New Milton Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Title Venue:
Memorial Hall,
Whitefield Road,
New Milton

Meeting time:
2nd Thursday of the
month at 10.30am
Coffee from 10.00am to 10.20am,
doors close at 10.30.

Visitors:
lecture fee £6.00
Subscription: £40.00

Contacts:
Chairman :
01 425 638 200
Membership Secretary

New Milton Programme of Events until June 2017

N.B. Owing to the General Election the next lecture is a week later than originally programmed.


Next Monthly Meeting:  New Date - Thursday 15 June 2017

Jane Austin in Bath

Lecturer: Elizabeth Merry

Our last lecture before the summer break commemorates the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen: Jane Austen in Bath - 'A Charming Place'. The City of Bath, architectural expression of the 'Age of Elegance', has been immortalised by many writers, none more distinguished than Jane Austen.
Indeed Austen herself seems to epitomise the same values of taste and restraint, harmony and grace which characterise the city. We will explore it through contemporary illustrations and engravings, with views of interiors and exteriors of buildings which featured in Austen's own life as well as those of characters in her Bath novels (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion).
Extracts from those novels and from some of her letters will bring Jane Austen's Bath to life and will help us understand why, despite the undoubted significance of the city in her life and work, she never really liked the place!

Do join us on Thursday 15 June at the Memorial Centre, Whitefield Road, BH25 6DE. Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £6. Coffee is served from 10.00; the lecture begins at 10.30. For further information phone Peter Ronan on 01425 638200.

         Rosemary Hancock


Last Day Visit:  Tuesday 23 May 2017

Jane organised a visit to Rodmarton Manor, a very good day.
For more information click on 'Visits' in the column on the right.


LECTURE PROGRAMME 2017 - 2018

2017

14th Sept - Mistress of Reinvention: Madame de Pompadour Dr Marie-Anne Mancio
12th Oct - The Spanish Still Life: 1600 - 1900 Dr Jacqueline Cockburn
9th Nov - "Happy & Glorious": 1000 Years of English Coronations Barbara Askew
14th Dec - "Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?" Dr Janet Robson

2018

11th Jan - "Burned, Bombed or Bulldozed": Britain’s Lost Houses Matthew Williams
8th Feb - Stories in Stained Glass Susie Harries
8th Mar - The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl FabergÉ - Before the Revolution Toby Faber
12th Apr - A. G. M. 10.15 am followed by: "The Miracle’s Inside!": Medieval Reliquaries Dr Helen Rufus-Ward
10th May - A Family Affair: Florence and the House of Medici Jo Walton
14th Jun - Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions: Understanding Chinese Porcelain Paul Harris
Followed by Buffet Lunch for the NADFAS 50th Anniversary

Special Interest Day

Thurs 15th March 2018 Back Stage at the Opera Simon Rees

8 September 2016

Lecturer: Professor Marie Conte-Helm OBE

'Masterpieces in Chinese Landscape Painting'.


Discover this less well known genre of painting as she charts the development and evolution of this important tradition, and its essential elements of mountains and water, or 'shan sui'.

By introducing a range of examples from different periods, the lecture will reveal ways of 'reading' Chinese landscape painting, and understanding the differences in content, style and philosophical inspiration that have contributed to this unique artistic genre.


13 October 2016
Lecturer: Dr Paula Nutall

The Bruges of van Eyck and Memling.


Many of you will have visited the Flemish city of Bruges, with its medieval architecture and circuitous canals as this 'Venice of the North' has been hugely popular with tourists since the nineteenth century.
It may be that van Eyck's painting The Arnolfini Marriage (1434) is one of your favourites in the National Gallery, London, home also to several religious paintings and portraits by his contemporary, Memling, e.g. the Virgin and Child (c.1475).
In this lecture Dr Paula Nuttall will take us back to fifteenth century Bruges - its golden age - where both the German Hans Memling (c.1430-1494), leading painter of his day, and the Dutch Jan van Eyck (c.1390-1441), credited, incidentally, for inventing oil painting, lived and prospered.


10 November 2016
Lecturer: Vivienne Lawes

Boldness and Theatricality: Baroque

Baroque style spanned the whole of the 17th century and beyond, a period in which notions of the exotic and the dramatic found fertile intellectual ground. This was reflected in the fine and decorative arts, from the virtuoso sculpture of Bernini , the floral marquetry of Northern European furniture and the auricular style of the silver creations of the brilliant van Vianen brothers, to the English court style of William and Mary under the rigorous eye of Daniel Marot. It was also the period in which conscious appreciation of everyday objects as 'antiques' germinated.
In her lecture, Vivienne Lawes will explore the intellectual climate and the stylistic motifs that made the Baroque such a long-lived international style.


