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20 November 2013
EDFAS mailing - November 2013
  • 21 Jan 14 - J D Fergusson at Modern 2
  • 26 Feb 14 - Society Lecture - "Friends Reunited" - Portraits of the Enlightenment
  • 26 - 30 May 2014 - EDFAS tour to London - tour description and booking form
  • 29 Apr - 5 May 2014 - NADFAS Scotland & Northern Ireland Area tour to Lisbon
A Scottish Colourist - J D Fergusson
Special tour, with Alice Strang, Senior Curator
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern 2)
21-Jan-14 (Tue) 18:30-20:30

Dieppe, 14 July 1905: Night by J D Fergusson (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - GMA 1713)

The Scottish Colourist Series of exhibitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art concludes in 2014 with the first major retrospective of the work of John Duncan Fergusson to be held in almost forty years. Born in Leith, he was essentially self-taught moving to Paris in 1907 where, more than any of his Scottish contemporaries, he assimilated and developed the latest developments in French painting. In 1913, Fergusson met the dance pioneer Margaret Morris who became his life-long partner and her creative dance movements and the students at her Summer Schools became one of his main sources of inspiration.

The exhibition consists of over 100 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and items of archival material lent from public and private collections and we are delighted that Senior Curator, Alice Strang, has kindly agreed to take a group of members for a special tour. Numbers for this event are limited to 50, includes a glass of wine and is for members only.

A ballot will be held on Monday 9th December 2013

Click here for the flyer


The Society Lecture: "Friends Reunited" - Portraits of the Enlightenment
Lecture by Susannah Kerr at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
26-Feb-14 (Wed) 18:30-20:30

Speculative Society

The Artist's Wife: Margaret Lindsay of Evelick, c 1726 – 1782 by Allan Ramsay (Scottish National Gallery - NG 430)

‘Have the courage to use your own intelligence’

Immanuel Kant’s words sum up the convictions and ambitions of eighteenth-century Enlightenment scholars and intellectuals. Men must be free to think and publish. With the clash of old and new ideas, challenging intellectual forces spread throughout Europe and crossed the Atlantic to the American colonies, destined to play a major part in both the French and American revolutions.

Set against this global background of the philosophes in Paris and Geneva, the courts of enlightened European monarchs such as Frederick the Great, and American independence, driven by Franklin and Jefferson, Susanna Kerr, former Senior Curator at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, will demonstrate how a small, poor country – Scotland – produced such a brilliant source of influential intellectual thought. It is a tale of networks and friendships brought to life in one beautiful room – Citizens of the World.

Our major annual donation will be presented during the evening to Combat Stress Scotland.

Tickets priced at £20 each to include lecture and a glass of wine are available to members only at this stage. If you would like to bring a guest please include their name but do not send any money for them at this stage. There will be no refunds after tickets have been issued.

Applications by post please, on the attached flyer; please click here for the flyer



EDFAS tour to London
led by Neil Hynd
26 May (Mon) - 30 May (Fri) 2014

Following on from the success of his tours to Northamptonshire in 2013, and Yorkshire in 2011 and 2012, Neil Hynd has selected London as his destination for 2014. His original intention had been to commemorate the start of the First World War with visits to the Imperial War Museum and the National Army Museum, but, amazingly, both are closed for major refurbishment in May 2014. Neil's first day takes in Greenwich - where Cutty Sark is newly reopened after the fire - after which you may visit the National Maritime Museum or the Old Royal Naval College. His second day moves on to two contrasting styles of architecture and design, the Courtaulds' Eltham Palace, and William Morris' The Red House. Architecture is again the theme on the third day - Chiswick House and Syon Park. Commemorating two different wars, the group will visit Wellington's house at Apsley House, followed by the Cabinet War Rooms in Whitehall. The tour rounds off with a visit to Sir John Soane's Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields. Please click here for the full tour itinerary.

The tour costs £ 650.00, based on two sharing a room, for four nights in the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, and meals as specificed on the tour itinerary. To apply, please click here for the application form, which should be returned to Ian Dickson Travel, with a non-refundable deposit for £ 200.00. Travel to and from London is NOT included.


NADFAS Area tour to Lisbon
"Art and Architecture in Lisbon"
29 Apr 14 (Tue) to 5 May 14 (Sun), five nights in Lisbon

Belem Tower

NADFAS Scotland & Northern Ireland Area has arranged this tour to Lisbon in April/May 2014.

The tour price includes: 5 nights’ accommodation at the 4 star Hotel Mundial in Lisbon; buffet breakfast daily, certain meals, as detailed on the flyer, all coach transfers in Portugal, and the services of a local specialist guide for all visits. The price, of £ 875.00, based on sharing a twin/double room (single supplement £ 260.00) DOES NOT include the cost of suggested EasyJet flights to and from Lisbon.

Click here for the leaflet from Heritage Group Travel for more information, and how to apply to join the tour.

PLEASE NOTE that the tour price DOES NOT include the cost of flights to and from Lisbon. Flights using EasyJet are suggested.


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