Ku-ring-gai (Chatswood)

Postal Address:

ADFAS Ku-ring-gai
PO Box 270
Roseville NSW 2069

Contact: kuringgai@adfas.org.au

ABN: 21 696 997 748

The primary aim of ADFAS is to provide interesting and informative lectures across a diverse range of topics encompassing all aspects of the arts.

As a result of the continuing pandemic our programme for 2021 will be somewhat modified.  The first three lectures 2021 will be digital and Ku-ring-gai Members are emailed links to these lectures. Further digital lectures have been scheduled for later in the year to compensate for the necessarily cancelled lectures.

It was planned to present five in-person lectures given on Wednesdays – 26th May, 23rd June, 25th August 22nd September and 3rd November 2021 at the Zenith Theatre, Covid restrictions permitting.  Seating for these will be limited in line with restrictions operating at the time.

Both Special Interest Days 2021 have been cancelled due to Covid restrictions and rescheduled.

Committee 2021

Mrs Helen Meddings
Ph: 0457 062 456

Vice Chairman:
Mr Lawrence West
Ph: 02 4871 3707

Ms Michele Symonds
Ph: 0414 781 256


Mrs Wendy Watson
Ph: 02 9498 7889

Membership Secretary:
Mrs Ann Windeyer
Ph: 02 9416 5007

Membership Enquiries: windeyerann@gmail.com


March 2021
Painting the Spanish Light: Joaquin Sorolla
by Jacqueline Cockburn   (Digital)

The life and times of this extraordinary Spanish artist is explored. He lived from 1863 to 1923. His most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the bright sunlight of Spain and sunlit water.

Jacqueline Cockburn is Managing Director of Art and Culture Andalucia. Her Art History degree and PhD were taken at London University and her specialist field is Spanish Art. She lectures at notable institutions in England and is an author.

April 2021
by Jane Gardiner   (Digital)

The opening up of trade routes between Europe and Far East early 17th century led to a craze for all things Oriental, particularly porcelain and lacquer work that had an enormous impact on European taste, collecting and display. European designers were inspired to produce goods whimsical and sometimes fantastic and thoroughly European based on an Oriental theme, which affected every branch of interior design and decoration throughout the eighteenth century.

Jane Gardiner has an MA History of Art from London University. She trained at the Victoria and Albert Museum and continues to lecture there.  She was a senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art for 17 years, becoming a Deputy Director.

26 May 2021
Florence Broadhurst – the Enigmatic Design Legend
by Claudia Chan Shaw   (Live)

An artist, her wallpaper and textile designs were immensely popular in the 1960’s and 70’s.  Throughout her life she re-invented herself hiding her humble beginnings passing herself off as a French couturier and an English aristocrat. Aged 60 she started her internationally successful business, only to have it all come to a terrible end.

Claudia Chan Shaw is a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, collector and artist.  She is co-designer and director for the fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw.

23 June 2021
Frayed at the Edges: Reflections on 30 years of Conserving in Australia
by Julian Bickersteth (Live) 

Julian will trace his career from furniture conservator at the Powerhouse Museum through his business in conservation, which has seen work undertaken on the John Coburn tapestries in the Sydney Opera House to work on restoration of the Scott and Shackleton huts in Antarctica.

Julian Bickersteth trained as a furniture conservator in the UK before coming to Australia in 1983.  In 1986 he founded and still manages International Conservation Services, a world leader in its field.  He is Chairman of the David Roche Foundation in Adelaide and President of ADFAS.

July 2021 – Digital
Art Nouveau Architecture Around the World
By Ian Gledhill

Ian will reveal examples of the Art Nouveau style which, although largely inspired by British designers, found little favour in the UK. French and Belgian architects used plant forms as did Gaudi. Austrian Art Nouveau is surprisingly flat and Riga in Latvia has more Art Nouveau buildings than any other city. Finally, in America we see the influence on the elaborate designs of Tiffany and Sullivan.

Ian Gledhill is an accredited Arts Society lecturer from the UK and his wide-ranging career extends from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport to involvement in music publishing, television and the theatre, where he has been an actor, director, set designer and opera translator.  

August 2021 – Digital
Portraits in Stone:  The Great Cathedrals of Medieval England
By Mark Cottle

In this lecture Mark describes the four periods and styles of medieval cathedral building after the Norman conquest.  Over a period of five hundred years the great medieval cathedrals of England were built. In terms of resources called upon, space covered, design and craftsmanship employed, this period marks the greatest single architectural achievement in English history.

Mark Cottle was born in the Scilly Isles, a graduate of Birmingham University with a Master’s Degree in late Medieval History. Mark has spent over 30 years lecturing in Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Tudor history.

25 August 2021 (Cancelled due to Covid restrictions)
Jeffrrey Smart: His Art and Influence
by Dr Nick Gordon    (Live)

Jeffrey Smart remains one of Australia’s most endearing modern artists, and the quiet stillness captured in many of his works is instantly recognisable.   The playfulness this formal analysis reveals stems from his diverse influences, including Renaissance masters such as Piero della Francesca, to the giants of modernism such as Cézanne, and his teachers, Dorrit Black and Fernand Léger.

Dr Nick Gordon is a cultural historian and artist, with over 10 years of experience leading tours to Europe.  He has strong interests in art, history, philosophy and architecture, from the ancient world to the present.  Nick holds a University Medal and PhD in history from Sydney University.

