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SCO:Di Lines (as before)The Tuscan cities of Lucca, Pisa,Pistoia and Prato have remainedmiraculously unspoilt. Althoughthey are in such close proximity,they remained independent of oneanother for much of their earlyhistory. They were all leadingtrading cities. By the 12th century,Pisa's position as a Mediterraneanseaport was supreme; Prato wasone of Europe's most importantmanufacturers of wool; whereasLucca was the centre of the silkindustry. All have perfectlypreserved centres reflectingthrough their churches, civicbuildings and galleries theiroutstanding medieval andRenaissance past.NEEDLEWORK TOOLS, THEIRHISTORY AND DEVELOPMENTDate: 4 March 2011Venue:Aston Webb Room,Royal Institute of BritishArchitects, 66 Portland Place,London W1B 1ADTutor:Clare Ford-WilleTime:10.30am-3.30pmCost: £30 (inc. coffee)SCO:Rosemary Baldwin, 24Speer Road, Thames Ditton,Surrey KT7 0PW. An introduction to the whole rangeof sewing tools and accessoriesfrom earliest 15th- and 16th-century thimbles to needle casesand other luxury items. The 19thcentury saw a tremendousdevelopment in the range ofsewing accessories. Specialistthimble producers manufacturedexamples such as Dorcas andluxury thimbles in silver, gold, alsoporcelain, enamel, ivory and wood.Members may bring their ownitems to be discussed in theafternoon.ROMANCES, TROUBADOURSAND THE COURTS OF LOVEDate: 15 April 2011Venue: The Linnean Society,Piccadilly, London W1Tutor: Margaret KnightTime: 10.45am-3.30 pmCost: £25 (no coffee)SCO: Jenny Mulholland, 16Landford Close, Rickmansworth,Herts WD3 1NGA day exploring the 13th-centuryidea of courtly love; the exquisitelyillustrated Romances drawn frommyths and legends, and written for an elite, aristocratic audience;and the rise and fall of thetroubadour poets of medievalProvince.AFGHANISTAN -CROSSROADS OF THEANCIENT WORLDDate: 7 April 2011Venue: British MuseumTutor: Curators Time: 11am-3.30pmCost: £22.50 (inc. coffee)SCO:Sue Mills, Homeclose,Raleigh Drive, Claygate, Esher,Surrey KT10 9DEAt the heart of the Silk Road,Afghanistan, was the historic linkbetween ancient Iran, Central Asia,India, China and the more distantcultures of Greece and Rome. Theexhibition features over 200objects from 2000BC to the firstcentury AD, from gold ornamentsand glass vessels to ivory furnitureand limestone sculptures, all fromthe National Museum in Kabul. The objects were found between1937 and 1978, but were thoughtto have been lost following theSoviet invasion in 1979 and thesubsequent civil war when theNational Museum was bombed.During this period a handful ofAfghan officials deliberatelyconcealed these precious objectsand they are now travelling theworld, highlighting the importanceof the culturalheritage ofAfghanistan and the remarkableachievements and tradingconnections of these pastcivilisations.The day will include a curatoriallecture, the showing of a DVD toprovide valuable backgroundinsight into the exhibition, andtimed afternoon admission to the exhibition.FROM ANCIENTCIVILISATIONS TO THEMODERN ARTS: THE ART OFCAMBODIA AND VIETNAMDate:18 April 2011Venue: The Art Workers Guild, 6Queen Square, London WC1Tutor: Denise HeywoodTime: 10.30am-3.30pmCost: £30 (inc. coffee)SCO: Sarah Sanderson, 6 Avenue Road, TeddingtonTW11 0BT. Email:home.sandersons@btinternet.comThis study day will explore theartistic heritage of Cambodia andVietnam. It starts at Angkor, theHindu temple complex inCambodia, the greatestarchaeological site in Asia. It willfocus on the artistic and religioussymbolism of Angkor, in particularthe temple of Angkor Wat, built inthe 12th century. Other templeswill be highlighted such as theBayon,EDUCATION: COURSESAbove: Get to the point with a history of sewing tools (Greater London) REVIEW / WINTER 2010 Right: Thinkingabout 20th-century sculpture(Essex Area)

