkers, and writers.  Two cities which have shaped our modern lives more than any others.

Dr Paul Roberts is Head of the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University. He studied Classics at the University of Cambridge, and Classical Archaeology at Sheffield and Oxford. He has travelled the Roman Empire from Britain to Syria and has excavated in Britain, Greece, Libya, Turkey, and Italy. His research and writings focus on the daily life of ordinary people. He has curated exhibitions on Greek and Roman daily life.

Saturday 28 October 2023
HADRIAN: MAN OF MYSTERY
Presented by Dr Paul Roberts
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
3.00pm -4.00pm

Roman emperor, Hadrian was a person of huge contrasts; a shrewd politician and ruthless general who, as his enemies discovered, was as capable of massacre as mercy. He was an obsessive in everything he did, from amateur architecture to love. Though married to his wife Sabina for 40 years, Hadrian’s greatest love was a young man Antinous, whom Hadrian made a god after his suspicious death. In this lecture Dr Roberts will reveal more about Hadrian, this incredible, mysterious man.

Dr Paul Roberts is Head of the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University. He studied Classics at the University of Cambridge, and Classical Archaeology at Sheffield and Oxford.   He has travelled the Roman Empire from Britain to Syria and has excavated in Britain, Greece, Libya, Turkey and Italy. His research and writings focus on the daily life of ordinary people. He has curated exhibitions on Greek and Roman daily life.

Saturday 18 November 2023
A FASCINATION FOR FLORA: PAINTER DAISY ROSSI
Presented by Robyn Johnson
State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
2.00-3.30pm

On her arrival in Perth in 1905, Daisy Rossi set out making a living as a portrait painter but was soon drawn to the splendours of the bush. In the southwest, home to one-third of Australian plant species, Rossi found herself in the right place to pursue a passion for flora. While the settler society’s quest to clear the land and ‘subdue the bush’ continued apace, landscapists and flower painters, such as Rossi, depicted its treasures. In exploring Rossi’s work, the lecture touches on professional, political, and personal connections in her Perth milieu in the early 20th Century.

Robyn Johnston is a writer, curator, and producer of creative projects. Central to her work is a keen sense of audience, developed over a long career as an arts and music broadcaster for ABC Radio National. Her practice as a researcher and storyteller informs the collaborative creation of multi-disciplinary exhibitions and events. Robyn has a lifelong engagement with the visual arts, and an abiding connection with the landscapes of Western Australia.

Committee 2023

Chairperson:
Kay Campbell

Membership:
Fiona Johnson

Secretary:
Sankari Sivaramalingam

Treasurer:
Elvina Florenca

 

Marketing:
Leanne Casellas

Youth Awards Convenor:
Mariana Atkins

Committee Members:
Ellie Flowers Collins
Kevin Jackson

Membership Enquiries: perth@adfas.org.au