Select Society

Postal Address:
ADFAS Tamworth Region
PO Box 1293
Tamworth 2340


ADFAS Tamworth 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.

Contact: adfas.tamworth@gmail.com

Committee 2017

Chair: Meg Larkin AM
M: 0407 255 821

Deputy Chair: Sandra McMahon
M: 0438 235 675

Secretary: Michelle Hungerford
M: 0488 496 603

Treasurer: Dr Steve Cunneen
M: 0458 263 463

Membership Secretary: Ruth Blakely
M: 0412 658 666

Programme for 2017

These events will take place at the Passchendaele Room, Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall unless otherwise indicated.
Meet at 5.45 pm for 6.00 pm start.

Friday 10 March 2017
Paul Atterbury BA, FRSA
New Horizons – Paintings and Drawings of 19th Century Emigrants

During the reign of Queen Victoria, 11 million people left Britain to seek a new life in distant lands. This mass emigration, some voluntary and some forced, was crucial in the development of countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Some emigrants were successful in their quest for a new life, and many failed, but for the majority the result of emigration was a complete break with their families and friends back home. Among the most poignant reminders of the waves of 19th century emigration are remarkable paintings and drawings documenting the experience of emigration, from the process of leaving home to the often painful experience of coming to terms with a new world. These paintings tell extraordinary stories and in the process offer a remarkable insight into the making of modern Australia.

Friday 21 April 2017
Adrian Boddy M App SC, B Arch, ARAIA.
The Photography of the Australian Landscape – From Daguerreotype to Digital

The camera is an ever-changing mechanical instrument, and this in itself has contributed to the production of a wide variety of visual imagery. Photography also parallels fine art movements; thus the work of Colonial, Pictorialist, Modernist and contemporary practices are influenced by cultural and aesthetic attitudes as well as available technique. This presentation illustrates the extraordinary range of photographic documentation and interpretation of the Australian landscape over the past 170 years — it also includes some of the author’s own work.

Friday 19 May 2017
Zara Fleming
Bhutan – The Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

This lecture explores the history, art and culture of this extraordinary country, which for centuries has preserved its traditional Buddhist values. Over the last few decades there have been many changes; such as the introduction of roads, television and tourism. Will Bhutan be able to maintain the fine balance between tradition and modernity without diminishing its very unique culture?

Friday 16 June 2017
Jenny Bowker
The Tentmakers of Old Cairo

Jenny lived for four years in Cairo and worked closely with the Egyptian Tentmakers – men who do superb fine appliqué panels, which were originally used for lining tents. The art is dying and the Tentmaker’s Street, which had 247 skilled masters in 1979, is now down to 45. Collections are not held anywhere in Egypt yet the work is stunning and beautiful. Jenny took exhibitions to Australia, France, and Spain, and will talk about the history and development of the Tentmakers’ appliqué.

Friday 14 July 2017
Dr Sophie Oosterwijk
Wine Women and Song? Dutch Genre painting by Vermeer and his contemporaries

Genre paintings are often described simply as scenes of everyday life, but there is usually more to them than that. Whereas scenes in the work of Johannes Vermeer may seem above reproach with their sense of respectability and even serenity, he did work in the same context as his contemporaries Pieter de Hooch, Jan Steen, and Gabriel Metsu, to name but a few. An elegant couple in a well-furnished room may appear respectable enough, and not all that different from the image of society that portraits convey to us. However, when we also start noticing a glass and a jug, musical instruments, and perhaps suggestive paintings on the walls in the background, it is quite likely that the artist intended his viewer to read a bit more into his painting: perhaps a proper courtship, but possibly something rather less proper.

Friday 18 August 2017
Nigel Bates
Tantrums and Tiaras

We take a look at the life backstage at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and the tribulations and triumphs of working with the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet companies. Simply putting on the performances is not enough – there has to be encouragement for the audience to spend quite large amounts of money to attend a performance.  We look at the way artistic inspirations, the people involved, and the unique building, all function together to create world-class opera and ballet in a unique environment.

Friday 15 September 2017 – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth
Ghislaine Howard
A Woman Artist looks at Women Painters

Is there a distinctive quality to paintings made by women? Looking at works by both men and women of the same subject, painted at the same periods of history, we will have the opportunity to ponder on what it is to experience the world through a woman’s eyes. This is guaranteed to surprise as so many fabulous women painters are still relatively little known today, including of course such wonderful Australian artists as Margaret Olley, Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor and Grace Cossington Smith. Guaranteed to be of interest to the male members of the audience as well!

Friday 20 October 2017
James Bolton
All Nature is a Garden: William Kent and the Birth of the English Landscape movement

The eighteenth century revolution in English garden design was no overnight affair, but a gradual development from the formality inspired by Le Nôtre at Versailles. Politics, painting, poetry and the Grand Tour contributed to the creation of the English Landscape Movement, whose chief proponents were professional designers like Charles Bridgeman and William Kent and influential figures like Lord Burlington and Queen Caroline, wife of George II. These highly artificial creations were steps towards the picturesque gardens of the end of the century and represent the growing awareness of the natural beauty of the landscape. The ultimate achievement of the century was to produce gardens that were indistinguishable from the works of Nature herself.

Friday 17 November 2017
Jennifer Turpin
Water Sculptures – Australia and Iceland

Jennifer Turpin creates kinetic public artworks engaging water, wind and light as sculptural media. Dynamic and site-specific the artworks operate at the interface of art, science, nature and the built environment. Activated by nature’s elemental energies, they are rhythmic, responsive and transformative ‘performances’ in the everyday life of the city. Many of the artworks are part of environmental restoration projects. Jennifer will present some of the environmental artworks she has produced together with colleague artist Michaelie Crawford as well as images and video on her recent Churchill Fellowship study of the “Cultures of Water” in Japan and Iceland.


Guests are most welcome
Fees: $28
Free for visiting ADFAS members


The annual membership subscription is $150 for Adult,  $125 for Pensioners and Under 30.

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