Lecture Programme 2017-18 Introduction

YEDFAS 2017-2018 lecture programme

We are delighted to present the new April 2017–March 2018 programme.

Our Chair, Claire Wesley, and Programme Secretary Lesley Murphy attended the NADFAS Directory Day in March 2016 where we heard introductions from approved speakers on their specialist subjects to inform our choices for the new programme.

We are excited to announce a new initiative to begin our YEDFAS year with a joint lecture organised with York Philosophical Society (YPS) by Gaye Blake-Roberts, Curator of the Wedgwood Museum on ‘Josiah Wedgwood: The Arts and Sciences United’. This promises to be a fascinating approach to considering the work of Wedgewood and sharing the experience with YPS.


Tuesday April 11th at 7.30 p.m. in The Tempest Anderson Hall.

All our other lectures take place in our usual venue in Shepherd Hall at 6.30 p.m.

We are always keen to include lecturers from the locality.

In May we look forward to hearing Helen Whitaker from Barley Studios near York, an eminent stained glass artist speaking on ‘Old Craft, New Art, An Artistic Journey through stained glass’.

In June we continue the tradition of inviting members from the History of Art Department in the University of York after the AGM at 6.00 p.m.

Professor Jason Edwards, PhD student Martha Cattel and visiting lecturer Dr Meg Boulton will present ‘Turner and the Whale’ from current research publication. It is of special interest this year when the Turner Prize 2017 will be presented at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull from September.

Dr Mervyn Miller in March 2018 will lecture on ‘Arts and Crafts Houses of Parker and Unwin’. Several members have requested a lecture on the movement and we particularly welcome his interest in the Joseph Rowntree Foundation model village in New Earswick.

We are also travelling more widely in Europe and beyond in our programme with Dr David Boyd Haycock, returning to give his lecture on ‘Spanish Civil War Artists’, cancelled last year when David was ill. We follow a political theme in Gavin Plumley’s ‘Cultural experiments in the Weimar Republic’ in November.

We are delighted to include Sarah Dunant in our programme with her fascinating title on the Life and Work of Isabella d’Este. Sarah Dunant is well known for her writing and lectures to offer intriguing presentations, capturing the exquisite detail of 16th Century Italy.

Tony Faber’s ‘The American West in 19th Century Art- Indians, Buffalo and Storms’ promises a new subject for our programme taking us to the American continent.

We have lectures on ‘The Scottish Colourists’ by Alice Foster to bring to us the vibrant engaging works of those artists known in this ‘movement’. Lizzie Darbyshire brings a lecture on portrait painting in ‘The Victorians portrayed’.

We hope that our varied programme will offer many interesting lectures by engaging speakers on decorative and fine arts to all our members.