Brisbane

ADFAS Brisbane welcomes you. 

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. We offer morning and evening lectures on Thursdays.

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. We hope to be able to offer Special Interest Days where topics are explored in more depth.

Throughout the year, we also offer several other events, including new members’ lunch, bus trips, gallery tours, etc. Members are kept informed about the Society through our Newsletters and you can find regular up to date information about events, outings, interest days and lectures on our Facebook group page. Please join our growing social media community of art lovers on Facebook

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.

We are delighted to announce the return of international lecturers from The Arts Society in the UK in 2023 after a two-year absence due to Covid travel restrictions, in addition to our excellent Australian lecturers. Please see what delights are in store for members in our 2023 brochure.

Lectures:

ADFAS Brisbane lectures are held on Thursday mornings and evenings. Members nominate which lecture they wish to attend but are most welcome to change times if the need arises.

The morning lecture is at 10 am at the Queensland State Library, Auditorium 1 Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane QLD.

The evening lecture is at 7.00pm at The United Service Club, 183 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD.

Membership:
The annual subscription includes entry to eight interesting and informative lectures:
$210 for renewing members
$230 for new members
Click here to join and receive a confirmation email for your records.

Important Member Information:
We would greatly appreciate if Members would ensure that they are financial having paid their fees by 1 March 2023 prior to the first event.

Just a reminder that Memberships are ‘Not Transferable’. If you can’t attend a lecture for which you have already booked a ticket and wish to ask a friend to take your place, then your friend will be required to pay a guest fee of $30 per lecture.

Bookings for lectures will open in Trybooking one month before the date the lecture is due to be presented. Please inform us if you find you can’t attend a lecture or event for any reason. If you have booked a ticket then we provide and pay for a full morning tea through our caterers. Letting us know helps us not waste your membership fees and put them towards more membership benefits.

If you find that you can’t attend a lecture or event for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by email at adfasbrisbane@gmail.com or call or text Maureen Singleton on 0466 103 099.

Guests Welcome
All visitors and guests of members are welcome.  Lecture fees are $30 per guest/visitor and Interest Day fees are $90 per guest/visitor per day.  Visitors and guests must book online at the lecture links below.

Arts Society Magazine
You may wish to order the ADFAS Arts Society Magazine. You will receive 3 editions per year. Orders must be placed by 30 January 2023. Click her to order and receive a confirmation email for your records.

Contact:
For all enquiries please email: adfasbrisbane@gmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 441 Red Hill. Qld. 4059
ABN: 79 787 315 013

Committee 2023
Chair: Susie Craig   Ph: 0467 556 659
Treasurer: Helen Thomas
Secretary: Janelle Taylor
Membership: Maureen Singleton   Ph: 0466 103 099

2023 PROGRAM

INTEREST DAY 1

Wednesday 8 March 2023
THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE COVENT GARDEN: AN INSIDE VIEW
Presented by Nigel Bates
Time & Venue: 10:00am – 2:30pm, State Library

View life backstage at London’s Royal Opera House and the triumphs and tribulations of working with The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet companies. Artistic inspirations, history, architecture, costume, set design, production values. All are delved into on this first Interest Day for the year.

Nigel Bates is the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly forty years in, and out of, the Royal Opera House (ROH). For seventeen years he was Principal Percussionist with the ROH Orchestra. He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC’s Maestro at the Opera and Pappano’s Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the content of the ROH. For over twenty years, Nigel has given lectures to arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.

Thursday 9 March 2023
IN THE KINGDOM OF SWEETS
Presented by Nigel Bates
Time & Venue: Morning: 10am State Library.     Evening: 7pm United Service Club

Discover why this well-loved ballet now takes its rightful place on stage and how the music of Tchaikovsky along with storytelling, design and dance all come together to make the most magical escape for young and old alike.

Nigel Bates is the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly forty years in, and out of, the Royal Opera House (ROH). For seventeen years he was Principal Percussionist with the ROH Orchestra. He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC’s Maestro at the Opera and Pappano’s Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the content of the ROH. For over twenty years, Nigel has given lectures to arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.

Thursday 20 April 2023
WELL HEELED SHOES THROUGH TIME
Presented by Claudia Chan Shaw
Time & Venue: Morning: 10am State Library.     Evening: 7pm United Service Club

An intriguing look at our fascination with shoes and the stories behind them. Throughout history shoes have been seen as symbols of power or status in society. Sometimes we suffer for the love of our shoes. There is always room for another pair.

Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multifaceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist, photo artist, and curator. With a BA in Visual Communication Design from Sydney College of the Arts, she is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw, renowned for its exquisite handmade knitwear and jewellery. Claudia is perhaps best known for her role as co-host and presenter on ABC TV’s popular program, Collectors and her subsequent book Collectomania: From objects of desire to magnificent obsession. Claudia features in a new TV production Antiques Down Under screening on Fridays at 7.30pm on 9Gem and 9Now.

INTEREST DAY 2

Wednesday 10 May 2023
DEAD SHARKS AND OLIGARCHS: ‘Inside the Art Market of the 20th Century’
Presented by Dr Tom Flynn
Time & Venue: 10:00am – 2:30pm, State Library

Dead Sharks and Oligarchs-Inside the Art Market of the 21st century The international art market frequently sees breathtaking prices paid for works of art. This lnterest Day explores the dizzying prices paid for ‘blue-chip’ works of art and throws light on the secretive mechanisms and confidential ‘behind-the-scenes’ deals that help
bring them about.

Dr Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer, and art consultant. He holds a BA Honours degree (First Class) in Art History from the University of Sussex, a Masters in Design History from the Royal College of Art, and a doctorate from the University of Sussex. A former Henry Moore Foundation post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex, he has written for numerous international art publications and is the author of The Body in Sculpture (Everyman Art Library, 1998).

Thursday 11 May 2023
FROM CABINETS OF CURIOSITY TO UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS
Presented by Dr Tom Flynn
Time & Venue: Morning: 10am State Library.     Evening: 7pm United Service Club

Exotic, intriguing, beautiful, outlandish, scientific or treasures. Discover how the late 17th century Cabinets of Curiosity emerged as part of the Europe-wide ‘Enlightenment’ and how these extraordinary collections influenced art and culture, forming the foundations for the great museums of today.

Dr Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer, and art consultant. He holds a BA Honours degree (First Class) in Art History from the University of Sussex, a Masters in Design History from the Royal College of Art, and a doctorate from the University of Sussex. A former Henry Moore Foundation post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex, he has written for numerous international art publications and is the author of The Body in Sculpture (Everyman Art Library, 1998).

Thursday 15 June 2023
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN ARTISTS 1880-1980
Presented by Leigh Capel
Time & Venue: Morning: 10am State Library.     Evening: 7pm United Service Club

Follow the triumphant return from Europe of Australian female artists in the early 20th century – the pioneers of Australian Modernism. Look at Post War and Mid Century Artists, the Heide Circle, the Sydney Charm School and Indigenous female artists.

Leigh Capel has been working in the auction industry as a valuer and specialist since 2013, working for Menzies, Mossgreen and Sotheby’s. In 2018 he became Director of Belle Epoque Fine Art and Antiques, his mother’s business known for supplying art and furniture to the Australian Film and Television industry, particularly Baz Luhrmann’s films. He has recently become an accredited valuer of the Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia. His experience within the auction industry and outside as an art dealer provides a rounded perspective of the art market and art history.

INTEREST DAY 3

PRE-RAPHAELITE-BROTHERHOOD
Presented by Lucrezia Walker 
Time & Venue: 10:00am – 2:30pm, State Library

Why was such beautiful artwork seen at the time to be so controversial and rebellious? Retreating from the ugly realities of the industrial age, the Pre-Raphaelites were in love with an idealised vision of the medieval world: of knights and jousts, damsels in castles, courtly love, and pilgrimage. The group of seven young men banded together in 1848 to overthrow the stuffy teachings promulgated at the Royal Academy in favour of a new art. Their paintings found patrons in mid-Victorian England and ironically, among captains of industry and commerce.

Lucrezia Walker is a lecturer and gallery guide at the National Gallery in London. She liaises with the Gallery’s corporate sponsors and with the Tate Gallery and the Tate Modern. She teaches US undergraduates on their Study Abroad semesters in London and was Lay Canon for the Visual Arts at St Paul’s Cathedral 2010-2014.

Thursday 6 July 2023
THE POWER AND THE GLORY: Helena Rubenstein – Cosmetics, Art & Wealth
Presented by Lucrezia Walker
Time & Venue: Morning: 10am State Library.     Evening: 7pm United Service Club

Examine the journey to immense success and wealth of cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein whose company made her one of the world’s richest women. Businesswoman, art collector and philanthropist. A self-made female millionaire. “Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit”.

Lucrezia Walker is a lecturer and gallery guide at the National Gallery in London. She liaises with the Gallery’s corporate sponsors and with the Tate Gallery and the Tate Modern. She teaches US undergraduates on their Study Abroad semesters in London and was Lay Canon for the Visual Arts at St Paul’s Cathedral 2010-2014.

