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Pholiota Unlocked 7 October to 23 October 2016

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Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne

This amazing project by the Melbourne School of Design’s Master of Architecture students led by Philip Goad at the University of Melbourne, is open until 23 October 2016. The students have manufactured over 2300 full-size Knitlock tiles in plaster of paris for this 1:1 reconstruction of the Griffins’ own tiny Eaglemont home.

https://www.festival.melbourne/2016/events/pholiota-unlocked/#.V9FbJyN97ax

View video clips (one in fast motion) of the students assembling the tiles to build the replica https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlSo-qW0QDw

The Pholiota Unlocked exhibition is on the ground floor (actually down steps to a lower level) of the Melbourne School of Design, located a few buildings away from Newman College. FREE exhibition.

Pholiota Unlocked 7 October to 23 October 2016 |

‘Pholiota’, the Griffins own house, Heidelberg, Victoria. Photograph c 1925 – 1930. Eric Milton Nicholls Collection. National Library of Australia.

Ethereal Eye 15 and 16 October 2016

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Newman College Dining Hall, University of Melbourne

Jonathan Mills’ musical homage to the Griffins to be performed in their Newman College Dining Hall along with stunning projections onto the hall’s magnificent domed interior. Projection artist Ian de Gruchy, plus dancing by Leigh Warren and Delia Silvan. Tickets are $28 and can be booked at https://www.festival.melbourne/2016/events/ethereal-eye/#.V_t7tiN97aw

Inside the Ethereal Eye 14, 15,16, 21, 22, 23 October 2016

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The Arts West Atrium, Professors Walk, University of Melbourne

Immersive projections exploring Newman College Dining Hall and the ceiling of the Capitol Theatre on an ultra-high-resolution 6 metre wide projection dome, by two of the world’s leading new-media artists, Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw in collaboration with the University of Melbourne’s Transformative Technologies Research Unit. FREE exhibition.

https://www.festival.melbourne/2016/events/inside-the-ethereal-eye/#.V_uFACN97aw

Inside the Ethereal Eye 14, 15,16, 21, 22, 23 October 2016 |

Image: Sarah Kenderdine. Melbourne Festival 2016 website.

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2016 Wednesday 14 September at 7.30pm – 8.30pm

National Archives of Australia – Queen Victoria Terrace, Canberra

The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. invites you to the 7th Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture.

The guest speaker Peggy Bang, visiting retired Visual Arts Professor from the USA will give an illustrated talk entitled The Melson House Revealed: An Owner’s Perspective which will detail the history of this highly significant and unusual house designed by Griffin and built in Mason City, USA in 1912.

Peggy served as president of Wright on the Park Inc and was instrumental in saving and restoring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Park Inn Hotel and Wright’s Stockman House in Mason City, Iowa. She and her husband Roger, businessman and former Mayor, own the historic Melson House in Mason City. Copies of her richly illustrated book about the Melson House will be available for sale on the night.

Cost: Adult $10; Members $5; Student/Concession $5
Bookings essential
Tickets: www.eventbrite.com

The talk will follow a specially designed coach tour of Griffin related sites in Canberra. The tour details will be finalised shortly. If you would like to take part, please contact info@griffinsociety.org

PARKING: The Main Entrance doors are not open after 5pm. There are two areas available for parking. There is an entry to a large carpark on the old Parliament House side of the NAA, off Queen Victoria Terrace. From that place there are some stairs down to the midway doors of the building. The other parking place is also off QVTerrace, but nearer Kings Ave, with a street level entrance midway along the building.

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2016 Wednesday 14 September at 7.30pm – 8.30pm |

Marion Mahony (1871–1961), photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago.

Griffin Houses Open Day Saturday 17 September from 10am-3pm Castlecrag

With the assistance of a Willoughby City Council grant the Walter Burley Griffin Society is organising an open day of four Griffin houses with guided walks going between the houses. This is a rare opportunity to see the interior design features of some of the Griffin houses at Castlecrag built in the 1920s and early 30s.

Bookings essential – see the “Events” webpage for further information.

