Season 6 – 2015 / 2016

Programme: season October 2015 – May 2016

 Our new Programme Secretary has put together what looks to be another set of enticing lectures for this season. We start with a look at the relationship between contemporary art and the old masters and finish with Islamic Art & Design, and in between go from Hockney to Picasso by way of Horatio Nelson, Russian & Soviet Art, Precious Gems and Norway’s three most famous artists: Grieg, Ibsen and Munch.  Once again our lecturers are a mixture of old friends and new talent and we are looking forward to hearing them all.

All lectures start at 11am and are held at the O’Callaghan Eliott’s Hotel . Lectures are free to members, and cost £10 to visitors. 





GibDFAS Poster - October 2015

15th October 2015:

Abstract Expressionism:  From the Sublime to the Political

World War Two caused huge upheavals in all parts of the world, and in all parts of society, including art. Many avant-garde artists had been forced to flee Europe, and some very significant pioneers of modern ideas found themselves in the United States. As a result of this, and the shattering effects of the war in Europe, the global centre of gravity for modern art soon shifted to New York. This talk looks at the emergence of American Abstract Expressionism a the dominant style of the period, and the role it came to play in the cold war.

Given by Linda Smith: Linda Smith offers illustrated talks, presentations and study days on a variety of art-historic topics, and has taken on various types of assignment at a wide range of venues, including public galleries, secondary schools, universities, cruise liners, and private art societies in the UK and overseas. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer, and an experienced gallery guide, especially at the Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, where she works as a guide and lecturer.

Sponsor: The Late Hon. Solomon Seruya OBE

18th November 2015:

Wonderful Things” Tutankhamen’s Tomb & Treasurers

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 was arguably the greatest archaeological discovery of the twentieth century. The name of this boy-king conjures up wonderful imagery and mysterious tales of the pharaohs. In this lecture Lucia Gahlin explores this unusual tomb and its iconic treasures, examines the design and decoration of the most famous tomb in the Valley of the Kings and discusses Carter’s discovery of the tomb.  She will also explore what happened to the incredible wealth of funerary goods found inside.

by Lucia Gahlin:
Lucia Gahlin is an Egyptologist who lectures and works in museums and on excavations in Egypt. She is a Honorary Research Associate at University College London; teaches Egyptology for the Universities of Exeter and Bristol and works in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London. Lucia is Deputy Director of Bloomsbury Summer School and Chairs the Friends of the Petrie Museum. Publications include Egypt: gods, myths, religion (2001).  


9th December 2015 (2nd Wednesday):

Art Deco

Although most associated with the 1920s and 1930s, Art Deco began in France prior to World War 1.  During the inter war years the style evolved and was adopted by an international elite set as the perfect expression of modern opulence and elegance in an age that gave birth to jazz, the Charleston, glamorous Hollywood films and marvels of engineering.  Art Deco, at its height of popularity, influenced a wide variety of innovative applications.

Given by Eric Knowles: Gibraltar DFAS is delighted to welcome back Eric Knowles who has over twenty five years’ experience lecturing to museums and galleries around the world, including the V&A, British Museum, Ashmolean Museum, Art Deco Society of New York along with countless antique societies in the UK. Eric hosts fine art, antiques and architectural trips in the UK, USA and Europe and has broadcast for thirty years with the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.




20th January 2016:

GOYA …a painter looks at

Goya is the first of the modern painters: quintessentially Spanish, he belongs not only to Spain, but to the whole world. Like Shakespeare, as we are, he celebrates the dark joy of 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. He is the master – as an old man, he drew an imaginary self-portrait, ancient, supported by crutches, moving out of the darkness into the light – it’s title? ‘Aun Apprendo’ ‘Still learning’ – a message to us all

Given by Ghislaine Howard: Ghislaine Howard is a painter of national reputation named as a Woman of The Year 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 including Manchester Art Gallery, Canterbury Cathedral and Imperial War Museum North. An associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, she has lectured to a broad spectrum of people at her studio gallery or at more public venues such as cathedrals, art galleries and other institutions.



17th February 2016:

The Sumptuous World of Indian Textiles from Punjab to Bengal & The Coromandel Coast  

Discover the regional variations of Indian textiles from the Punjab & Gujarat to Bengal & Coromandel Coast. Understand and appreciate the materials, production techniques and designs like the boteh or paisley motif in Kashmir shawls.

