Hand Grenades like Cartier Clips


Hand Grenades like Cartier Clips
4.00 for 4.30 pm
Saturday 14th MARCH
Carrington Recreation Hall, 90 Werombi Road Camden
Hand Grenades like Cartier Clips
– Lee Miller, surrealism and the world of fashion
Two genres shaped the life of Lee Miller, Surrealism and the world of fashion. They
informed each other and were both central to the way she saw the world. Her career
as a fashion model began with an
accidental encounter with Conde Nast, the
proprietor of Vogue who put her on his
front cover a few weeks before her 20th
birthday. She became the model for
Lepape, Steichen, Genthe, Man Ray,
Hoyningen Heune, Horst, Picasso and
Penrose – later to be her husband. She
emerged as a fashion photographer in her
own right, metamorphosing into a war
correspondent and finally a combat
photographer before returning to her role
as a distinctive and witty photographer for Vogue in the post war years. This
presentation shows how Lee Miller’s success on both sides of the camera has left us
with enduring images that result from her unique way of seeing.
Presented by:
Antony Penrose is the Director of the Lee Miller Archive
and The Penrose Collection, which is housed in Farley
Farm House, the old Sussex farmhouse his parents
used to occupy in the village of Chiddingly. His mother
was the American photographer Lee Miller - fashion
model for Vogue, Vanity Fair, surrealist photographer,
fashion photographer, war correspondent, combat
photographer, gourmet cook. His father was Roland
Penrose, surrealist artist and poet and biographer of
Picasso, Miró, Man Ray and Tàpies. He is known as a
curator of photography, and is an artist in his own right. He has lectured at venues around the world,
including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Getty Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Stedjlik,
Amsterdam, and Gallery of Photography in Dublin.
His publications include The Lives of Lee Miller, Lee Miller's War, The Boat of your Body, Lee Miller, the
Angel and the Fiend, The Home of the Surrealists, and Roland Penrose; The Friendly Surrealist, and the
acclaimed children’s book The Boy Who Bit Picasso.
4.00 for 4.30 pm
Saturday 18th APRIL
Carrington Recreation Hall, 90 Werombi Road Camden
Beyond Capricorn:
Map making and European expansion (and
discovery of Australia)
This lecture discusses maps as prints, and traces the process of making maps, using
the expansion of Europe and discovery of the new world to provide a context for this
evolution. He shows that the “art” of maps reflected the contemporary fashions in the
international art world. The printed
map transitioned from a highly
decorative production with little
accuracy, to a more austere
document of great accuracy. Maps
reflect the milestones of history from
the travelogues of the mid-16th
century, the magnificent Dutch
atlases of the 17th Century to the
school atlases that we all know and
the specialist maps that followed.
World Map of Nicholas Desliens, 1566
Presented by:
Professor Clancy is a medical graduate and physician, with a PhD in auto
immune disease. He was a clinical immunologist with a research interest
in mucosal immunity and oral vaccines to manage chronic airways
disease, and was foundation Professor of Pathology at the innovative
medical school in Newcastle.
He has collected maps of Terra Australis for 40 years, as decorative
documents of history – with a special interest in Australia and Antarctica.
He sees maps as a way of illustrating and understanding the past, and has
written 4 books on historic cartography and lectures and has written widely
on a variety of cartographic topics.
With his wife, Christine, he runs a ‘Venice – London’ tour, following the
course of the Black Death and aimed at tracing medical, science and pharmacy history from Renaissance
times to modern. The tours are accompanied by an art historian to use ‘windows’ to follow change. He
was awarded membership to the order of Australia for contributions to historic cartography and
4.00 for 4.30 pm
Saturday 30th MAY
Carrington Recreation Hall, 90 Werombi Road Camden
The Posters That Sold Hitler, 1933-1939
The art of the poster became a weapon of mass
communication in the life and death struggle for
supremacy in WWI. But in the hands of the master
propagandists of the Third Reich, posters became
weapons of evil. This lecture covers the propaganda
techniques used by the Nazis and shows how they
demonized the Jews, the
disabled, and anyone of the
wrong genetic background.