Thursday 10 August 2023
ART IN THE TIME OF THE PLAGUE, FROM THE BLACK DEATH TO THE SPANISH FLU
Presented by Nirvana Romell
Time & Venue: Morning: 10am State Library.     Evening: 7pm United Service Club

Some of the greatest European painters often juggled two seemingly similar careers – running their own artistic workshops and working as court painters. While one allowed relative freedom of expression and innovation, the other imposed strict courtly rules on the artist’s creativity. This lecture explains the history of the official style which still has impact on today’s images. 

Nirvana Romell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Masters of Arts in English Language and Literature. She has 20 years of lecturing experience on three continents. Since her arrival in the UK in 2003, Nirvana has been working as a freelance lecturer, public programmes consultant and tour director. She has regularly presented art history courses and lectures, as well as trained staff and volunteers, at the Manchester Art Gallery, the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, University of Manchester, and other art and learning institutions. She organises and presents tours of permanent and temporary exhibitions across the UK and Europe, and study tours to the Balkans, Italy, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and South Africa.

INTEREST DAY 4

Wednesday 13 September 2023
THE SHAKERS OF NORTH AMERICA – THEIR BELIEFS, ARCHITECTURE AND ARTWORKS
Presented by John Ericson
Time & Venue: 10:00am – 2:30pm, State Library

This Interest Day tells the extraordinary story of the Shakers of North America, exploring their origins, beliefs, what they believed and how they lived their lives within these parameters. Examples of their wonderful buildings and simple elegant furniture are examined. Understanding of their devout faith and way of life is the key to appreciating
their intriguing legacy.

John Ericson is Former Director of Studies in the School of Education and lecturer at the University of Bath where he had responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively outside the UK as an educational consultant and in this role has given lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world. John has undertaken 2 extensive lecture tours in Australia and he has been a popular speaker for The Arts Society in the UK for many years. 

Thursday 14 September 2023
‘THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS’ REVISITED THROUGH ITS ILLUSTRATIONS
Presented by John Ericson
Time & Venue: Morning: 10am State Library.     Evening: 7pm United Service Club

The enduring story of friendship and what is important in life. The beauty of Kenneth Grahame’s prose is widely acknowledged but the story is so full of wonderful imagery that it demands to be illustrated. First published in 1908 it has been in print ever since. It has been illustrated by more than ninety artists – making it the most widely illustrated book in the English language. This lecture will explore how Kenneth Grahame came to write the story for his son Alastair, and the interesting but tragic life of the author.

John Ericson is Former Director of Studies in the School of Education and lecturer at the University of Bath where he had responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively outside the UK as an educational consultant and in this role has given lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world. John has undertaken 2 extensive lecture tours in Australia and he has been a popular speaker for The Arts Society in the UK for many years.

Thursday 12 October 2023
POTS AND FROCKS: ‘The world of Grayson Perry from Essex Punk Potter to Superstar National Treasure’
Presented by Ian Swankie 
Time & Venue: Morning: 10am State Library.     Evening: 7pm United Service Club

Best known for his outlandish appearances dressed as his feminine alter ego, Claire, Grayson Perry is now a core part of the art establishment, a Turner Prize winner, Royal Academician, popular broadcaster, and colourful character. He’s possibly one of the world’s best-known contemporary artists. His works of ceramics, textiles, tapestries, and prints are highly sought after. Often controversial, he tackles difficult subjects in a poignant yet witty way and holds a mirror up to society. This talk will examine Grayson Perry’s work, his exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions, and the unique character inside the flamboyant frocks.

Ian Swankie is a Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and gives tours at each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and leads regular tours for various corporations and organisations. Since 2012 he has led a popular weekly independent art lecture group in his hometown of Richmond in West London, and he gives talks on a variety of subjects

ALL MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES

Maureen Singleton
Email:  adfasbrisbane@gmail.com
Phone: 0466 103 099

TESTIMONIALS

Here is what some of our members have to say about the ADFAS Brisbane experience:

“ADFAS enriches my life-long embrace of the creative arts. Whether it is by making, looking at, or talking about creative acts such as painting, ceramics, fibre art, writing and music, I continue to discover so much about the wonder and chaos of life. By joining ADFAS, I have also been rediscovering the liveliness of friendships and communality forged through ADFAS’s wonderfully diverse program of expert speakers, events and lunches.” Donna McDonald PhD

“ I love my ADFAS mornings. I always learn something about an interesting topic in the Arts and it expands my knowledge base. I have never been disappointed as the standard of the presenters is excellent. I also look forward to mixing with friendly like-minded people at our delicious Morning Tea.” Rachel Tyquin

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