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Art Talks

Welcome to ART TALKS
Take a moment to enjoy some of our monthly short talks by art experts from across the world about art, inspiration and creativity.
Thought provoking and entertaining, they give you a small taste of what being a member of ADFAS can offer.

Gemma Black

Artist & Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Patron, Gemma Black discusses calligraphy with TSO Principal Bass Trombone, Mitch Nissen. This is followed with a performance by TSO Principal Oboe, David Nuttall.


In this talk, Zara Fleming talks about her impassioned interest in Buddhist culture. Her early interest while still at school led her to the Himalayas working in a refugee camp. This story is not just about Zara’s personal involvement in the countries but the Buddhist art that means so much to her.


Jos Hackforth-Jones is an Australian art historian who has worked mainly in the UK.  She spent 16 years at Richmond The American International University in London, completing her tenure as their first woman president.  In 2008 she became Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.  In November 2019, Jos returned to Australia where she has been teaching ‘British Art and Empire’ in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the University of Sydney.

Jos’s interests are two-fold:
Art and the British Empire: She has written and taught widely in this field and in 2007 curated an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery London, Between Worlds:Voyagers to Britain 1700-1850.  She is currently completing four books for Routledge Press on The British Empire and Visual Culture (2022).

As a result of her time at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Jos developed an interest in Art and Authenticity and Art Business, publishing two books in this field (Lund Humphries, 2012 and 2016).


ADFAS Australian Lecturer, Gavin Fry is a writer, artist and museum professional with fifty years’ experience working in curatorial and management positions in Australian museums, galleries and educational institutions. He is the author of twenty-five books on Australian art and history and a large number of catalogue and journal essays. In retirement Gavin has returned to his art training and exhibits as a painter in Newcastle and Melbourne. As well as working as a professional writer, he designs and publishes books on behalf of other writers and artists.

Gavin talks about his extensive work as a writer and his life long association with prominent museums and galleries across Australia. His recent body of work is directed to Newcastle icons. Gavin’s style is expressionist, incorporating vertical light planes and angles somewhat rendering a cubist influence with a 1970’s aura.

His work is currently being exhibited at Cooks Hill Gallery in Newcastle, as well as nationally.

Jeffrey Smart - ‘Factory Staff, Erehwyna’

Dr. Nick Gordon, a well-respected ADFAS lecturer, takes you behind Jeffrey’s painting Factory Staff, Erehwyna to look at the elements that gives it a wonderful sense of order and calm. If you have ever wondered how Jeffrey Smart painted the way he did and what all those construction lines really mean, this illuminating mini lecture will reveal all.

Jeffrey Smart is acclaimed for his precisely delineated urban and industrial landscapes. Having absorbed the influences of Australian modernism in the 1940s, he worked in a distinctive, highly finished and detailed style.