Evening Lectures 2019-2020

Evening Lecture Programme

Wednesday 11 September 2019 - Turner vs Constable: The Great British Paint-Off - Nicola Moorby

This Evening's Lecturer:  Nicola Moorby

We are very delighted to welcome Nicola as our first Evening lecturer of the new ADFAS 2019/20 season.                                             

                                              Nicola Moorby

Nicola is an independent art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.   She studied at the University of York and Birkbeck College, London.

Formerly a curator at Tate Britain Nicola has curated a number of exhibitions and has published widely on J.M.W. Turner, including contributions to the forthcoming online catalogue of the Turner Bequest.   She is also co-editor and author of How to Paint Like Turner  (Tate Publishing, 2010).  

In addition, Nicola has published on Walter Richard Sickert and is co-author of Tate's catalogue of works by the Camden Town Group. 

This Evening's Lecture:  Turner vs Constable: The Great British Paint-Off 

This is the story of the epic rivalry between the two giants of British art, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. 

          John Constable The Hay Wain large             VERSUS              JMW Turner The Fighting Téméraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken

           John Constable                                                                  J M W Turner

           The Hay Wain                                                                     The Fighting Téméraire
                                                                                                         tugged to her last Berth to be broken up

As unlike in background and temperament as their paintings were in style, these two creative geniuses transformed the art of landscape.

This lecture sets them head-to-head and examines their differences, their similarities, their battles and their shared triumphs.

But who will ultimately be crowned star painter?

As well as giving an overview of Turner and Constable, the subject provides an enjoyable summary of the British art world during the nineteenth century.

To hear more about the results of this competition, we suggest that you look at the following video clip for the details of the winner of this competition.   Just click on this link to see Our Lecturer in action

 

Our own ADFAS Great British Paint-Off Competition

Tonight's speaker will be bringing out the relative merits of the two bitter rivals of the first half of the 19th Century, Constable (June 1776 - March 1837) and Turner (April 1775 - December 1851).

To assist our Evening membership to make their own inital decision as to who is the 'star' artist beforehand in this our own ADFAS Great British Paint-Off competition, we have set out below ten of each artists work (the best?)!

Constable 

CA Flatford Mill    CB Hay Wain    CC The Lock    CD The Leaping Horse    CE Chain Pier Brighton

   Flatford Mill c 1817
   Hay Wain 1821
   The Lock 1824
   The Leaping Horse 1825
   Chain Pier Brighton c 1826

CF The Vale of Dedham    CG Hadleigh Castle    CH Glebe Farm 1817    CI Salisbury Catherdral from the Meadows    CJ Stonehenge

   The Vale of Dedham 1828
   Hadleigh Castle 1829
   Glebe Farm 1830
   Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831
   Stonehenge 1835

Turner

TA Calais Pier    TB Snow Storm    TC Dido Building Carthage    TD Sunrise    TE Helvoetsluys with red bouy

   Calais Pier (1803)
   Snow Storm, Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps (1812)
   Dido Building Carthage (1815)
   Sunrise (1825-30)
   Helvoetsluys  Going To Sea (1832)

TF The Fighting Temeraire    TG Slavers Throwing Overboard    TH Snowstorm Steamboat    TI Peace Burial at Sea    TJ Rain Steam and Speed

   The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to her Last Berth to be Broken up (1838)
   Slavers, Throwing Overboard The Dead And Dying (1840)
   Snowstorm, Steamboat Off A Harbour's Mouth (1842)
   Peace, Burial At Sea (1842)
   Rain, Steam And Speed (1844) 

After Nicola's  presentation, your Chairman will be asking how many of you have changed their minds for this in-house GBPO as a result of the arguments for and against each artist from what you have heard.

One unforgettable story which no doubt be explained in full during this talk, in particular, speaks volumes about Turner's radical understanding of colour (and of course his eccentric, if confrontational nature to the 'Art Establishment' of the period).

So let us set the scene. Two of England’s greatest painters, Turner and Constable, had never got on. Constable ridiculed Turner’s work as being “just steam and light”, and Turner gave the utmost respect to his predecessors, but none to his contemporaries.

Constable even attempted to have one of Turner’s paintings removed from an exhibition, so that it could be replaced with one of his own.

Things turned even uglier still in 1832.  John Constable was exhibiting a painting at The Royal Academy in London – a painting that he had been working on for 15 years. He added the finishing brushstrokes to 'The Opening of Waterloo Bridge' in the gallery itself, making sure it was perfect on the so-called Varnishing Day.

But Turner was not one to be upstaged.  He too was showing a painting in the same gallery.  Entering the room full with many onlookers, he approached his own painting – the seascape titled 'Helvoetsluys'.  By comparison, it had only taken him a few months to complete, but he felt it was lacking in colour.  In front of everyone, he added a small red buoy into the centre of the canvas – and left the scene without comment.  Constable was outraged, claiming that Turner “has been here and fired a gun.”

Booking Facilities through Eventbrite to gain access to this talk

ADFAS are offering Membership for the 2019/2020 annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms.   

