Select Society

Postal Address:

PO Box 112
Scone NSW, 2337

ADFAS Scone provides for its members a yearly programme of illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.   5:30pm for a 6pm start.


Committee 2017

Anne Davies

Vice Chairman:
Sue Adams

Hilary Nicol

Avairs Rubenis

Programme for 2017

Tuesday 7th March
Women War Artists
Mr Paul Atterbury

Governments employed official war artists to document those drawn into conflict. These paintings tell a story in a powerful and often poignant way. These women made a massive contribution to the story of 20th century art.

Paul is a familiar face on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. He specialises in art and architecture of the 19th & 20th centuries.

Bomber Crew, Stella Bowen, 1944
Evelyn Dunbar, the Queue at the Fish Shop, 1945

Tuesday 18th April
Putting Australia on the Ballet Stage
Mr Lee Christofis

For as long as there have been ballet companies in Australia, choreographers have created ballets about this land and its history. This lecture will explore how choreographers and designers have interpreted this cultural landscape over sixty years.

Lee writes on dance, music and design for The Australian Ballet, The Australian Book Review and Dance Australia.

Tuesday 16th May
Tibet – The Roof of the World
Miss Zara Fleming

An introduction to this extraordinary land lying in the heart of Central Asia surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world. We will explore the art and culture of Tibet from the 6th Century to the present day.

Zara is an art consultant and researcher with a specialist knowledge of Buddist art. She has curated many exhibitions on Tibet.

Tuesday 6th June
A Ramble through the Decorative World of Margaret Preston
Mr Tom Thompson

Margaret Preston was an influential Australian landscape and still life artist of the early 20th Century. Margaret constantly experimented with a variety of media, producing still lifes, vibrant prints and hand coloured woodcuts. Her dynamic designs and unerring sense of colour allowed her to break traditional barriers.

Wednesday 7th June – Half Study Day
Highs and Lows of fifteen years of Valuing Australiana
Mr Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson is a publisher of Australian Literature and History. Tom’s Hidden Treasures programme with Tony Delroy’s Night Life has continued for over fifteen years. Tom has also worked with the Collectors programme with Claudia Chan Shaw.

Tuesday 11th July
Wine Women and Song? Dutch Genre painting by Vermeer and his Contemporaries.
Dr Sophie Oosterwijk

Genre paintings are often described as scenes of everyday life but there is usually more to them than that. The artist frequently left clues to a deeper meaning behind the first impression.

Sophie has lectured at numerous universities, art tours and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Tuesday 15th August
Percussion – Use & Abuse
Mr Nigel Bates

From calling ancient armies to battle to signalling the audience to stand for the National Anthem, drums and percussion have been part of history well over and above musical contributions.

Nigel is a percussionist, lecturer and presenter who has worked as a performer for over thirty-five years at London’s Royal Opera House.

Tuesday 12th September
The Cuisine of Art & the Art of Cuisine
Ms Ghislaine Howard

This lecture will be a feast for your eyes and tickle your taste buds. It will feature the art, anecdotes and recipes of artists who loved their food from Renoir and Monet to Cezanne and Picasso!

Ghislaine is an artist who has had her work exhibited in many collections. She has lectured around the world and has featured on television and radio programmes.

Tuesday 17th October
Romans & Roses – A History of Italian Gardens
Mr James Bolton

This lecture explores the development of Italian gardens from Emperor Hadrian’s 1st Century garden at Tivoli to the Renaissance and on to the 20th century.

James lectures extensively on garden history and leads garden tours in Britain, Europe and South Africa

Chiswick House, London

Villa Lante Parterre, Bagnaia, Lazio, Italy

Tuesday 8th November
My Artistic Journey – Memory and Landscape
Ms Hanna Kay

Hanna’s work maps memory and experience, an interest in landscape and the processes of growth and decay. Hanna’s life has been marked by significant journeys. She left her native Israel to study in Vienna, spent a decade in New York and another decade in Sydney and now lives in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

Hanna has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and Overseas.

Venue and Time of Lectures

All Lectures are held at Scone Arts & Crafts Hall
Kingdon Street, Scone
Lectures begin promptly at 6:00pm.
Refreshments are served after the lecture.


Visitors are most welcome at $25 and members of other Societies and Students at $15.


Membership subscription for Scone ADFAS is $125 for the 2016 year.
For information on membership please contact the Membership Secretary Mrs Kate Robertson –
PO Box 112, Scone NSW, 2337

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