You’ll see how Hitler used
posters to win the hearts and
minds of his people gaining
power and cementing his grip
'The seed of peace, not
on society. Posters promoting
dragon's teeth' cartoon of
Hitler, from the magazine
the 1936 Berlin Olympics,
22 March
sweeping new autobahns, shiny
Volkswagens and affordable
radios all served to paper Hitler with glory. As war broke out,
'Your Own Kd F-Car' poster, posters galvanised German hearts and minds to hate the
Presented by:
Charles Harris has had a life-long career in advertising around the world, most of it as a Creative Director
in global agencies responsible for the quality of the creative ideas and finished
production of advertising campaigns. This has included many of the world's
great brands - British Airways, QANTAS, Sony, Nestle, Kraft, BP, Ford,
Black & Decker, Amex, Heinz, Gillette, General Motors and McDonalds.
He has been the recipient of the advertising industry's highest accolades in
New York and Hollywood, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne. It is his
experience as a creator of posters that makes his presentation and
observations about poster art so different. He is not an academic but a
practitioner who has researched the subject to provide historical context to his first
hand advertising experience and internationally respected creative opinion. He has lectured to major
advertising industry conferences in Manila, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Bangkok and Sydney. In addition to
lecturing, he has also written two novels and a course in creativity.
4.00 for 4.30 pm
Saturday 27th JUNE
Carrington Recreation Hall, 90 Werombi Road Camden
Daphne Du Maurier:
The woman behind Rebecca
Had Daphne Du Maurier written only one novel – Rebecca – she
would still be considered to be one of the great shapers of popular
culture and the modern imagination. Her life was something of a
fairy story – she was born into a family with a rich artistic and
historical background where she was indulged, free from financial
and parental restraints and spent her youth sailing and travelling
with friends. Her first novel was published when she was in her
early twenties, bringing her fame and a handsome soldier
Her subsequent novels became best sellers, making her not only
famous but also enormously wealthy. She enjoyed the life of a
fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which
undoubtedly was the model for Manderley in Rebecca. She was
obsessed with the past, intensively researching the lives of
Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency
Period and nineteenth century England and France. Even more
obsessive was her interest in her own family history which she
chronicled in Gerald: a Portrait, and other works.
Presented by:
Susannah Fullerton has been passionate about literature for as long as she can remember. She has a BA
from the University of Auckland NZ and a post-graduate degree in Victorian
literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She currently teaches
literature courses in Sydney and lectures regularly at the State Library of
NSW and the Art Gallery of NSW. She has been president of the Jane
Austen Society of Australia for the past 18 years and has spoken about Jane
Austen to many schools, community groups and adult classes.
Susannah is the author of several books – Jane Austen – Antipodean Views,
Jane Austen and Crime, Brief encounters: Literary Travelers in Australia, A
Dance with Jane Austin and Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s
Pride and Prejudice. She has also written and recorded an audio CD, Finding
Katherine Mansfield, about the life and works of New Zealand’s greatest writer.
Susannah leads literary tours to the UK, France and the USA. These tours are run by Australians
Studying Abroad. Susannah has lectured regularly for ADFAS for many years.
4.00 for 4.30 pm
Saturday 1st AUGUST
Carrington Recreation Hall, 90 Werombi Road Camden
Picasso’s Guernica and the Spanish
Civil War
Guernica, Picasso’s best known and best documented
picture, was his anguished response to the fascist
destruction of the ancient Basque capital in April 1937. Its
development is traced through Picasso’s surviving
drawings and the photographs taken by his mistress, the
photographer, Dora Maar, and it is also considered
alongside other art works created during the Spanish Civil
War, including celebrated images by the painters Salvador
Dali and Joan Miro,
photomontages by
Robert Capa and
other graphic work.
The lecture concludes with a look at the strange
history of the picture after Franco’s victory: its
travels, its influence on the next generations of
artists and the huge embarrassment it caused to Colin Powell and George Bush on the
eve of the Invasion of Iraq.
Presented by:
Barry Venning is an historian of British Art with a particular interest in the
work of J M W Turner, on whom he has published widely, including
the volume on Turner in Phaidon’s Art & Ideas series and several
catalogue essays for exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Italy and
Poland. He was the BBC’s script consultant and expert
commentator for a 2005 documentary on Turner’s Fighting
Temeraire and has recently taken part (2013) in a BBC
documentary called The Genius of Turner: Painting the
Industrial Revolution. He has also published a study of John
Constable’s paintings. His interests and his teaching extend from
medieval architecture to contemporary British art. He is currently
Associate Lecturer with the Open University and lecturing on a
freelance basis for NADFAS, Christie’s Education and other organisations.