This is the Society's preferred approach as it allows us to support our charitable giving via Gift Aid recovery to local schools and individual arts students progressing their studies.

However if you want to have a 'taste' of what ADFAS Evenings have to offer, then please purchase one off Visitor tickets to this specific talk by visiting our ticket marketing site called Eventbrite, via Visitor Ticket!

At ADFAS we see that part of our remit is also to encourage full time Art Students to participate in our activities and gain a broader insight to all aspects of the arts by offering the opportunity to listen to our speaker for no expenditure!   Hence we have a limited number of Student tickets for qualifying youngsters only by entrance using our FREE ticket facility obtainable by clicking on Free Student Ticket

ADFAS Evenings are also holding a Supper Club after each lecture at a local eating place in Berkhamsted.   This provides our Members with a significant discount on the food and drink ordered and the opportunity of getting to know other members better as an end to a convivial evening.  The entrance tickets that are available to enable us to control the numbers of Members involved before the event. These can be found via Members Seat Reservation for our Supper Club

Our Facebook presence

We are going to be using Facebook more to promote ADFAS lectures and events, and would encourage you to please like/follow our page, if you are a Facebook user:
             www.facebook.comAshridge DFAS
or search Facebook for 'Ashridge DFAS - Art Lectures & Events'

Look out for the ADFAS image for this event on this and other what's on websites plus a large number of flyers for members to distribute!  

                  Comparison 2 RG small1

Please also share the Facebook page with any friends that might be interested in what we do.

Join us now by becoming an ADFAS Evening Member before the start of the new 2019/20 series of talks

ADFAS are offering Membership for the 2019/2020 annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms. 

Reminder:    Your Annual Membership fee is now due and your ADFAS Treasurer is ready to collect payment from you today if you have not already provided this!

Wednesday 9 October 2019 - Provenance Matters - The Mass Faking of the Russian Avant-Garde - James Butterwick

Tonight's Lecturer:-   James Butterwick

ADFAS Evenings is very pleased to welcome James for tonight's talk.

                                         James Butterwick small

James began collecting and selling Russian Art in 1985 and has established himself as one of the world’s leading experts. He moved to Moscow in 1994, becoming the only foreign member of the Russian Society of Private Collectors.  He began forming collections, taking part in museum exhibitions and lecturing on Russian Art, including at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in 2013 and the Museum of Russian Impressionism in June of this year.

In 2008 James became the only foreign member of International Confederation of Antique and Art Dealers of Russia and the CIS and in 2013 joined the Society of London Art Dealers.

James acts as a source of museum quality paintings with flawless provenance of both the Russian and European School and has access to all the leading experts, private collections and museums in any area of the arts. He travels regularly to Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan where, in October 2013, he opened an exhibition of leading Impressionist paintings.

In 2015 James became the first gallery dealing in early 20th century Russian Art to be invited to exhibit at The European Fine Art Foundation, (TEFAF), Maastricht in the Netherlands – selling four works to the Kröller-Müller Museum.

These are some images from recent TEFAF exhibitions.

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The following year saw a much-heralded personal exhibition of the Ukrainian avant-garde artist, Alexander Bogomazov (1880-1930) with further sales to both Kröller-Müller and subsequently to the Arkansas Art Centre.

                                     800px Alexander Bogomazov Composition N2 1914 1915          Alexander Bogomazov    Real or Fraudulent?

James also exhibited at the first TEFAF New York fair in 2017.

His private gallery is located in London.  James speaks fluent Russian.

 

Tonight's Lecture:-   Provenance Matters: The Mass Faking of the Russian Avant Garde on the World Art Market 2000-2018

With the opening of Russia post-glasnost came a huge surge of interest in the Russian Avant Garde.   Previously-unknown artists, Malevich, Popova, Filonov, Kliun and Lissitsky among them, became famous and much sought-after by the new Russian-buying public.

With their reappearance, however, came an industrial-scale level of faking of their pictures, together with other artists of the period, often with the connivance, unwitting or otherwise, of Western and Russian experts. 
Reputed specialists have estimated that as many as 95% of pictures on the market are unacceptable to any leading auction house, museum or dealer. 

This lecture will examine the evidence for and against such paintings, usually devoid of provenance and exhibition history, including attempts to ‘sneak them under-the-radar’, through exhibitions in Western institutions, as well as attempts to use the Western judicial system and fake news to help ‘legalise’ the works.
The various attempts by specialists untainted by scandal to cleanse the market will also be examined with special attention paid to the 2017 exhibition of Russian Avant Garde at the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts, closed by Belgian Police in April.

Booking Facilities through Eventbrite to gain access to this talk

ADFAS are offering Membership for the current annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website.   Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms.  

This is the Society's preferred approach as it allows us to support our charitable giving via Gift Aid recovery to local schools and individual arts students progressing their studies.

However if you want to have a 'taste' of what ADFAS have to offer with our monthly talks, then we suggest that you purchase a one off Taster ticket to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.  You will find this ADFAS feature at Visitor's Taster Ticket!

