Yarra (Caulfield)

Postal Address:

ADFAS Yarra
PO Box 51
Elsternwick VIC 3185

Enquiries: adfasyarra@gmail.com

ABN:  89 563 628 670

‘Art is everywhere, if only you have eyes to see it.’


Rupert Bunny – 1921     Fresque

You are warmly invited to join us at ADFAS Yarra to explore the fascinating world of the arts.  Visual and performing arts, history and literature form the basis for our nine beautifully illustrated lectures that are presented by international and local experts.  When Covid restrictions are lifted, you will share refreshments after each lecture with like-minded members in a convivial and welcoming atmosphere.  Regular newsletters will provide you with information on lectures, art news, optional excursions and enrichment events.

Committee 2022

Chair:
Carol Johnston
0409 871 254
caroljohnston789@gmail.com

Vice Chair/Newsletter Editor:
Jan Bennellick
0400 261 044
jangeo@bigpond.net.au

Secretary:
Heather Marmur
0415 542 542
heather.marmur@gmail.com

 

Treasurer:
Jane Anthony
0409 936 066
p.j.anthony@outlook.com

Membership Secretary:
Berres Thom
0421 160 918
berresthom@gmail.com

Guest Bookings:
Joanna Ingram
0438 370 461
joingram@bigpond.net.au

PROGRAMME FOR 2022

ADFAS Yarra may hold both digital and face-to-face lectures during the year, according to Public Health determinations in our state, and the capacity of our venue.  Refreshments will be served if regulations allow. Members will be informed promptly of any changes to these arrangements.

24 February 2022
The Rise of Collecting in the Renaissance:  Cosimo de’ Medici and his sons
Professor Dale Kent
Venue:  Glen Eira Town Hall
Morning lecture: 10 am  Afternoon lecture:   1.30 pm

In the early fifteenth century, Cosimo de’ Medici was the richest and most powerful citizen of Florence, where the remarkable cultural efflorescence known as the Renaissance began.  This lecture will show how the family’s collection of beautiful and valuable objects was associated with Medici artistic, personal and political patronage, and their activities as Europe’s wealthiest and most powerful international bankers.

Professor Kent has a PhD from the University of London, taught at La Trobe University and for many years at the University of California, and is currently a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.  She is a world expert on the Florentine Renaissance and the author of many books, particularly Cosimo de’ Medici and the Florentine Renaissance:  The Patron’s Oeuvre.

The Journey of the Magi

23 March 2022
Special Interest Afternoon (Two lectures)
The tale of two cities – Moscow and St. Petersburg; and Where East meets West – Istanbul
Kenneth Park
Venue:  Glen Eira Town Hall
Afternoon lecture1.30 pm 

This beautifully illustrated lecture contrasts the cities of Moscow, with its world famous landmarks, and St. Petersburg, a city of European sophistication that is a celebration of art and architecture.

In the second lecture, Kenneth will concentrate on Istanbul, once called Byzantium and later Constantinople.  An ancient city with a rich history.

Kenneth Park has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for over thirty years where he is responsible for the school’s extensive art and archival collections. An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe.  

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Benh

24 March 2022
The Victoria & Albert Museum – a treasure house of the decorative arts
Kenneth Park
Venue:   Glen Eira Town Hall
Morning lecture:  10 am  Afternoon lecture:  1.30 pm

The Victoria & Albert Museum (also known as the V&A), founded in 1852 in London, is a celebrated museum of applied arts, decorative arts, and design with a huge permanent collection of over 2.25 million objects.  It is named for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  The V&A has its origins in the Great Exhibition of 1851.  This lecture will look at the story of the V&A and some of the highlights from its extraordinary collection.

Kenneth Park has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for over thirty years where he is responsible for the school’s extensive art and archival collections.  An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe.

28 April 2022
Excursion:  Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges
Regional Garden Tour

Autumn is a spectacular time in this cool climate area with leaves of the many deciduous trees changing to brilliant reds and yellows.  With private gardens open again, we plan to enjoy a full day visiting this region.

Claire Takacs

26 May 2022
Nora, Stella and Sybil – the women at war
Gavin Fry
Venue:  Glen Eira Town Hall
Morning lecture: 10 am   Afternoon Lecture:  1.30 pm

Just three women worked as Official War Artists during World War II – Nora Heysen, Stella Bowen and Sybil Craig.  They each made a significant body of work bringing a fresh vision to the official expression of Australia at War.  Gavin, who is well known to us, will relate some of the experiences of those at the front through the eyes of the women war artists.

Gavin Fry is a well-known writer, publisher, curator and more recently an active artist.  Soon after completing his Master of Arts he was appointed as Curator of Art at the Australian War Memorial.

16 June 2022
Lady Franklin:  Fame, Death and Commemoration
Dr. Alison Inglis
Venue:  Glen Eira Town Hall
Morning lecture:  10 am  Afternoon lecture:  1.30 pm

This lecture will examine the remarkable career of Jane, Lady Franklin, wife of one of Tasmania’s early Governors, the arctic explorer, Sir John Franklin.  The first part of the lecture will investigate the couple’s activities as leading colonial patrons of the arts.  The second part will focus on Lady Franklin’s remarkable efforts to suitably commemorate her husband’s tragic death in the Canadian Arctic through a series of monuments asserting his right to be considered the discoverer of the fabled ‘North-West Passage’.

A/Prof. Dr. Alison Inglis is a graduate of the Art History department of the University of Melbourne.  Alison has coordinated the MA Art Curatorship programme since 1995, and teaches subjects on nineteenth century Europe; Art, Markets and Materials; and museum studies.