5.30 for 6.00 pm
Narellan Library, Queen Street Narellan
Fabergé’s Imperial Easter Eggs
BEFORE THE REVOLUTION: The first egg, given by Tsar
Alexander III to his beloved wife, Marie
Fedorovna in 1885, was apparently plain white.
It was the ‘surprises’ hidden inside that made it
special: a golden yolk that further concealed a
hen, a diamond miniature of the Imperial crown
and a ruby pendant. The gift began a tradition
that would last for over three decades and that
would send Fabergé on a relentless search for
novelty, exploiting and extending almost every
jewellery technique and style available.
The designs that resulted would inevitably reflect the lives and characters of
the empresses who received them. Lavishly extravagant eggs commemorate public events that now
seem little more than staging posts on the march to revolution. The muted austerity of the final few
eggs seems all too appropriate for a country fighting for survival in the First World War. Above all, the
eggs illustrate the attitudes that would ultimately lead to the downfall of the Romanovs: their apparent
indifference to the poverty that choked their country; their preference for style over substance and
their all-consuming concern with the health of the sickly heir – a preoccupation that would propel
them toward Rasputin and the doom of the dynasty
The eggs embarked on a journey that included embattled
Bolsheviks, desperate for foreign exchange, acquisitive
members of the British royal family, eccentric salesmen, and
such famous business and society figures as Armand
Hammer, Marjorie Post, and Malcolm Forbes. Now, the
interest of Russian oligarchs means that their story is turning
full circle, as the eggs begin
to return to Russia.
Finally, new information is
emerging as researchers
delve into the Kremlin
archives, in particular, to piece together the designs and possible
fates of the seven missing eggs. We will be taken through the
information available – from photographs of old exhibitions and
Fabergé’s original invoices to auction catalogue descriptions – to
explain why one egg has just been rediscovered and why at least
two more are likely to re-emerge.
Presented by:
4.00 for 4.30 pm
Saturday 29th AUGUST
Carrington Recreation Hall, 90 Werombi Road Camden
The Genius of Antonio Stradivari
Two hundred and fifty years after Antonio Stradivari’s death,
his violins and cellos remain the most highly prized
instruments in the world. Loved by great musicians and
capable of fetching fabulous sums when sold, their tone and
beauty are legendary. Every subsequent violin-maker has tried to
match them. Not one has succeeded. How can that be?
This lecture explores that central mystery by following some of
Stradivari’s instruments from his workshop to the present day. It is a
story that travels from the salons of
Vienna to the concert halls of New
York, and from the breakthroughs of
Beethoven’s last quartets to the first phonographic
Stradivarius was described in The New York Times
as ‘more enthralling, earthy and illuminating than
any fiction could be.’ The lecture is illustrated with
pictures of violins and of key individuals and
locations, as well as with some short musical
Presented by:
Toby Faber has written two works of narrative history, Stradivarius, and
Fabergé’s Eggs, and has given lectures at venues including The Victoria
and Albert Museum, Hay Literary Festival, The Library of Congress and the
Huntington Library in California. He became a NADFAS lecturer in 2012.
Toby’s career began with Natural Sciences at Cambridge and has been
through investment banking, management consulting and five years as
managing director of the publishing company founded by his grandfather,
Faber and Faber, where he remains on the board. He is also nonexecutive Chairman of Faber Music, vice-Chairman of the Authors
Licensing and Collecting Society and a trustee of Yale University Press (UK).
4.00 for 4.30 pm
Saturday 26th SEPTEMBER
Carrington Recreation Hall, 90 Werombi Road Camden
Out of the Blue:
the story of blue in art
Have you ever wondered where the Blue in
medieval illuminated manuscripts came
from, or how the glaziers of our Gothic
cathedrals made their blue glass?
The Ancient Britons tattooed their bodies in
a blue dye, and, two thousand years later in
a Parisian art gallery Yves Kline in a public
performance painted his nude models blue
and dragged them across his canvasses.
Why does the Virgin Mary wear blue and what is
significant about the blue used by Gainsborough
in his portrait “The Blue Boy”?