Our objective is to significantly boost our annual Membership as the only way to provide the necessary secured finance to hold the Evening series of talks. Hence ADFAS reserve the right to restrict the individual use of these Taster tickets over an annual period.

At ADFAS we see that part of our remit is also to encourage full time Art Students to participate in our activities and gain a broader insight to all aspects of the arts by offering the opportunity to listen to our speaker for no expenditure! Hence we have a limited number of Student tickets for qualifying youngsters only by entrance using our FREE ticket facility obtainable by clicking on  Free Student Ticket.

ADFAS Evenings are also holding a Supper Club after each lecture at a local eating place in Berkhamsted.  

This provides our Members with a significant discount on the food and drink ordered and the opportunity of getting to know other members better as an end to a convivial evening. 

The entrance tickets that are available below also enable us to control the numbers of Founder Members involved before the event can be found on:

          www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-supper-booking-for-members-only-on-october-9-2019-tickets-62409081242

We are going to be using Facebook more to promote ADFAS lectures and events, and would encourage you to please like/follow our page, if you are a Facebook user:
        

Our Facebook presence

We are going to be using Facebook more to promote ADFAS lectures and events, and would encourage you to please like/follow our page, if you are a Facebook user:              

         www.facebook.com/Ashridge DFAS

or search Facebook for 'Ashridge DFAS - Art Lectures & Events'

Look out for the ADFAS image for this event on this and other what's on websites plus a large number of flyers for members to distribute!  

Please also share the Facebook page with any friends that might be interested in what we do.

Join us now by becoming an ADFAS Evening Member

ADFAS are offering Membership for the 2019/2020 annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website.  Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms. 

Reminder:    Your Annual Membership fee is now due and your ADFAS Treasurer is ready to collect payment from you today if you have not already provided this!

Wednesday 13 November 2019 - Cathedrals: Safe Places to do Risky Things - Janet Gough

Tonight's Lecture: - Cathedrals: Safe Places to do Risky Things  

This talk provides an overview of the Church of England's magnificent 42 cathedrals, jewels in the crown of England's built heritage, some recognised as World Heritage Sites.

Beautifully illustrated by Country Life photographer, Paul Barker, in addition to looking at their history and stories, evolving architecture and treasures, the talk considers the role of cathedrals over the centuries and specifically their role today.

Here is a selection of Catherdrals throughout the United Kingdom:- 

1 york minster  2 canterbury cathedral  3 liverpool catholic cathedral  4 christchurch oxford 

5 coventry cathedral  6 st pauls cathedral  7 durham cathedral 

8 salisbury cathedral  9 gloucester cathedral  10 winchester cathedral  11 ely cathedral 

12 truro cathedral  13 exeter cathedral  14 peterborough cathedral  15 norwich 

 16 wells cathedral  17 lincoln cathedral  18 st albans cathedral 

19 liverpool anglican cathedral  20 southwark cathedral 

See if you can name these Cathedrals - to assist they could include:-

 Canterbury              Christchurch at Oxford            Coventry                
 Durham                   Ely                                         Exeter
 Gloucester               Lincoln                                   Liverpool Anglican
 Liverpool Catholic     Norwich                                 Peterborough
 Salisbury                 St. Alban’s                             St. Paul’s
 Southwark               Truro                                      Wells
 Winchester              York Minster 

Tonight's Lecturer - Janet Gough

For eight years the Church of England’s Director of Church Buildings and Secretary of the Church Buildings Council and Cathedrals Fabric Commission, Janet has written two illustrated paperbacks to encourage greater enjoyment of these amazing buildings, Director's Choice, Churches of the Church of England and Director's Choice, Cathedrals of the Church of England and produced and presented on a TV series on cathedrals for PBS.

    Janet Gough small

A Cambridge graduate in History and History of Art, Janet worked at Sotheby’s for nine years, was a trustee at the Churches Conservation Trust, the Museum of Fulham Palace and the Friends of the V&A and guided and lectured at the V&A. Janet set up and ran an architectural history course around visits to significant buildings. Janet has also given tours and lectured on secular architecture and fine and decorative arts.

Currently a trustee of the Priory of St John (Hospitallers) and a commissioning editor for Scala Heritage Publishers, Janet received an OBE for services to heritage in January 2017.

Booking Facilities through Eventbrite to gain access to this talk

ADFAS are offering Membership for the current annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website.   Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms.  

This is the Society's preferred approach as it allows us to support our charitable giving via Gift Aid recovery to local schools and individual arts students progressing their studies.

However if you want to have a 'taste' of what ADFAS have to offer with our monthly talks, then we suggest that you purchase a one off Taster ticket to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.  You will find this ADFAS feature at Visitor's Taster Ticket!    

Our objective is to significantly boost our annual Membership as the only way to provide the necessary secured finance to hold the Evening series of talks.   Hence ADFAS reserve the right to restrict the individual use of these Taster tickets over an annual period.

