The DDFAS has for many years been promoting interest in the fine and decorative arts, mainly by arranging ten monthly lectures (October to July) on a wide variety of topics: this year (2005/06), for example, Art and Design on the London Underground, Baron Haussman's Paris, the Bauhaus and Mantegna. The lectures take place in the lecture theatre at James Allen's Girls School (JAGS) at 8.00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month, preceded by coffee and biscuits in a Sixth Form Common Room at 7.30 p.m. There is good off-street parking. The lecturers are usually chosen from a list provided by the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, of which DDFAS, along with over 300 other Societies, is a member.
DDFAS also arranges study days when topics are considered in greater detail, and visits to museums, art galleries and buildings of artistic interest. Some members, like those from other Societies, are engaged in voluntary work to 'preserve and conserve' works of art: in DDFAS's case either at the Horniman Museum, or, under the Greater London Area (GLA) of NADFAS, comprising 21 Societies, at libraries, such as Lambeth Palace. DDFAS, again like other Societies, has also supplied volunteers for Church Recording, most recently at St. Stephen's in Dulwich, and helps interest the young in the arts, currently by supporting the educational work at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
The annual subscription is £30 (double £56) for ten lectures, together with three mailings per year detailing future events. If you want to find out what lectures are like turn up on the second Thursday in the months October to July and pay £7.00 at the door. Why not ring the Membership Secretary on 020 8670 5895 for more details?
See 'What's on in Dulwich' for forthcoming lectures.
Join a short course of 8 lectures on Mondays at 1pm - 2pm at St Barnabas Parish Hall, Gilkes Place, Dulwich Village starting 18 September 2006.
Dr Paul Dawson who teaches at James Allen's Girls' School and the University of London will be leading an Introduction to Philosophy.
The series will include lectures on scepticism, knowledge, perception, reality, mind, ethics and religion.
Cost £28 for 8 lectures (concessions £24). There will be some tickets for sale for individual lectures at £5 per lecture (concession £4) available on the day.
A series of short courses on Friday afternoons to experiment with a range of techniques both contemporary and traditional.
Three Fridays from 15 September - The Art of Illusion: Trompe l'Oeil Painting Tutor: Colin Failes
From 6 October Hurvin Anderson: Join the Artist- in- residence exploring new ways to interpret the Gallery Collection.
From 10 November New Lines. Creating multi-media artwork and prints. Tutor Tom Parker.
From 1 December - Contemporary Rug Making Tutor Debbie Siniska.
£36 per course bookable at the Gallery.
A series of six lectures on Tuesday evenings from 7.45 - 9.15pm from 7 November on the theme All Human Life is There - Art and the Real World. Representation in art of diverse subjects - ranging from gipsies, tramps and thieves to portrayals of battles, horses and bathers!
Lecture series £48, individual lectures, subject to availability £9.
Designed to appeal to young Mums, several events are planned for September in Dulwich Park. On Friday 9 September there will be a Pramathon at 10am to raise money for charity (Tommy's - the baby charity) but also to regain fitness by walking 5km and 10km around the park. For more information go to www.pramathon.co.uk or call the organiser Vicki Badham on 020 7501 6432.
Every Wednesday from September 10-12 noon - Healthy Walks. Meet inside College Road gates but please phone Hazel Wright (020 7525 1073 or 07984 601953) prior to attending.
Every Thursday 10-11am Power Pramming meet Court Lane Entrance for Post Natal Fitness workout. Phone Liz Stuart (07976 778413) for more information.
Recumbent cycles are available every day at the park 10-4pm.