Brisbane River

Postal Address:

ADFAS Brisbane River
PO Box 259
Virginia BC QLD 4014


ABN: 21 339 806 033

ADFAS Brisbane River will this year provide a diverse programme of eight fully illustrated lectures and two Interest Events given, this year, by Australian based lecturers all chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.

Our annual membership fee provides access to the eight lectures, which are followed by friendly conversation and refreshments, and to the special Christmas Morning Tea following the Annual General Meeting. Each of our optional Interest Events are costed separately.

Anyone with an interest in the arts or who wishes to develop an interest in the arts is very welcome.  No prior knowledge is needed and the lectures are very accessible.   Our friendly members all have one thing in common – an interest in learning more about the arts.

We regret that we currently have no membership vacancies available but we do have a waiting list for future membership opportunities.

Committee 2022

Greg Vickery
Ph: 0419 707 416

Terry Cronin
Ph: (07) 3870 8799


Chris Rylands
Ph: 0404 875 309

Membership Secretary:
Chris Rylands
Ph: 0404 875 309

Membership Enquiries:


4 March 2022

The Victoria and Albert Museum (also known as the V&A) founded in 1852 in London is a celebrated museum of applied arts, decorative arts, and design with a huge permanent collection of over 2.25 million objects.  It is named for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Victoria and Albert Museum has its origins in the Great Exhibition of 1851 which was presented in the dazzling Crystal Palace. The success of this mammoth undertaking owed a great deal to the passion, drive and commitment of Prince Albert, the prince consort. Henry Cole, the VA’s first director had worked on the Great Exhibition. The VA was initially called the Museum of Manufactures. Today the VA is housed in a fantastic building in South Kensington. It provides an impressive venue for display of its many treasures. This lecture looks at the story of the VA and some of highlights from its extraordinary collection.

Kenneth W. Park has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for over thirty years where he is responsible for the school’s extensive art and archival collections. He also consults in both the corporate and public sectors. An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe. He lives by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’.  Kenneth also has a passion for food, wine, arts, architecture, history, and good conversation … essentially the good life! His tertiary studies include political science, administration, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history, and international relations.

INTEREST MORNING – Wednesday 16 March 2022
Kenneth Park

A beautifully illustrated profile of the contrasting cities of Moscow, the Russian capital with its impressive and world-famous landmarks including St Basil’s, the Kremlin, and Red Square – and Saint Petersburg, the artfully planned statement city of European sophistication that is a celebration of art and architecture. Saint Petersburg is home to the incredible Winter Palace, the Imperial Hermitage Museum with its fabulous architecture and art collection as well as a list of other key monuments of Russian history including the Peterhof and Peter and Paul Fortress.

Istanbul where East meets West, once called Byzantium and later Constantinople, is an ancient city with a rich history that today is blessed with a tremendous ensemble of architecture and monuments – Hagia Sophia, Top Kapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, Pera Palace Hotel, Theodosian Walls and much more. It is spectacularly located on the strategic Bosporus Strait. Founded in 660 BCE the city grew and is one of the most important cities in history. It served as an imperial capital for almost sixteen centuries, during the Roman/Byzantine (330–1204), Latin (1204–1261), Byzantine (1261–1453), and Ottoman (1453–1922) empires. Join this stunning visual tour of Istanbul.

1 April 2022
Professor Peter McNeil FAHA

Macaroni men were the swaggering big-haired, sharply dressed show-offs of the last thirty years of the 18th century. However,they’re not the same as a dandy.  A word rarely encountered today it is in the back of your consciousness within the famous rhyme ‘Yankee Doodle’.  But why macaroni?  Macaroni men were cosmopolitan in outlook and had often been on the Grand Tour.   What did a macaroni resemble?  Who where they and what did they wear?  Hear about Charles James Fox, famed politician; Richard Cosway, miniature-portrait painter to the Prince Regent; ‘Soubise’, a freed slave; Rev. William Dodd, court preacher and ‘white collar’ criminal.  And finally, Sir Joseph Banks, who was satirised as a macaroni, his later career suffering as a result. This social tumult was amplified by the burgeoning British satirical print industry, the perfect lens through which to capture macaroni men and their manners.

Peter McNeil is the author of the acclaimed ‘Pretty Gentlemen’ published by Yale University Press in 2018. Colin McDowell has called the work the ‘Jane Austen’ of fashion studies.

Dr Peter McNeil is Distinguished Professor of Design History at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He has lived and worked in three countries, being Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies in Sweden and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor, Helsinki. He has worked with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Sydney Jewish Museum. Peter is a Past President of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

13 May 2022
Gavin Fry

Just three women worked as Official War Artists during World War Two – Nora Heysen, Stella Bowen, and Sybil Craig. They each made a significant body of work, bringing a fresh vision to the official expression of Australia at War.

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 many 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 also designs and publishes books on behalf of other writers and artists. Gavin holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts [Hons] and Master of Arts from Monash University and Master of Philosophy from Leicester University.

24 June 2022
Sylvia Sagona BA (Hons), M-ès-Lettres, Dip Ed

This talk explores how the Paris of boulevards and the elegant bourgeoisie that we go to in our imagination is the one created in the art of Gustave Caillebotte, a leading Impressionist artist and photographer.  It examines how his striking cinematic vision and complex perspectives have earned him the title of “genius of the eye”.  With fellow artist, Camille Pissarro, he visualised the concept of the sophisticated urban modernity of Belle Epoque Paris.  He played many roles; supporter of the poorer Impressionists, garden designer and engineering inventor.

