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Postal Address:

ADFAS Hobart Inc.
PO Box 2162
Lower Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7005

ADFAS Hobart 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. Occasional special interest days are also held when topics can be examined in more detail.

Contact: hobart@adfas.org.au

Committee 2017

Robyn Jackson
(03) 6225 2566

Barbara Edwards
0439 483 415

Penny Brown
(03) 6223 1147

Treasurer & Membership:
Biz Ritchard
0407 241 183


  • David Askey-Doran
  • Margaret Blow
  • Mary Darcey
  • Patricia Hefter
  • Josephine Jaworsky
  • Heather MacLeod
  • Rosalind Pitt
  • Sarah Sansom
  • Lyn Sayers
  • Gemma Webberley

Programme for 2017

Monday 27 February
The Canal Age
Paul Atterbury

Between the 1760s and the 1840s, around 2000 miles of canals and inland waterways were built to connect the towns and cities of England, Wales and Scotland, a network at the heart of Britain’s Industrial Revolution. Today, much of this is still in use, for leisure pursuits rather than commercial traffic.

The canals impacted on artists such as John Constable and the generation of architects, engineers, designers and manufacturers, such as Josiah Wedgwood whose success was dependent upon canal transport. It also celebrates the distinctive architecture it engendered, along with the lives of canal families and the decorative traditions associated with their boats.

Monday 10 April
Duyfken – The first European Ship to visit Australia in 1606 — historic voyages and voyages in the replica
Gary Wilson

In 1606, Willem Janszoon in the jacht Duyfken made the first European contact with the continent that was to become Australia. This remarkable voyage, not well- known despite its historical significance, led to many more Dutch voyages to “New Holland” and pre-dates the much more widely known 1770 Cook voyage by 164 years.

This lecture will outline the history behind the Dutch explorations and what sailing the replica has taught us — both in seamanship and in history.

Monday 8 May
Tibet – The Roof the World
Zara Fleming

A general introduction to the history, art and culture of this extraordinary land, lying deep in the heart of Central Asia surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world.

Despite its geographical inaccessibility, it developed a rich and vibrant Buddhist culture and artistic tradition.

This lecture gives a brief overview of Tibetan history from the time of the great Tibetan Empire (6th – 9th century) to the present  day; explores the fascinating art and culture inspired by Buddhism, introduced from India in the 7th century; and gives an insight into the current political situation.

Monday 3 July
The Last Dance – The “Danse Macabre” in Medieval & Renaissance Art
Sophie Oosterwijk

Everyone knows Saint-Saëns’ musical interpretation, and probably Walt Disney’s short cartoon feature

The Skeleton Dance, but what was the original danse macabre about? The Dance of Death emerged well after the first outbreak of the Plague as a very popular theme in late-medieval art and literature and shows a cross-section of medieval society.

This lecture will present the theme in illuminated manuscripts, wall paintings, stained glass, sculpture and print, with both continental and British examples. An unusual topic, but full of interest and black humour!

Monday 7 August
Tantrums & Tiaras
Nigel Bates

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 distinct environment.

Monday 4 September
The Cuisine of Art and the Art of Cuisine
Ghislaine Howard

This lecture will be a feast for the eyes and tickle the taste buds, an inspiration for your cooking and looking. It will feature the art, anecdotes and recipes   of artists who loved their food.

We will discuss Toulouse Lautrec, famous in his day for his truly fabulous meals and infamous cookbook; Renoir, who introduced Paris to the pleasures of Provencal peasant cooking; as well as Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and many others. We have prepared a special recipe booklet that can be posted on the internet.

Monday 9 October
20th Century Women Gardeners
James Bolton

Who were the women gardeners of the 20th century? The lecture looks at the pioneers, such as Gertrude Jekyll and Ellen Willmott (who first established the place of women among the horticultural elite), to the work of Vita Sackville-West and Marjorie Fish, in the latter decades of the century. The lecture then considers Arabella Lennox-Boyd and Penelope Hobhouse who now dominate English gardening. James highlights how the roles and influence of women have dramatically changed the horticultural world.

Monday 13 November
Telling Our Stories – Images & Ideas in Three Waves of Australian Film
Karen Pearlman

Australian film rose to the world’s attention as a distinctive cinema in the 1970s and early 1980s with a series of beautifully shot and performed period dramas. A decade later, “The Glitter Cycle” created a very different image, covered in sequins with stories of individuals prepared to overthrow colonial prejudices. We are now experiencing a new wave of attention from local and international critics and audiences for the distinctive work of Indigenous filmmakers. This lecture will look at the three ‘waves’ of Australian Cinema and considers the different ways our film industry tells ‘our stories’ and projects an image of Australia to the world.


ADFAS Hobart lectures are held at the UTAS Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay Campus and commence promptly at 6pm. We ask that members be seated no later than 5.45pm.

Lectures are followed by wine and sandwiches in the Stanley Burbury Theatre foyer with an opportunity to talk with the visiting Lecturer and the Committee.


Guests are most welcome to attend. Pre-arranged bookings may be made by telephoning the ADFAS Hobart Membership Secretary Biz Ritchard on 0407 241183 or emailing hobart@adfas.org.au .

A guest fee of $25 in an envelope indicating the name of the Member and the guest is payable at the lecture. We regret no guest may attend more than 3 lectures per year


Enquiries on membership are welcome.
ADFAS Hobart 2017 Membership is $145 single, $270 couple.
We offer a Special Student Rate of $40 for any 4 lectures.
For visiting members of other ADFAS societies, the lecture fee is $15.
Membership is not transferable. hobart@adfas.org.au

For further information please contact:
Membership Secretary, Biz Ritchard
M: 0407 241 183   E: hobart@adfas.org.au
ADFAS Hobart Inc, PO Box 2162, Lower Sandy Bay, TAS, 7005.

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