Coffs Coast

Postal Address:

PO Box 414
Sawtell NSW 2452

ABN 36 658 370 066

Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Coffs Coast is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, providing superbly illustrated, informative and entertaining lecture presentations on many diverse topics relating to the arts. ADFAS Coffs Coast lectures will start in November 2022.

 

COMMITTEE 2022

Chair:                                                                                  Vice Chair:
Libby Davis                                                                         Annie Talvé
M: 0412 841 389                                                                E: coffscoast@adfas.org.au
E: coffscoast@adfas.org.au

Secretary                                                                            Treasurer:
Les Davis                                                                            Barbara Shaw
M: 0438 153 753                                                               E: coffscoast@adfas.org.au
E: coffscoast@adfas.org.au

OUR STORY

ADFAS Coffs Coast is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, providing superbly illustrated, informative and entertaining lecture presentations on many diverse topics relating to the arts.  ADFAS Coffs Coast is being established with lectures to start in November 2022 and a full program of 10 lectures to be offered in 2023.

WHY JOIN US?

To learn more about the arts in a friendly welcoming environment of learning. To enjoy cultural and social opportunities and make new friends over a glass of wine and canapés – we look forward to seeing you there!

WHO ARE OUR LECTURERS?

They are recognised experts and passionate in their fields of interest. They can be international or local speakers drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Kenneth Park kicks off the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Coffs Coast’s inaugural lecture series with an unmissable event: The Art of Agatha Christie on 21 November.

Lecturers booked for 2023 include: Australian Lecturers Dr Sam Bowker, Susannah Fullerton, Julian Bickersteth and June Ross. Overseas lecturers include Alan Read (UK), Leslie Primo (UK), Kate Strasdin (UK), Chloe Sayer (UK), Kathy McLauchlan (UK) and Gillian Hovell (UK).

WHEN & WHERE WILL OUR LECTURES BE HELD?

WHEN: We are planning to hold our lectures on a Monday evening from 6.00pm to 7.00pm with each lecture followed by an opportunity to talk with the lecturer and mix with friends with a light supper with wine, juice, sushi and sandwiches provided.

WHERE: We are planning to hold the lectures in the multi-purpose space in the new Yarilla Place Cultural and Civic Centre in Coffs Harbour.

The $81 million development – housing new council offices, a library, museum and art gallery is currently under construction and construction will hopefully be available in April 2023.

Until then we plan to hold our November, February and March lectures in the main lecture theatre D Block at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour.

       

Main Lecture Theatre Southern Cross University                                      Multipurpose Space, Yarilla Place

WHAT ELSE DO WE DO?

Our societies support young people to engage in the arts. Some ADFAS societies record the objects inside churches, or the histories of churches and Schools of the Arts buildings. The Association also supports Young Conservators through the Association of ADFAS philanthropic fund, the Patricia Robertson Fund.

Covid Information/ Update: ADFAS Coffs Coast conforms with the NSW State Government’s Covid Rules and Requirements. Pre-Booking for lectures is essential.

Coffs Harbour is Gumbaynggirr country. ADFAS Coffs Coast acknowledges that we are meeting on the traditional country of the Gumbaynggirr people. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present.

Located on the east coast of Australia, Coffs Harbour is a popular resort town on the New South Wales mid-north coast. Famous for its bananas, blueberries and fishing. Coffs Harbour is known as a major coastal town where the mountains meet the sea. A popular and diverse holiday destination, Coffs Harbour is known for its gorgeous beaches, surfing, World Heritage rainforest and incredible marine parks. Situated on the southern edge of the Solitary Islands, the region offers outstanding outdoor marine activities and is a haven for grey nurse sharks, whales and turtles.

The Coffs Harbour region’s cultural activities are proudly supported by the new The Yarila Place Cultural and Civic Centre and the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. Visitors and locals alike, will discover exciting programs of exhibitions, talks, and other events that will spark your imagination.

ADFAS Coffs Coast will feature lectures by a diversity of local, regional, national and international speakers; be inspired by the natural beauty and diverse cultures that Coffs Harbour embraces and celebrates.

Immerse yourself in the creative possibilities!

PROGRAMME FOR 2022

Monday 21 November 2022, Time: 6:00pm
The Art of Agatha Christie
Lecturer: Kenneth Park
Special Introductory Lecture sponsored by the Association of ADFAS

The main lecture theatre in D Block at Southern Cross University, Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour. Lecture will commence at 6.00 pm with light supper following the lecture.