At ADFAS we see that part of our remit is also to encourage full time Art Students to participate in our activities and gain a broader insight to all aspects of the arts by offering the opportunity to listen to our speaker for no expenditure!   Hence we have a limited number of Student tickets for qualifying youngsters only by entrance using our FREE ticket facility obtainable from:

          www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-lecture-cathedrals-safe-places-to-do-risky-things-with-janet-gough-free-student-ticket-tickets-76399953317

ADFAS Evenings are also holding a Supper Club after each lecture at a local eating place in Berkhamsted.  

This provides our Members with a significant discount on the food and drink ordered and the opportunity of getting to know other members better as an end to a convivial evening. 

The entrance tickets that are available below also enable us to control the numbers of Members involved before the event can be found on:

           www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-supper-booking-for-members-only-on-november-13-2019-tickets-76407662375

'Pop-Up' Art Exhibition prior to this evening's talk

We are delighted to confirm that we have again the pleasure of welcoming the Art Department at Hemel Hempstead School providing this evening's entertainment.   ADFAS would like to pass on all your sincere thanks for the significant effort in setting up this display to Lauren Rayner and her colleagues at Hemel Hempstead.

ADFAS has used some of its Gift Aid money from the Membership Subscriptions to support this school in the recent past with the purchase of equipment. Here is the earlier news item from the ADFAS website following the presentation for the cheque!     www.ashridgedfas.org.uk/home/13-announcements/157-young-arts-news-february-2019 

Our Facebook presence

We are going to be using Facebook more to promote ADFAS lectures and events, and would encourage you to please like/follow our page, if you are a Facebook user:              

         www.facebook.com/Ashridge DFAS

or search Facebook for 'Ashridge DFAS - Art Lectures & Events'

Look out for the ADFAS image for this event on this and other what's on websites plus a large number of flyers for members to distribute!  

Please also share the Facebook page with any friends that might be interested in what we do.

Join us now by becoming an ADFAS Evening Member

ADFAS are offering Membership for the 2019/2020 annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website.  Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms. 

 

 

Wednesday 8 January 2020 - Treasures of the Fan Museum - Jacob Moss

Our Lecturer tonight:   Jacob Moss 

We are pleased to welcome for the first ADFAS talk in 2020 as tonight's speaker, Jacob Moss.

                                                             Jacob Moss

Having obtained a postgraduate degree in Fashion Curation from London College of Fashion in 2010, Jacob took up a position at The Fan Museum, Greenwich, the UK’s only Museum dedicated to the history of fans and craft of fan making.  

As the Museum’s Curator, he is responsible for co-organising the temporary exhibition programme.

In May 2018 he was awarded an Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant in support of a collections management project to be launched later this year in collaboration with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.

To see our speaker Jacob Moss in action, please click on this following link Tonight's lecturer

 

This Evening's Lecture - Treasures of the Fan Museum: an introduction to the world’s first fan museum and its extraordinary collections

As Jacob will describe, The Fan Museum, which opened in 1991, is the world's first museum dedicated to the preservation and display of fans. It is located within two grade II* listed houses built in 1721 in the Greenwich World Heritage Site in southeast London.

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Occupying a pair of early Georgian townhouses nestled in historic Greenwich, the story of how The Fan Museum came to fruition is interwoven with the fascinating biography of its founder, whose personal collection forms the basis of the Museum’s holdings.

From an especially rare Elizabethan-period embroidered folding fan to contemporary examples decorated by street artists, discover some of the key objects within the Museum’s collection of 5,000+ fans dating from the tenth century to the present day. 

                          fan 1

                                  Horn Brise Painted Fan             Date made:  c 1820

                                  Total length: 15.5cm                Span: 28cm

Booking Facilities through Eventbrite to gain access to this talk

ADFAS are offering Membership for the current annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms.  

This is the Society's preferred approach as it allows us to support our charitable giving via Gift Aid recovery to local schools and individual arts students progressing their studies.

However if you want to have a 'taste' of what ADFAS have to offer with our monthly talks, then we suggest that you purchase a one off Taster ticket to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.   You will find this ADFAS feature at      Visitor's Taster Ticket!

Our objective is to significantly boost our annual Membership as the only way to provide the necessary secured finance to hold the Evening series of talks.   Hence ADFAS reserve the right to restrict the individual use of these Taster tickets over an annual period.

At ADFAS we see that part of our remit is also to encourage full time Art Students to participate in our activities and gain a broader insight to all aspects of the arts by offering the opportunity to listen to our speaker for no expenditure!   Hence we have a limited number of Student tickets for qualifying youngsters only by entrance using our FREE ticket facility obtainable from:

           www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-lecture-treasures-of-the-fan-museum-with-jacob-moss-free-student-ticket-tickets-76403981365

ADFAS Evenings are also holding a Supper Club after each lecture at a local eating place in Berkhamsted.  

This provides our Members with a significant discount on the food and drink ordered and the opportunity of getting to know other members better as an end to a convivial evening. 

