Evening Lectures 2019-2020

Evening Lecture Programme

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

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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

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 this YouTube clip for the details of the winner of this competition.   Just click on copy this link in to your internet browser:-

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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, then purchase one off Visitor tickets to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.  You will find this ADFAS feature at:

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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 Members involved before the event can be found on:

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

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Tonight's Lecturer:-   James Butterwick

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

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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 TEFAF, Maastricht – selling four works to the Kröller-Müller Museum. 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         

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

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

 

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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, then purchase one off Visitor tickets to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.  You will find this ADFAS feature at:

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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:

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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, then purchase one off Visitor tickets to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.  You will find this ADFAS feature at:

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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:

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

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Our Lecturer tonight:   Jacob Moss 

We are pleased to welcome for the first ADFAS talk in 2020 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.

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. 

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                                  Horn Brise Painted Fan             Date made:  c 1820

                                  Total length: 15.5cm                Span: 28cm

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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, then purchase one off Visitor tickets to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.  You will find this ADFAS feature at:

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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-founder-members-only-on-january-8-2019-tickets

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Tonight's Lecturer:- Hilary Guise

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

Hilary Guise

She 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, has been a guest speaker on cruises.

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.

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

This theme is about the cultural build up to the outbreak of WWI, 1904-1914.

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.

Classical ballet was rejected first by Isadora Duncan then more comprehensively by Stravinsky and Diaghilev in The Rite of Spring. 

Even shadows could no longer define the real world in art, as light waves were found to bend according to Einstein.

It seems that in all disciplines the creatives were embracing brokenness. It seems as if the artists, as unwitting mystagogues were prophetically warning of a great shattering that would destroy Europe.

And it came in August 1914. What are they prophetically announcing now?

 

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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, then purchase one off Visitor tickets to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.  You will find this ADFAS feature at:

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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-founder-members-only-on-february-12-2020-tickets-TBA

 

 

 Hilary Guise

 

 

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

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

Tonight’s artist under the microscope is Remedios Varo. 

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                            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!

 

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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, then purchase one off Visitor tickets 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

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-founder-members-only-on-march-11-2020-tickets-TBA

 

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!

 

 

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

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Our Speaker Tonight:- Annalie Talent

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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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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, then purchase one off Visitor tickets to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.  You will find this ADFAS feature at:

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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-founder-members-only-on-may-13-2020-tickets-TBA

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

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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.

 

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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, then purchase one off Visitor tickets to this specific talk by visiting the ticket marketing site called Eventbrite.  You will find this ADFAS feature at:

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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-founder-members-only-on-june-10-2020-tickets-TBA

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