ADFAS Orange

Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Orange & Districts Inc.

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ADFAS Orange and Districts provides for its members a yearly programme of illustrated, informative lectures on a wide variety of topics.  The lectures are offered by overseas and Australian lecturers, chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.  


Committee 2016


Nerralie Boulton

(02) 6365 8380

Vice Chairperson:

Susie Fletcher

(02) 6392 0962

Vice Chairperson:

David Bracey

(02) 6364 3226


David Boulton

(02) 6365 8380


Lesley Giblin

0412 834 340

Lecture Programme 2016

15th March
Pauline Chakmakjian
“The City of Kyoto and the Cult of Beauty”

This is one of the more popular lectures that Pauline presents to ADFAS societies around the world. The lecture is very visual and very pretty, and hopefully inspires people to visit there to appreciate the city’s relaxing atmosphere. Pauline’s notes show that she feels as though this lecture is all encompassing.  It focuses on the city, the people, and the religion - mostly Buddhism and Shinto - as well as giving a feel for the aesthetics, the celebrations and the festivals. 

19th April
Michael Turner (Australian Lecturer)
“A Lady with Attitudes”: The Scandalous Life and Times of Lady Emma Hamilton

Lover of Horatio Nelson, wife of Sir William (“Volcano Lover”) Hamilton, muse of the artist George Romney: - the life and times of Lady Emma Hamilton (1765-1815) are the stuff of legend.  From birth as Amy Lyon, the daughter of a rural English blacksmith, to the royal court of Naples, she swept all before her – sadly to end up deserted and despised following the death of her lover at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.  This talk focuses on the heady days of the Grand Tour in Naples in the 1790s as the spectre of Napoleon drew ever nearer and as Emma, striker of her famous “Attitudes”, continued to bewitch and bemuse.

24th May
Lucia Gahlin
“Nefertiti: Images of Ancient Egypt’s Most Intriguing Queen”

Nefertiti is arguably the most famous queen of pharaonic Egypt.  She was the Chief Royal Wife of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (c1352-c1336 BC) and together they continue to fascinate.  Intriguing changes appear in the art and religion of this period of Egypt’s history – peculiar representations of the royal family, and an attempt at monotheism in what was traditionally a polytheistic society.  In this lecture we will learn about the various roles played by Nefertiti and the other royal women of the time, and how these were expressed in stunning artistic representation.

21st June
Robin Haig (Australian Lecturer)
Backstage with Dame Margot Fonteyn

Dame Margot Fonteyn, the world famous ballerina, let the Royal Ballet from the age of sixteen until her retirement at the age of sixty.  Robin was awarded a Royal Academy of Dancing scholarship at the age of seventeen, and entered the company at Covent Garden sixteen months later.  After touring Russia with the Royal Ballet, Robin was personally invited by Dame Margot to be part of a concert group known as “The Fonteyn Follies”, touring Australia, New Zealand, Manila and Hong Kong.  

It was during this tour that Robin came to know Dame Margot as both a dancer and a person. Several months after this tour Dame Margot formed her extraordinary dance partnership with Rudolf Nureyev, who was considered the brash new pop star of ballet.  Robin had the opportunity to perform with Nureyev in La Sylphide and Sonate a Trois, and performed in the same companies and concert groups as Dame Margot.

19th July
Michael Howard
“Murder, Mayhem, Mystery and Paint – The Extraordinary    Story of Walter Sickert”

Michael is a practising artist, a painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy and his work is represented in the Manchester Art Gallery and in many private collections here and abroad.  His lecture on Walter Sickert, who was an actor who became an artist.  He joined Whistler’s studio in London and later went to Paris with a letter of introduction to Degas, who was Whistler’s favourite artist. Later he came back to London, bringing the style of French art to England.  Author Patricia Cornwall claims to have new proof that Walter Sickert was, in fact, Jack the Ripper, and that his artworks, painted between 1906 and 1908 were of the murders he committed. Michael’s amusing talk links the social history and changes of that time with the development of Sickert’s outstanding paintings.

23rd August
James Allan
“Isfahan and the History of Persian Tilework”        

Professor Allan read Arabic at Oxford, and is curator of the Islamic collection and keeper of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum, where he also set up an inter-faith exhibition service. For the last 6 years has been teaching Islamic art at Oxford University.  This lecture explores the history of Persian tilework primarily through the monuments of the most beautiful of all the Persian cities, Isfahan, and will make reference to buildings elsewhere in Iran.  From simple monochrome, turquoise inlays in the 12th century, tilework in Iran developed in both polychromality and decorative complexity, until, by the 17th century, enormous architectural surfaces were covered with brilliant ornamentation.  In the 19th century, tiles were used for the first time to tell a story.            

20th September
Stephen Richardson
“A Voluptuary Under the Horrors of Digestion?” – Prinny and the Excesses of the Regency Period Style

The Regency period is regarded as an era of great contrasts - of wealth and poverty; of radical political developments and extremes of taste, both good and bad. Its eponymous figurehead, the extravagant George Frederick, Prince of Wales, Prince Regent and ultimately King George IV, cut a fashionable dash as a young man and was in the vanguard of new developments in architecture, decorative style and art collecting. Always criticised for his profligacy, the political responsibilities of the throne proved a heavy burden and his popularity declined as his weight and self-indulgence moved in the opposite direction. Known as Prinny to his friends, he was often the target of caricaturists and other political enemies (the title of this talk is drawn from this typically vicious work by Gillray). 

25th October
Sarah Cove
“Conservation and Restoration: A Day in the Life of a Picture Restorer”

With a background in Fine Art and Art History, Sarah Cove qualified as a Paintings Conservator at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She works on paintings from all Schools, but has significant experience with British paintings, notably portraits from the Tudors to the present, 19th and 20th century landscapes, as well as British and Continental oil sketches on canvas, paper and board. She is regarded one of Britain’s foremost Technical Art Historians. To date around 200 paintings have been studied using a range of established techniques including surface microscopy, pigment and cross-section analysis using polarising light microscopy, XRF and EDX, ultra-violet light, x-radiography and infra-red reflectography, fibre analysis for canvas, paper and board and medium analysis by various methods. In 1986 she founded the Constable Research Project to study John Constable’s oil painting materials and techniques

Venue and Time of Lectures

The lectures are held at the Orange Conservatorium, 73A Hill Street, Orange NSW 2800 at 6.00 pm forrefreshments, with the lectures starting promptly at 6.30 pm.


We look forward to welcoming guests to our lectures: the cost is $25.00 for guests and $10 for visiting ADFAS members.   For catering purposes, we would appreciate it if you could let a committee member know that a guest will be attending.