The entrance tickets that are available below also enable us to control the numbers of Founder Members involved before the event can be found on:

           www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-supper-booking-for-members-only-on-january-8-2020-tickets-76408087647

 

Our Facebook presence

We are going to be using Facebook more to promote ADFAS lectures and events, and would encourage you to please like/follow our page, if you are a Facebook user:              

         www.facebook.com/Ashridge DFAS

or search Facebook for 'Ashridge DFAS - Art Lectures & Events'

Look out for the ADFAS image for this event on this and other what's on websites plus a large number of flyers for members to distribute!  

Please also share the Facebook page with any friends that might be interested in what we do.

Join us now by becoming an ADFAS Evening Member

ADFAS are offering Membership for the 2019/2020 annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website.  Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms. 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 12 February 2020 - Embracing Brokenness 1904-1914: Is Art Prophetic? - Hilary Guise

Tonight's Lecturer:- Hilary Hope Guise

We are pleased to welcome Hilary Guise as our speaker for tonight.

      Hilary Guise

Hilary lectures in the main museums in London for American universities, and has toured widely in the USA and lectured for the Smithsonian Institution.

She has also worked for the Art Fund, taught courses for Cambridge University, and has been a guest speaker on cruises.

                Hilary at the The Louvre with a group of her students     

                       Hilary with some of her students at The Louvre 

                                        Our speaker is the one in pink!

Hilary was trained as a painter at Central St Martin’s, she exhibits abroad, most recently in Berlin and France. Lives in London and in Provence.

In addition Hilary is a well practiced lecturer for many local groups for The Art Society.  Over a five year period she managed to fit in to her life some 223 talks to groups like ADFAS!

Her support for the arts is reflected in trips to Gibralta, South Africa and New Zealand to groups equivalent to ours.

Our Lecture:- Embracing Brokenness 1904-1914.  Is Art Prophetic?

This theme is about the cultural build up to the outbreak of World War I, over the period from 1904 to 1914.

As the nineteenth century ended, beliefs and structures that had supported European culture for two millennia began to give way.

Hilary attempts to find out why this happened, and what the consequences were in the disciplines making up our culture. 

The belief that the fine arts reflected a visual reality gave way through the fragmentation of Cubism. 

The purpose of language which was to communicate, began to dissolve as punctuation was dismantled by Joyce, Wolf and Gertrude Stein.

The disciplines of classical ballet was rejected first by Isadora Duncan then more comprehensively by Stravinsky and Diaghilev in 'The Rite of Spring'

“The disease of civilisation” was propounded by the rebel Gauguin whose Tahitian idylls were darkly sinister, while Henri Rousseau’s moonlit jungles and snake-charmers tempted a return to a primitive world.  
Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ set in the Congo, plus the flood of African tribal masks that came to Paris for the World Fair – shockingly presented  a world untouched by the great canons of Classical Greek art and thinking – order, beauty, control, balance – that had been the bedrock of European, art, architecture, philosophy, and the sciences, for so long.  
The Renaissance, quite suddenly, may as well never have happened. 
The seduction of primitivism in which Christianity, Democracy, and the Rule of Law did not exist, began to exert an irresistible pull, especially in Paris.  
These changes suggest an embracing of the idea of destruction and brokenness as irresistibly attractive, and as a force sweeping through Western culture.   
The consequences of this sea change in the zeitgeist came to a head around 1913 – and within months, in August 1914, the love affair with destruction became a reality as the First World War broke out.  
How much were the artists, mystics, dancers, writers, musicians and scientists, to blame for this tragedy?  Or were they prophetic mystagogues, warning of darkness to come?  
Have we now, a century later having closed the door on the twentieth century, returned to our Apollonian roots or not? 

 

Booking Facilities through Eventbrite to gain access to this talk

ADFAS are offering Membership for the current annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website.   Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms.  

This is the Society's preferred approach as it allows us to support our charitable giving via Gift Aid recovery to local schools and individual arts students progressing their studies.

However if you want to have a 'taste' of what ADFAS have to offer with our monthly talks, then we suggest that you purchase a one off Taster ticket to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.   You will find this ADFAS feature at:

          www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-lecture-embracing-brokeness-1904-1914-visitors-taster-ticket-tickets-76426803627

Our objective is to significantly boost our annual Membership as the only way to provide the necessary secured finance to hold the Evening series of talks.   Hence ADFAS reserves the right to restrict the individual over-use of these Taster tickets for an annual period.

At ADFAS we see that part of our remit is also to encourage full time Art Students to participate in our activities and gain a broader insight to all aspects of the arts by offering the opportunity to listen to our speaker for no expenditure!   Hence we have a limited number of Student tickets for qualifying youngsters only by entrance using our FREE ticket facility obtainable from:

         www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-lecture-free-student-ticket-tickets-76427361295

ADFAS Evenings are also holding a Supper Club after each lecture at a local eating place in Berkhamsted.  

This provides our Members with a significant discount on the food and drink ordered and the opportunity of getting to know other members better as an end to a convivial evening. 

