Ku-ring-gai   (Chatswood)

ADFAS Ku-ring-gai welcomes you.

The Ku-ring-gai ADFAS Society is proud to celebrate its 30 year anniversary in 2023, a testament to the loyal and welcoming membership who have supported the central ADFAS purpose of delivery of high-quality lectures on a diverse range of topics by well credentialed speakers of repute from Australia and the UK.

Light refreshments follow the lectures giving time for social interaction with friends. We also offer Special Interest Days throughout the year for a more in-depth analysis of a topic or theme. These days consist of three lectures punctuated with morning tea and lunch – a wonderful day out for like-minded people. Come and join us!

In line with our mission to cultivate the application and study of the Arts, we offer support to young people establishing their careers in various artistic pursuits. This can be through personal grants, scholarships or funding to appropriate organisations. We also strongly encourage the preservation of our cultural and artistic heritage and this is carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers, known as Church Recorders, who painstakingly document the architecture, history and contents of local churches, culminating in a printed, illustrated book for the church and national archive for posterity.

Lectures:

Venue:
Lectures are held at Zenith Theatre, corner Railway and McIntosh Streets, Chatswood.Parking is available at the Wilsons Zenith Theatre Carpark. Concessional parking rate $8.00 to be validated at the Zenith Snack Bar.

Time:
Lectures are on Wednesdays at either 10.30am or 6.00pm

Membership:
Annual membership
$210 per member
$30 joining fee for new members only
Click here to join or email: windeyerann@gmail.com

Guests welcome:
Guests of Members or interested members of the public pay $35 per lecture
$25 per lecture for members of another ADFAS Society.
Pay by cash only at the Desk.

Contact:
For all enquiries please email: windeyerann@gmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 270 Roseville NSW 2069
ABN: 21 696 997 748

Committee 2023
Chair: Helen Meddings
Treasurer: Wendy Watson
Membership: Ann Windeyer

2023 PROGRAM

Wednesday 1 March 2023
BREAKING THE ICE: JACKSON POLLOCK AND AMERICAN ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
Presented by Anna Moszynska
Venue & Time: Zenith Theatre – 10.30 am & 6.00 pm

What caused American painting to take off as it did in the mid 20th century? The talk looks at the career of the famous action painter, Jackson Pollock and assesses how his contribution to painting (including his infamous drip technique) contributed to Abstract Expressionism becoming an artistic phenomenon worldwide.

Anna is a London-based lecturer and writer in contemporary art and currently teaches at academic institutions in London and Paris and runs her own courses. Her books include “Abstract Art” and “Sculpture Now”.

Wednesday 5 April 2023
TALES FROM A CAMPHORWOOD CHEST
Presented by Claudia Chan Shaw
Venue & Time: Zenith Theatre – 10.30 am and 6.00 pm

From the Australian Gold Rush to cosmopolitan Shanghai in the 1930’s, the Cultural Revolution and the world of high fashion in New York. Join Claudia for a personal journey telling the story of the strong women of her Australian Chinese family, and the design legacy that runs through each generation

Claudia is an author, photographer, broadcaster and public speaker and has worked in the fashion industry for most of her life. She is more widely known as co-host and presenter on ABC TV’s program “Collectors” and currently co-hosts “Antiques Down Under” for Nine Now television.

Wednesday 3 May 2023
THE STORY OF THE CRYSTAL PALACE
Presented by Ian Gledhill
Venue & Time: Zenith Theatre – 10.30 am & 6.00 pm

Originally designed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, then transported to Sydenham and rebuilt and enlarged, the Crystal Palace was Joseph Paxton’s masterpiece and was the largest iron and glass building ever constructed. It dominated the south London skyline for over 80 years until its tragic destruction by fire in 1936. This is the history both of the Great Exhibition and the building that housed it, and the on-going artistic legacy of both.

Ian has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to working in travel and tourism, music publishing, television and especially the theatre

Thursday 4 May 2023
SPECIAL INTEREST DAY – THE GOLDEN AGE OF OPERETTA
Presented by Ian Gledhill
Venue & Time: “Laurelbank” – 10.30 am

Operetta as an art form was invented in France, and derived from the lighter forms of Opera Comique. Offenbach dominated the Paris stage through the 1850’s and 1860’s with operettas containing social satire and high spirits. However, the Viennese brought real romance and glamour to the operetta stage while the English had Gilbert and Sullivan providing witty yet wholesome entertainment.

Details:
10.30 am start at “Laurelbank”, corner Penshurst and Laurel Streets, Willoughby where there is parking for 55 cars as well at street parking.
Cost: $80 per head, including morning tea and lunch
Bookings Essential: Any member wishing to attend a Special Interest Day should contact Mrs Gillian Stegmann on 9414 5609 or gillianst@bigpond.com

Wednesday 7 June 2023
NORA, STELLA AND SYBIL – THE WOMEN AT WAR
Presented by Gavin Fry
Venue & Time: Zenith Theatre – 10.30 am and 6.00 pm

Just three women worked as Official War Artists during World War Two – Nora Heysen, Stella Bowen and Sybil Craig. They each made a significant body of work, bringing a fresh and particular vision to the official expression of Australia at war.

Gavin 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. In retirement he exhibits as a painter in Newcastle and Melbourne.

Wednesday 5 July 2023
SHAKEN BY AN EARTHQUAKE: IGOR STRAVINSKY AND THE ASTONISHING 1913 PREMIERE OF RITE OF SPRING
Presented by Sandy Burnett
Venue & Time: Zenith Theatre – 10.30 am & 6.00 pm

The story of one of the greatest creative collaborations of all: Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, whose team of dancers, choreographers, and costume and set designers transformed expectations of what a night at the theatre could be. Sandy shows the original costumes and plays excerpts from the inventive score and explores what divided opinions of the first-night audience so dramatically. No, nothing could top the riot at the Rite in 1913…

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge and working as musical director for the RSC, National Theatre and London’s West End, he spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3.