7 July 2022
White Gums and Ramoxes: the ceramics of Merric and Arthur Boyd
Dr. Grace Cochrane AM
Venue:  Glen Eira Town Hall
Morning lecture:  10 a.m.  Afternoon lecture:  1.30 p.m.

This is the story of the development and curation of the touring 2009 exhibition, White Gums and Ramoxes, from the Bundanon Trust Collection, the property which Arthur and Yvonne Boyd gifted to the people of Australia in 1993.  The exhibition takes its title from two characteristic motifs in the ceramic work of Arthur Boyd and his father, Merric Boyd.

Dr. Grace Cochrane AM, now an independent curator and writer, was a senior curator of Australian Decorative Arts and Design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.  She is the author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History.

3 August 2022
Special Interest Afternoon
A Silver Study (and identification) Day
Jolyon Warwick James
Venue:  Glen Eira Town Hall
Afternoon lecture:  1.30 p.m.

An ‘item-led’ discovery day where learning about silver (marks, styles, history etc.) and distinguishing from non-silver items (EPNS, Sheffield Plate etc.) is based on items brought in by the audience.

Jolyon James is a professional consultant on antique silver.  He has published widely, including a reference manual on Australian gold and silver hallmarks. As there is the opportunity to handle the items, the audience is encouraged to bring in a magnifying glass and any interesting silver they may have.

4 August 2022
What we can learn about silver from paintings, engravings and illuminated manuscripts
Jolyon Warwick James
Venue:  Glen Eira Town Hall
Morning lecture:  10 a.m.  Afternoon lecture:  1.30 p.m.

This lecture is in the form of a series of illustrated ‘short stories’ of depictions of silver objects.  Each is developed from a particular painting, engraving or illuminated manuscript which is presented as the starting point.  Together, they permit us to consider why so few silver objects exist from earlier times and what happened to them.  It also looks at earlier social habits, customs and behaviour, as evidenced in silverware.

Jolyon James is a professional consultant on antique silver, based in Sydney.  He has published widely, including a reference manual on Australian gold and silver hallmarks.

1 September 2022
The Petit Trianon at Versailles:  a sanctuary for royal mistresses and a Queen
John Broadley
Venue:  Glen Eira Town Hall
Morning lecture:  10 a.m.  Afternoon lecture:  1.30 p.m.

This lecture traces the fate of the Petit Trianon at Versailles.  This delightful pavilion was built by King Louis XV as a retreat for his mistress, the ever-discreet Madame de Pompadour, who died before it was completed.  It was subsequently used by his later mistress, the brazen, much-hated Madame du Barry.  Upon succeeding his grandfather as King in 1774, Louis XVI allocated the Petit Trianon to his wife, the Austrian-born Queen Marie Antoinette.

John Broadley is an historian specialising in Australian colonial architecture, French culture and relationships between Australia and Europe.

29 September 2022
Recent Events:  Design for International Events
Professor Michael Scott-Mitchell
Venue:  Glen Eira Town Hall
Morning lecture:  10 a.m.  Afternoon lecture:  1.30 p.m.

Over the past two decades, Michael has designed an impressive number of world-renowned productions, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Cauldron and the Main Stage for the opening ceremony.  He is at the forefront of digital exploration in design for performance, particularly musicals and this has been an ongoing part of his body of work.  He has designed Madame Butterfly for Opera Australia, the first fully fledged digital design for opera in Australia.

Michael’s passion is to incorporate digital technology to enhance performance.  Not always as easy as you might think……

13 October 2022
Excursion:   Marvellous Mt. Macedon

A visit is planned to the Macedon Ranges, a wonderland of stunning heritage gardens, which will be awash with blooms in the springtime.

10 November 2022
Norman magnificence in Sicily
Dr. Kathleen Olive
Venue:  Glen Eira Town Hall
Morning lecture:  10 a.m.  Afternoon lecture:  1.30 p.m.

Dr. Kathleen Olive is a literary and cultural historian with a PhD in Florentine Renaissance Studies from the University of Sydney.  She is a popular ADFAS lecturer who leads in-depth art/history tours to Italy.  Kathleen’s lecture will introduce us to some of Italy’s greatest treasures and investigate the Islamic and Byzantine models for Sicily’s imposing monuments.  Exploring Palermo’s glittering Palatine Chapel or Cefalù’s imposing cathedral, we uncover the values and taste of the Normans in Sicily.

MEMBER & GUEST INFORMATION

Venue and Time of Lectures
Lectures are held in the Glen Eira Town Hall
Cnr. Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield.
Morning lectures:  10 a.m.    Afternoon lectures:  1.30 p.m.

 Digital lectures may be offered on either the same topic or a similar one depending on Covid regulations however, the preference is for ‘live’ lectures.

Membership Enquiries
We delight in welcoming new members.
For further information please contact our

Membership Secretary:
Berres Thom
Membership Secretary
ADFAS Yarra
PO Box 51
Elsternwick  VIC  3185
0421 160 918
Email:  adfasyarra@gmail.com for further details.

The joining fee is $40 and the annual subscription is $175.  Please do not send any money.  You will be advised when to send the joining fee and annual subscription.

Visitors and Bookings
Members are welcome to bring guests to lectures but prior registration is required and no individual guest can attend more than three lectures.
The price for guests is $25 for each lecture.

Guest Bookings:
Joanna Ingram
0438 370 461
Email:  adfasyarra@gmail.com