Membership Enquiries:
Sharron Dickman 

ABN:  86 017 404 297

ADFAS Geelong is one of the 38 societies across regional and metropolitan Australia and is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, providing superbly illustrated, informative and entertaining lecture presentations and proudly celebrates 30 years in 2022

This year the Geelong society offers members and guests from around the region a Programme of seven face to face lectures and five online lectures in an attempt to supply members with a variety of Australian Touring Lecturers in person, and Overseas based lectures online. 

Geelong is the second largest Victorian city, southwest of Melbourne, with a rapidly growing population. Lining its bay, The Waterfront esplanade boasts a 19th-century carousel, Cunningham Pier, a curved art deco boardwalk and sea bath at Eastern Beach. Scattered along The Waterfront are the Baywalk Bollards, colourful sculptures chronicling city history. The Geelong Botanic Gardens lie at the eastern end of the bay and the central National Wool Museum and Geelong Art Gallery hosts vibrant exhibitions.

Geelong’s first residents were The Wathaurong People and in its early days as Geelong, the main trade was in wool. During the Victorian gold rush, Geelong was a main port to the rich golfdfields of the Ballarat district. The town then diversified into manufacturing, and during the 1860s became one of the largest manufacturing centres in Australia.

Geelong boasts the second oldest Australian Football team-‘the Cats’ and nearby Avalon airport is receiving visitors from all over Australia and some overseas cities, and is well connected to the city to Melbourne with an efficient ring road. 

 Geelong is the gateway to the spectacular Great Ocean Road with its towering 12 Apostles, native wildlife, iconic surf beaches, pristine rainforest and misty waterfalls Geelong is also gateway To the east the Bellarine Peninsula is home to beautiful and historic seaside villages, fantastic beaches, gourmet food, wineries, literary festivals and vintage markets to name a few.

Committee 2022

Sally Birrell Ph: 0427 342 213

Sharron Dickman Ph: 0439 328 199


Gianna Varasdi
Ph: 0419 543 506

Membership Enquiries: Sharron Dickman Email: 


January 2022 – ONLINE LECTURE
CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE: FRESH ENCOUNTERS AND THE PUBLIC SPACE                                                             Anna Moszynska

Anna discusses artists forging new paths in sculpture. She examines the move from a concern with the discrete object, to the more complicated and  dynamic relationships found in installation-based practice. New talent is explored alongside more established contemporary artists including Maurizio Cattelan, Cai Guo-Qiang and Isa Genzken.

February 2022 – ONLINE LECTURE
PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY                                                 
Mark Cottle

On Ernest Shackleton’s third Antarctic expedition in 1914, his ship, the Endurance, was trapped and eventually crushed in the pack ice. The crew camped for months on the ice before rescue. Frank Hurley’s photographs are a visual narrative of this epic journey.

28 February 2022 – Face-to-face LECTURE
QUILTING: THE FORGOTTEN MEDIUM                      
Jenny Bowker

Quilting, traditionally women’s work, and practical, has now become a world-wide movement with the incredible excitement of a tactile and compelling art medium, of work still mostly from women. Art is combined with craft in this lecture.

Caroline Shenton

This is the gripping and hilarious story of a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians from London’s museums, galleries and archives who forged extraordinary plans to evacuate their collections to safety, utilising country houses, tube tunnels, Welsh mines and Wiltshire quarries.

9 May 2022 – Face-to-face LECTURE
Susannah Fullerton

Sweden, Denmark and Norway offer some fabulous literary destinations, with crime novels, fairy tales, book towns and literary walking tours. There are so many wonderful writers– Hans Christian Andersen, Karen Blixen, Astrid Lindgren, Thor Heyerdahl, Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, Sigrid Undset and the list goes on.

CRAZY PRICES, CRAZY MARKET: THE ART WORLD IN THE 21ST CENTURY                                                          
Tom Flynn

After a painting (Salvator) purporting to be a work by Leonardo da Vinci sold for the staggering sum of $450.3 million dollars at an auction in New York, the world looked aghast at the art market. How do these crazy prices come about? Who is buying these works? This lecture explores the dizzying prices paid for ‘blue-chip’ works of art.

11 July 2022 – Face-to-face LECTURE                     
Claudia Chan Shaw

At the end of the First World War, Manhattan found its expression in skyscrapers, apartment buildings, and movie palaces. Claudia Chan Shaw explores not only the city’s celebrated Art Deco skyscrapers, but the paintings, sculptures, murals and mosaics and their creators.

8 August 2022 – Face-to-face LECTURE
13EXPLORING THE PACIFIC-– Cook and the View from the Ship and the View from the Shore  1770-2022                 
Jos Hackforth-Jones

We consider the background to Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific in 1768, examine key landscape and maritime conventions, analyse Cook’s instructions, the contribution of Joseph Banks and the relationships formed between Europeans and Indigenous individuals. 

5 September 2022 – Face-to-face LECTURE
ART ACROSS THE DITCH: New Zealand Art Now      
Julie Ewington

This lecture examines key themes in current art from New Zealand, from the brilliance of contemporary Māori expressions, to the deep-seated love of landscape shared by Māori and Pakeha New Zealanders with artists including Bill Culbert, Anne Noble, Warwick Freeman, Fiona Pardington and Colin McCahon.

17 October 2022 – Face-to-face LECTURE
Charlotte Nattey

The Romanov dynasty amassed an incredible array of magnificent jewels. After the revolution many were disposed of; the Bolsheviks kept pieces that they considered historically important and others were sold by the aristocratic refugees in order to be able to live. There are many incredible stories about these jewels.

November 2022 – ONLINE LECTURE
Kathleen Olive

The 19th century prints of Utagawa Hiroshige range from conventional portraits of beautiful women and actors to series of landscapes, birds and flowers. Our focus is on Hiroshige’s wintry scenes.

December 2022 – ONLINE LECTURE
Alan Read  

The English language is rich in idioms, phrases and sayings which are part of everyday speech; yet seldom do we consider their original meanings. Even if you have to ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’ and ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’ you’d be ‘barking mad’ to miss this lecture.


​ADFAS Face to Face Lectures are to be held promptly at 10.30am and 6pm on the advertised dates and are followed by refreshments.

Member bookings are not required.

Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb.

Due to COVID restrictions there are to be no overseas lecturers visiting Australia this year but we can enjoy their pre-recorded lectures online, access details of which will be circulated. COVID Information/ Update: patrons are to be double vaccinated


Visitors/ Guests: Guests are welcome and need to be registered beforehand by telephoning the Membership Secretary Gianna Varasdi on 0419543506.  $20 Guest fee.

Guests may attend up to three lectures a year.

The fee for members of other ADFAS Societies is $15.

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