Tickets: www.trybooking.com/212476

Griffin Houses Open Day Saturday 17 September from 10am-3pm Castlecrag |

Griffin Talks Saturday 17 September 2016 at 4pm

Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag

With the assistance of a Willoughby City Council grant the Walter Burley Griffin Society has organised two illustrated talks in the nearby Marion Mahony Griffin Hall. The first talk The Melson House Revealed: An Owner’s Perspective will be given by visiting American art historian and author Peggy Bang, from Mason City, who is owner of the Melson house.

This will be followed by a talk about Marion Mahony Griffin by senior journalist Glenda Korporaal author of the recently published book titled Making Magic: the Marion Mahony Griffin Story.

Bookings essential – see the “Events” webpage for further information.
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/212489

Griffin Talks Saturday 17 September 2016 at 4pm |

Melson house, Mason City, USA the subject of visiting American Professor Peggy Bang’s talk. Photographed by Adrienne Kabos, 2014

Heritage Festival events in Castlecrag 2016

To celebrate the National Trust’s Heritage Festival and its 2016 theme of ‘Discovery and Rediscovery’, the Walter Burley Griffin Society is organising two events on 16 April.

1. Rediscovering the Griffins’ Castlecrag – guided walk Saturday 16 April 2016, 10.00am – 12.30pm

The internationally renowned suburb of Castlecrag was designed by Walter Burley Griffin in the 1920s as a residential community inspired by the ecological and aesthetic qualities of the landscape of Middle Harbour and its foreshores.

You are invited to take a guided tour past Griffin houses and through some of the reserves and walkways at Castlecrag and learn about their history and the special community that the Griffins fostered at Castlecrag.

Please bring hat, walking shoes and water.
Meet at 136 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag.
Cost: Adults $20; Children $10; Family $50; Concession $15
Members (Walter Burley Griffin Society and National Trust) $15
Come to this event and the Castlecrag talk in the afternoon to enjoy a $5 discount (Castlecrag has many cafés to enjoy lunch between the two events).
Bookings essential: www.trybooking.com/JZGG
Further information: info@griffinsociety.org

2. Rediscovering the Griffins’ Castlecrag: the people and places in the 1930s and 40s – Saturday 16 April 2016, 2.30pm – 4pm

A panel of former residents will discuss living in Castlecrag in the early years of the Griffin-inspired community, covering aspects including how the community evolved, children’s play, the landscape, memorable personalities, stories about the Griffins, knitlock, public transport; cars, houses, shops, army camps, street tree plantings. To accompany the discussion there will also be a slide show of photographs from the 1920s and 30s from a recently-discovered collection. Light refreshments provided.

Where: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Glenaeon Infants School
121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag
Cost: Adults $20; Children $10; Family $50; Concession $15
Members (Walter Burley Griffin Society and National Trust) $15
Come to this event and also to the walk in the morning to enjoy a $5 discount
Bookings essential: www.trybooking.com/JZGG
Further information: info@griffinsociety.org

Heritage Festival events in Castlecrag 2016 |  1

Moon house at right, with the Cheong house on the left, early 1930s. Photographer Hermann Junge.

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Castlecrag residents, including Emma Junge at left, enjoying an al fresco afternoon tea near ‘The Pinnacle’, Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag with Middle Harbour behind. Photographer Hermann Junge, early 1930s.

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2015 Wednesday 21 October at 7.30pm

National Archives of Australia, Parkes Terrace, Canberra

The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc invites you to the sixth Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture.

The guest speaker Dr Jennifer McFarlane will give an illustrated talk titled: A profession worked along (unorthodox) spiritual lines – Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin.
Brett Odgers of the Canberra Chapter of the Society will introduce the evening and speak briefly about recent planning changes and proposals for central Canberra.

Trevor Lee, Canberra architect and Griffin scholar, will also speak briefly on his Recent Finds: Marion Mahony Griffin’s personal esoteric library in Chicago.

Tickets: WBGS Members $5; Non-members $10; Students $5

Bookings for this event can be made through:
http://www.eventbrite.com

MMG Lecture 2015 preliminary talk by Trevor Lee. The assistance and co-operation of the Anthroposophical Society in Chiago and Sydney in this research is much appreciated.
Recent finds of MMG esoteric library 2015 presentation.

MMG Lecture 2015 by Dr Jennifer McFarlane

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2015 Wednesday 21 October at 7.30pm |

Marion Mahony (1871–1961), photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago