Bowral & District

Postal Address:

ADFAS BOWRAL Inc.
PO Box 1918
Bowral NSW 2576

Contact: bowral@adfas.org.au

Membership Enquiries: membership@adfasbowral.com

ABN: 88 471 347 310

ADFAS Bowral are entering their 34th year run by a committee of volunteers.  We aim to promote an interest in the study of decorative and fine arts by offering nine high quality monthly lectures on a wide range of subjects including social history, landscape gardening and design, architecture, textiles and music.  Our members greatly enjoy getting together to listen to the lecture; ask questions and enjoy camaraderie with refreshments afterwards. 2022 will offer live hour-long lectures by well-credentialed Australian speakers, held in the Bradman Museum, St Jude Street, Bowral. A programme pdf is available.

Our monthly newsletters keep members up to date with what’s happening, information on lectures, speakers and other activities.

We support the philosophy of philanthropy to the community and contribute financial support to the Young Arts.  In our local area we are changing direction this year from the last two year’s bursary to a young ballerina to masterclasses for young musicians.  We also support the Patricia Robertson Foundation.

All Enquiries: chair@adfasbowral.com 

Committee 2022

Chairman:
Sharon Eskell
0411 155 964
Email: chair@adfasbowral.com

Membership/Secretary:
Julia Kelly
0425 243 812
Email: membership@adfasbowral.com


Treasurer:

Graeme Guthrie
Email: treasurer@adfasbowral.com

Membership Secretary:

Email: membership@adfasbowral.com

PROGRAMME FOR 2022

PLEASE NOTE ALL LECTURES AND SPECIAL INTEREST MORNINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ACT HEALTH COVIDSAFE REQUIREMENTS.

2 February 2022
Paddock Picnic
Members please contact secretary@adfasbowral.com for details

9 February 2022
Ancient Pella in Jordan : an archaeological journey
Dr Peta Seaton AM

This illustrated lecture is about the ancient site of Pella in Jordan, where the University of Sydney has been excavating for 40 years.  The site has revealed glimpses of life in the north Jordan Valley from 12,000 years ago to the Medieval/Islamic periods, and it continues to be home to a vibrant Jordanian village community, with whom the Australian team has worked since 1979.

Peta will take us on a journey from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic prehistoric cultures and the earliest agriculture, the first walled cities of the Early Bronze Age from around 3600 BCE, rich foreign relations and political interactions with Egypt and Syria until 1100 BCE, the Greek Hellenistic influences on the Levant under Alexander the Great, the Eastern Roman Empire, the Byzantine era and the advent of Islam.

23 March 2022
A 19th Century Celebrity: the ill-fated visit of the Prince of Condé to Australia in 1866
John Broadley

The eldest son and heir of the Duke of Aumale and a grandson of deposed King Louis Philippe I, King of the French from 1830 to 1848, twenty-year old Louis, Prince of Condé, visited New South Wales in 1866 as part of a round-the world tour for his health.  He was feted upon his arrival in Sydney by press and numerous local dignitaries. Although here on a private visit, the citizens of Sydney were somewhat in awe of his royal status and his presence in the colony made him something of a celebrity.  He fell ill and tragically died.  Sydney went into deep mourning for is funeral which has a massive attendance.

His heartbroken parents had previously lost five children and after the death of his last surviving child in 1872, the Duke of Aumale turned his focus to the Château of Chantilly, north-east of Paris

John Broadley is a Francophile and linguist.  He has a Bachelor of Arts and wrote his post-graduate thesis on French novelist Marcel Proust.  John is a foundation member of ADFAS Mudgee and has lectured at history, architectural, agricultural and Rotary conferences in New South Wales.

20 April 2022
The Tent Makers of Old Cairo
 Jenny Bowker AO

This lecture presents some of the textile traditions of Egypt from patchwork to weavers of silk.

Jenny lived for four years in Cairo and worked closely with the Egyptian Tentmakers – men who do superb fine appliqué panels which were originally used for lining tents. The art is dying and the Tentmaker’s Street which had 247 skilled masters in 1979 is now down to 45. Collections are not held anywhere in Egypt, yet the work is stunning and beautiful. Jenny took exhibitions to Australia, France, and Spain and will talk about the history and development of the Tentmakers’ appliqué. Jennifer is an internationally awarded quilter who is also known for her work with women’s groups in countries she has lived in. She has taught widely in Europe, Asia & the USA.