Jasleen Kandhari: Old Roedeanian, Jasleen is Lecturer and Tutor of Asian art history and textiles for Oxford University’s
department of Continuing Education and contributing editor of Indian textiles for the Textiles Asia Journal. Formerly Curator of Asian collections at the University of British Columbia, Museum of Anthropology in Canada, she has also
worked for the British Museum and the British Library in curatorial and research positions. Jasleen is an expert in the artistic heritage of South Asia and attained a Bachelor’s Degree and a Masters Degree in Asian Art History. She
has extensive lecturing experience at museums, universities and art societies and has published several academic articles in the field of Asian art and textiles including the Apollo, Burlington, Asian Art, Textiles Asia, British Museum magazine & Journal of Museums Ethnography.



16th March 2016:

The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Faberge – Before the Revolution

Between 1885 and 1916, Carl Fabergé made fifty jewelled eggs – Easter presents from Russia’s last two emperors to their wives. They have become the most famous surviving symbols of the Romanov Empire: both supreme examples of the
jeweller’s art and the vulgar playthings of a decadent court. Given almost total artistic freedom, Fabergé and his designers 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.

Given by Tony Faber:

Toby Faber has written two works of narrative history, Stradivarius and Fabergé’s Eggs, and given lectures associated with these two subjects at venues including The Victoria and Albert Museum, Bath Theatre, The Library of Congress and the
Huntington Library, as well as a number of literary festivals. His career began with Natural Sciences at Cambridge, followed by investment banking, management consulting and five years as managing director of the publishing company
founded by his grandfather, Faber and Faber, where he remains on the board. Toby is also non-executive Chairman of its sister company, Faber Music, and is a trustee of Yale University Press (UK) and a director of the Authors Licensing
and Collecting Society..



 20th April 2016

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: Patrons of the Arts, Art Collectors and Artists

Victoria and Albert were enthusiastic patrons of the arts throughout their marriage, commissioning and collecting works from both British and European artists. They viewed their roles as patrons of the arts as being part of the public duties of the monarchy. Buckingham Palace was known as “the headquarters of taste”. They also made important changes at Windsor Castle and added three other distinctive royal residences, Balmoral Castle, Osborne House and Sandringham
House. They played a pivotal role with the ground breaking Great Exhibition of 1851, were important patrons of early photography and also produced their own art – paintings, drawings and etchings.

Given by Oliver Everett: It is a pleasure for Gibraltar DFAS to welcome back Oliver Everett to Gibraltar. Oliver was educated at Cambridge University and continued his education at post graduate level at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA; and the London School of Economics. Following service in the Foreign Office he was Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales, 1978-80; and then Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales, 1981-83. He was Librarian in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, 1984-2002. He is now Librarian Emeritus following his retirement in 2002. He wrote the official guidebook and audio tour on Windsor Castle, taught a course on its history and advised on a television programme about it. He has written articles on the Royal Library and helped with books on aspects of the Royal Collection.



18th May 2016

John Everett Millais: The Pre-Raphaelites and After

We still have to get the details but just the title of the lecture should hopefully give an insight into what to expect. The lecture is new for the lecturer and it was chosen specifically by our programme secretary after hearing a preview of the lecture.   

Given by Suzanne Fagence-Cooper:  Studied History at Oxford University and Art History at the Courtauld Institute, and at Christie’s Education. Has lectured for numerous organisations including the V&A and Cheltenham Literary Festival, as well as tutoring the Oxford summer school. Suzanne has lectured on cruise liners, and undertaken broadcasts and consultancies for the BBC and Channel Four. She was historical Consultant to Ralph Fiennes for The Invisible Woman, a film about Charles Dickens. Publications include Pre-Raphaelite Art in the Victoria and Albert Museum (2003), The Victorian Woman (2001), and Effie Gray, a biography of the Scottish wife of John Ruskin and John Everett Millais.


2016/2017 programme


19th October

John Benjamin

At the sign of the Falcon: The Life and Work of Henry George Murphy, Britain’s Most Neglected Goldsmith


16th November

Gerald Deslandes

American & European Art Since 1970


14th December  (2nd Wed)

Lynne Gibson

Double Dutch: Symbols, Emblems and Double Entendre in Dutch Genre Painting




18th January

Charles Hajdamach

Dale Chihuly – Glass


15th February

Marie-Anne Mancio

More Russian than the Russians – Catherine the Great


15th March

Steve Kershaw

The Elgin Marbles


19th April (Easter 14-17th)

Vivian Lawes

Not so Shabby Chic: Juxtaposing the old and new


17th May

Jeremy Black

The Grand Tour