Thursday 20 July 2023
SPECIAL INTEREST DAY – THE ACHAEMENIDS: IRAN’S GREATEST EMPIRE
Presented by John Tidmarsh
Venue & Time: “Laurelbank” – 10.30 am

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. A dynasty that stretched from Egypt and south eastern Europe to the Indus Valley. The rise and fall of this powerful and sophisticated, but somewhat forgotten empire, will be examined.

John is both a medical doctor and holds a PhD in archaeology. His main areas of interest are the archaeology of Alexander the Great’s conquests, the Hellenistic Period in the Near East and Asia, and the Islamic world

Details:
10.30 am start at “Laurelbank”, corner Penshurst and Laurel Streets, Willoughby where there is parking for 55 cars as well at street parking.
Cost: $80 per head, including morning tea and lunch
Bookings Essential: Any member wishing to attend a Special Interest Day should contact Mrs Gillian Stegmann on 9414 5609 or gillianst@bigpond.com

Wednesday 9 August 2023
MASONRY, MANUSCRIPTS AND MUSIC: AN INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY THROUGH MEDIEVEL ENGLAND
Presented by Mark Cottle
Venue & Time: Zenith Theatre – 10.30 am & 6.00 pm

The architecture, manuscript illumination and music of medieval England are among the greatest achievements of any period of English cultural history. The aim of this lecture is to open a window onto this remarkable world to capture something of the essence of its Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, its equally rich span of manuscript illumination, both sacred and profane, and its religious and secular music.

Mark was educated at Truro School, Cornwall and Birmingham University. Mark’s career has been spent in education and training at home and abroad. He has lectured at Exeter College on Medieval and Tudor history, St Mark’s & St John’s University College and at Bath University on Anglo Saxon and Medieval England.

Thursday 10 August 2023
SPECIAL INTEREST DAY – ‘WHEN ENGLAND HAD SCARCELY BEGUN: SUTTON HOO AND THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS
Presented by Mark Cottle
Venue & Time: “Laurelbank” – 10.30 am

Sutton Hoo and the Lindisfarne Gospels provide remarkable insights into England of the 7th century. Early in the century, a great ship was dragged ashore and became the burial place of a powerful Anglo-Saxon warlord, buried with a mound of treasures. At the end of the 7th century, after its conversion to Christianity, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria enjoyed a brief golden age – a result of which was the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Details:
10.30 am start at “Laurelbank”, corner Penshurst and Laurel Streets, Willoughby where there is parking for 55 cars as well at street parking.
Cost: $80 per head, including morning tea and lunch
Bookings Essential: Any member wishing to attend a Special Interest Day should contact Mrs Gillian Stegmann on 9414 5609 or gillianst@bigpond.com

Wednesday 6 September 2023
TRAVELLERS AMONG THE MOUNTAINS AND STREAMS: MASTERPIECES OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS
Presented by Marie Conte-Helm OBE
Venue & Time: Zenith Theatre – 10.30 am & 6.00 pm

This lecture invites you to explore Chinese landscape painting through the ages in an attempt to convey the development and evolution of this important tradition. Using ink and brush and a variety of techniques and formats, the artist’s response to the natural landscape and to man’s place within it, has been said to evoke “landscapes of the mind”.

Marie is a Visiting Professor of Northumbria University and a long-established Lecturer for The Arts Society, UK. She has a BA in History of Art, and an MA in Asian Art. Marie was awarded an OBE for services to UK-Japan cultural relations.

Wednesday 4 October 2023
LAST SUPPER IN POMPEII
Presented by Paul Roberts
Venue & Time: Zenith Theatre – 10.30 am & 6.00 pm

For the Romans, life meant getting together to eat and drink. This talk, based on the exhibition held at the Ashmolean Museum Oxford which Paul curated, celebrates their love affair with food and wine – from fields and vineyards to markets and shops, from tables to toilets to the tomb. We see the influence of Greeks and Etruscans and visit the fertile area surrounding Vesuvius.

Paul is Head of the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University. He studied not only at Oxford but at Cambridge and Sheffield Universities. He has been Senior Curator in the Greek and Roman Department at the British Museum.

Thursday 5 October 2023
SPECIAL INTEREST DAY – FROM LEPTIS TO PALMYRA
Presented by Paul Roberts
Venue & Time: “Laurelbank” – 10.30 am

Join us on a tour of the southern and eastern fringes of ancient Rome’s mighty Empire. From sand-buried cities of the southern Mediterranean, to the fabled city of Palmyra in Roman Syria, and the people and culture of Roman Egypt. In Libya two great cities, Leptis Magna and Cyrene once lost to the sands but now rediscovered. During Roman control Egyptian mummies were painted with beautiful and realistic portraits. Then to once-glorious Palmyra in the Syrian desert.

Paul finishes by examining Palmyra from its glory days through to its rediscovery by English lords and its desecration by ISIS and ending with hope for its rise again.

Details:
10.30 am start at “Laurelbank”, corner Penshurst and Laurel Streets, Willoughby where there is parking for 55 cars as well at street parking.
Cost: $80 per head, including morning tea and lunch
Bookings Essential: Any member wishing to attend a Special Interest Day should contact Mrs Gillian Stegmann on 9414 5609 or gillianst@bigpond.com

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