September 2021 – Digital
The Age of Jazz
By Sandy Burnett

One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them for the very first time one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: jazz, a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation. Sandy sheds light on jazz from the inside touching on the disparate influences which lay behind the emergence of jazz.

Sandy Burnett is one of the UK’s most authoritative broadcasters in the field of classical music. His varied career has seen him as author, bassist, conductor, broadcaster and presenter, sharing his passion for music in all its forms.

22 September 2021 (Cancelled due to Covid restrictions)
Telling our Stories: Images and Ideas from Australian Film
by Karen Pearlman  (Live)

This lecture looks at three distinct waves of Australian film-making:  beautifully shot and performed period dramas of the 1970s and early 80s followed by the ‘glitter cycle’ a decade later and finally to the more recent work of indigenous filmmakers with something to say to the world.

Karen Pearlman was born St Louis, Missouri. After a career in dance she gained a Masters in film editing and a Doctorate of Creative Arts. She is a film scholar, lecturer in film production at Macquarie University and author of books on film editing.  She co-directs The Physical TV Company. In 2009 Dr Pearlman was elected President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild (ASE).


23 September 2021 (Cancelled due to Covid restrictions and rescheduled for 22nd September 2022)
Special Interest Day
The Achaemenids: Iran’s Greatest Empire
by Dr John Tidmarsh (Live)

Before the arrival of Islam in the 7th century CE, Iran had been the centre of several of the world’s greatest empires. Of these, that of the Achaemenids was the first and arguably the most extensive. We shall examine the rise and fall of this powerful, but somewhat forgotten, empire.

Dr John Tidmarsh is Hon. Associate of the Department of Archaeology at Sydney University and Co-Director of its excavations at Pella in Jordan and Jebel Khalid in Syria. He specialises in the archaeology of the Persian and Hellenistic periods and travels widely in the Middle East.


Stella Bowen in Paris
by Lola Wilkins   (Live) 

In her autobiography, Stella Bowen wrote “I love and adore Paris. I love the way its quick and brilliant life runs openly on the surface for all to see. Every face in the street, every voice, every shape, is hard at it, telling its story, living its life, producing itself.”  In Paris in 1922 Stella craved a life of art among fellow artists.  Her partner, Ford Madox Ford, the poet, writer and critic, insisted on a peaceful existence in order to write.  Thus Stella was thrust into the world of the literati of the era, while her art took second place. She became an Australian Official War Artist in England in 1944.

Lola Wilkins is former Head of Art, Australian War Memorial where she curated the exhibition, Stella Bowen: Art, Love and War. Lola was also former Chair, ADFAS Canberra.

October 2021 – Digital
Phrases and Sayings –The Etymology of the City of London by 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. This is an exploration of historical etymology, often traceable to the City of London. 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.

Alan Read holds a Master’s and first class honours degree in History of Art from Birkbeck College, London. He is a gallery guide at many of the main galleries in the UK, while lecturing also.

14 October 2021  
Special Interest Day – Cancelled due to Covid restrictions and rescheduled for 25 August 2022
The Great Mughals
by Judy Tenzing  (Live)

The great Mughal emperors of India, descendants of Tamerlane and Genghis Khan from the wilds of Central Asia, ruled India for over three centuries.  Their story is one of power and loss, war and treachery.  Yet their legacy is also one of great richness and splendor, artistic wonder and remarkable social religious tolerance.

Judy Tenzing was born in Sydney but her life changed when she travelled to Kathmandu and fell in love with Nepal and the Himalayas where she lived and worked for years before returning to Sydney and establishing a travel agency focusing on India and South Asian cultural tours.  She has written a book, “Tenzing and the Sherpas of Everest”.  Her husband is the grandson of Everest’s first summiteer with Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay.

3 November 2021    
Art Across the Ditch: Contemporary Art in NZ
by Julie Ewington    (Live) 

Contemporary art in NZ is rich, complex and fascinating and deserves to be better known in this country. This lecture examines key themes in current art from the brilliance of Maori expressions to the deep-seated love of landscape share by Maori and Pakeha New Zealanders.

Julie Ewington is a writer, curator and broadcaster based in Sydney. She is an authority on contemporary Australasian art, especially art by women, and contemporary art from Southeast Asia, she has held both academic and curatorial positions, always focusing on contemporary art.


Venue and time of Lectures and the Special Interest Days:

Lectures:  Wednesdays in the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.

Morning lectures commence at 10:30 am and evening lectures at 6.00 pm. Please be seated 5 minutes before the stated commencement time.

Special Interest Days are held at “Laurelbank”, Cnr Penshurst and Laurel Streets, Willoughby starting at 10.30 am.  The cost for this is $75 p/p, which includes morning tea and lunch.

Special Interest Days to be held on Thursday, 23rd September and Thursday 14th October (both subsequently cancelled due to Covid restrictions) have been rescheduled for 22nd September and 25th August, 2022 respectively.

In future any member wishing to attend a Special Interest Day or to make enquires, should contact Mrs Gillian Stegman on 9414 5609 or gilliants@bigpond.com


Membership enquiries should be made to the Membership Secretary, Ann Windeyer, on 9416 5007 (9.30 am to 4.30 pm) or email windeyerann@gmail.com

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