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In 2014 Libby, driving an iconic red Alfa Romeo, followed the route in more leisurely fashion. In a multi-media lecture combining photographs, ﬁlm, songs, and quotations from writers and poets she offers a Kaleidoscopic view of the cars and characters involved in the race from its inception in 1927 together with numerous detours to sample local food, wine, music, architecture and art.
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From Angela's website:
About Angela Smith
I gained a first in Art History at Leicester University in the early 1980s. After a year working with adults with special needs, I studied for a PhD at the Warburg Institute in London under the supervision of the late J.B. Trapp. My subject was the life and building activity of Richard Fox, an Early-Tudor bishop of Winchester and founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. After completing my PhD, I took a break from academe, to concentrate on raising my children. Though I continued to research in spare moments and also took the opportunity to give talks in schools on historical subjects.Before moving to Somerset, I spent more than a decade teaching mature learners in Lifelong Learning for Leicester University, taking students on field trips and teaching undergraduates for the Department of History of Art & Film. I also devised and delivered a number of undergraduate modules for Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln in connection with the Heritage Degree programme. Those modules included an architectural and cultural history of the English country house and a survey of English church art and architecture. In between teaching commitments, I have worked as a researcher for the National Inventory of Continental European Paintings (NICE), liaising with museum staff in the Midlands and cataloguing their holdings. I have also led art history classes for Remit, a scheme organised by Leicester City Council for adults with mental health issues. I became an accredited NADFAS lecturer in 2006 and have travelled widely speaking to groups in the UK and further afield. In 2012 I was invited by ADFAS to Australia for a lecture tour. I now regularly tour lead in Spain for ADFAS and also the Sydney based company, Academy Travel.
I have published articles and reviews in scholarly journals on a diverse range of subjects including Thomas More, early Tudor stained glass and Netley Abbey. My research for NICE culminated in a number of online entries and I contributed sections to two CD Roms produced for the Christianity and Culture Project at the University of York . Recently, a friend and I have formed our own publishing company, The Book Forge, and have successfully launched three books: A Timeline for Family Historians, A Timeline of Art History and also a history of the Leicestershire village in which I lived for 12 years. I am currently completing an edition of medieval building accounts to be published by the Oxford Historical Society.
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About Vivienne Lawes
Viv Lawes is a lecturer, curator, author and journalist, with over twenty years’ experience in the art market.
She works at several prestigious Higher Education institutions in London, leading the Modern and Contemporary unit of the Asian Art & Its Markets semester course at Sotheby’s Institute and the History of Decorative Style (c.1400-1970) course at the City & Guilds of London Art School. She also lectures for the University of the Arts and IESA (Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts), London.As Senior UK Consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia since 2011, she has co-curated many exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London and Singapore. Her current project is a book is on themes in equine sculpture, commissioned by the Sladmore Gallery, London.
sponsor: Liberty Seguros
About Mary Alexander
Thirty years' experience as a lecturer, with a BA in History and History of Art and a MA with distinction in History of Art from University College London. Experience includes public lectures in museums, tutoring for the Open University, visiting lecturer at Christie's Education in London, museum curator at Platt Hall, the Gallery of Costume, Manchester. Now a freelance lecturer to various arts, heritage and antiquarian societies. She also worked in Pentagram design consultancy in London and New York, organising conferences and special events. Author of various articles on design and visual awareness issues, her background combines an unusual blend of academic and visual communications skills. Lectured for ADFAS Australia and New Zealand in 2011 and 2013. Mary is an enthusiastic member and President of Glaven Valley DFAS.
sponsor: De Cotta Law (website)
The themes of his works - he wrote 11 books of poems and 9 plays - will be discussed, and there will be readings of a selection of his poems in Spanish and English, as well as a look at the importance of the three Spanish cities in his life: Granada, Madrid and Barcelona, and his close friendship with Salvador Dali´.The poems in Spanish will be read by Jose Manuel Cabezas, head of the English department at the Nerja High School, a Fullbright scholar with excellent English, who has given two lectures for Nadfas on the flora and fauna of the Nerja countryside.
About Roberta Kettel
Roberta Kettel has lived in Spain since 1991 and has been involved with NADFAS in Nerja since its beginnings in 1993. Roberta was the society’s chairman for four years from 2002-2006, and has organized more than twenty trips around Spain for the society between 1996-2008. She is presently responsible for the Capistrano lecture season, organises trips for the Capistrano Travel Club, and has given lectures on different topics associated with Spanish culture and literature to the Nerja History Group and NADFAS societies along the Costa del Sol. She talked to us about Hemingway in October 2016.
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1908 Misia saw a production of ‘Boris Godunov’ designed by Serge Diaghilev thus starting a close relationship with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Misia helped finance the company and took a keen interest in the new music by Stravinsky, Satie and others. She was with Diaghilev when he died in Venice in 1929.