18 May 2022
From Gambling Chips to Imperial Jewels
Charlotte Nattey

Charlotte was educated in the UK and studied art and music in Florence.  She is a graduate of St. Martins School of Art, London, majoring in fashion and dress.  While living in Rome, she worked as a designer in the couture dress trade for “Fernanda Gattinoni” and was a freelance dress designer for Simonetta, Pucci and other couture houses.  She has designed for London couture fashion houses including Belinda Belville and Spectator Sports, as well as major fashion houses in Sydney. Her interests encompass the fields of decorative & fine arts, antiques, gardens, music and fashion, with a fascination for design and its influence on our lives. She is a long-standing ADFAS member, having served as a committee member, membership secretary and chairman and has been a regular lecturer for ADFAS over many years.

1 June 2022
A Painter in Revolutionary times : John Singleton Copely & The American Revolution 1760 – 1780
Peter McPhee AM

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 was appointed to a Personal Chair at the University of Melbourne and was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at the University for 6 years.  He is currently Chair of the History Council of Victoria.  He has authored a number of books on the French Revolution the latest being, “Liberty or Death -The French Revolution”.

27 July 2022
Australian printmaking and artists’ books
Professor Sasha Grishin
Bradman Hall of Fame, St Jude Street, Bowral    5:00pm

Although printmaking goes back centuries, like most art forms it enjoyed periods of popularity and periods of relative neglect.  In post-war Australia, by the late 1950s and early 1960s, printmaking was enjoying an unprecedented popularity and was attracting the most exciting young talent of its day.  It was also supported by committed print curators working in the state galleries, especially in Melbourne, Adelaide and later in Sydney, and was encouraged by the acquisition of modern prints by these institutions and by touring print exhibitions.  The tradition of the modern print which emerged at that time brought together relief printing, intaglio, lithography and screenprinting, all under the one roof, and in this broke with the specialised cottage industry mentality of earlier decades.

31 August 2022
East meets West in Dress
Claudia Chan Shaw

Sydney born, Claudia has a multi-faceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist, photo artist, and curator.

Ever since the silk trade blossomed between Asia and the Roman Empire, China has been a source of fashion inspiration for the West.  From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East.  This lecture looks at the impact of Chinese aesthetics on western fashion and design and how China continues to fuel fashion imagination.

28 September 2022
Streams of Fire and Tongues of Flame: a short history of glass
Professor Geoffrey Edwards

In this illustrated lecture, the ancient and remarkable history of glass as an art form is traced with reference to works in major public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

The lecture also refers to glass-related imagery and symbolism in the visual arts, film and literature – a tradition that ranges in time and type from biblical allusion and Chaucerian dream visions of glass temples through to the novels of Daphne du Maurier, the films of Orson Wells, the poetry of Les Murray and recent science fiction.

12 October 2022
A digital lecture will be shown on the screens at Bradman Museum 5pm and via your newsletter for viewing at home.
The Age of Jazz Age
Sandy Burnett

Jazz is one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation. Sandy Burnett’s lecture covers the early years of jazz from its very beginnings and the first ever recordings made just over a century ago through to the start of the Second World War. Drawing on his practical experience both as musicologist and gigging musician, Sandy is able to shed light on jazz from the inside. His illustrations range from early pre-impressions by Maurice Ravel and others and the very earliest jazz recordings through to classics by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the dawn of the Swing Era.

2 November 2022
Speak the Speech I Pray You : Hamlet’s advice to the Players. Hamlet Act 3. Scene2
Robert  Ketton

Educated in England, Robert helped establish theatre in Queensland Secondary Schools and was then appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. He works as a communications consultant, M.C. and public speaker.

A great speech has the power to engage, inspire and stimulate. With due consideration to context, Robert will explore what makes a speech memorable. Illustrating his lecture with performance and readings, Robert looks not only at the content, but also at various styles of delivery and rhetoric. Why is it that some speeches have been credited with changing the course of history? What is it that elevates some speeches from the mundane to the eloquent?

By examining the language used, and by acknowledging the debt owed by many leaders to great speeches from literature, Robert takes a forensic look at why words can galvanize people to take action

Bradman Hall of Fame, St Jude Street, Bowral    5:00pm

23 November 2022
AGM and/or CHRISTMAS PARTY
Bradman Hall of Fame, St Jude Street, Bowral    5:00pm

Venue and Time of Lectures

All lectures are now at 5:00pm in the Theaterette, Wingecarribee Civic Centre, Moss Vale.  ENTER VIA THE SIDE DOOR IN DONKIN AVENUE

MEMBERSHIP

2022 Membership fee is $145 per person or $270 per couple

Covid Information/ Update: All seat reservation must be done through TryBooking or contacting a committee member for availability. Visitors/ Guests: Guests $25 pending covid number restrictions – so please contact the secretary@adfasbowral.com

Membership Enquiries: membership@adfasbowral.com

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HISTORY OF ADFAS BOWRAL & DISTRICT

Bowral was the sixth ADFAS society to form in 1988 after Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Armidale and Newcastle. 110 members attended the inaugural lecture given by Anna Clark in March 1998. The vibrant membership now enjoy lectures at The Bradman museum, easily accessible and with excellent screens and sound system.

