Feel like adding a bit of culture to your usual Friday night fare? A new five-lecture series offered by Brisbane's Alliance Francaise is certain to add a bit of ooh la la to the start of your weekend. (And relax: the lectures will be led in English ... though you might just feel like signing up for a French language course once you immerse yourself in this convivial environment.)
Kicking off at the Alliance Francaise office in West End on Friday 8 May (after Brisbane's wild weather rained out the 1 May scheduled start), the innovative French Art Fridays lecture series will showcase leading French artists, highlight their most famous works and explore the French contribution to major artistic movements such as impressionism. 'Guests will also be given an insider's guide to the best museums and galleries around Paris - not just the Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre,' says spokeswoman for Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, Mélanie Blanquine.
French Art Fridays are expected to appeal not just to those with some knowledge in art history - but to anyone who has an interest in the area. 'These friendly classes are sure to teach you something new,' says Blanquine. And if that's not enough of a drawcard, you'll also have the opportunity to sip on a free glass of fine French wine (red or white: your pick) during the lecture.
Each lecture is expected to be around 45 minutes long, with interaction between teacher and guests encouraged. The series will be led by Florence Thiriot, an art specialist, and a teacher at Alliance Francaise de Brisbane. Thiriot grew up in Vétheuil, a small town in Normandy that saw the rise of the impressionists movement. Having a father as an art teacher, she describes herself as 'having had no choice (but to become) passionate about art'. Before coming to Australia five years ago, Thiriot lived in Europe and in Africa and has animated several art workshops.
The first French Art Fridays lecture will cover the emergence and rise of impressionism, a movement led by Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Pissarro and others, which turned conventional French art practice on its head.True to their era, this group met in the 1870s, bound by their search for innovation. Young, talented and impetuous, they gathered in workshops and were determined to break the constraints of conformity. 'This pursuit created a new aesthetic,' says Blanquine.
Alliance Francaise de Brisbane is offering one lucky Weekend Notes reader a double-pass to the first lecture (valued at $60). To enter, be the first to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this question: ERRONI is an anagram of which famous French artist's surname?
A winner has been found and this competition is now closed
Many thanks to Alliance Francaise for this great giveaway.
French Art Fridays. Image courtesy Alliance Francaise.