Brisbane

Postal Address:

ADFAS Brisbane
PO Box 441
Red Hill QLD 4059

ABN: 79 787 315 013

ADFAS Brisbane is a dynamic and friendly society where members and guests gather to hear experts in the Arts talk on a wide range of topics. We are a non-profit organisation which aims to cultivate and study the decorative and fine arts, promote aesthetic education and the preservation of our national artistic heritage.

The annual subscription for renewing members in 2021 is $100 and for NEW members it is $180. This fee includes entry to eight interesting and informative lectures.  We hope to be able to offer Special Interest Days where topics are explored in more depth. The lectures range across the decorative and fine arts (sculpture, painting), craftsmanship (jewellery, furnishings), design (architecture, gardens, interiors), and performing arts (music, dance, film). These are always very popular with our members and guests. Throughout the year, we also offer several other events, including new members’ lunch, bus trips, gallery tours, etc.

Our monthly newsletters keep members up to date with what’s happening. Member contributions about events, reviews or critiques of any aspect of the Arts are most welcome.

We support the philosophy of philanthropy to the community and contribute financial support to the Young Arts. We sponsor the Young Instrumentalist Award and the Young Composer’s Award at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and we support a young ballet student with the Queensland Ballet Youth Academy. We also support the Patricia Robertson Foundation.

Committee 2022

Chairman:
Susie Craig
M: 0467 556 659
E:  adfasbrisbane@gmail.com

Secretary:
Janelle Taylor
M: 0411 488 755
E:  adfasbrisbane@gmail.com

 

Treasurer:
Helen Thomas
E:  adfasbrisbane@gmail.com

Membership Secretary:
Jane Reasbeck
adfasbrisbane@gmail.com

Membership Enquiries:  adfasbrisbane@gmail.com

PROGRAMME FOR 2022

02 March 2022 INTEREST DAY      

Antebellum Architecture of the American South & The Great Summer Beach House of the Gilded Age

Kenneth Park

State Library of Qld, 10 am

With the shadow of slavery lingering in the background, Kenneth looks at the American South plantation homes evocative of ‘Gone with the Wind’ and, still on architecture and wealth segues into the mansions of the high society in Rhode Island such as the Vanderbilts and the Astors.

Traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with International tourism organisations. He lives by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour make the most of it’. His studies include political science, administration, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history, and international relations. Kenneth consults in the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising, marketing, sponsorship, art, membership / loyalty, and public relations.

03 March 2022  Lecture

The Creative Genius of the Bugatti Family – from Art to Automobile

State Library of Qld, 10 am & United Service Club 7 pm

This lecture examines this incredibly talented Bugatti family well known for their extraordinary contributions to art and design be it sculptures or racing cars.

Traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with International tourism organisations. He lives by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour make the most of it’. His studies include political science, administration, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history, and international relations. Kenneth consults in the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising, marketing, sponsorship, art, membership / loyalty, and public relations.

07 April 2022  Lecture

Working From Life: Puppets, Lay Figures and Strange Studios

Dr Bill Platz

State Library of Qld, 10 am & United Service Club 7 pm

Until quite recently, it was commonplace for artists to populate their working spaces with odd studio puppets called ‘lay figures’. These disconcerting figures were beautiful pieces of ingenuity and craftsmanship and they enabled artists to pose and study the body when bodies were otherwise unavailable or inconvenient. Lay figures allowed artists to work ‘from life’ without the living. In this lecture, Dr William Platz will use his artwork and his research into studio puppets to shine light into this obscure corner of art practice and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of studio puppets in contemporary art.

Dr Bill Platz has been part of the Queensland College of Art community since 2009. He is an American-Australian artist, teacher and researcher who exhibits and publishes regularly in the US, Australia and internationally. With a disciplinary focus on drawing and research concentrations in life drawing, portraiture and pedagogies of drawing, his recent work confects drawing, the body and puppets. Dr Platz is currently Deputy Director of QCA (Research) and Convenor of Drawing.

12 May 2022 Lecture

War and Peace: Ben Quilty and George Gettoes

Gavin Fry

State Library of Qld, 10 am & United Service Club 7 pm

Since the end of the Vietnam War more than forty years ago, Australians have served in many parts of the world in the role of peacekeepers. While the title might sound benign, the conflicts and experiences of those at the front can be as dramatic and dangerous as any world war. Ben Quilty and George Gittoes have both worked as war artists with these small expeditionary forces, bringing home a truly human story, filled with the high emotion and drama befitting artists of deep feeling and conscience. 

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. 