As well as many interesting lectures, study days and tours which have been enthusiastically received over the years, the Society has been aware that the focus of spreading interest in the decorative and fine arts is not the only objective of ADFAS. Support for an individual or organisation who contributes to our national artistic heritage is willingly given.

Over the years a number of gifts have been made including: a weather vane to Christ Church, Bong Bong (near Moss Vale), antique mirrors for the National Trust property Harper’s Mansion at Berrima, and a bronze statue by Brooke Maurice ‘Girl Reading’ to the Bowral Library. In 2008, as part of the Society’s 20th Anniversary commemoration, a painting by the well-known Southern Highlands artist, Reg Rowe, was presented to the Bowral & District Hospital.

Seven churches have had their architecture and artefacts recorded  by a small ADFAS team and the beautifully bound books sent to the Association and the National Libraryand each church kept a copy.

ADFAS Bowral is twinned with the NADFAS Branch in Sheffield (UK). This allows for more interaction with the parent body from which ADFAS grew, and the source of many of our fine lecturers.

ADFAS members visiting the Southern Highlands might find time to visit the world renowned Bradman Museum and the Sturt Craft Centre.

Sturt is a vibrant centre for the teaching and production of fine craft in a serene garden setting. During its sixty years, Sturt has been home or inspiration for the best in Australian design and craft and continues to be so. Visit the Sturt Gallery, shop, gardens workshops or Cafe.

The Bradman Museum houses one of the finest collections of cricket memorabilia, artefacts and curios in Australia. Comprising a number of galleries, one screens archival films from the 1920s to 1940s.

An important centre for the Arts in the Southern Highlands is the Berrima & District Arts Society (BDAS), based in Bowral. A variety of classes and workshops are held for both adults and children, covering painting in all mediums, drawing including life drawing, printmaking, and many other subjects. The Society also holds a number of open exhibitions each year.

The Wingecarribee Council organises an Arts Trail each year where artists open their homes and studios to members of the public. The Southern Highlands Events is well worth a look providing a convenient source of information for readers to find out what is happening in the local scene. On the music front the annual Bowral Autumn Music Festival is a very popular event.

THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

ADFAS members visiting the Southern Highlands might find time to visit the Sturt Craft Centre and the world renowned Bradman Museum.

Sturt is a vibrant centre for the teaching and production of fine craft in a serene garden setting. During its sixty years, Sturt has been home or inspiration for the best in Australian design and craft and continues to be so. Visit the Sturt Gallery, shop, gardens workshops or Cafe.

The Bradman Museum of Cricket houses one of the finest collections of cricket memorabilia, artefacts and curios in Australia. The Bradman collection is on display on the upper floor, while the ground floor is devoted to the history of cricket in general. Comprising a number of galleries, one screens archival films from the 1920s to 1940s; another houses an exhibition recognising ten of the world’s top sportsmen and sportswomen. A special gallery with changing exhibitions regularly showcases cricket related art and sculpture.

An important centre for the Arts in the Southern Highlands is the Berrima & District Arts Society (BDAS), based in Bowral. A variety of classes and workshops are held for both adults and children, covering painting in all mediums, drawing including life drawing, printmaking, and many other subjects. The Society also holds a number of open exhibitions each year.

YOUNG ARTS

The Society has a long standing tradition of supporting young arts in the community. As an example historically there has been an annual prize is given to a young (<40) Fine Arts students at the Moss Vale TAFE; a bursary was awarded for several years to a fulltime student at the Sturt School for Wood at Mittagong.  We have taken students from a local primary school to the Art Gallery of NSW; and sponsored performances by the Bell Shakespeare Company for both Primary and Secondary schools and by OzOpera for several primary schools in the district.

For two years we gave a bursary to a young ballerina at The Highland School of Performing Art.

Presently we are intending to support young musicians through the Southern Highland Autumn Music Festival, attending master classes. 

The Society is keen to extend its support to suitable practitioners of the Arts in the Southern Highland and would welcome any suggestions. We continue to find ways in which we can enhance the artistic lives of youth in our area. Please contact any member of the Committee.