8 December 2016
Lecturer: Dr Rosamund Bartlett

Father Frost and Old New Year: Russia


In seasonal spirit, our December lecture Father Frost & Old New Year: Russia will introduce us to the festive customs observed in times past and present of a country whose mid-winter traditions are likely to be unfamiliar.
Does Father Frost have anything in common with Father Christmas? What are his origins? Is he always a jolly sort of chap or does he have a sinister side? What is meant by the old New Year? Is it still celebrated?
Dr Rosamund Bartlett, a cultural historian with expertise in Russian literature, music, and art, will provide answers to these and any other questions you may have!


12 January 2017
Lecturer: Clive Stewart-Lockhart

Edward Barnsley and Ernest Gimson: Cabinet Makers

Our first lecture of the new year will be given by Clive Stewart-Lockhart of Antiques Roadshow fame, on the subject of Edward Barnsley & Ernest Gimson: Cabinet Makers. It's definitely a must for the 2017 diaries of those who are AR fans, and anyone with an interest in the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain in the early twentieth century!

Barnsley (1900-1987) was both a designer and maker of furniture. Probably the best known of his work is the archbishop's throne and lectern in Canterbury Cathedral. Gimson (1864 -1919), an architect as well as furniture designer, was described by the art critic Nikolaus Pevsner as "the greatest of the English architect-designers".


9 February 2017
Lecturer: Nicola Moorby

River of England: Turner and the Thames

The subject of our February lecture River of England: Turner and the Thames is bound to be popular with art-lovers. The speaker will be Nicola Moorby, an art historian specialising in British Art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, curator of exhibitions for Tate Britain, and author of How to Paint Like Turner (2010).

J.M.W. Turner (1775- 1851), considered a controversial figure in his day, is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting, and one of the greatest artists Britain has ever produced. What better as a prelude to (re-)visiting room 5 ('Turner and the Thames') at Tate Britain than to come along to what is sure to be a very insightful lecture on the later period of this prolific painter's work?


9 March 2017
Lecturer: Dr Sarah Pearson

Amazing Architecture: from the Sublime to the Ridiculed.

The rather intriguing title of our March lecture is Amazing Architecture: from the Sublime to the Ridiculed, and will be given by Dr Sarah Pearson, a specialist in architectural history. The lecture will introduce us to some of the most extraordinary architectural constructions ever created, both historically and in the modern era. It will provide an enjoyable introduction to architecture as a subject, and will present a number of styles and building types to the audience.


16 March 2017   -   Special Interest Day

Lecturer: Mark Hill

20th Century Glass: New Markets



11 May 2017
Lecturer: Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac

Discover the Paintings You Own: the Public Catalogue Foundation

Our May lecture, Art UK: Uncovering the Nation's Hidden Oil Painting Collection will explain the unique and ambitious project that was set up to catalogue every oil painting in public ownership in the UK. It involved visiting 3,000 collections across the country and photographing over 212,000 paintings. These paintings are reproduced in an acclaimed series of hardback catalogues entitled Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. The paintings are now freely available to view on the Art UK website (www.artuk.org).
The lecture offers an insider's view of the project and describes some unusual collections visited, intriguing paintings uncovered, detective work involved, and assistance given by NADFAS members.


8 June 2017
Lecturer: Elizabeth Merry

Jane Austin in Bath

Our last lecture before the summer break commemorates the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen: Jane Austen in Bath – 'A Charming Place'. The City of Bath, architectural expression of the 'Age of Elegance', has been immortalised by many writers, none more distinguished than Jane Austen. Indeed Austen herself seems to epitomise the same values of taste and restraint, harmony and grace which characterise the city. We will explore it through contemporary illustrations and engravings, with views of interiors and exteriors of buildings which featured in Austen's own life as well as those of characters in her Bath novels (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion). Extracts from those novels and from some of her letters will bring Jane Austen's Bath to life and will help us understand why, despite the undoubted significance of the city in her life and work, she never really liked the place!


16 March 2017

Special Interest Day


Lecturer: Mark Hill

20th Century Glass: New Markets



LECTURE PROGRAMME 2017 - 2018

2017

14th Sept - Mistress of Reinvention: Madame de Pompadour Dr Marie-Anne Mancio
12th Oct - The Spanish Still Life: 1600 - 1900 Dr Jacqueline Cockburn
9th Nov - "Happy & Glorious": 1000 Years of English Coronations Barbara Askew
14th Dec - "Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?" Dr Janet Robson

2018

11th Jan - "Burned, Bombed or Bulldozed": Britain’s Lost Houses Matthew Williams
8th Feb - Stories in Stained Glass Susie Harries
8th Mar - The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl FabergÉ - Before the Revolution Toby Faber
12th Apr - A. G. M. 10.15 am followed by: "The Miracle’s Inside!": Medieval Reliquaries Dr Helen Rufus-Ward
10th May - A Family Affair: Florence and the House of Medici Jo Walton
14th Jun - Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions: Understanding Chinese Porcelain Paul Harris
Followed by Buffet Lunch for the NADFAS 50th Anniversary

Special Interest Day

Thurs 15th March 2018 Back Stage at the Opera Simon Rees