ADFAS Adelaide is one of thirty seven ADFAS societies in Australia associated with The Arts Society United Kingdom. ADFAS is a not for profit organisation run by a committee of volunteers. We offer nine high quality monthly lectures on a wide range of subjects including social history, landscape gardening and design, architecture, textiles and music. Six lecturers are from the United Kingdom and three from Australasia. All are specialists in their field. There are also two Special Interest Half Day lectures presented by overseas lecturers. Through funds raised from raffles and voluntary donations ADFAS Adelaide supports Young Arts in primary, secondary and tertiary education and other cultural development projects in metropolitan and regional South Australia. New members are welcome throughout the year.
ABN: 54 559 495 272
Name Margie Wilson
Ph: 0418 836 330
Name Alex Hagan
Ph: 0438 607 675
Name Deb Wallman
Ph: 0418 805 231
Name Ross Burton
Ph: 0452 292 691
Name Gayle Legoe
Ph: 0407 417 314
Membership Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme for 2019
13 February 2019
FAKES AND FORGERIES
Be witness to the devious world of the master forger. Objects that fooled the experts, from Botticelli to a bottle of gin.
10 April 2019
CARTIER – Jeweller of Kings, King of Jewellers
The rich and famous beat a path to Cartier’s door to have amazing objects created by “Master Craftsmen in a Master Design House” for their own use or as unique gifts. Some of the stories behind these jewels and their creation are as intriguing and fascinating as the objects themselves.
8 May 2019
1066 AND ALL THAT – The Bayeux Tapestry- what does it really depict
Its brilliant colours are undimmed after almost one thousand years. The lecture initially place the tapestry within its historical and geographical context followed by explanation of the events shown, interesting incidentals and their significance. The issues of where it was probably made and by whom. The tapestry and what it seems to depict still invite speculation, scholarly debate and controversy.
5 June 2019
THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE ARTISTS IN RENAISSANCE FLORENCE
Renaissance artists and artisans were initiated into their crafts from an early age. This lecture explores the Renaissance artist’s career from the early stages of education to the maturity of their professional life paying particular attention to their writings and self-portraits.
3 July 2019
SIGNS AND SYMBOLS IN ART
Explore how signs and symbols are used to tell the story of a painting. Paintings spread across centuries often use the same imagery, whether in religious or secular paintings. By learning to read these signs and symbols we are better able to understand paintings.
7 August 2019
CONSTANTINOPLE AND ISTANBUL A tale of two cities
Byzantine imperial capital for 1000 years then Ottoman Turk’s capital city. This lecture explores the history and culture through its art and architecture. The magnificence and mystery of the courts from where the emperors and sultans controlled their vast domains, the impact of Christianity and Islam, trade and the daily life. Also how the Crusaders then the Ottomans conquered and changed the city.
4 September 2019
VENICE, CANALETTO AND HIS RIVALS
Though some were little better than modern hooligans, many grand tourists were highly sophisticated and had a lasting impact on Venice and how it is perceived today. These are magical paintings by an Italian artist greatly influenced by British taste and Britain boasts the greatest collection of his work, both in public and private hands.
2 October 2019
FORTY SHADES OF GREEN – The gardens of Ireland
The history of gardening in Ireland broadly reflects the changes in society. From Ireland came William Robinson, influential in the late Victorian gardening world and Augustine Henry a great plant collector. In recent years a renaissance in gardening has seen old gardens restored and new ones created, none more so than Helen Dillon’s garden in Dublin.
13 November 2019
CURATING CURIOSITY – The odyssey of art and audiences
(Preceded by Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm. NB: No morning session)
This lecture traces the contours of curiosity through a selection of exhibitions and works of art. Drawing upon her doctoral research the lecturer will examine the relationship between curating and curiosity in the context of contemporary art and audience engagement
Special Interest Half Days 2019
14 February 2019
THE ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
The morning begins with a presentation of “Behind the Antiques Roadshow”. After a break for morning tea “Antiques Roadshow Great Finds”.
5 September 2019
BLENHEIM PALACE – The agony and the ecstasy
Possibly the most admired historic building outside London, Blenheim Palace is an uncompromising World Heritage monument to English military ambition and one family’s self-importance. The story of its construction is a fascinating catalogue of excess and outrage, while the result is both monstrous and utterly sublime. But it is the effect that its perceived spirit has had on consecutive generations of Marlborough’s that is most revealing. It is also of course, from within this ‘cauldron’ that a Churchill was born, recently voted “The greatest Britain of all time”. This lecture explores these themes and the characters involved, marvelling at the genius of Vanburgh and considering the real impact the palace has left on the nation.
VENUE AND TIME OF LECTURE
Walkerville Civic Centre, 66 Walkerville Terrace, Walkerville.
Morning tea at 10.00am, lectures commence at 10.30am
Auditorium, Living Choice Fullarton, 123 Fisher Street, Fullarton.
Lectures commence at 7.45pm. Wine and sandwiches are provided at the conclusion of the lecture
NB: Members may only attend the session to which they have subscribed
SPECIAL INTEREST HALF DAYS
Auditorium, Living Choice Fullarton.
Lectures commence at 9.30am
These are optional extras and an additional fee applies. Registration forms are sent out approximately one month prior to lecture
Single membership (9 lectures) $150.00
Double membership (9 lectures) $280.00
Guests are most welcome. A $25.00 fee applies or $15.00 if a member of another ADFAS Society. Prior notice is necessary.
Morning Session contact Geraldine Jennings 0438 723 328
Evening Session contact: Gayle Legoe 0407 417 314
ALL MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES
Gayle Legoe email: email@example.com