Cities renew themselves on different time scales. Buildings can be short lived, but streets and squares can last for centuries. In old European cities there are streets that people have walked along for 2000 years. These are the Cities of Memory, the physical counterparts of written history. But in the 20th century a new urban vision was born. Planners and architects began to make plans for future cities based on functional criteria – the Cities of Prophecy.
Following the National Gallery of London’s exhibition of the same title, this lecture gives a heady mixture of ‘superstar’ painter, immensely rich patrons on the move and a city whose modern face hides behind a romantic mask. These are magical paintings by an Italian artist greatly influenced by British taste and Britain boasts the greatest collection of his works, both in public and private hands.
In the spirit of Michelangelo’s remark about “seeing an angel in a block of marble and carving until I set him free”, so too has the story of modern sculpture been a process by which artists have discovered new purpose, meaning and motifs in the materials and processes of the modern industrial world. These dramatic shifts in style and technique have defined the development of modern sculpture.
For the series Downton Abbey, Andrew was commissioned to produce a range of jewellery for the main characters. This talk is based on the changing styles of the time portrayed. Jewellery and Fashion are intertwined and in his talk Andrew guides us through the extraordinary periods and events between 1890 and 1929, where the great fashion houses collaborated with the finest of jewellers to produce works of art of outstanding quality and glittering opulence. Along with this he discusses the clients and patrons who commissioned the jewels and how they were worn with the sumptuous gowns.
Please join us to celebrate the openings of two delightfully curious and intriguing exhibitions, Wild at Heart, curated by Marie Larkin and Quest: The Journey, a solo show from Marie Larkin.
Opening will run from 6 unti 8pm.
All welcome, no RSVP necessary
ADFAS presents: Heaven’s Embroidered Cloth – the History and Development of Imperial Chinese Silk with David Rosier
This lecture traces the origins, and myths, that surround Imperial Chinese Silk. Initial consideration focuses on the period from Neolithic times (4000BC) through to the start of the Ming Dynasty in 1368 and traces the establishment of Imperial Weaving and Embroidery Workshops which produced Court Costume and decorative textiles for Imperial Palaces. The technological and artistic skills required for this ‘industry’ to flourish will be explored as will the relationship of the Imperial Workshops with commercial weavers and embroiderers. Workshops were producing an ever-increasing range of silk fabrics and the role of commercial workshops supported Imperial, domestic and export demands.
The talk offers an illustrated story of researching the Boyd Ceramic collection to decide on a variety of works for exhibition. Based on the relationship between Arthur Boyd and his father Merric, the lecture will discuss individual works and how each work relates to the story of the Boyd’s interest in ceramics.
In 2004 Grace Cochrane was invited to speak on the topic of Contemporary Metalwork at a Symposium at West Dean in Sussex, UK, organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Grace will provide audiences with an insight in to current practices of metal workers, and will included a range of images of contemporary work.
All welcome to join us for a preview of Captive Nature, an exhibition featuring 7 Contemporary Australian Jewellers who capture the ephemeral natural world in their work
Linda van NIEKERK
After the civil war American artists, increasingly influenced by French art, became more diverse and adventurous. The grandiose landscapes of the “Hudson River” school were superseded by works depicting atmospheric and transient effects. A vibrant art market was fuelled by a new class of wealthy patron, new galleries, dealers and art journals. Impressionism became a highly important art form. Meanwhile, the “Ashcan” painters attempted something dramatically new: depicting life in the overcrowded cities as the country’s new industrial power was fuelled by massive immigration. This was a new art form and truly American.
ART/ Exhibition opening: Leslye Cole, Drawn to the Bush
JEWELLERY/ Pop-Up Shop: Alison Jackson, Jewellery and Tableware
CHOCOLATE/ Sample and Purchase: Deva Cacao, made in Tamworth
CHAMPAGNE/ For all of age!