The story of blue takes us from the lapis lazuli
mines in Afghanistan to the studios of Titian,
Vermeer, Hokusai, Picasso and Brett Whiteley,
to name but a few. In Munich in 1911 Kandinsky
and Franz Marc created the Blue Rider art
movement, a group of artists who shared a belief
in the importance of expressing the spiritual
dimension in their art.
Presented by:
Alexandra is an art historian and a professional artist specialising in painting,
sculpture and performance. Her lectures combine art historical knowledge with
personal expertise in aesthetics and artistic techniques. It is this combination
that makes her lectures so original and dynamic.
Art from all periods, including examples of her own work, is examined from
an artist’s point of view. This entails a perceptive analysis of a painting’s
structure, its meaning, and its relationship to the history of art. She puts a
particular emphasis on studying the symbolic language of the imagination.
Alexandra has a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art and an MFA
from Cambridge School of Art. In 2007 and in 2012 she lectured in Australia for
ADFAS, and was an artist in residence at Bundanon, New South Wales.
5.30 for 6.00 pm
Narellan Library, Queen Street Narellan
Windsor Castle
History and Royal Occupants, 1080 to the present day
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest continuously occupied castle in the world. It has
been enlarged and modified throughout its 900 year history to reflect the needs, ambitions
and styles of various monarchs. As such the castle has evolved from an impregnable fortress
into a royal country residence which as well as being the Queen's favourite home, is regularly
used by her for spectacular state occasions. The restoration of the castle after the fire of
1992 enabled Her Majesty to continue the development of the structure. The lecture shows
how the present castle has grown from its
11th century origins and how this evolution
relates to the personalities and tastes of its
Royal occupants and to the history of
Britain. Four monarchs in particular are
shown to have made Windsor Castle what
it is today - Edward III in the 1360s,
Charles II in the 1670s, George IV in the
1820s and the present Queen.
Treasures and Curiosities from the Royal Library
The Library is primarily used by the Queen to show to her guests after dinner parties at
Windsor Castle. This is because it is so full of a great range of fascinating objects associated
with the history of Britain and the Royal family. The
lecture gives a tour of the Library similar to that
experienced by the Queen's guests. The Library is
open to academic researchers but not to the
general public. The lecture therefore constitutes a
rare opportunity to see its rooms and treasures.
These treasures include beautiful and rare books
and manuscripts; books with personal royal
associations; old master drawings (Leonardo da
Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Holbein, Canaletto)
and watercolours; miniature paintings; clocks; the
shirt in which Charles I was executed; and the Queen's description (when Princess Elizabeth,
aged 11) of her father's Coronation in 1937.
Presented by:
4.00 for 4.30 pm
Saturday 31st OCTOBER
Carrington Recreation Hall, 90 Werombi Road Camden
The Drama behind the Taj Mahal:
Mughal painting at its zenith and the life and times of
the Indian Emperor Shah Jahan
This lecture is based on the Islamic
manuscript, the Padshahnama (chronicle
of the King of the World) which is the
unique official history of the Mughal
Emperor, Shah Jahan, who ruled India
from 1628 to 1658. He is best remembered
for the building of the Taj Mahal as a tomb
for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The
Padshahnama is illustrated with 44 of the
finest Mughal paintings in the world. They
vividly depict the very dramatic events in
the Emperor's reign and the years before
it. Most of the important individuals in
Shah Jahan's court can be identified and
the paintings tell the remarkable story of
the intrigues of court life as well as the
Emperor's Coronation, royal weddings,
bloody battles and hunting scenes. The
book is the finest Islamic manuscript in the
Royal Library at Windsor Castle and was
given to King George III in 1797 by the
ruler of the north Indian state of Oudh.
Presented by:
Following service in the Foreign Office, including postings in India and Spain, he
was Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales, 1978-80; and then
Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales, 1981-83. He was Librarian in
the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, 1984-2002 and is now Librarian Emeritus
following his retirement. He wrote articles on the Royal Library, helped with
several books on the Royal Collection, wrote the official guidebook on
Windsor Castle, taught a history course and advised on a television series
on it. Oliver was educated at Cambridge University and did post graduate
work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA; and
at the London School of Economics. He lectures widely in Britain and abroad.
Saturday 28th NOVEMBER 2015
11.00 for 11.30 am – Tegel Gallery, 581 Cobbitty Rd, Cobbitty
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