sponsor: De Cotta Law (website)Despite his reputation, Gauguin held certain women in great respect.
About Juliet Heslewood
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Art movements to be considered include the World of Art, the Blue Rose Group, the Wanderers and Knave of Diamonds. We will then consider the rise of geometric non-objective painting, the creation of a new Soviet culture after the 1917 Russian Revolution and how Socialist Realist painting came about in the USSR after 1932. Major works in the State Russian Museum collections will be examined including paintings in the Hermitage and the Tretyakov Gallery in St Petersburg and Moscow. We will study artistic creativity during a time of revolutionary change and look at cultural connections between Russia and Europe. The aim of the lecture is to introduce you to a variety of artists working at a dynamic time in Russian history.
Russian Art & Culture started life as a student blog she set up whilst studying for her PhD at the University of Bristol. After becoming an accidental entrepreneur Theodora left her studies to run the business full time. Prior to specialising in Russian art, she did work experience in the Old Master’s Department at Christie’s in London and later in New York. In 2010 she worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and helped to curate several exhibitions.
About Theodora Clarke
Theodora is founder and editor of Russian Art and Culture. She also set up Russian Art Week in London and publishes a bi-annual guide to the event.
She has written articles for numerous publications and is a popular commentator on Russian culture with a particular focus on the Russian avant-garde and twentieth century modernism. Read her columns for Huffington Post here and for Russia Beyond the Headlines here. She is also an accredited lecturer for NADFAS and runs cultural tours to Russia. Theodora recently curated a one man exhibition of contemporary Russian artist Boris Chetkov and published a book of his work in November 2013 with The Pushkin Gallery.Theodora obtained a First Class BA Honours degree in History of Art at Newcastle University and then studied for an MA in Russian Art at the Courtauld Institute in Art in London under Prof. John Milner.
sponsor: Liberty Seguros (website)This lecture aims to introduce NADFAS members to their work in conjunction with Diaghilev and his internationally renowned ballet company the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev was a leading patron of the Russian avant-garde in the West who interacted with major artistic figures of the day. We will examine his use of the artist in ballet productions and thereby trace the Ballets Russes' role in the history of modernism.
Particular attention will be on the costumes and set designs by the three artists Chagall, Picasso and Matisse. Seminal productions covered with include The Nightingale (1920) and Parade (1917). The lecture will focus closely on the visual and moving image; we will look at costume and set designs, photographs, printed ephemera and ballet film footage.The lecture will include a general introduction to key themes and artists of the early twentieth-century avant-garde and trace their artistic development through their involvement with the Ballets Russes. Themes of emigration, exchange and the creation of a Russian cultural identity in the West will also be examined.
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About Sarah Searight
Sarah Searight is a well-travelled writer and historian, specialising in the Middle East. She comes from a family long involved in the region; her grandmother founded the Brooke Hospital for Animals that operates all over the region, and her father built up a celebrated art collection devoted to the region, now in the V&A. Sarah herself worked for many years as a journalist focusing mainly on regional cultural and economic issues. Previous publications include The British in the Middle East; New Orleans: a historical view; Steaming East: how steam transport developed on ancient trade routes between Europe and India: and Yemen: land and people. All these writings, like the most recent Lapis Lazuli: In Pursuit of a Celestial Stone (East & West 2010), are the result of travelling with an eye on historical background, on those who have lived, worked and also travelled, particularly in the Middle East and Central Asia, over the centuries. For Sarah Searight the writing of Lapis Lazuli has been like a treasure hunt gathering together her experiences of the history and culture of a region so central to our understanding of the past.
sponsor: Verano AzulSince the end of the 15th century, when Wynkyn de Worde set up England's first printing press and after 1702, when the first newspaper, the Daily Courant, moved in, the term "Fleet Street" has been synonymous with newspaper journalism. In this lecture we will be looking at the ups and downs of this notorious 'Street of Shame' via the art that illustrated its stories.
About Geri Parlby
Geri Parlby is a former Fleet Street journalist and film PR, with a first class honours degree in History and Theology, a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a Theology doctorate. She has been lecturing for the past ten years and now heads up the Visual Arts distance learning programme for Exeter University and is principal lecturer on NADFAS South West Area's History of Art Foundation course. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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Andalusian landscapes are so unique due to multiple factors: topography, climate, biology, culture, human influence... turning it into a primeval paradise surrounded by the most diverse weathers. The man took advantage of it molding this land along the history giving to us a gorgeous combination of natural & human features setting up spectacular landscapes that have inspired several artists in the history.
About Jose Padilla
Jose Padilla talked to us in February 2014 on the subject of international cinema in Andalusia.
sponsor: The Jonathan Anderson memorial lectureThree Great Families and their Gardens is the story of three very different, but hugely successful families, the Sackville Wests, the Astors and the Rothschilds. The Sackville Wests have been part of the establishment since Tudor times and the other two families are wealthy immigrants who came to England in the l9th century. The talk traces the history of the families, discusses their contribution to life in England and celebrates the splendid gardens that they have created.
About Caroline Rayman
Caroline Rayman has lectured for many years to universities and art organisations in America and on cruise boats. She was an official guide at the British Museum and has published articles on samplers. Her lectures range from the role of the royal mistress in history to more scholarly lectures like on Frederick the Great of Prussia.
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About Kate Hayes
Kate has been a member of the society for many years and served on the committee for 4 years, acting as dinnerlady, coordinator for social and hosting.