The entrance tickets that are available below also enable us to control the numbers of Founder Members involved before the event can be found on:

          www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-supper-booking-for-members-only-on-12-february-2020-tickets-76422071473

'Pop-Up' Art Exhibition prior to this evening's talk

We are delighted to confirm that we have the Art Department from Tring School providing this evenings entertainment.   ADFAS would like to pass on all your sincere thanks for the significant effort in setting up this display to Sally Gomersall and her students Harriet Atkinson and Grace Mason.

ADFAS has used some of its Gift Aid money from the Membership Subscriptions to support this school in the recent past with the purchase of equipment. Here is a recent news item from the ADFAS website following the presentation for the cheque at our morning meeting in October 2019!

                  www.ashridgedfas.org.uk/home/13-announcements/189-another-bursary-for-a-pupil-from-tring-school

 Our Facebook presence

We are going to be using Facebook more to promote ADFAS lectures and events, and would encourage you to please like/follow our page, if you are a Facebook user:              

         www.facebook.com/Ashridge DFAS

or search Facebook for 'Ashridge DFAS - Art Lectures & Events'

Look out for the ADFAS image for this event on this and other what's on websites plus a large number of flyers for members to distribute!  

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Join us now by becoming an ADFAS Evening Member

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Wednesday 11 March 2020 - Vegetarian Vampires: The Surrealist Paintings of Remedios Varo - Justin Reay

Our Lecture - Vegetarian Vampires: The Surrealist Paintings of Remedios Varo

Tonight’s artist under the microscope is Remedios Varo. 

                        Reay 2               vegetarian vampires cropped

                            The Artist                               Vegetarian Vampires 1962

She was born María de los Remedios Alicia Rodriga Varo y Uranga in Anglès, a small town in the province of Girona, Spain in December 1908.   Her birth helped her mother get over the death of another daughter, which is the reason behind the name.

Remedios Varo came from a cultured family who ensured that her education was liberal and wide-ranging.   In 1924 she studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid.

She trained as an art teacher in Madrid, but while working as a commercial artist in Barcelona Varo encountered Surrealism.  She met her second husband (after her death it was discovered that she had never divorced her first husband, painter Gerardo Lizarraga!!), the French surrealist poet Benjamin Péret, in Barcelona.

There she was a member of the art group known as Logicophobiste.  Due to her Republican ties during the Spanish Civil War, her 1937 move to Paris with Péret ensured that she would never be able to return to Franco’s Spain.   There she was greatly influenced by the surrealist movement.   Varo worked alongside such luminaries of the surrealist movement as Andre Bréton, Max Ernst and Salvador Dalí, until forced to flee Paris in to exile in 1940 by the German occupation.

She moved to Mexico City at the end of 1941, where she remained for the rest of her life, collaborating with Leonora Carrington, Marc Chagall and Frida Kahlo, working as a commercial illustrator and creating her unique form of surrealist art.

                            Remedios Varo image  A self image

Varo’s Surrealism is representational, delicate and mystical, with an edge of Gothic horror and self-examination.

         Reay 3 Creation of the Birds     Creation of the Birds 1957

She died at the height of her career from a heart attack in Mexico City in died on October 8 1963. Justin discusses the artist’s personality and life, and describes her beautifully wrought, thought provoking paintings.

Our Lecturer - Justin Reay

ADFAS Evenings is very pleased to welcome Justin Reay. 

After active officer service in the Royal Navy, Justin entered a long career in business, becoming CEO of a healthcare company and consultant in management development.

                                 Justin Reay   Justin Reay

Retiring from business in 2001, he studied the History of Art and Architecture at Oxford and was awarded the University’s Diploma with Distinction.  Justin has frequently lectured in this periodand wrote on naval history and completed a doctoral thesis in naval history at the University of Exeter.

He was invited to join the bicentenary commemoration of the Battle of Trafalgar and was appointed Admiralty Liaison Officer for the Trafalgar Despatch 2005.  

From 2002 Justin was senior lecturer in post-graduate marketing at Oxford FE College and is a qualified teacher.   For six years from 2004 he delivered courses in the University of Oxford /UCal Berkeley accredited residential summer schools.

In 2011 he was appointed as tutor in the History of Art and Classical Civilisation at Oxford Tutorial College, for A-level and Cambridge Pre-U students, and also privately tutors undergraduate and post-graduate art history students.  

Formerly a senior academic manager of the Bodleian Library, Justin is Secretary of the Colloquium of Learned Societies at Oxford. 

He is a published historian; among his impending works are an edition of Samuel Pepys’s naval papers, and a study of the Admiralty buildings in London, and he is researching maritime art in the National Trust collections.

Justin is frequently engaged as an enrichment speaker on art history for cruise lines. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association, New York, and an Active member of The Arts Society - Cheltenham in his spare time!

 

Booking Facilities through Eventbrite to gain access to this talk

ADFAS are offering Membership for the current annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website.   Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms.  