To make sure we have enough chocolate for everyone, please RSVP for this event by email or phone firstname.lastname@example.org - 02 6766 5847
Opening at NERAM, Armidale, on Friday 3 May @6pm
Stemming from a residency at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tamworth artist Sandra McMahon utilised her skills in redefining and reconfiguring spaces, honed over years as a curator, to ‘decode’ Olley’s studio environment. McMahon reduces the order amongst the chaos into Mondrianesque shapes, using tones that reference the colour spectrum that surrounded and inspired Olley.
This lecture is about the transition of the printed map, from a highly decorative production with little accuracy, to a more austere document of great accuracy. From the great Incunables of the 15th century, the travelogues of the mid 16th century, the magnificent Dutch atlases of the 17th century, to the school atlas of mid 1850, and the specialist thematic and topographic maps thereafter. Beautifully illustrated, this lecture reflects the milestones of history
In 1830 Delacroix set off for Africa and wrote wonderful journals which we will consider. This lecture will examine his responses to a new country which he saw as exotic, and will discuss why later artists such as Matisse and Kandinsky followed in search of some of his magic. The lecture will look at Delacroix’ working methods and his use of colour and understanding of the light which so inspired him in Africa
Kylie Benge, Raquel Clarke and Lyniece Keogh present curated selections of work from Aboriginal artists in the Gomeroi region.
Exhibition showing until 24 March 2019.
This program was developed with the assistance of Create NSW, Arts North West and 2 Rivers Pty Ltd.
In the spirit of giving, we are offering our wonderful customers the chance to win this wonderful bounty of Australian made artisan goodies!
Included is an Earth Greetings 2019 calendar, an Erin Lightfoot porcelain vessel, a bud vase from Pebuku Ceramics, a screen printed table runner from Utopia Goods and some luscious locally made soap from Gondwana.
Spend $50 in the Gallery Shop to receive an entry, prize is drawn on Friday 21st December @3pm
Please join us in celebrating the opening of two new exhibitions: Jane-Frances Tannock: Moments of Stillness and Jan Clark: Fine Feathers
Exhibitions run from 30 August until 30 September 2018
At the age of 22, after studying for 5 years at both Meadowbank TAFE ’84-’85 and City Art Institute (now COFA) ’86-’88, Michael won The Sydney Morning Herald Travelling Art Scholarship in 1988 and - combined with the Dyson Bequest from the Art Gallery of NSW - painted in the Mora Dyring Studio at the Cite Internationale des Artes in Paris for 4 months and travelled for 2 and a half years in Asia, Europe and America.
On returning to Australia, Michael was involved in a number of solo and group show,s including a solo show at first draft in 1997, before once again travelling in Asia and Europe for 18 months.
He exhibited with the Tim Olsen Gallery 2005- 2010 where he had 4 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows.
There have been numerous artist trips to the Flinders Ranges, West MacDonnell Ranges, Cooma , Rylstone and the north coast of NSW.
Michael has taught and run workshops and classes at numerous schools, art centres and art societies and has guest lectured at COFA and TAFE, run workshops at Cockatoo island and guided art trips for World Expeditions to the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Michael currently resides in the Blue Mountains
Being an artist is often a solitary existence. So the importance of making connections with other artists either through collaboration, mentorship or purely friendship cannot be understated.
Having connections can lead to unexpected and delightful experiences for an artist.
One such experience was a collaboration and friendship between artists; John Martin, Michelle Hungerford and Anthony Cahill.
Cahill and Hungerford are grateful to have been taught and mentored by John Martin. Sadly, John died December 2017 before he could witness this next group show, ‘From A to B.’
Exhibition opens @ 6pm on Friday 15 June 2018
Les Parisiennes is a story about women’s lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond and includes British and American women caught in Paris as well as native born resisters who were eventually sent to camps. It also tells the story of couturiers and jewelers, some of whom flourished in wartime, as well as actors, singers, night club dancers and housewives.
The lecture opens with a magnificent circus ball held by Elsie de Wolfe at the magnificent Villa Trianon, a chateau in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles; many of the guests could not believe that war was imminent. It ends with Christian Dior’s lavish new look in 1947 as well as a perfume, Miss Dior, named after his sister Catherine, a resister, who had only just survived a prison camp and never wanted to talk about her experiences.