Geelong

ADFAS Geelong welcomes you.

ADFAS Geelong is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, and has provided members with superbly illustrated, informative and entertaining lecture presentations for 30 years. In 2023 the Geelong society offers members and guests a Program of nine lectures featuring six British Arts Society lectures and three Australian Arts Society lecturers.

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Corio Bay 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 host vibrant exhibitions.  Geelong is the gateway to the spectacular Great Ocean Road, the twelve Apostles, native wildlife, iconic surf beaches, pristine rainforest, and misty waterfalls.  To the east the Bellarine Peninsula is home to beautiful and historic seaside villages, beaches, gourmet food, wineries, and literary festivals and more.

Lectures:

Venue:

Lectures are held at Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb.
The Newcomb Hall has 20 spaces and street parking is also available.

Time:
Lectures are on a Monday with two sessions:
Morning – 10:30am
Evening – 6pm
Refreshments are served afterwards

Program
Find full details of the 2023 program here

Membership:
Annual membership – $100 per person
Click here to join or email: geelong@adfas.org.au

Guests welcome:
Guests are welcome to attend at a cost of $20 per lecture. Please telephone Sharron Dickman on 0439 328 199. The fee for members of other ADFAS societies is $15. Membership between societies is not transferable.

Contact:
For all enquiries please email: geelong@adfas.org.au
ABN: 86 017 404 297

Committee 2023
Chair: Claire Hewitt
Secretary: Sally Birrell
Membership: Sharron Dickman    Ph: 0439 328 199

2023 PROGRAM

Monday 6 March 2023
1968: THE YEAR THAT CHANGED THE DIRECTION OF ART
Presented by Anna Moszinska
Time & Venue: 10:30am or 6pm at Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb.

What happened in ‘68? A series of major events shook the world and artists responded to the changing times by making work that challenged the traditional assumptions of art.

Anna is a London-based lecturer and writer specialising in contemporary art. She enjoys introducing art to audiences in a lively and approachable way to make modern and contemporary art both accessible and interesting

Monday 3 April 2023
THE WALLACE COLLECTION
Presented by Sylvia Sagona
Time & Venue: 10:30am or 6pm at Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb.

The Wallace Collection, displayed in London at Hertford House, former home to Sir Richard and Lady Wallace, is home to one of the most significant ensembles of fine and decorative arts in the world.

Sylvia specialises in the study of the art, literature and society of 19th century France. Her particular interests are in the Napoleonic era and the role of women under the Second Empire.

Monday 8 May 2023
ART DECO
Presented by Ian Gledhill
Time & Venue: 10:30am or 6pm at Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb.

Art Deco – the style that defined the jazz era and the golden age of pre-war Hollywood musicals. Art Deco pervaded all forms of design and we examine the influences that made Art Deco still influential today.

Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary. In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre.

Monday 5 June 2023
MORE ENGLISH THAN THE ENGLISH, THREE TREASURE HOUSE LIBRARIES
Presented by Shane Carmody
Time & Venue: 10:30am or 6pm at Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb.

Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, Lord Fairhaven and Sir Paul Getty had many things in common. They were all immensely rich, all immigrants, and all great book collectors, creating remarkable libraries.

Shane Carmody has a great love of libraries and archives. He is widely published on the history of Libraries and collections.

Monday 10 July 2023
BRAVOS AND BREASTPLATES: THE EVOLUTION OF OPERA
Presented by Sandy Burnett
Time & Venue: 10:30am or 6pm at Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb.

This lecture takes in the opulent spectacles of Versailles, and opera houses across Europe in the Baroque era, including those in London. It discusses the legacy of those two creative giants of the nineteen century, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner.

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing.

Monday 14 August 2023
THE CULT OF GLORIANA: ART, MUSIC AND POLITICS AT THE COURT OF THE VIRGIN QUEEN
Presented by Mark Cottle
Time & Venue: 10:30am or 6pm at Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb.

Elizabeth I was the most remarkable woman of a remarkable age of literature, music, art, architecture and overseas exploration. This lecture will focus chiefly on the portraits, miniatures and music of Elizabeth’s court.

Mark Cottle was born on the Isles of Scilly and educated at Truro School, Cornwall, and Birmingham University. His career has been spent in education and training.

Monday 11 September 2023
THE ART OF THE JAPANESE GARDEN: From Tradition to Modernity
Presented by Professor Marie Conte-Helm
Time & Venue: 10:30am or 6pm at Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb.

This lecture introduces some of Japan’s most famous gardens, illustrating the principles of Japanese garden de- sign where nature and artifice are intriguingly combined to capture the very essence of the landscape.

Professor Marie Conte-Helm has an MA in Asian Art. She is widely published and has lectured throughout the UK and abroad on many aspects of Asian Art and East-West Encounters.

Monday 9 October 2023
ROME IN AFRICA, AFRICA IN ROME
Presented by Dr Paul Roberts
Time & Venue: 10:30am or 6pm at Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb.

This talk looks at the art and society of Roman North Africa, from Morocco to Egypt. We see how Rome gradually conquered them and why – their incredible natural resources, from the fish of Morocco to the grain of Tunisia, the oil of Libya and the fabulous wealth of Egypt.

Dr Paul Roberts is Head of the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University.

Monday 13 November 2023

5.30pm:  Annual General Meeting
6.00 pm:  Lecture (no morning lecture)

PASSION OR PATHOLOGY: WHAT MOTIVATES THE GREAT COLLECTORS?
Presented by Christopher R. Marshall
Venue: Newcomb Hall, 82 Wilsons Road, Newcomb

Is it the love of the collection itself? A desire for fame or immortality? A wish for cultural prestige and validation? Or maybe collecting is a more deep-seated and even pathological activity aimed at compensating for long-forgotten psychological traumas or gaps?

Christopher R. Marshall is Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Melbourne. His publications on museums and curatorship are numerous.