Postal Address:

ADFAS Hobart Inc.
PO Box 2162
Lower Sandy Bay, TAS 7005

Contact: hobart@adfas.org.au

Membership Enquiries:
Membership secretary – Rosemary Sargison
Email: adfas.hobart@gmail.com

ABN: 23 682 798 614

ADFAS Hobart provides for its members a yearly programme of illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. Occasional special interest days are also held when topics can be examined in more detail.

Committee 2022

Lorraine Polglase
Ph: 6225 5221 / 0415 558 256

Vice Chairman:
Jenny Holmes
Ph: 6227 8620 / 0408 395 870

Secretary/Public Officer:
Dale Anning
Ph: 0418 360 068

Administration Secretary:
Rosemary Sargison
Ph: 6227 8904  / 0438 278 994

Tiina Sexton
Ph: 6223 3996 / 0419 557 895

Membership Secretary:
Rosemary Sargison
Ph: 0438 278 994

Jandy Godfrey
Ginetta Rochester
Kathy Rundle
Juliet Stephens
John Williamson


Stanley Burbury Theatre  UTAS Sandy Bay 6PM


Single membership:  $130
Couples membership:  $240
Nadfas Review:  $25


Members may bring guests $25 per lecture


We are offering a 50% discount on membership for ADFAS Hobart for the remainder of 2022.
Single Membership $65
Double $120.
This will entitle you to attend the remaining 5 lectures of the year. For further details and to take advantage of this special offer, click HERE 


21 February 2022 
A Paper Journey
Penny Carey-Wells

Paper is an integral part of our living history. This lecture will focus on a quest to discover the history, techniques, stories and people behind this enduring material. The journey goes beyond the tourist routes into intriguing studios and mills, and demonstrates how paper is an endlessly fascinating and magical art material.

Penny is a passionate art practitioner and educator. She was the lecturer and technician at the Papermill, School of Art, University of Tasmania for fifteen years during which time she visited many countries in the continuous pursuit of knowledge as both an artist and lecturer. Following the closure of the Papermill, her understanding of paper chemistry led to employment at the State Library of Tasmania in the paper conservation lab. Penny’s artwork has been shown nationally and internationally.

28 March 2022
The Tale of Two Cities: Moscow and Saint Petersburg
Kenneth Park

This beautifully illustrated lecture profiles the contrasting cities of Moscow, the Russian capital with its impressive and world-famous landmarks like St Basil’s, the Kremlin, and the Red Square – and Saint Petersburg, the artfully planned statement city of European sophistication that is a celebration of art and architecture. Saint Petersburg is home to the incredible Winter Palace, the Imperial Hermitage Museum with its fabulous architecture and art collection as well as a list of other key monuments of Russian history including the Peterhof and Peter and Paul Fortress.

Kenneth W Park has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for over thirty years where he is responsible for the school’s extensive art and archival collections. He also consults in both the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising, marketing, and public relations. An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe, living by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’.

30 May 2022
The Cape to the Derwent: Kenneth Jack, a lost master of the Australian landscape
Gavin Fry

Kenneth Jack was one of Australia’s most popular and successful artists of the second half of the 20th Century, yet today his name is missing from the art record and creates no interest in academic circles. Can you be too popular and too successful? Take a journey around Australia with an artist of vision, integrity, and technical virtuosity. A child prodigy who took to art at an early age, Kenneth Jack excelled as a painter, printmaker, and teacher for more than sixty years.

Gavin Fry is a writer, artist and museum professional with fifty years’ experience working in curatorial and management positions in Australian museums, galleries, and educational institutions. He is the author of twenty-five books on Australian art and history and many catalogue and journal essays. In retirement Gavin has returned to his art training and exhibits as a painter in Newcastle and Melbourne. As well as working as a professional writer, he also designs and publishes books on behalf of other writers and artists. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Arts [Hons] and Master of Arts (Monash University) and Master of Philosophy (Leicester University).

11 July 2022
Australiana in a changing context: an infrastructure for contemporary crafts practice
Grace Cochrane AM

This lecture discusses and illustrates the evolving changes in crafting practices, education, museums and galleries, organisations and events relating to Australiana: art, decorative arts, antiques, historic items, collectables, buildings and sites, and portable heritage made in, or relating to, Australia. It reviews the history of the Australiana Society, an incorporated association of collectors, researchers, dealers, and auctioneers devoted to collecting, studying and preserving Australiana, and its role in the development of contemporary crafts and design in Australia.