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About Denis Moriarty
Denis Moriarty is a lecturer and Study Course director who spent most of his early working life as a BBC television producer. He was educated at Reading School, and after national service as an infantry officer in the Royal Berkshire regiment in Germany, read history at St John's College, Oxford.
He joined the BBC in 1959, and after a short period in radio and personnel, became a director and producer in television Music and Arts. His programmes included the series on ENGLISH TOWNS with Alec Clifton-Taylor, FACE THE MUSIC with Joseph Cooper and Joyce Grenfell, ONE HUNDRED GREAT PAINTINGS, EDWIN LUTYENS MASTER ARCHITECT, THE TRIUMPH OF THE WEST, and films on Egypt in the CHRONICLE and TIMEWATCH series. He lectures widely for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies – NADFAS –, visiting many societies in the United Kingdom, on the continent, and in Australia; he also addresses meetings of the National Trust, English summer festivals, civic and literary societies.
He directs study courses at music festivals at home and abroad – Prague, Salzburg, Schwarzenberg (Austria) Vienna and Finland, and leads architectural and historical tours in England, to France, Italy, Portugal, Malta, the Azores, Sri-Lanka, north and south India, and east coast America. He has also worked in Egypt, Mexico and Latin America.
Denis Moriarty's prime interests are music - he sang for a number of years in the Philharmonia Chorus – and architecture; he has a special love of England and its churches and enjoys long walks in the countryside. He is a keen opera and theatre-goer, and at university performed in plays and revue with among others, Dudley Moore. Denis Moriarty is a former Mayor of Henley-on-Thames and was twice a parliamentary candidate in the two general elections of 1974. He lives in central London. Denis Moriarty edited Alec Clifton-Taylor's papers and architectural notes for a posthumous publication BUILDINGS OF DELIGHT-Gollancz 1986, who also published his own book BUILDINGS OF THE COTSWOLDS in 1989, both reissued as paperback in the Building Heritage series 2000.
He contributed the article on Alec Clifton-Taylor to the Dictionary of National Biography, OUP 1990
sponsor: Liberty Seguros (website)This lecture includes a brief account of the geography, the historical sources, the language and religion of the Khmers and traces the development of the empire from small Indianised states in the 6thc. to the establishment of their capital in the Angkor region in 802 and on to its demise after the middle of the 13thc. I will show how their sculpture and architecture evolved during this time. There are hundreds of temples and other structures at Angkor, three of the most significant will be discussed in more detail, Banteay Srei (967), Angkor Wat (early 12th.c) and The Bayon (early 13th c.) with brief mention of some others for their sculptural or architectural interest.
About Michael O'Brien
Michael has had a long interest in early Hindu sculpture and architecture and has made many visits to South and South East Asia, developing a particular interest in Khmer art and architecture. He has lectured to many societies on these topics, in the UK, France, the USA and two tours in Australia, including the South and South East Asian courses at the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Royal Archaeological Institute.
sponsor: La Caixa Bank (website)"My time spent in Iran and Afghanistan during the 1970s began to foster a passion for the wonderful weavings produced by nomads on basic ground looms and the symbolic representation contained within this woven art. My subsequent visits were spent travelling and searching amongst nomadic tribes for these exquisite 19th century weavings, which have become harder to find and have now virtually disappeared.
Today, these nomadic people no longer weave spontaneously and the language of symbols is lost. The meanings may now be forgotten by the weavers but the magical and mythical symbols remain - pan of the endless cycle which has linked countless women for thousands of years.This lecture illustrates the woven art of the nomads as they move over the territories they have travelled for generations. The audience will have the opportunity of looking at and examining vanity-bags, salt-bags, bedding-bags, wheat sacks, bread and dining ﬂat-weaves. The lecture also explores the symbolism contained in these fabulous weavings and some of the stories and adventures I experienced whilst looking for them."
About Brian MacDonald
Brian has been a dealer and consultant in antique oriental rugs and carpets since 1979 after his return from Iran. He is the author of Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent which was originally published in 1997 and was re-printed in April 2010. Brian is one of few western dealers to have lived and worked among tribal groups in remote areas of Iran and Afghanistan during the 1970s and then again, after the Iranian Revolution, in the 1990s. In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for his work amongst the Persian tribes. He has lectured for NADFAS since 1986.
Brian has returned to Iran several times in recent years, travelling and collecting amongst the Bakhtiari, Qashqa'i and Shahsevun tribes. For the past 22 years he has been based in the Cotswolds where he still acts as a lecturer, dealer and consultant, specialising in antique Eastern rugs, carpets and tribal dowry weavings.
He is currently working on a new book, Woven Art - Dowry Weavings of the Persian tribes.
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About Dominic Riley
Dominic Riley is a bookbinder, teacher and filmmaker. He first learned bookbinding at 16 from Benedictine Monks at Douai Abbey in Berkshire and later at the London College of Printing. He has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and for various binderies in London, New York and San Francisco, and spends part of the year teaching across the USA. He has his bindery in the Lake District, from where he travels across the UK teaching master classes and lecturing. He is Vice President of the Society of Bookbinders and was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2008. His binding work is mostly the restoration of antiquarian books and Design Bindings. He has won many prizes in the Designer Bookbinders competition, including both first prizes and the Mansfield Silver Medal in 2007. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library and the John Rylands Library in Manchester. In 2010 he bound a special copy of the winner of the Booker Prize which was presented to the author. In June he won first prize in the Sir Paul Getty International Bookbinding Competition at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and will spend the next two years travelling around the world with the exhibition.