Kenneth Park kicks off the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Coffs Coast’s inaugural lecture series with an unmissable event: The Art of Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Christie is an admired and celebrated English writer who achieved worldwide fame for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. Christie travelled far and wide, drawing on travel experiences as settings for her literary works. Christie loved history, art and architecture. She explored ancient sites all over the Middle East and worked with her second husband on his archaeological digs. Many of their discoveries, which Christie photographed for research purposes, are now in the British Museum and museums across the Middle East. This lecture will surprise you with information about Agatha Christie’s remarkable life as well as take you to some of the locations that inspired her work.

Kenneth W Park works as a lecturer, curator, tour leader/host and philanthropy/marketing/tourism consultant. Kenneth has served for over thirty years as the Curator of Collections and Philanthropy Associate, Wesley College Melbourne where he manages the archives and an extensive Australian art collection.

Tickets $25 (Free for ADFAS Coffs Coast Members) Bookings essential.

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CCYAJ           

PROGRAMME FOR 2023

ADFAS Coffs Coast is coming to the Coffs Harbour in 2023 and will provide an annual program of ten illustrated lectures, presented by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.

Monday 6 February 2023, Time: 6:00pm
Khayamiya : A History of the Egyptian Tentmakers
Dr Sam Bowker

Venue: The main lecture theatre in D Block at Southern Cross University, Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour

Beyond developing Australia’s leading ‘Islamic art and design’ subject for university students, he has curated diverse international exhibitions and published widely on the history of Khayamiya, an Egyptian tentmaker applique.

Sam will be revisiting trodden ground, as his mother Jenny Bowker presented a similar topic for ADFAS societies several years ago. With needles, scissors and thimbles, the tentmakers of Cairo sew spectacular walls of colour. These ‘Khayamiya’ appliques are used to decorate the streets of Egypt, transforming public spaces into vibrant ceremonial pavilions.

Dr Sam Bowker is the Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Charles Sturt University. Beyond developing Australia’s leading ‘Islamic art and design’ subject for university students, he has curated diverse international exhibitions and published widely on the history of Khayamiya (Egyptian tentmaker applique).

Tickets: Members Free – Guests $25

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASFU

Tuesday 7 February 2023
Special Interest Day: A Day of Flowers in Art
Dr Sam Bowker

Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens 10.30 am to 3.00 pm

A special interest day featuring two lectures by  Dr Sam Bowker
10.30am Lecture 1: Blooming Marvels: The Global Art History of Flowers
Noon     Lunch
1.30pm  Lecture 2: Nature’s Gifts: Australian Art through Native Flowers
3.00pm Finish

Tickets: Members $45 – Guests $55

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASFX

Monday 20 March 2023, Time: 6:00pm
The Sculptures of the Parthenon or How Lord Elgin gained and lost his Marbles
Alan Read (UK)

Venue: The main lecture theatre in D Block at Southern Cross University, Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour

In the two centuries since they were removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin, the meaning and significance of the ‘Elgin marbles’ has changed dramatically. From architectural decoration to disputed cultural objects this lecture looks at the response to them over their time in Britain, from the original controversy over their purchase to the current debate surrounding the restitution of the marbles to the new Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASFY

Monday 17 April 2023, Time: 6:00pm
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Wicked Poet, Lord Byron
Susannah Fullerton (Australian Lecturer)

Venue: The main lecture theatre in D Block at Southern Cross University, Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour

Lord Byron was both famous and infamous for his audacious poetry, his scandalous love life (which included an affair with his half-sister!) and his devotion to liberal ideals. Ostracised by English society, Byron went off to fight for Greek independence and died at 36. His personality and his romantic poetry made a unique impression on 19th century Europe and the term “Byronic” was coined.

Susannah Fullerton recites some of his best-loved poems and tells the story of the colourful, shocking and revolutionary life of one of England’s greatest poets. Find out just why Byron was considered “mad, bad and dangerous to know!”

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASFZ

Monday 22 May 2023, Time 6:00pm
Foreigners in London 1520 – 1677
The Artists that Changed the Course of British Art
Leslie Primo (The Arts Society  UK)

Multipurpose Space, Yarilla Place Cultural and Civic Space, Ridley Lane, Coffs Harbour.

Why were foreigner painters preferred by the aristocracy in London to native-born English painters, why did foreigners come in the first place, what was their motivation, what was the impact of foreigners in London on English art and art practice, how were they greeted by the native born artist and what did they bring to artistic practice in London?

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASQB

Monday 19 June 2023, Time 6:00pm
Frayed at the Edges – Conservation Challenges
Julian Bickersteth (Australian Lecturer)

Multipurpose Space, Yarilla Place Cultural and Civic Space, Ridley Lane, Coffs Harbour.

Julian Bickersteth has spent the last 30 years conserving some of Australia’s great collections and icons as well as working on international sites such as the historic huts of Antarctica. This wide ranging and heavily illustrated lecture will tell the stories behind some of these projects and also discuss more broadly some of the challenges of art conservation.