Now an independent curator and writer, Grace Cochrane, until 2005 was a senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History, she has, for over 45 years, spoken about crafts and design, written for a range of publications, been a board member of a number of professional organisations and spoken at many conferences. Born in New Zealand, she has a BFA, MFA and PhD from the University of Tasmania. In 2007 she was awarded a D.Litt by the University of New South Wales and in 2010 she was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. She received the Australia Council’s VACB Emeritus Medal in 2001 and was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2013.

8 August 2022
Fakes and Forgeries in Silver – and how to avoid them
Jolyon Warwick James

To avoid forgeries, we need to know what they are, and what form they can take. In this lecture, we examine why people fake silver and what forms of faking there are; what is not fake – but though legal, may still be highly undesirable; what part Hallmarking plays in preventing faking; and the weapons used in the war against the fakers! While initially a British perspective is taken, coverage includes all countries. What may be considered a fake in one country may not be so regarded in another. We look at examples and discuss certain well-known cases and instances of forging and methods of detecting them.

Jolyon James is a professional consultant on antique silver, based in Sydney. Educated at London University, he has acted as a lecturer, valuer/appraiser, and adviser on English, European, Colonial and other silver, with museums, auction houses, Government bodies, collectors, and educational organisations within Australia and overseas. He has published widely on international silver collections and practices, including a reference manual on Australian gold and silver hallmarks.

5 September 2022
Madame la Veuve Clicquot: a toast to the ‘Champagne Widow’
John Broadley

Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, née Ponsardin, is one of France’s most celebrated women. She was certainly the most brilliant businesswoman of modern times, and from modest beginnings developed a small champagne house into a mighty business concern. Widowed young (‘veuve’ is French for widow), she showed ingenuity and pluck, despite often overwhelming obstacles, to find a market for her champagne which is still a thriving going concern today. Immensely successful and rich, she lived until 1866, dying at age 88. Her descendants are numbered among France’s most famous and grandest families. In this lecture, the hectic and complex lives of Madame la Veuve Clicquot and of her family will be traced, and her legacy – Veuve Clicquot champagne – will also be examined in detail, from a first-hand visit to the archives and cellars. Other famous ‘champagne widows’ will also be briefly discussed by contrast.

John Broadley is a historian of Australian colonial architecture, French culture, and relationships between Australia and Europe. He holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from Charles Sturt University. John has worked in conjunction with heritage architects on conservation management programs for numerous significant heritage properties in New South Wales and has published on the historic houses of New South Wales.

3 October 2022
Art of the Infinite Sky
Dr Sam Bowker

Artists, architects and cartographers have worked with scientists to describe and predict the movements of celestial objects. Through their pursuit of knowledge, they created extraordinary artworks. This lecture will survey some of the most remarkable astronomical artefacts from the early modern period, including Indigenous Australian, Indian, Islamic and Renaissance astrological charts, astrolabes, armillary spheres and orreries, as exquisite relics from the history of art and science.

Dr Sam Bowker is the Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Charles Sturt University, where he is also the Sub Dean of Graduate Research. 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).

Image: Detail from the horoscope of Iskandar (1411) Wellcome Collection, London

14 November 2022
Bach in Numbers
Heath Lees

Many people think that no-one beats Bach for musical breadth and stature. With amazing musical imagination, Bach could turn his hand to simple teaching pieces, massive keyboard works, fervent religious music, lively dance measures, and the most impressive musical patterns. In this lecture, Heath Lees explores the excitingly mysterious numbers and patterns that lie at the heart of Bach’s amazing musical inspiration.

In 1978, Heath Lees moved from Scotland to New Zealand; in 1994 he founded the Wagner Society of New Zealand where he remained as president for 15 years; in 2008, after nearly 30 years as Professor of Music at the University of Auckland he retired. He now spends his time equally between New Zealand and France. Mainly concerned with Wagner and the relationship between music and literature, he has been the author of several musical treatments of writers and his book Mallarmé and Wagner: Music and Poetic Language is published by Routledge. He has toured most of the Wagner Societies in the US and Canada, and in 2013 and 2016 he gave all the pre-opera talk-presentations for The Ring in Melbourne, and for their 2018 Mastersingers. He wrote and presented a four-volume DVD series on Wagner’s Ring: A Tale Told in Music, and last year issued a new DVD entitled Music to Your Ears. Heath is a lecturer and presenter for all kinds of arts and music groups and since 2010 has regularly visited ADFAS societies.