Armidale

Postal Address:

ADFAS Armidale
PO Box 1029
Armidale NSW 2350

ABN:  81 734 702 341

In 2022 ADFAS Armidale is providing for its members and guests a program of ten illustrated lectures, presented by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.

Armidale balances a metropolitan culture with a stunning rural setting.  Surrounded by national parks, majestic waterfalls and walking trails, our University town also boasts an impressive array of galleries, museums and a rich cultural life.

Committee 2022

Chairman: Stephen Gow
Mob: 0412 487 492

Secretary: Michael Gibson

Membership Secretary: Lynn McClenaghan

 

Treasurer: Tom O’Connor
Ph: (02) 6778 3684

Membership Enquiries: adfasarmidale@outlook.com

PROGRAMME FOR 2022

9 February 2022
Title: VISIONARIES AND TRAILBLAZERS: WOMEN IN AUSTRALIAN FILM
Lecturer: Karen Pearlman
Venue & time: The Armidale School, Hoskins Centre, 6pm 

In the first 120 years of filmmaking in Australia, women have played powerful and influential roles behind and in front of the camera.  This lively lecture, illustrated with an array of clips and images, reveals the work of women in defining film form and creating the images of ourselves that we export to the world.  The lecture demonstrates the evolution and powerful creative contributions of women in Australian film in many different aspects of movie making.

Karen Pearlman is an experienced film editor and educator.  Now senior lecturer in Screen Production at Macquarie University, she is the co-director of the multi-award-winning Physical TV Company, through which she has been responsible for development, production of numerous highly acclaimed and award winning dance-films, documentaries and dramas.  Karen was the 2009-2010 President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild and enjoys her ongoing association with the guild as a full member and frequent public speaker.

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3 March 2022
Title: THE PROBLEMATIC STATUE – A BRIEF HISTORY OF DEBUNKING AND DESECRATING PUBLIC MONUMENTS
Lecturer: Geoffrey Edwards
Venue & time: The Armidale School, Hoskins Centre, 6pm

The toppling and vandalising of prominent statues around the world has been an all-too-frequent news item in recent times.  Citing the alleged moral failure or criminal culpability of the toppled subjects, the wrath of outraged crowds has focused on grand sculptural representations of kings, presidents, dictators and celebrated historical identities including Christopher Columbus, Captain James Cook, assorted Confederate generals and Cecil Rhodes.  But this is hardly a modern-day phenomenon.  The Problematic Statue takes a look at the surprisingly long tradition of trashing public art in the interests of re-writing history.

Geoffrey Edwards was formerly Director of the Geelong Art Gallery.  He also held Senior Curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria where he was in charge of the collections of international and Australian sculpture and the Gallery’s holdings of ancient, antique and modern glass.  His arts affiliations remain extensive and he is currently engaged with plans to expand Geelong Gallery’s historic building as part of a major re-development of the city’s arts precinct.

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6 April 2022
Title: ACQUIRED TASTE: THE INVENTION OF THE RESTAURANT IN 19TH CENTURY PARIS
Lecturer: Sylvia Sagona
Venue & time: The Armidale School, Hoskins Centre, 6pm

Life without restaurants is hard to imagine.  In fact, the first such establishments, in France, were for the fastidious who shunned eating and required a restorative broth or “restaurant”.  It was for such delicate stomachs that the Palais Royal offered dining rooms with separate tables, menus, fixed prices and flexible hours.  After the Revolution, the unemployed cooks and maîtres d’ of the aristocracy finally began introducing the paying public to the delights of their cuisine.  This lecture investigates the early Parisian restaurants and gastronomes as well as the invention of modern cuisine with Escoffier at the Ritz.

Melbourne-based academic Sylvia Sagona has qualifications and teaching experience in art, literature and sociology, partly acquired while living in France and Spain.  She also operates a historical tourism company offering specialised art and literary tours to France and Italy.  She has been commissioned by French television and SBS to write a documentary on the invention of shopping in 19th century Paris, while also preparing a programme on Josephine Bonaparte and the Australian flora at Malmaison.

