In early 2022 the Lismore Regional Gallery’s collection was fully inundated by flood water, ADFAS supported the gallery by raising funds for the conservation of the damaged artwork.
ADFAS also regarded the promotion of this event as an opportunity to demonstrate to the wider public what ADFAS does and what an ADFAS lecture is about. The call went out nationwide with the invitation to buy tickets for an online lecture with all profits from the event donated to the Lismore Regional Gallery to aid its flood recovery.
Prior to the lecture we explored the history of the renowned Hannah Cabinet that was extensively damaged in the floods with its creator, Geoff Hannah, and conservator and ADFAS President, Julian Bickersteth. This informal chat gave us an indication of the huge task that faces conservators. Lismore Regional Gallery Director, Ashleigh Ralph gave us additional insight into the challenges that lie ahead for them. A primary focus of ADFAS is the preservation and conservation of artworks driven by the Patricia Robertson Fund, an initiative that is set up expressly for this purpose.
The live streamed lecture The Value of Art, delivered by Leigh Capel, was available for a fee to ADFAS members and the general public. We had almost 300 people register for the lecture and many more contributing directly to the Lismore Regional Gallery.