through music, and thecircumstances and context of itscomposition. An art tour inconnection with this series will takeplace in October 2011.HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHYINCLUDING THE PORTRAITSOF JULIA MARGARETCAMERONDate: 12 February 2011Venue: The Clockhouse, Milford,SurreyTutor: Sally HobanTime: 10.30am-1pmCost: £17 (inc. tea/coffee& homemade biscuits)Contact: Liz Coult, Cherry Trees,Mark Way, Godalming, SurreyGU7 2BN. Tel: 01483 417269,email: Ever since nature discovered away to capture its own imagethrough photography in the early19th century, we have beenfascinated by the stylistic expertiseof photographers. This richlyillustrated lecture tells the story ofphotography from the first grainyimage taken in 1826 to moderndigital photography. It looks atportraiture, art and fashionphotography, includingdocumentary 'photo realism' andconsiders some of the ways inwhich photography has changedour perceptions of the world.EDUCATION: COURSESswathed in mystery, and BanteaySrei, decorated with scenes of theHindu epics.Contemporary with the Khmerempire was the Kingdom ofChampa in Vietnam. The Hindu artof Champa was the finest Vietnamever produced. We study thesacred centre of Mi Son, also aUNESCO World Heritage Site anda strategic location for maritimetrading. The day also touches onthe later Nguyen dynasty with itsemperors, and the 19th-centurypalaces and tombs of Hue, incentral Vietnam, replicas of Beijing.We will study the French colonialperiod in both countries, withspecial reference to the attractivecolonial architecture. Phnom Penhand Hanoi were both French cities,each referred to as the Paris ofAsia, graced with opera houses,belle époque villas and elegantoffices built along wide tree-linedboulevards. Finally we look atcontemporary artistic traditionssuch as painting and dancing.WATERCOLOURDate:15 March 2011Venue: Lecture Theatre, TheNational Portrait Gallery Tutor:Ann ClementsTime: 10.30am-3.30pmCost:£27 (no coffee)SCO: Ann O'Donovan, 29 Brookside, Hornchurch,RM11 2RR. Email: desmond.odonovan@ntlworld.comMEMBERS MUST PURCHASETHEIR OWN TICKETS TO THEEXHIBITIONThe favoured medium of Sundaypainters is to be celebrated nextyear with a blockbuster exhibitioncharting 800 years ofwatercolours. Watercolour at theTate Britain is expected toincorporate work by some of thegreatest names in the history ofart such as Anthony Van Dyck,JMW Turner and James AbbottMcNeill Whistler.TREASURES OF SPAIN - THECITIES, ART AND MUSICDates:24 January, 25 February,21 March 2011Venue: The Ark, Turner's Hill(January & February), TheSteyning Centre, Steyning(March)Tutors:Gail Turner & JonathanHindenPrice: £25 per day (inc. lunch)Contact:Ann Salmon. Tel: 01798812610, The first study day gives a taste ofthe history and art in differentSpanish cities in Castile, includingAvila, Segovia, Toledo andSalmanca. Madrid became thecapital of Spain in 1561, and itsgreat art collections the Prado and the Thyssen reflect Spain'svaried history. The second study dayconcentrates on paintings bymajor artists of the period -ElGreco, Velázquez, Zurbarán andMurillo. We will look at Goya'stapestry designs, portraits, andBlack paintings. The third study day at Steyninggiven by Jonathan Hinden will beconcerned with Carmen, withmusical illustrations on the piano,considering the composer's abilityto express character and moodNEW LECTURERSMark Bills (Curator of theWatts Gallery, talks on 18th-and 19th-century British art),David Haycock (20th-centuryBritish art) and Guy Rooker(art and anatomy).RETIRING LECTURERSJane Kelsall and JolyonWarwick James are retiringfrom the Directory. NADFASthanks them both for theirscholarship and the pleasurethey have brought tomembers during their timeon the Directory of Lecturers.SERENDIPITY AND THENADFAS LECTURERS.. a heartwarming tale ofreunionChristopher Andreae:That arachnoid handwritingseemed oddly familiar. Itspelt a name, just aboutdecipherable. "Can't be!" Ithought. But it was, anunmistakable signature onthe NADFAS House visitor-sheet. I signed under his,amazed at the coincidence.He was already delivering his20-minute lecture to thejudges. My bid to be alecturer (talking aboutWinifred Nicholson) would beafter him. When he emergedhe (almost half a centuryafter we were in the firstbatch to read Art History atCambridge) didn't recogniseme. Then: "Webb!" My voicedid it. "Andreae?! Peter Webb:I had just made my effort toentertain the NADFAS judgeswith my account of a trip Imade to places painted byVan Gogh.I returned to theoffice to find someone Irecognised. "Webb" hedeclared. "Andreae" I repliedin amazement. Co-incidences do happen.Thank you, NADFAS! LECTURERSNEWSNADFAS REVIEW / WINTER SURREYSUSSEXAbove: Study the history ofphotography -West Surrey Area Below: Discover Spanishtreasures with Sussex Area