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12 May 2022
Title: A PAINTER IN REVOLUTIONARY TIMES: JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 1760-1780
Lecturer: Peter McPhee AM
Venue & time: The Armidale School, Hoskins Centre, 6pm 

This lecture will examine the harrowing story of an outstanding portraitist caught in the deadly divisions of Revolution.  Copley, born in 1783 to poor Irish parents in Boston, became a highly sought after painter of the professional and mercantile elite of this small colonial port.  Increasing friction between Britain and her American colonies after 1763 polarised this elite into warring camps.  Copley found himself caught between old friends and family and by 1774 had to make a choice which would change his life tragically and permanently.

Peter McPhee was Chair in History at the University of Melbourne and its Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost from 2003-2009.  He has published widely on the history of France during the French Revolution and its aftermath.  Peter is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of Social Sciences and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.  He is currently Chair of the History Council of Victoria.

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15 June 2022
Title: HIGH HEEL HEAVEN
Lecturer: Dr Peter McNeil FAHA
Venue & time: The Armidale School, Hoskins Centre, 6pm

Shoes convey a wide range of meanings associated with fashion, style, personality, sexuality, class and gender.  New studies have given us awareness of the personal, social and sexual connotations attributed to footwear and created by footwear.  Different shapes and colours for men’s and women’s shoes today revolve primarily around the construction of gender difference.  Many of these gendered distinctions developed in the so-called ‘long eighteenth century’.  Why do men and women’s shoes look so very different today?  Learn about shoes, mobility and history, from renaissance platform chopines to Sex and the City ‘limousine’ shoes. 

Dr Peter McNeil is Distinguished Professor of Design History at UTS.  From 2008-18 he lived and worked in Scandinavia, including academic appointments in Sweden and Finland.  His acclaimed book ‘Pretty Gentlemen’, on the 18th century fashion world, was published in 2018.  Peter has worked on fashion exhibits with many communities and museums and is Past President of the Art Association of Australia and NZ, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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7 July 2022
Title: MYTHS THAT MATTER. THE INFLUENCE OF GREEK MYTHS IN THE VISUAL ARTS
Lecturer: Alastair Blanshard
Venue & time: The Armidale School, Hoskins Centre, 6pm

Not all myths are created equal.  The Greeks and Romans told hundreds of stories about the life and loves of Gods and heroes.  Many of these stories have been forgotten.  However, a number have captured our imagination and provided inspirations to generations of artists.  This lecture examines these influential myths and why they have proven to be so important to artists from Botticelli to Picasso.  Myths discussed include the Labours of Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Apollo and Daphne, the Minotaur, and Pygmalion and Galatea.

Professor Alastair Blanshard is the inaugural Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland.  Alastair grew up in Brisbane before undertaking doctoral studies at Cambridge.  He became a lecturer at Merton College, Oxford and also taught at the University of Reading and later the University of Sydney.  He has authored a significant number of books and publications on the classical world.

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11 August 2022
Title: FLAPPERS, SPEEDOS AND THE NEW LOOK: FASHION IN AUSTRALIA IN THE 1920s, 30s and 40s
Lecturer: Claudia Chan Shaw
Venue & time: The Armidale School, Hoskins Centre, 6pm

In the 1920s there was no Australian style in women’s dress.  In 1921 David Jones advertised “modestly priced reproductions and adaptations of Paris fashions.” Almost overnight, the depression brought a serious tone to society and the carefree age of the flapper was over.  Then, as Australia entered WW2, the traditional role of women shifted, with many joining the Land Army.  Women were taught to ‘Make Do and Mend’.  By 1947 Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ had restored femininity to the fashion industry worldwide.  Meantime, two local designers, Beril Jents and Hall Ludlow, were quietly paving the way for an Australian fashion industry.

Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multi-faceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation and photo artist, and curator.  With a BA in Visual Communication Design, she is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw, represented in a permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.  Claudia is perhaps best known as co-host and presenter of the popular ABC TV show, Collectors.

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8 September 2022
Title: THE TALE OF TWO CITIES: MOSCOW AND ST PETERSBURG
Lecturer: Kenneth Park
Venue & time: The Armidale School, Hoskins Centre, 6pm 

The story of Russia is inextricably linked to two contrasting cities – Moscow and St Petersburg.  The Russian capital, Moscow is the historic seat of power with its impressive and world-famous landmarks like St Basil’s, the Kremlin and Red Square. Saint Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great as an artfully planned statement city of style and sophistication and as a doorway to the West.  This lecture considers the fascinating cultural history of these two great cities and most importantly their incredible legacy of art and architecture.

