Cairns

ADFAS Cairns welcomes you. 

ADFAS Cairns is a small but enthusiastic society, having celebrated our 25th Anniversary in 2021.  We welcome anyone who wants to know more about the Arts in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with similar-minded people.  Enjoy social and cultural opportunities throughout the year which include eight illustrated talks by expert speakers in their field.

Cairns is the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and has the Daintree National Park for its backyard.  Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef is the tourism catch phrase.  With a population of more than 160,000 the city has many tourist and cultural attractions: art galleries, museum, aquarium, indigenous arts festival, and other ethnic celebrations including Chinese and Indian festivities that showcase their vibrant cultures.

Lectures:

Venue:
Lectures are held at the Stratford Library Meeting Room, 11 Kamerunga Road, Stratford with Ample parking and mobility access.

Time:
Lectures are a Sunday and begin at 2pm.

Program
Find full details of the 2023 program here

Membership:
Annual membership
$135 Single
$270 Couple
Click here to join or email: cairns@adfas.org.au

Guests welcome:
$25 per lecture
Guests are free with Member Invitation
Contact Lynn Caskey on 0414 125 100

Contact:
For all enquiries please email: cairns@adfas.org.au
ABN: 95 113 690 226

Committee 2023
Chair: Lynn Caskey
Secretary: Jo Hodgson
Membership: Jenni Campbell

2023 PROGRAM

Sunday 5 March 2023
SADLER’S WELL: THE THEATRICAL MOTHERSHIP
Presented by Nigel Bates  
Venue & Time: Stratford Library Meeting Room, 11 Kamerunga Road. Arrive at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start

For more than three centuries Sadler’s Wells has been a place of entertainment and a part of London’s theatrical history with a reputation known across the world.  Surviving many highs, lows and re-buildings, the theatre has hosted and nurtured an impressive array of performing companies over the years.  We follow the unique story of The Wells which includes pony racing, naval warfare, Shakespeare with Sir John Gielgud as well as the strongest connections with the worlds of opera and dance and the roots of today’s Royal Ballet companies.

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), including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the 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.

Sunday 23 April 2023
WORKING FROM LIFE: PUPPETS, LAY FIGURES AND STRANGE STUDIOS
Presented by Dr. William Platz 
Venue & Time: Stratford Library Meeting Room, 11 Kamerunga Road        Arrive at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start

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. William Platz is an American-Australian artist, teacher and researcher with a disciplinary focus on Drawing who exhibits and publishes regularly in the US, Europe and Australia. Dr. Platz resides in Brisbane and is currently Head of Drawing at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Dr. Platz completed his BFA and MA degrees in New York and his PhD in Australia.

Sunday 7 May 2023
HOW RUSSIA SOLD OFF MUCH OF ITS CULTURAL HERITAGE FOLLOWING THE REVOLUTION
Presented by Dr. Tom Flynn
Venue & Time: Stratford Library Meeting Room, 11 Kamerunga Road. Arrive at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start

The wholesale dispersal of Russia’s cultural heritage during the inter-war period is rarely discussed. This lecture looks at the process by which the Russian Revolutionary authorities sold off vast quantities of their country’s valuable art treasures following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to raise valuable hard currency. Sometimes referred to as the conversion of ‘Treasures into Tractors,’ the process effectively confiscated and sold off the contents of Russia’s churches, libraries, monasteries, museums, and aristocratic private collections, thereby dispersing much of the country’s cultural treasures to the far corners of the world.

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. He has written for numerous international art publications and is the author of The Body in Sculpture (Everyman Art Library, 1998). His interests include contemporary art; sculpture history; museology and the history of museums; art crime; issues in cultural heritage; and the historical development and professional practice of the European art markets.

Monday 19 June 2023
TALES FROM A CAMPHORWOOD CHEST
Presented by Claudia Chan Shaw
Venue and Time: Stratford Library Meeting Room, 11 Kamerunga Road. Arrive at 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

From the Australian Gold Rush to cosmopolitan Shanghai in the 1930s, to the Cultural Revolution and the world of high fashion in New York. Join Claudia Chan Shaw for a personal journey telling the story of the strong women of her Australian Chinese family, and the design legacy that runs through each generation.

Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multi-faceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist, photo artist, and curator. She is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label Vivian Chan Shaw, with the designs represented in the permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Claudia presents and produces Arts Friday on 89.7fm Eastside Radio and leads the “Art Deco to Art Now” tours around the world, where she shares her love of Art Deco, history, art and design. She is co-host of a new television series – Antiques DownUnder on 9Gem and 9Now.

Sunday 2 July 2023
ROSALBA CARRIERA: FROM SNUFF BOX LIDS TO ROYAL PORTRAITS IN ROCOCO VENICE
Presented by Lucrezia Walker
Venue & Time: Stratford Library Meeting Room, 11 Kamerunga Road.  Arrive at 2:00pm for a 2:30pm start

Venetian Rococo painter who specialised in portrait miniatures for the Grand Tourist, established a successful career in portraiture, painting for royal, wealthy and important patrons. Carriera would later become known for her pastel work, a medium appealing to Rococo styles for its soft edges and flattering surfaces. She is remembered as one of the most successful women artists of any era.

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.

Sunday 6 August 2023
ART IN TIMES OF PLAGUE: FROM THE BLACK DEATH TO THE SPANISH FLU
Presented by Nirvana Romell 
Venue & Time: Stratford Library Meeting Room, 11 Kamerunga Road        Arrive at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start

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 briefly explains the history of the official style which still has impact on today’s images. It then looks at how great masters like Holbein, Rubens and Velasquez had to curtail their creativity to fit within the prescribed courtly style of their period.

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 regularly presented art history courses and lectures, as well as trained staff and volunteers. 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.

Sunday 10 September 2023
INN SIGNIA: THE ART WORK AND STORIES BEHIND PECULIAR PUB NAMES
Presented by John Ericson  
Venue & Time: Stratford Library Meeting Room, 11 Kamerunga Road. Arrive at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start

Pubs and their signs are a fundamental part of our history and cultural heritage. In this colourful and entertaining lecture John shows some of the most interesting and distinctive signs before exploring the fascinating stories behind the origin of some of their peculiar names. Who could fail to be intrigued by ‘The Bucket of Blood,’ the ‘Cow and Snuffers’ or even the ‘Eager Poet’ – and who on earth was ‘Blind Jack’?

Formerly Director of Studies in the School of Education and lecturer at the University of Bath, John Ericson had responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant and in this role has given lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world. In his professional life, John has developed a particular interest in presentation skills, including the role of pictures in learning and the appropriate use of the PowerPoint program.

Sunday 8 October 2023
FROM BRONZES TO BANKSY: AN ARMCHAIR TOUR OF PUBLIC ART AND STREET ART
Presented by Ian Swankie
Venue & Time: Stratford Library Meeting Room, 11 Kamerunga Road       Arrive at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start

London not only has a world-class reputation for art in its many galleries, but also a remarkable range of art outside in the streets. We tour around the capital discovering some of the most interesting works from across the centuries. They range from huge and expensive commissions to unofficial graffiti, which is sometimes audacious and often playful, but they all have a place in our society. We look at why art is there, how it has developed over the years and discover many hidden gems.

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. He is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City Livery Companies.