12 May lecture – Gavin Fry – War and Peace – https://www.trybooking.com/BVAUQ

23 June 2022 Lecture

Turner the explorer

Robert and Catherine Ketton

State Library of Qld, 10 am & United Service Club 7 pm

While 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.

Turner lived at a time of great social change and scientific invention. More than anyone else he recorded, in thousands of works of art, the transition of Britain from a rural to an industrial society. Turner was a fascinating character, secretive, driven, penny pinching and generous, chaotic in his private life and fiercely patriotic. 

In 1976 Robert was appointed as a Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Southern Queensland.  Over the next thirty-three years Robert taught acting and directed dozens of plays for the university’s Performance Centre.

Robert retired as senior lecturer in acting in 2009.

 

Catherine’s painting career included time at the Florence Academy of Art being part of an arts co-operative, teaching oil painting and holding exhibitions of her work in many and diverse locations.

23 June lecture – Robert & Catherine Ketton – Turner – https://www.trybooking.com/BVAUT

​20 July 2022- INTEREST DAY

Australiana –Pottery, contemporary craft and design

Dr Grace Cochrane

State Library of Qld, 10 am

Dr Cochrane celebrates the Australiana Society’s history; discussing and illustrating evolving changes in arts and crafts. She covers making practices, education, museums and galleries, organisations, events, community groups, influential people, and funding bodies. This talk also travels to the Australasian Museum in Fuping, China where Australian artists work with potters and then onto the significant Potters Cottage, outside Melbourne, founded in 1958 and its influence on the industry.

 Now an independent curator and writer, until 2005 Grace Cochrane was a senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. She is the author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History

(NSW University Press, 1992), and for over 45 years has spoken about the crafts and design, written for a range of publications, been a board member of a number of professional organisations and spoken at many conferences.

20 July Interest Day – Dr Grace Cochrane – Pottery and Craft –   https://www.trybooking.com/BVAUX 

21 July 2022 Lecture

White Gums & Ramoxes – the ceramics of Merric and Arthur Boyd

Dr Grace Cochrane

 State Library of Qld, 10 am & United Service Club 7 pm

 This lecture is based on the touring 2009 exhibition, White gums and Ramoxes, from the Bundanon Trust Collection, the property gifted by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd to Australians in 1993. The title stems from two characteristic motifs in the ceramic work of Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) and his father, Merric Boyd (1888-1959). The illustrated talk looks at considering the collection, deciding on a theme, discovering related paintings, drawings and prints, and deciding that the exhibition was about the relationship between Arthur and his father, through their work.

 Now an independent curator and writer, until 2005 Grace Cochrane was a senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. She is the author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History

(NSW University Press, 1992), and for over 45 years has spoken about the crafts and design, written for a range of publications, been a board member of a number of professional organisations and spoken at many conferences.

21 July lecture – Dr Grace Cochrane – the Boyd Ceramicists – https://www.trybooking.com/BVAUW

17 August 2022 Interest Day

Learning about Silver

Jolyon Warwick James

State Library of Qld, 10 am

This lecture is a series of illustrated “short stories” developed from a painting, engraving or illuminated manuscript presented as a starting point. Jolyon examines:

why so few silver objects exist from earlier periods and how what survives today gives a very inaccurate overall picture of what was originally made.

He explores social habits, customs and behaviour of years gone by and for what situations and for what purposes were particular silver objects made and used?

He highlights the possible dangers in relying too heavily on paintings, engravings and illuminated manuscripts, as a source of information? Can they mislead?

Jolyon has been an independent silver historian consultant and valuer for over 40 years working with collectors, museums, galleries, auction houses and government entities. A Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and member of Lapada Jolyon has also worked as an Honorary Associate of the Powerhouse Museum in Australia.

17 August Interest Day – Jolyon Warwick James –  Learning about Silver – https://www.trybooking.com/BVAVA  

18 August 2022   Lecture

History of Hallmarking in England

Jolyon Warwick James

State Library of Qld, 10 am & United Service Club 7 pm

This lecture briefly traces the development of hallmarking and explains what hallmarking actually is, and what makes it effective. We ask the question “who would want hallmarking and why?”. Armed with this knowledge and these questions we explore the history of the gold and silversmithing industry in Australia and how hallmarking was briefly adopted. Where did the impetus for its implementation come from and what form did it take? Did it last…?

Jolyon has been an independent silver historian consultant and valuer for over 40 years working with collectors, museums, galleries, auction houses and government entities. A Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and member of Lapada Jolyon has also worked as an Honorary Associate of the Powerhouse Museum in Australia.