This is the Society's preferred approach as it allows us to support our charitable giving via Gift Aid recovery to local schools and individual arts students progressing their studies.

However if you want to have a 'taste' of what ADFAS have to offer with our monthly talks, then we suggest that you purchase a one off Taster ticket to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.   You will find this ADFAS feature at:

         www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-lecture-embracing-brokeness-1904-1914-visitors-taster-ticket-tickets-76426803627

Our objective is to significantly boost our annual Membership as the only way to provide the necessary secured finance to hold the Evening series of talks. Hence ADFAS reserve the right to restrict the individual use of these Taster tickets over an annual period.

At ADFAS we see that part of our remit is also to encourage full time Art Students to participate in our activities and gain a broader insight to all aspects of the arts by offering the opportunity to listen to our speaker for no expenditure!   Hence we have a limited number of Student tickets for qualifying youngsters only by entrance using our FREE ticket facility obtainable from:

         www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-lecture-vegetarian-vampires-free-student-ticket-tickets-76430364277

ADFAS Evenings are also holding a Supper Club after each lecture at a local eating place in Berkhamsted.  

This provides our Members with a significant discount on the food and drink ordered and the opportunity of getting to know other members better as an end to a convivial evening. 

The entrance tickets that are available below also enable us to control the numbers of Founder Members involved before the event can be found on:

         www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-supper-booking-for-members-only-on-11-march-2020-tickets-76423848789 

Technical note on the the Vegetarian Vampires

The scene depicted above reveals a windowless medieval chamber illuminated by starlight from an oculus replete with a delicate silvery railing. Three emaciated characters sit around a bistro-style table eagerly sipping liquid from long thin straws. Their robes, made in the Surrealist decalomania technique so favored by Varo, take on a fiery glow with their tattered threads springing up like newly water plants.

Another visually arresting aspect of these vampires is their headgear, a play on Mercury’s winged helmet – but here those of bats have replaced the birds’ wings. Birds, bats, wings, flying creatures of all sorts are a staple in Varo’s work, often hinting at flights of fancy and mystical ascendancy. These whimsical creatures are pictorial relatives of the many hybrid creatures featured in the paintings of the Surrealist Leonora Carrington, Varo’s closest friend in Mexico.

The focus of the work and locus of the title’s pun is the meal on the table, a scattering of red fruits so meticulously rendered and brilliantly hued that they glow like embers. Of particular note, the tomatoes on the table are the main ingredients in a popular cocktail mixed in Mexico known as sangrita. Drinks made with tequila and sangrita are known as Vampiros.

A favorite cocktail of Carrington, one can imagine her and Varo as they merrily planned one of their many naughty hi-jinks!

'Pop-Up' Art Exhibition prior to this evening's talk

We are delighted to confirm that we have the Art Department at Astley Cooper School in Hemel Hempstead providing this evenings entertainment.   ADFAS would like to pass on all your sincere thanks for the significant effort in setting up this display to Ravinder Padam and her colleagues at Astley Cooper.

ADFAS has used some of its Gift Aid money from the Membership Subscriptions to support this school in the recent past with the purchase of equipment. Here is the earlier news item from the ADFAS website following the presentation for the cheque! www.ashridgedfas.org.uk/home/13-announcements/158-young-arts-news-at-the-astley-cooper-school

 

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Wednesday 13 May 2020 - Girls Behaving Badly: Jane Austen's Wicked Women - Annelie Talent

Our Speaker Tonight:-  Annalie Talent

                                   Annile Tennant

Annalie has worked at several museums and writers’ houses, including Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton (where she currently works as Learning Officer), Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere, and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. 

In addition, she has also worked as an eighteenth century maid at Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, Cumbria (a CV first!).

She has a particular interest in literary houses and is currently researching contemporary artistic responses to writers’ houses and their collections.

Annalie also has a degree in English Literature, has studied History of Art, and worked for several years as a teacher.   

Our Subject for tonight:-  Girls Behaving Badly: Jane Austen’s Wicked Women

Jane  Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817)

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.

Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security.

Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism.   Her use of biting irony, along with her realism, humour, and social commentary, have long earned her acclaim among critics, scholars, and popular audiences alike.
With the publications of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer.  She also wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began another, eventually titled Sanditon, but died before its completion. 

She also left behind three volumes of juvenile writings in manuscript, a short epistolary novel Lady Susan, and another unfinished novel, The Watsons.

Her six full-length novels have rarely been out of print, although they were published anonymously and brought her moderate success and little fame during her lifetime.
A significant transition in her posthumous reputation occurred in 1833, when her novels were republished in Richard Bentley's Standard Novels series, illustrated by Ferdinand Pickering, and sold as a set.

They gradually gained wider acclaim and popular readership.    In 1869, fifty-two years after her death, her nephew's publication of A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced a compelling version of her writing career and supposedly uneventful life to an eager audience.
Annalie considers how far Jane Austen rebels against expected codes of behaviour for women in her lifetime with reference to her life and work. 

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ADFAS are offering Membership for the current annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website.   Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms.  