In 1917 Misia met Coco Chanel and admired “her genius, lethal wit, sarcasm and maniacal destructiveness, which intrigued and appalled everyone”: these two extraordinary women were inseparable in their later years. This is an extraordinary and fascinating story of a talented and beautiful woman who was muse and patron of the arts who has been described as ‘The Queen of Paris’.
About Julian Halsby
Julian Halsby studied History of Art at Cambridge. Formerly Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at Croydon College of Art. Publications include Venice - the Artist's Vision (1990, 1995), The Art of Diana Armfield RA (1995), Dictionary of Scottish Painters (1990, 1998, 2001, 4th edition 2010), A Hand to Obey the Demon's Eye (2000), Scottish Watercolours 1740 - 1940 (1986, 1991), A Private View - David Wolfers and the New Grafton Gallery (2002). Interviews artists for The Artist Magazine and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and The Critics Circle. A practising artist, he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1994 and appointed Keeper in 2010.
Julian talked to us in May 2015 about British and Amercian artists in Venice.
In this lecture Belgian amateur photographer Ludo Slabbaert will reveal an easy and practical way to interpret art photos by dividing them into seven different categories. These categories or areas- as he likes to call them- were chosen to avoid giving the impression that it is either style or the choice of the subject that determines the characteristics of current art photography. He will illustrate his system by lots of photos of well known art photographers.
Ludo Slabbaert was born in 1950 and studied Photo-Art at the Royal Academy of Arts in his home-town Antwerp. He is a member of several photo-clubs even in Nerja and an official lecturer for the Flemish Amateur Photographers’ Society. He is a specialist in large format landscapes and in the reconstruction of old glass plate negatives.
About Ludo Slabbaert
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" The subtitle is the title of the exhibition that is ongoing until the 25th June (Orwell's birthday) in Huesca and if anybody has a mind to, it is more than well worth going to. The title is a quotation taken from Homage To Catalonia. "
The last years of Orwell's life are generally thought to have been heroically grim: the privations of World War II in London, his wife Eileen’s early death on the operating table, the shortages of the postwar years, his self-exile from London to the cold isolation of a primitive farmhouse on the Isle of Jura off the Scottish coast, the dogged composition of his nightmare masterpiece “1984,” much of it while he was bedridden with T.B., the final agony of his illness in a series of sanitoria, death in 1950 at forty-six years old. No wonder he acquired the posthumous title of St. George.
About Richard Blair
Most Orwell readers know that he and Eileen adopted a son, Richard. And that’s about all they know of Richard Blair (George Orwell was the pseudonym of Eric Blair), who has kept his silence throughout his life—until now.So who is Orwell’s son? A retired engineer, who lives in a picturesque village in Warwickshire, and who has entirely happy memories of having spent his first six years in the company of the author of “Homage to Catalonia” and “Animal Farm.”
That’s the voice that described crawling through a coal mine in northern England and taking a bullet in the throat in Spain: detached, a bit austere, but alert and alive to the world. No one ever accused Orwell of being sentimental. In fact, he has a reputation for personal reserve, even coldness, and one feminist critic based a whole book on the premise that Orwell’s pessimistic vision was a product of misogyny and male dominance.
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"Having spent five years selling art on the city's Canyon Road (think Bond Street with cowboy hats), I can offer an intimate picture of Santa Fe: it's inspiring, funny and occasionally scandalous."
About James Russell
James Russell studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, but was galvanized into writing about art by a lengthy stint selling contemporary paintings and sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A passionate advocate of 20th century painting and design, he writes and lectures widely. His books include the popular 4-volume series Ravilious in Pictures, about British watercolourist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-42), and other titles devoted to Paul Nash, Peggy Angus, Edward Bawden and Edward Seago. He curated the 2015 exhibition Ravilious at Dulwich Picture Gallery and has lectured all over the country, from Rye to Glasgow and from the V&A to the Royal West of England Academy.
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From her company, Art and Culture Travel, website:
Jacqueline is a specialist in Western European Art History, Literature and Language, and is Managing Director of Art & Culture Travel. She originally graduated from Durham University in Modern Languages and then took an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed a second BA Degree in 1996 in Art History and a PhD in 2002 at the University of London in Art History and Spanish. Her doctoral thesis dealt with Garcia Lorca’s drawings. She also speaks fluent Spanish, French and Portuguese.
She has taken students on numerous trips to Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, New York and Berlin over the years and her knowledge of organizing and running these trips to ensure that the experience is enriching culturally and intellectually is extensive.She has published ‘The Spanish Song Companion (1992 Gollancz- reprinted in 2005 in the United States), and been a contributor to ‘Fire, Blood and the Alphabet’ (2000 Durham University Press), ‘Crossing Fields’ (2003 Legenda Press) and ‘A Companion to Federico García Lorca’ (2007 Tamesis Press). She is currently working on Picasso’s Andalusian origins.