Sylvia Sagona studied Classics and French at the University of Melbourne, before gaining her Maitrise-ès-Letttres in Comparative Art and Literature and qualifications in Sociology in Aix-en-Provence.  While in France, she lectured at the Université de Provence and at the Ecole Nationale des Etrangers d’Aix -en-Provence.  After living in Italy and Spain, she returned to the University of Melbourne, where she specialised in nineteenth century French art and literature and Italian Romanticism.  Sylvia wrote Seduction in the City: The Birth of Shopping, a French-German/SBS documentary on the development of the first Parisian department stores and the invention of shopping in 19th century Paris.  Currently she is working on a documentary on Josephine and the Australian flora at Malmaison.

22 July 2022
Prof Grace Cochrane BFA, MFA, PhD, DLitt, AM  

This Lecture evolved from one given to the Australiana Society, an association of collectors, researchers, dealers and auctioneers devoted to collecting, studying and preserving Australiana: art, decorative arts, antiques, historic items, collectables, buildings and sites, and portable heritage made in, or relating to, Australia.  The Lecture discusses and illustrates evolving changes that have been made in making practices, education, museums and galleries and influential people.

Professor Grace Cochrane was a senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and is now an independent curator and writer.  She is the author of “The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History” (NSW University Press), written for a range of publications, been a board member of a number of professional organisations and has talked about crafts and design in lectures and conferences in Australia and overseas.  She has a BFA, MFA, PhD and a D.Litt.  Grace received the Australia Council’s VACB Emeritus medal in 2001, and was awarded an AM in 2013.

19 August 2022
Jolyon Warwick James

Australian silver reflects the style of the “mother country” or the colonising nation – hence the generic term “Colonial Silver”.  This lecture concentrates on the 19th century but reference is made to 20th century production.  The lecture identifies “periods” and stylistic categories of production to build a thematic understanding and a “model” of Australian silver.

Jolyon Warwick James is a professional consultant on antique silver, based in Sydney.  Educated at London University, he has acted as a lecturer, valuer/appraiser, and adviser on English, European, Colonial and other silver with museums, auction houses, Government bodies, collectors, and educational organisations within Australia and overseas.  He has published widely on international silver collections and practices, including a reference manual on Australian gold and silver hallmarks.

16 September 2022
John Broadley  

Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, née Ponsardin, is one of France’s most celebrated women.  She was certainly the most brilliant businesswoman of modern times, and from modest beginnings developed a small champagne house into a mighty business concern.  Widowed young (‘veuve’ is French for widow), she showed ingenuity and pluck, despite often overwhelming obstacles, to find a market for her champagne that still thrives today.  Immensely successful and rich, she lived until 1866, dying at the age of 88.  Her descendants are numbered among France’s most famous and grandest families.  In this lecture, the hectic and complex lives of Madame la Veuve Clicquot and of her family will be traced, and her legacy – Veuve Clicquot champagne – will also be examined in detail, enhanced by John’s personal research at the archives and cellars.

John Broadley is an historian of French culture, Australian colonial architecture and relationships between Australia and Europe.  He holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies.  John has worked in conjunction with heritage architects on conservation management programs for numerous significant heritage properties in New South Wales and has published on the historic houses of New South Wales.

INTEREST AFTERNOON – Friday 16 September 2022 
John Broadley

Although Madame la Veuve Clicquot was the undoubted female trailblazer in the champagne industry, she was by no means the only ‘widow’ to make a significant contribution to what is regarded, by the French, as a cultural icon: the manufacture of champagne.  French women have played important roles in many champagne houses, in some cases as heiresses, or as wives playing important roles as hostesses, and in the promotion of the family marque.  However, in several cases, due to the premature deaths of their husbands, widows have occasionally taken on the role of manager of a champagne house and done a spectacularly successful job.  Even today, after hundreds of years, many champagne houses remain in family ownership, while in recent times, daughters are taking on a prominent role as managers or vignerons.  Lily Bollinger, Camille Olry-Roederer, Odette Pol-Roger, Louise Pommery, Mathilde Emilie Laurent-Perrier, Charlotte de Ruinart-Brimont, and Marie Louise Lanson de Nonancourt are some of the more influential women to make a significant contribution to champagne.

14 October 2022
Prof Michael Scott-Mitchell

This lecture focuses on a selection from the 200 stage shows, musicals and operas Michael has designed over his 38-year career. Forty of these have been for the Sydney Theatre Company, twelve for Opera Australia, eleven for the Bell Shakespeare Company, and the rest scatter gunned across Australia and the globe.  Michael’s stage designs for the Sydney Theatre Company include Suddenly Last Summer, King of Country, Storm Boy, As You Like It and Pygmalion.  As set designer for Opera Australia Madame Butterfly, Carmen, and Tosca are among some of his work.

For the past three decades Michael Scott-Mitchell has been a formidable force within the performing arts making a major contribution both within Australia and internationally.  Musicals have been an ongoing part of Michael’s body of work including productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Shout!  He is at the forefront of digital explorations in design for performance and  recently he has designed Madame Butterfly for Opera Australia, the first fully digital design for opera in Australia. Michael designed the Sydney 2000 Olympic Cauldron, the UAE48 National Day Celebrations in Abu Dhabi, parts of World Expo in Dubai and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Christmas season – Noël, Noël at the Angel Place Recital Hall. These works embrace digital technology, which in turn Michael is enfolding into his research as Professor of Practice, UNSW Art and Design. Digital Landscapes are a part of the future, and his interest is how to incorporate this technology to enhance performance.  Not always as easy as you might think…

2 December 2022 – 10.30am

The Edge, State Library of Qld                      
(RSVP by 25 November)


The State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane. Please be seated by 10.25am as sessions begin at 10.30am sharp

Membership Enquiries:
The annual membership subscription is $200.00
We regret that we currently have no membership vacancies available but we do have a waiting list for future membership opportunities.

Guests: In order to comply with COVED19 regulations we are unable to accommodate Guests in 2022.

All current COVED19 regulations are complied with.