18 August lecture – Jolyon Warwick James – History of silver hallmarks – https://www.trybooking.com/BVAUY

15 September 2022 Lecture

Madam la Veuve Clicquot- A Toast to Champagne

John Broadley

State Library of Qld, 10 am & United Service Club 7 pm

‘The Widow’, 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 fairly modest beginnings developed a small champagne house into a mighty business concern. Widowed young, she showed ingenuity and pluck to overcome obstacles and develop a market for her champagne which is still a going concern today. Immensely successful and rich, she lived until 1866, dying at the age of 88. Her descendants are numbered among France’s grandest families.

John Broadley is a heritage consultant, historian and author. A man of many talents, multi-lingual in French, German, Japanese and his native English, John is a devoted Francophile, and is a popular speaker on the ADFAS lecture circuit.

15 September Lecture – John Broadley – Madame Clicquot – https://www.trybooking.com/BVAVE

21 September 2022 Half-Interest Day

The Women of the Petit Trianon at Versailles

John Broadley

State Library of Qld, 10 am

John takes us on a tour of the Petit Trianon through the eyes of the women who lived there. This pavilion was built by King Louis XV as a retreat for his mistress, the ever-discrete Madame de Pompadour, who died before it was completed. It was subsequently used by his later mistress, the brazen and much-hated Madame du Barry. Succeeding his grandfather in 1774, Louis XVI allocated the Petit Trianon to Queen Marie Antoinette. Here she would escape from the stifling court etiquette of Louis XIV’s immense palace with a few close and trusted friends creating an idyllic rustic landscape.

John Broadley is a heritage consultant, historian and author. A man of many talents, multi-lingual in French, German, Japanese and his native English, John is a devoted Francophile, and is a popular speaker on the ADFAS lecture circuit.

21 September Half Interest Day – John Broadley – le Petit Trianon – https://www.trybooking.com/BVAVF  

13 October 2022 Lecture

The Play Time: Design for Performance

Michael Scott-Mitchell

State Library of Qld, 10 am & United Service Club 7 pm

Theatrical designers undertake analysis and research to understand plot, characters and themes of a dramatic piece and to get a sense of the mood, and atmosphere for a stage production. Michael discusses how he has learned to play with the technology now available to designers. First you build a sandpit, defining its edges, its footprint and shape and then you invite people in to play. In looking at examples of his own work, including stage designs for The Sydney Theatre Company and Opera Australia’s Madame Butterfly (2014) Michael will explore how he has evolved as an artist/ practitioner and what the ‘sandpit’ might look like today.

Michael had a background in architecture before studying at NIDA. Having been an educator and practitioner in live performance for over 38 years, Michael has designed for many productions in the musical and operatic world as well as large events including the 2000 Olympic Cauldron. He is highly skilled in incorporating digital technology to enhance performance.

13 October Lecture – Michael Scott-Mitchell – Play Time – https://www.trybooking.com/BVAVG

VENUE AND TIME OF LECTURES

ADFAS Brisbane lectures are held on Thursday mornings at 10.30am at the Queensland State Library, Auditorium 1Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD.  Each lecture is repeated on the Thursday evening at 7.00pm at The United Service Club, 183 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD.  Members nominate which lecture they wish to attend but are most welcome to change times if the need arises.

Interest Days are held at the Queensland State Library, Auditorium 2 Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD from 10.15am-2.30pm approx.

MEMBERSHIP

2021 ADFAS Brisbane Membership at the Covid Discounted rate of $100 for rejoining members & $180 for new members

There are three ways to join ADFAS Brisbane:

  1. Go to Try Booking where we offer a combination of membership and or Interest Days: https://www.trybooking.com/BMXVW This is quick, easy to do and you get a confirmation email for your records. 
  1. You can access the Interactive Membership Form here.
  2. Email us at  adfasbrisbane@gmail.com for a membership form. Fees can be paid directly into our account or by posting a cheque.  Details are on the Membership Form.

VISITORS

All visitors and guests of members are welcome.  Lecture fees are $30 per guest/visitor and Interest Day fees are $80 per guest/visitor per day.  Visitors and guests must book online at Trybooking or by emaiingl  adfasbrisbane@gmail.com at least one week in advance.

ALL MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES

Jane Reasbeack
Email:  adfasbrisbane@gmail.com
Address: The Membership Secretary / ADFAS Brisbane Inc. PO Box 441 Red Hill QLD 4059

Due to Qld Covid regulations, we ask everyone to rejoin before the first lecture as we will not be able to take membership subscriptions on that day. 

GIFT CARDS

Gift Cards are available. Give one to a friend, relative, teacher, or neighbour.

New Membership ($180);
One hour lecture ($30);
Interest Days (to be advised when arranged) ($80).

Please email to order. These can be posted to the recipient.
Contact: adfasbrisbane@gmail.com