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Lectures Schedule

All lectures are held at 2pm, in Cinema 1, Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF15 1QE, on the second Thursday of each month except for July, August and December.

Space permitting, guests and visitors are welcome to attend all the lectures (£6.00 per Lecture)

SWDFAS 40th ANNIVERSARY LECTURE
15th JUNE 2017

Members and guests are cordially invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of South Wales DFAS with a special lecture by Matthew Williams.

PORTMEIRION: AN ITALIANATE FANTASY VILLAGE IN WALES

The lecture will be at the Whitehall Suite, Jury's Inn (formerly Park Hotel), 1 Park Place, Cardiff,
at 1.30pm for 2.00pm.
The lecture will be followed by afternoon tea.
Florian Schweizer, Chief Executive of NADFAS, will also be present.

An application form for tickets must be completed as entry will be by ticket only.
Cost of tickets for SWDFAS members £10 each
Cost of tickets for guests £25 each

14th September 2017
THE DRAMA BEHIND THE TAJ MAHAL
Oliver Everett

The talk is based on the Islamic manuscript, the Padshahnama, which is the unique official history of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. He is best remembered for the building of the Taj Mahal as a tomb for his favourite wife Mahal Mumtaz. The Padshahnama vividly depicts the dramatic events of the Emperor's reign, and the paintings tell the story of the intrigues of court life as well as the Coronation, bloody battles and hunting scenes. The manuscript is held in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle.

12th October 2017
THE RELEVANCE OF ROME
Sam Moorhead

The turmoil in the Near East and North Africa means that many of the most impressive sites in the Roman Empire can no longer be visited. The lecture will provide an outline of Roman activity in the region, focussing on cities which have been largely destroyed, Palmyra in Syria, and places which are now too dangerous to visit such as Cyrene in Libya. Some of the finest architecture, sculpture and mosaics from the Roman world will be presented, highlighting the richness of eastern Roman culture and the lives of the people who lived in those exotic places.

9th November 2017
ANGELS - GLAD TIDINGS, DOOM, GLOOM OR PERDITION?
Caroline Holmes.

Angels, familiar and fantastic, playing major and minor roles, can be seen in centuries of paintings, engravings, illustration and sculptures. Angelic references also abound in Islamic and Jewish traditions, the latter beautifully evoked in Chagall's Bible Message. Time to contrast the beauty and light of the Cherubins and Seraphines with the dark, fiery abyss of Satan and contemplate the Angel of the North.

11th January 2018
TINTORETTO AND THE SCUOLA DI SAN ROCCO IN VENICE
Sian Walters

The Venetian Scuola were semi- religious confraternities or guilds. The vast canvasses which cover the walls and ceiling of this Renaissance building represent one of the most ambitious artistic projects of the 16th century and one of the greatest achievements of their creator, Jacopo Tintoretto. The lecture assesses how these paintings reflect the techniques and activities of their patrons and considers their influence on subsequent generations of artists including Rubens and Velasquez. 2018 also marks the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto's birth.

8th February 2018
SIR JOHN SOANE - ARCHITECT OF A LOST LONDON
Christopher Rogers

Soane was a leading architect at the beginning of the 19th century and the lecture reviews his work and explores some of his lost masterpieces. He rebuilt the Bank of England, of which only the outer screen wall survives. He had great plans for Kensington and Whitehall: some were built, but were destroyed within a decade in the fire that destroyed the Palace in 1834. The only one of Soane's buildings to survive intact is the much loved Dulwich Picture Gallery.