Riverina (Wagga Wagga)

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Postal Address:

P.O. Box 5670
Wagga Wagga 2650

Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Riverina Inc.

In 2017 ADFAS Riverina will continue the cultural excellence of presenting world class lectures to the people of Wagga Wagga and surrounds.   Our outstanding program has delighted members and non- members alike for 25 years. The lectures are very well received by our members and their guests.   It also provides the opportunity to interact with the speaker, in the beautiful surrounds of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery over drinks and nibbles – an added bonus.

In 2017 there will be one Interest Day held in August, in the beautiful surrounds of the gracious home and garden at 98 Gurwood Street, Wagga Wagga.   The cost of $45.00 covers three lectures, morning tea and lunch.    A great way to absorb fascinating facts.

Bookings essential for Interest Days

RSVP: by Thursday before Special Interest Day to:
Helen Halloran – Phone 6921 2550
Email – fhalloran40@optusnet.com.au

Contact: riverina@adfas.org.au

Committee 2017

Pat Castine
Ph: 0438875647

Jane Goddard

Di McCarthy
Ph: 0407245417

Frank Austin
Ph. (02) 6944 7154

Programme for 2017

March 3
Sarah Deere-Jones
‘History of the Harp: from Mediterranean Antiquity to 20th Century
Using illustrations from carvings, wall paintings, potter, mosaics, sculpture, stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, and 18th and 19th century art, Sarah traces the history of one of the world’s most ancient and beloved musical instruments from thousands of years BC to its arrival in Northern Europe. Performing her own reproduction and antique instruments, Sarah will demonstrate the development and evolving sound throughout its history. To be held at Riverina Conservatorium of Music, Hely Avenue

March 31
Dr Neil Overton
‘Narrative and Myth – Comparisons of early and recent Australian films with early Australian impressionist paintings’.
The comparisons between art (painting) and the Australian film industry, since the 1930s, in depicting British or Australian cultural mores, in particular representation of regional and inland Australia. The presentation refers to several films by Bill Kerr, Australian actor from Wagga Wagga who lived here as a boy, and worked for 2WG radio in the late 1930s.

12 May
Dominic Riley
‘Lost on the Titantic’
When it was completed in 1912, the great Omar was the most elaborate and opulent binding ever created. It was embellished with over one thousand jewels, five thousand leather onlays and a hundred square feet of gold leaf, and took a team of craftsman over two and half years to make. It went down in the Titanic. This lecture tells story of the Great Omar and the book binders Sangorski and Sutcliffe, who were known for their fabulous jewelled bindings.

16 June
Wayne Doubleday
‘Pommy in the Outback – the Reginald Sharpless Collection’
Reginald Sharpless was a young Englishman who came to Australia in 1923 and worked on properties around Hay and the Riverina. Although he returned to England within 3 years, his remarkable collection of photos, diaries and correspondence capture the life and times of rural Australian life during that period.

14 July
Gerald Deslandes
‘Munch and the Nordic Imagination’
Writers have been wary of associating geographical and climate factors with particular temperaments and cultures. This is particularly true of Scandinavia where the emergence of Munch, Ibsen and Strinberg in the 1980’s coincided with a pan-European emphasis on ‘the nervous, the artifical, the montrous and the mystical’. This talk will compare his suggestion of a remote and claustrophobic world of frustration and emotional extremes to the fantastic imagery of the Viking sagas.

11 August
Andrew Spira
‘The Art and Craft of Pewter’
Pewter is little remembered and little appreciated material but it was once at the heart of daily life all over Europe and it is fascinating story. This talk will explain pewter and how it has been worked through the ages. It will also explore how changing social circumstances led the decline of the pewter trade.

12 August – Study Day
Andrew Spira 
‘The Making of the Modern World’
The Making of the Modern World: Craftsmanship, Industry and Design from the 18C to the 1930’s—The industrial revolution profoundly affected design and the decorative arts as well as working conditions. Movements concerned with the direction of human culture emerged, culminating in the Bauhaus, the influential 20th century school which brought art and ideas to social reform and domestic living.

15 September
Peter Warwick
‘The Tragic Beauty of Ice’
The film and photography of Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley, and the paintings of Dr Edward Wilson and George Marston capture the wonderful world of Antarctica for the first time. Their images enthral the whole nation with their beauty and prepared the way for today’s television and natural history programmes. They are poignant legacy because of the hardship and tragedy that haunts them.

20 October
Lucia Gahlin
‘Nefertiti: Images of Ancient Egypt’s most intriguing queen’
Nefertiti is arguably the most famous queen of pharaonic Eygypt. Her bust displayed in Berlin is iconic. She was the Chief Royal wife of Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (cc1352-1336BC) and together they continue to fascinate. In this lecture Lucia examines the various roles including political and cultic played by Nefertiti and other royal woman of the time and how these were expressed. stunning artistic representation.

ADFAS are supported by the Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, to hold our lectures in the Council Meeting Room of the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga on a Friday evening with a 6.15p.m. for 6.30p.m. start.

How do I join & how does it work?

You can become a member by paying a yearly subscription, which covers all lectures and evening suppers.   Contact the Chair for a membership flier.

Non-members can come to any lecture as a visitor for a $30 fee. There is no joining fee.

2017 Membership Subscriptions

ADFAS membership is $140
Couples $260

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