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ADFAS Perth 
PO Box 7072
Shenton Park WA 6008
Contact:  perth@adfas.org.au

ABN: 33564259095

ADFAS Societies in Australia are associated with The Arts Society United Kingdom. ADFAS is a not-for–profit member-based organisation run by a committee of volunteers that offers high–quality lectures on a wide range of subjects including; art, history, architecture, fashion and more. ADFAS Perth delivers an annual programme of illustrated lectures given by overseas lecturers chosen for expert knowledge in their respective fields.

ADFAS Perth Youth Arts Award

The Youth Arts Award has been established to help a person or group enhance and develop their arts practice. This is in recognition of the challenges that emerging artist face and to encourage them in their artistic pursuit. 

Committee 2020

Chairperson:
Fiona Johnson
Ph: 0457 076 268

Secretary:
Denise Ellis Brice
Ph: 0451 055 373

 

Treasurer:
Peter Farr
Ph: 0419 905 864

Membership Enquiries: perth@adfas.org.au

Programme for 2020

15 February 2020
13:00 – 14:15
ALPHONS MUCHA AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS
Mr. Charles Harris

Alfons Mucha wrote the definitive text on Art Nouveau; Documents Décoratifs covered the elaborate ornamentation that typified the style with themes from nature, fine draftsmanship, idealised feminine subjects, symbolism and allegory. He was a master of the decorative panel, and one of the four great exponents of the poster in the Belle Epoque period.

15 February 2020
15:00 – 16:00
CASSANDRE STYLE: FROM KHARKOV TO POIROT
Mr. Charles Harris

Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron (A M Cassandré), was a style guru in an age full of style; the Art Deco era. Highly influential, his work was at the polished centre of Modernism. His designs were a playground of sweeping curves, bold zigzags, sumptuous streamlining and stunning high-fashion posters promoting the finer things in life before the austerities of a WW II. So, what do Fibonacci numbers have to do with this?

2 May 2020
13:00 – 14:15
VIRGINIA WOOLF ON ART, LIFE, LONDON & BUYING SUSPENDERS
Karin Fernald

Virginia Woolf never painted or drew but her writing was much influenced by artists of the day, particularly her beloved sister, Vanessa Bell. In To the Lighthouse, Woolf vividly describes the thoughts and feelings of a young artist as she works. We explore paintings by Bell, Walter Sickert, Spencer Gore, Robert Bevan, Malcolm Drummond and other members of the Camden Group of artists.

2 May 2020
15:00 – 16:00
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: LETTERS AND DIARIES
Karin Fernald

The Crimean War robbed Nightingale of two years of her life. Much of the rest of her life was spent writing with black humour on tough issues. She was both musical and artistic. This lecture deals with aspects of Nightingale’s life before and after the Crimean War with paintings, sketches and portraits from the Nightingale Museum at St. Thomas’ Hospital.

4 July 2020
13:00 – 14:15
OSCAR WILDE: UP CLOSE
Giles Ramsay

Discover the public and private life of one of the world’s most original and controversial artists. Born into a moderately respectable Dublin family, Wilde recreated himself as an international celebrity writing a series of short stories and plays that charmed the world. In 1890 he published the last of the great myths, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Ten years later, devoured by his fame, his demons and his decadence, Wilde would be dead.

4 July 2020
15:00 – 16:00
SHAKESPEARE: THE BIRTH OF MODERN SHOW-BUSINESS
Giles Ramsay

Poet, playwright and theatre entrepreneur, William Shakespeare was one of the wealthiest celebrities of the Elizabethan age. He wrote some of the most brilliant plays the world has ever known. We examine how theatre has moved into the modern era.

1 August 2020
13:00 – 14:15
THE ORIGINS OF ART NOUVEAU ARCHITECTURE
Ian Gledhill

This highly decorative style flourished around 1900, initially in Belgium and France, as a reaction against Victorian historicism in Britain. The emergence of iron as a building material saw architects turn to nature for their inspiration, influenced by Britain’s Arts and Crafts movement and the ideas of William Morris.

1 August 2020
15:00 – 16:00
ART NOUVEAU ARCHITECTURE AROUND THE WORLD
Ian Gledhill

The influence on architecture in countries including Britain, Austria, Spain, Latvia and America is wide reaching. The city with the most Art Nouveau buildings is Riga, Latvia where carved stone is more prominent than the fantastical iron shapes found in Belgium or France. We finish our world tour in America, with the elaborately decorated designs of Louis Tiffany and Louis Sullivan.

29 August 2020
13:00 – 14:15
PIONEERS OF THE NEW AMERICA: Artists of the Hudson River School
Brian Healey

For much of the 19th Century, the Hudson River was an inspiration for artists who sought to associate the unspoilt grandeur with the hopes and aspirations of a new nation.
We look at the work of English born Thomas Cole, who founded the Hudson River School, and later followers, Frederic Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt who took the style to the mighty Rocky Mountains, the volcanoes of the Andes and the icebergs of the Arctic. Newcomers to their work will be left breathless at the full spectrum of moods and emotions such landscapes can evoke.

29 August 2020
15:00 – 16:00
NEW YORK! NEW YORK! The Ashcan Experiment
Brian Healey

After a period of unprecedented growth that saw gleaming new skyscrapers reaching skyward, the place to be at the end of the 19th Century was New York. The squalor of teeming tenements became rich pickings for a young group of artists seeking new inspiration.
The artists of the Ashcan School, found nobility in the grandiose buildings of this booming city, and in the daily lives of the labourers who built it.

26 September 2020
13:00 – 14:15
THE FRENCH JEWEL HOUSES FROM 1900
Patricia Law

We follow the stylistic developments and trends of the major French jewel houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron; their designs, manufacture and use of gemstones and how this was affected and influenced by the events of the 20th Century. All with their individual and evocative styles from the graceful and light Belle Epoque, through to the colour and excitement of the 1920s, to the sombre monochrome of the Depression in the 1930s.

26 September 2020
15:00 – 16:00
THE EASTERN INFLUENCE IN EUROPEAN JEWELLERY
Patricia Law

The West embraced and absorbed the glamour of the East and its myriad of influences. Gemstones such as pearls from the Indies, rubies from Burma, sapphires from Kashmir and Ceylon, and imperial jade from China were traded and exported to Europe. With these gem-stones 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.

29 October 2020
18:30 – 19:30
DICKENS OF LONDON: His life and works
Susannah Fullerton

Dickens was regarded by many as the greatest English writer after Shakespeare. He was more than a creator of memorable and colourful characters, he was a subversive writer, spending his life fighting tyranny and injustice. Hear the tale of his rise from the blacking factory including the story of his hidden mistress, his troubled marriage and his desperate anxiety to keep the affection of his public.

VENUE AND TIME OF LECTURES

All lectures are held in the Perth Cultural Centre at:
North Metropolitan TAFE Theatrette, 25 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, 6000.
Entrance on weekends through Museum Street entrance ONLY.
Venue is easily accessible by public transport, and there are parking facilities in the area.

MEMBERSHIP

Adult Member             $200.00  (incl. 13 lectures – 2020)
Couple Membership   $350.00  (incl. 13 lectures – 2020)

NON-MEMBERS WELCOME:

Under 30s        $10.00 (per lecture)
Non-members  $25.00 (per lecture)

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