Blevins Franks are proud to have supported The Arts Society as they explore the possibility of setting up new chapters in Mallorca and Menorca. Instrumental to this was holding a “taster lecture” on each island to introduce the society to local residents, and these lectures were very well received.
The Arts Society (formerly National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, or ‘NADFAS’) has a 50-year history. It has a network of over 90,000 people worldwide, brought together through a shared curiosity for the arts and our artistic heritage. It offers enjoyable opportunities to discover and support the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow. It has over 350 accredited lecturers covering a wide variety of art topics. All are experts in their field and excellent communicators with a passion for passing on their knowledge about the arts.
The first lecture, held in Mallorca on 17th October, was entitled “Vincent Van Gogh. Madman or Genius?”. Popular accredited lecturer, Anthony Russell, unraveled the life of one of the best known but most misunderstood painters of the nineteenth century, looking at the man as well as the art that has fascinated millions.
Around 70 guests attended the lecture at Mood Beach in Calvia. They enjoyed the drinks and tapas served afterwards, enabling them to meet and converse with Anthony other Arts Society members Billy Dawson and James Wilkins. Blevins Franks Chief Executive John Simmonds also attended the event, along with local Blevins Franks Partners Peter Worthington and Simon King and the rest of the Balearics team.
The Menorca lecture was held at Binifadet Winery, Sant Lluis on 19th October. The subject this time was “Who was Tutankhamun? The Boy King behind the Greatest Treasures Ever Found”, which told the remarkable story of the discovery in 1922 and illustrated many of the most fabulous finds in what was perhaps history’s greatest hoard. Again, around 60 guests enjoyed the lecture and social gathering that followed.
Anthony Russell is a cultural historian, writer and artist. He has travelled much of the world combining painting with tour lecturing – principally to American university students on bespoke tours and to the Arts Society (formally NADFAS). He spent six years as a consultant for Luke Hughes advising on the furniture needs of prestigious buildings throughout Britain, including museums, palaces, schools and cathedrals.
Now based in London, he spends much of his time lecturing and undertaking research. At the British Museum, where he runs outreach events and hosts visiting lecturers, he has been described as “Hugh Grant meets the Dalai Lama.”
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This article was written on the 23rd of October, 2017.