Kenneth Park works as a lecturer, curator, tour leader/host and a philanthropy/marketing/tourism consultant.  Kenneth has served for over thirty years as the Curator of Collections and Philanthropy Associate at Wesley College Melbourne, where he manages the archives and an extensive Australian art collection.  Kenneth is passionate about art, architecture, and cultural history.  His richly illustrated and thoughtfully researched lectures are delivered with great enthusiasm and are designed to inform and engage with the audience.

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13 October 2022
Title: TURNER – THE EXPLORER
Lecturer: Robert Ketton
Venue & time: The Armidale School, Hoskins Centre, 6pm

Artist J M W Turner lived at a time of great social and scientific change.  More than anyone else he recorded, in thousands of works of art, the transition of Britain from a rural to an industrial society.  He was a fascinating character – secretive, driven, alternately penny-pinching and generous, chaotic in his private life and fiercely patriotic.  He is rightly regarded as one of the world’s greatest nineteenth century painters.  His likeness appears on the twenty pound note – a tribute that would have appealed to his vanity, but contradicted his need for anonymity. 

In 1976 Robert Ketton was appointed as a Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Southern Queensland.  Over the next 33 years he taught acting and directed many plays for the University’s Performance Centre.  Since retirement from USQ in 2009, Robert has worked for GP Connections and Medicare local, also establishing “Floodlight” a federally-funded organisation aiding flood victims.  Robert has a number of published books and plays and is currently working on an illustrated children’s book with his artist wife, Catherine*.

Whilst Robert talks about the life and times of JMW Turner, Catherine will take to the easel with oil paint, rags, scrapers and brush to give us a glimpse of Turner’s style and technique.

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9 November 2022 – AGM MEETING
Title: WAGNER’S ‘RING’, TOLKIEN’S ‘LORD OF THE RINGS’ AND PETER JACKSON’S FILM
Lecturer: Heath Lees
Venue & time: The Armidale School, Hoskins Centre, 6pm

For many years, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Lord of the Rings swept aside any suggestion that it was based on Richard Wagner’s four-opera Ring cycle.  Tolkien himself scoffed at the idea.  Yet, in the wake of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster film trilogy, more and more people saw The Lord of the Rings as a profoundly Wagnerian blend of epic myth and powerful music.  This talk, incorporating video clips and recorded excerpts, will explore the fascinating links that connect Richard Wagner, the original Lord of The Ring, with Tolkien’s book, Peter Jackson’s films and Howard Shore’s Oscar winning soundtrack scores.

Heath Lees was Professor of Music at the University of Auckland for nearly 30 years, also hosting the TVNZ weekly Arts Programme ‘Kaleidoscope’.  His principal interests being Wagner and the relationship between music and literature, Heath has toured most of the Wagner Societies in the USA and Canada, and since 2010 has regularly lectured for ADFAS.  In 2013, 2016 and again in 2018 he delivered pre-opera presentations for The Ring and The Mastersingers in Melbourne.

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VENUE AND TIME OF LECTURES 

Our lectures are held at 6pm at The Michael Hoskins Centre at The Armidale School (TAS), followed by a light supper. The Armidale School provides ADFAS Armidale the TAS Michael Hoskins Centre as a venue for lectures, with related technical support.  ADFAS Armidale is indebted to the School for its ongoing support to our Society.

         

MEMBERSHIP

Our annual membership subscription is $140 per person for the year’s season of ten lectures.
Gift Vouchers are available for membership subscriptions.

MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES

Tom O’Connor
Ph: (02) 6778-3684
Email: adfasarmidale@outlook.com

VISITORS – LIVE LECTURES (Check Try Booking for details once known)

Guests are welcome – a $25 fee applies per lecture.
Full Time Students (over 18 years of age) guest fee $5 per lecture.
Secondary Students (in uniform) Free

There is no fee for visiting ADFAS members.
Gift Vouchers can be provided for Guest Tickets.

Our 2022 lecture season will be subject to the relevant and evolving requirements of government and of our venue providers in relation to Covid safety. Details will be provided to members by email in advance of lectures each month, as required. In the event of further lockdowns, travel restrictions for lecturers, venue closures or other circumstances beyond our control, we will aim to provide the programmed or alternative lecture content in digital format, online.