This is the Society's preferred approach as it allows us to support our charitable giving via Gift Aid recovery to local schools and individual arts students progressing their studies.

However if you want to have a 'taste' of what ADFAS have to offer with our monthly talks, then we suggest that you purchase a one off Taster ticket to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.   You will find this ADFAS feature at:

           www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/TBA

Our objective is to significantly boost our annual Membership as the only way to provide the necessary secured finance to hold the Evening series of talks.  Hence ADFAS reserve the right to restrict the individual use of these Taster tickets over an annual period.

At ADFAS we see that part of our remit is also to encourage full time Art Students to participate in our activities and gain a broader insight to all aspects of the arts by offering the opportunity to listen to our speaker for no expenditure!   Hence we have a limited number of Student tickets for qualifying youngsters only by entrance using our FREE ticket facility obtainable from:

          www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/TBA

ADFAS Evenings are also holding a Supper Club after each lecture at a local eating place in Berkhamsted.  

This provides our Members with a significant discount on the food and drink ordered and the opportunity of getting to know other members better as an end to a convivial evening. 

The entrance tickets that are available below also enable us to control the numbers of Founder Members involved before the event can be found on:

          www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-supper-booking-for-members-only-on-13-may-2020-tickets-76423906963

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Look out for the ADFAS image for this event on this and other what's on websites plus a large number of flyers for members to distribute!  

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Join us now by becoming an ADFAS Evening Member before the start of the 2019/20 series of talks

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Wednesday 10 June 2020 - The Art of the Joke - Susie Harries

This Evening's Lecturer:-  Dr Susie Harries

We are delighted to welcome Susie to our last ADFAS Evening session of the season.

She is an accomplished writer, editor and lecturer, specialising in 20th century culture and the arts.

Susie has published eight books on a very wide range of subjects including official war art, opera and the composer Elisabeth Lutyens.  The most recent is the biography of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, published in August 2011.

She has lectured to a range of audiences, from the Imperial War Museum and British Museum to the Twentieth Century Society and the RSA, most recently at the Cheltenham and Bridport Literary Festivals and the Victorian Society.

The Lecture:- The Art of the Joke

Artists have always used jokes to make serious statements – about themselves, about the world, about the nature of art.

This lecture looks at artists’ jokes through the ages, from medieval monks doodling graffiti in the margins of manuscripts to Banksy turning supermarket walls into social satire.

                                    Banksy Supermarket Wall  

                                    Believed to be by Banksy this appeared on a Poundland supermarket wall

                                     in Haringey (2009) of a young boy making real bunting on a sewing machine 

Caravaggio put his own face on Goliath's severed head as an apology for a racy lifestyle, Michelangelo hid a self-portrait on the hide of St Bartholomew on the Sistine ceiling to express the agony of creation.

When Van Gogh attacked formal art education and Salvador Dali got at Picasso, they did it in paint.

                 portrait of picasso   Picasso by Salvador Dali 1947

Trompe l'oeil, parody, visual puns, the moustache on the Mona Lisa - all in fun, all deadly serious: artists' jokes tell you a lot once you know.

 

Booking Facilities through Eventbrite to gain access to this talk

ADFAS are offering Membership for the current annual series of Evening talks for a one-off fee per person as set out on our website.   Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and application forms.  

This is the Society's preferred approach as it allows us to support our charitable giving via Gift Aid recovery to local schools and individual arts students progressing their studies.

However if you want to have a 'taste' of what ADFAS have to offer with our monthly talks, then we suggest that you purchase a one off Taster ticket to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.   You will find this ADFAS feature at:

           www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-lecture-the-art-of-the-joke-visitors-taster-ticket-tickets-76444356127

Our objective is to significantly boost our annual Membership as the only way to provide the necessary secured finance to hold the Evening series of talks. Hence ADFAS reserve the right to restrict the individual use of these Taster tickets over an annual period.

At ADFAS we see that part of our remit is also to encourage full time Art Students to participate in our activities and gain a broader insight to all aspects of the arts by offering the opportunity to listen to our speaker for no expenditure!   Hence we have a limited number of Student tickets for qualifying youngsters only by entrance using our FREE ticket facility obtainable from:

         www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-lecture-the-art-of-the-joke-free-student-ticket-tickets-76444185617

ADFAS Evenings are also holding a Supper Club after each lecture at a local eating place in Berkhamsted.  

This provides our Members with a significant discount on the food and drink ordered and the opportunity of getting to know other members better as an end to a convivial evening. 

The entrance tickets that are available below also enable us to control the numbers of Founder Members involved before the event can be found on:

         www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adfas-evening-supper-booking-for-members-only-on-10-june-2020-tickets-76424033341

Our Facebook presence

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         www.facebook.comAshridge DFAS or search Facebook for 'Ashridge DFAS - Art Lectures & Events'

Look out for the ADFAS image for this event on this and other what's on websites plus a large number of flyers for members to distribute!                    

Please also share the Facebook page with any friends that might be interested in what we do.

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