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASQW

Monday 17 July 2023, Time 6:00pm
Pins and Poking Sticks: Decoding dress in Shakespeare’s time
Lecturer: Jacqui Ansell

Multipurpose Space, Yarilla Place Cultural and Civic Space, Ridley Lane, Coffs Harbour             

A contemporary of Shakespeare informs us that ‘a ship is sooner rigged by far than a Gentlewoman made ready’. In The Winter’s Tale Autolycus peddles ‘pins and poking sticks of steel’, seductive smocks, perfumed gloves, bugle beads and other irresistible items. What were these objects and what was their role in the ‘art’ of dress?  Moral messages and secretive signals in emblematic jewellery and embroidery contributed to Elizabeth I’s image as the ‘Virgin Queen’. Elizabethan and Jacobean portraits will be explored, to enable us to decode the dress worn by the courtly elite, and their monarchs.

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASRC

Monday 21 August 2023, Time 6:00pm
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting
Chloe Sayer      (The Arts Society  UK)

Multipurpose Space, Yarilla Place Cultural and Civic Space, Ridley Lane, Coffs Harbour 

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957) have iconic status in Mexico. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 swept away the old régime and banished European influence in the arts. Kahlo and Rivera, in their different ways, helped to shape the cultural identity of twentieth-century Mexico. Together they made Mexico a magnet for the rest of the world.

Diego Rivera’s panoramic images adorn the walls of public buildings, combining social criticism with a faith in human progress. Compared with the monumental scale of Rivera’s work, Kahlo’s work is small in format. Arguably Mexico’s most original painter, she made herself the principal theme of her art. Her paintings reflect her experiences, dreams, hopes and fears.

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASVQ

Monday 18 September 2023, Time 6:00pm
Edgar Degas: Painting the Darker Side of Life
Kathy McLauchlan (The Arts Society  UK)

Multipurpose Space, Yarilla Place Cultural and Civic Space, Ridley Lane, Coffs Harbour 

Many stories are told about Degas, his attitudes and his work.  This talk seeks to unpick myth from reality, pointing out the strange, even contradictory nature of Degas’ work.  We concentrate on portraits and domestic scenes from the 1860s, quite early on in Degas’ career, when he was still in search of an artistic identity.  We consider Degas’s tendency to imbue his images with a sense of ambiguity or unease, notably in his group portraits like the Bellelli Family where figures are set in isolation from one another, or in genre scenes where the protagonists appear detached or even hostile in their relationships.  Is there a logical explanation for these unsettling compositions, or is Degas engaged in an elaborate game with his viewers?

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASVZ

Monday 23 October 2023, Time 6:00pm
What Did the Greeks and Romans Ever Do for Art?  
Gillian Hovell (The Arts Society  UK)

Multipurpose Space, Yarilla Place Cultural and Civic Space, Ridley Lane, Coffs Harbour 

Ancient Greek art blossomed and then the Romans took that art – the sculpture, frescoes, vase painting, architecture and so much more – and made it their own. New media, new styles and new expressions burst forth, and this vibrant cocktail created the basis for Western Art for millennia. Just what did those Greek and Roman artists achieve that was so world-changing?

This talk explores how and why we owe so much to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and we identify the tell-tale marks of our debt to classical art around us today.

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASWQ

Monday 20 November 2023, Time 6:00pm
The Mystery of Kimberley Rock Art
Dr. June  Ross  (Australian Lecturer)

Multipurpose Space, Yarilla Place Cultural and Civic Space, Ridley Lane, Coffs Harbour 

Significantly, the art remains central to the cultural beliefs of the Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal people from the region.

The beauty and scope of Kimberley rock art is universally acknowledged. Numerous theories have been proposed to explain the content and stylistic changes evident in the art; some far flung and seemingly plucked from the air and others, in contrast, based on decades of data collection. Some explanations have caused division amongst Aboriginal groups and archaeologists alike, but all agree that this vast body of painted art holds the potential to answer some of the most significant questions facing Australian archaeologists today. The proximity of the Kimberley region to Southeast Asia makes it a likely beachhead for the original settlers of Greater Australia (Sahul) and therefor, an area where we might expect to find traces of the earliest rock art. In this lecture, I focus on explanations for the stylistic changes evident in Kimberley rock art and the roles art played in mediating the dynamic social and environmental changes faced by past Aboriginal societies in the region. Conclusions are drawn from new evidence formulated during archaeological research over the past decade.

Book here – https://www.trybooking.com/CASYF

Monday 27 November 2023, Time 6:00pm

AGM

Venue: Multipurpose Space, Yarilla Place Cultural and Civic Space, Ridley Lane, Coffs Harbour 

Alliances

 ADFAS Coffs Coast acknowledges the  support of the following organisations: