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ADFAS Yarra 2019
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”
You’re warmly invited to join us at ADFAS Yarra to explore and learn more about the fascinating world of the arts. Visual and performing arts, history and literature form the basis for our nine beautifully illustrated lectures which are presented by international and local experts. You’ll share refreshments after each lecture with like minded members in a convivial and welcoming atmosphere. Regular newsletters will provide you with information on lecturers, art news, optional excursions and enrichment events.
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Programme for 2019
Lectures are held in the Theatrette of the Glen Eira Town Hall, Cnr Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield, 3162.
Morning lectures commence at 10.00 a.m. Afternoon lectures at 1.30 p.m.
DR PAUL BAHN
THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY
An Introduction to Ice Age Art
Paul is a world-renowned archaeologist with a doctorate from the University of Cambridge. In 2003, Paul led the team which searched for and discovered the first Ice Age cave art in Britain and he is involved with Australia’s Rock Art Association. His lecture will look at the very earliest known art and the theories about its meaning and purpose.
THURSDAY 7 MARCH
Excursion: Secret Gardens of Kyneton
First, we visit a country garden, Stone Hill, where a swathe of perennials under ancient red gums overlooks atmospheric Hanging Rock. Then, a roving morning tea at one of the many cafes in Piper Street Kyneton. Close by are two very different gardens on challenging sites which have both featured on ABC’s ‘Dream Gardens’. Finally, Mica Grange where distant views, funky sculptures and dry climate plantings make a delightful setting for a relaxed lunch.
THURSDAY 4 APRIL
The Ballet Russes
Ballerina, choreographer and lecturer, Robin will enthrall us with stories of the fabulously innovative Ballet Russes and the astonishingly creative characters who produced and fostered this movement – Diaghilev, Pavlova, Nijinsky, Picasso, Stravinsky and Cocteau – artistic masters who collaborated in the early 20th century and whose visions continue to inspire today.
THURSDAY 2 MAY
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting
A regular ADFAS guest, Chloe is an independent scholar, author and curator, specialising in the art and culture of Latin America. She has contributed to many well-known BBC documentaries. Her lecture will explore the different ways Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera helped shape the cultural identity of 20th century Mexico and how together they made Mexico a magnet for the rest of the world.
THURSDAY 6 JUNE
LESLEY HARDING & KENDRAH MORGAN
Mirka and Georges: A Culinary Affair
Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan are senior curators at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Arriving in Melbourne from Paris in 1951, the Moras energised local society and transformed the cultural and culinary landscapes – Mirka as an artist, Georges as a gallerist, and both as restaurateurs. This lecture explores the Moras’ remarkable story from their early years in France, through the chaos of World War II to their achievements in their adopted home town.
The Honourable East India Co & East West Trade; Chintz, Chinese Export and Chinoiserie
Vivienne’s MA in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s, London has led her to lecturing, writing and consulting in East Asian art and western design. She will analyse the reasons for the success of the fabled East India Company which traded with China and India, importing exotic homewares, tea and spices. Vivienne will also focus on the textile trade where innovations such as woven and printed chintz are now considered to be a classic expression of English style.
THURSDAY 4 JULY
From the East Indies to Indonesia: Legacies of Colonialism and Fine Art in Indonesia, 1830 to the Present Day
For over 25 years, Vivienne has specialised in the art of East Asia. She is the UK consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia. Her knowledge of the history and culture of this area, so important to Australia, provides scholarly background to her discussion of the changes in fine art practice that accompany notions of independence from colonialism.
THURSDAY 8 AUGUST
Joseph Wright of Derby & the Men and Art of the Lunar Society
A specialist in early Medieval and Renaissance studies and in the culture of 18th century England, Leslie has lectured widely in the UK at the National Gallery, Courtauld Institute and National Portrait Gallery. Using paintings by the artist Joseph Wright, Leslie will explore the lives, achievements and common interests of a unique group of individuals, including Josiah Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley and James Watt, known as the Lunar Men – the “friends who made the future”.
WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
Treasures of the Silk Road
A popular lecturer in Britain and Australia, Chris has delved into some of the most fascinating aspects of the Silk Road which extends over 8000 kms from China through Central Asia to the Mediterranean. Political stability finally allowed the Chinese to trade silk, jade and ceramics in exchange for horses, pearls and gold. Silk was just one of the many products traded for 1400 years, but the route also acted as a highway for beliefs, ideas, inventions and art.
THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
Islamic Art: Exploring the Decorative Arts of the Islamic World
Christopher is regarded as an expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. He is an author, photographer, tour leader and acclaimed television documentary film-maker. His lecture will explore the magnificence of Islamic art, both religious and secular, in some of the most exotic cities of the world – Cairo, Istanbul, Damascus, Isfahan and Samarkand.
THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER
For the Love of Flowers
A qualified landscape architect and interior designer, Marilyn has been involved with art and design for over forty years. Passionate about promoting garden history as a social document, she has lectured extensively throughout the UK and in Australia and has broadcast for the BBC. Her lecture will explore our love of flowers and how they are intrinsically woven into the fabric of our lives.
THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER
Excursion: Art and Gardens of the Peninsula
On this Mornington Peninsula day trip, we’ll explore a private garden at Flinders and the new Sculpture Park at Merricks. Here, Geoffrey Edwards, the Vice Chair of NADFAS and past museum director helped the Gandel family choose over 30 contemporary sculptures displayed on a glorious site overlooking Westernport Bay.
THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER
SUSANNAH FULLERTON, OAM, FRSN
Those Mitford Girls!
Ever-popular ADFAS lecturer, Susannah was awarded an OAM last year for her services to literature. For 28 years she has been President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and patron of almost every other literary society. She will take us on a fascinating journey through the lives and times of the six extraordinary, unconventional but marvelous Mitford sisters.
What does it cost?
The joining fee is $40 and the annual
subscription is $175.
Where are we located?
Lectures are held in the Theatrette of the
Glen Eira Town Hall, corner of Glen Eira and
Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield, 3162
How do I join?
Contact our Secretary:
Carol Johnston, Phone: 9681 6664
Mobile: 0409 871 254