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Programme 2015-2016

Season October 2015 – May 2016

As always our Programme Secretary has put together yet another set of varied and enticing lectures for this season. We start with a look at Abstract Expressionism and finish with Pop Art, but in between go from Art Deco to Goya and along the way learn about Faberge Eggs, Indian Textiles, King Tut’s Treasures, and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s contribution to the Royal Collection. Once again our lecturers are a mixture of old friends and new talent and we are looking forward to hearing them all. If you would like to download a PDF version of the programme please click here.

All lectures start at 11am and are held at the San Roque Golf & County Club. Lectures are free to members, and cost 12€ to visitors and 10€ to other NADFAS society members.

1-October-201521st October 2015

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM: From the Sublime to the Political

Given by: Linda Smith

World War Two caused huge upheavals in all parts of the world, and in all parts of society, including art. Many avant-garde artists were forced to flee Europe and found themselves in the USA. This lecture looks at the resulting emergence of American Abstract Expressionism as the dominant style of the period, and the role it came to play in the Cold War.

Linda Smith holds two first-class degrees in Art History and is a guide and lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. In addition she lectures to secondary school audiences and independent art societies.

Sponsor: Terry Wayne, Partner, Blevins Franks Financial Management Ltd

2-November-201518th November 2015

WONDERFUL THINGS! Tutankhamun’s Tomb and Treasures

Given by: Lucia Gahlin

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 was arguably the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. This talk explores this unusual tomb and its iconic treasures, and discusses how it was found and what happened to the incredible wealth of funerary goods found inside.

Lucia Gahlin is an Egyptologist who works in museums and on excavations in Eygpt, teaches Egyptology for the Universities of Exeter and Bristol, and amongst other things works at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London.

Sponsor: St. James’s Place – Wealth Management and Lingo Language Club

3-December-20159th December 2015 (2nd Wednesday)


Given by: Eric Knowles

This lecture offers an overview of the style that emanated after World War I as a reaction to Art Nouveau both in Europe and the USA. This was the age of Jazz, the Charleston and Hollywood. The sophisticated and glamorous French approach is discussed and contrasted with the minimalistic ‘Modernist’ interiors advocated by the Bauhaus in Germany. The talk also looks at jewellery, ceramics, glass, furniture, sculpture, posters and architecture.

Eric Knowles hardly needs any introduction and we are delighted to welcome him back. With over 25 years experience lecturing to major museums and galleries around the world, and 30 years as an expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, he is not only a knowledgeable lecturer, but also an engaging and entertaining speaker.

Sponsor: Spectrum IFA Group and Tilney Best Invest

4-January-201620th January 2016


Given by: Ghislaine Howard

Goya, painter to the Spanish Crown and nobility is considered the last of the Old Masters and the first of the Modern Painters. He celebrates the dark joy of the living, painting dream and reality, and the places in-between, with a sureness and a lusciousness of paint that has been the envy of artists ever since.

Ghislaine Howard is a painter of national reputation and was named as Woman of the Year in 2008 for her contribution to art and society. She has published and exhibited widely; has had work in the Royal Collection and has had solo exhibitions at many prestigious venues. She is also an associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Sponsor: Hassans International Law Firm

5-February-201617th February 2016

THE SUMPTUOUS WORLD of INDIAN TEXTILES: From Punjab to the Coromandel Coast

Given by: Jesleen Kandhari

Through this talk we will discover the regional variations of Indian textiles from the Punjab and Gujarat to Bengal and the Coromandel Coast. Jasleen will bring samples of textiles with her to help us understand and appreciate the materials, production techniques and designs like the boteh or paisley motif in Kashmir shawls.

Jesleen Kandhari is a lecturer and tutor of Indian Art and Asian Textiles for Oxford University’s department of Continuing Education, the Ashmolean Museum of Art, and Morely College. She was formally Curator of Asian Collections at the University of British Columbia, Museum of Anthropology in Canada, the British Museum and the British Library. In addition she had extensive lecturing experience at museums, universities and art societies including the British Museum, the British Library, the V&A and many more.

Sponsor: Spectrum IFA Group and Currencies Direct

March16th March 2016

THE IMPERIAL EASTER EGGS of CARL FABERGÉ – before the revolution

Given by: Toby Faber

Between 1885 and 1916 Carl Fabergé made fifty jewelled eggs – Easter presents from Russia’s last two emperors to their wives. Given almost total artistic freedom, Fabergé had to conform to only three rules: that each year’s Easter present should be egg-shaped, that it should contain some surprise to amuse or delight its recipient, and that it should be different from any predecessor. The result was a series of creations demonstrating ingenuity and creativity for which there are few parallels in any other field.

Toby Faber is part of the Faber and Faber publishing family and remains a board member. He has written two works of narrative history, one on Stradivarius and the other on Fabergé’s Eggs. He has lectured on both these subjects at venues including the V&A Museum in London, The Library of Congress and the Huntingdon Library, as well as at a number of literary festivals.

Sponsor: Spectrum IFA Group and Prudential International

April-20th April 2016

QUEEN VICTORIA & PRINCE ALBERT: Patrons of the arts, art collectors and artists.

Given by: Oliver Everett

This lecture will examine how Victoria and Albert were enthusiastic patrons of the arts throughout their marriage, commissioning and collecting works from both British and European artists. The talk will also challenge the popular image of Victoria as a melancholy widow and reveals her as a passionate and open-minded young woman.

Oliver Everett is an old friend of our society and we are delighted to welcome him back. He was formally Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales, Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales, and Librarian in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle; he is now Librarian Emeritus following his retirement in 2002. He lectures widely in Britain and abroad, and on cruise ships.

Sponsor: The Sovereign Group

8-May-201618th May 2016

POP GOES THE ARTIST: from Warhol to Dylan

Given by: Suzanne Fagence Cooper

In the sweltering heat of a New York summer, Andy Warhol invited Bob Dylan to his ‘Factory’ to sit for a screen test. It was 1965. After enduring his silent, slow-motion portrait, Dylan became intrigued by Warhol’s monumental silver screenprint of Elvis dressed as a cowboy; he took it home as a souvenir and it is now part of the MOMA collection. This lecture examines the world of Pop Art through the eyes of these controversial artists.

Suzanna Fagence Cooper studied History at Oxford University and Art History at the Courtauld Institute and at Christie’s Education. She has lectured for numerous organizations including the V&A, and on cruises, and has undertaken broadcasts and consultations for the BBC and Channel 4.

Sponsor: Ibex Insurance Services and SG Hambros