Postal Address:

ADFAS Launceston
PO Box 445


Membership Enquiries:

ABN:  16 630 263 813

ADFAS Launceston brings to you presentations from world-class lecturers on a diverse range of Arts topics and associated disciplines.  Our lecturers are chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. All lectures are beautifully illustrated and our speakers’ enthusiasm for their topics is infectious. 

Our friendly members all have one thing in common – an interest in learning more about a wide diversity of the arts, ranging through fine arts, history, photography, literature and music.  

We also explore and provide opportunities, via our Young Arts program, for young people in our local community to develop an interest in the Arts.

See below for information about ADFAS Launceston Young Arts activities, including a link to the funding guidelines and an application form.

Committee 2021

Jacqueline Hartnett
Ph: 0407 448 919

Patricia Roberts
Ph: 0417 544 867


Chris Bishop
Ph: 0400 546 430



In this year of uncertainty over gatherings sizes, venues and travel we have chosen to offer 10 digital lectures from the UK Arts society lecturers supplemented with the chance of face-to-face events as circumstances allow.  Expect a new lecture each month from February to November.

Imperial Calcutta: Arts and Architecture
Dr John Stevens


This lecture provides an overview of the arts (poetry, theatre, literature, song) and architecture of this extra- ordinary city, which was India’s capital until 1911. At the epicentre of the ‘Bengal renaissance’, Calcutta played a central role in shaping the arts & culture of modern India, as a huge variety of artists sought to interpret India’s classical heritage in new ways, and to combine this heritage with Western cultural forms.

Walls that Speak: The Alhambra Palace
Ian Cockburn

The beauty of the Alhambra of Granada speaks for itself – or does it? Many visitors, while stunned by the exquisite architecture, are unaware that the walls, covered in Kufic script, are talking directly to them. This lecture explores both the monument itself as well as delving into the broad decorative programme of the interior and its fascinating inscriptions, many consisting of lyrical Arabic poetry and even lines where the wall itself is boasting of its own beauty and significance.

The Golden Age of Venetian Glas
Jane Gardiner

This lecture examines the early history of glass- making in Venice; the material itself and the techniques involved in forming and decorating the pieces. It will trace the sources of inspiration behind the forms and the decoration of this richly coloured and enamelled glass; It then explores the the 16th century liking for clear glass or cristallo.  and the consequences of the fashion for fine glass drinking vessels that spread throughout Europe and resulted in gradual spread of glassmaking skills.

How Russia sold off much of its cultural heritage following the Revolution
Dr Tom Flynn

This lecture looks at the process by which the Russian Revolutionary authorities sold off vast quantities of their country’s valuable art treasures following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 Sometimes referred to as the conversion of “Treasures into Tractors,” the process effectively confiscated and sold off the contents of Russia’s churches, libraries, monasteries, museums and aristocratic private collections, thereby dispersing much of the country’s cultural treasures to the far corners of the world.

The Story of the Crystal Palace
Ian Gledhill

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.

The French Jewel Houses from 1900
Patricia Law

This lecture follows the stylistic developments and trends of the major French Jewel houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron: from the graceful and light Belle Epoque, through the colour and excitement of the Twenties, to the sombre and monochrome of the Depression in the thirties. It looks in detail at how their designs, manufacture, and use of gemstones was affected and influenced by the events of the twentieth century.

Tantrums & Tiaras
Nigel Bates

Tantrums & Tiaras is a look at backstage life at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the pressures faced by performers, be they singer, dancer, conductor or musician. We see how the building copes with the demands of modern productions and examine audience expectations both in and outside the theatre. We also look at some of the highs and try to understand some of the lows that have been the fortune of this world-class performing venue over the years.

Alchemy and Adventure: A History of Exotic Colours and Poisonous Pigments – (live streamed due to copyright issues)
Lynne Gibson

It easy to take colour for granted, but before organic chemistry the most desirable pigments were often rare, exotic or poisonous. Merchants supplied cochineal ‘grana’ from the holds of Spanish galleons, golden nuggets from India and lapis rock carried by camel train from the mountains of Badakhshan. Alchemists prepared deadly King’s Yellow, mysterious Vitriol of Venus and Moorish Gold concocted from basilisk powder and human blood. This is the story behind some our most beautiful and colourful paintings.

Visual Illusions: Can you believe your own eyes?
John Ericson

In this thought provoking and entertaining presentation John has selected a range of visual illusions illustrating ‘illusions in art’ as well as ‘illusions as art’. Some of the images will amuse, some will confound and others will challenge your self-belief. Even those familiar with illusions may not have appreciated how they affect our appreciation of art or how much they influence our day-today lives.

PLUS Art Inspired by Wine [Digital Half Interest Day]


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New Member Fee of $170.00 pp
Current Member Renewal Fee of $120 pp

Anyone with an interest in the arts is very welcome.  No prior knowledge of the arts is needed.
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If you need more information, please email our Membership Secretary:

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OR phone Jacky Hartnett on 0407 448 919


You are welcome to watch the digital lectures with your friends in your own home. We hope that this might inspire your friends to become members too. We would welcome a donation to our Young Arts program when you feel that this is appropriate.

BSB: 633 000
Account Number: 162 475 040
Message: YArts Your last name


We send regular emails to our members to provide details of how to access each lecture as it becomes available, announce special events and keep members up to date with our plans and activities. Please email if you would like to be added to the friends of Launceston ADFAS list.


This ADFAS activity is currently dormant.Follow the link below to view work from a previous committee: Click Here
We would welcome interest from any members to continue this work. More information can be found at the ADFAS National page or by contacting  


The object of our Young Arts Program is to inspire young people with an enthusiasm for the Arts.  As well as direct donations from ADFAS members, we conduct raffles and organise special functions to raise money for this Program to provide financial support assisting young people, under 22 years of age, to experience a range of local artistic endeavours-music, painting, poetry, sculpture, singing, photography, and dance/movement.

ADFAS Young Arts does not run programs, but offers funding sponsorship for young people to have exposure to arts activities that would otherwise not be possible for them. Preference is given to projects benefiting a group rather than an individual, and to projects without the capacity to attract institutional funding. This has included financial support for 24 students to participate in ‘Strings on the Move’, (learning to play the violin over a course of six weeks) at Launceston Primary School in 2017. Young Arts supported an extension of this very successful project in 2018, 2019, 2020 

ADFAS Young Arts has also sponsored the transport for hundreds of children from different schools to attend/participate:

  • The Glover, an annual exhibition of paintings of the landscape of Tasmania (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Singfest, a choral celebration involving primary students from schools in Northern Tasmania (2018 & 2019)
  • Poetry day, supporting three workshops at two different schools, run by a recognized Australian prize-winning poet (2018)
  • Inveresk Museum pilot project (2020)

In 2019 Launceston ADFAS was the winner of The Pauline Hopkins Cup, awarded in recognition of the variety and achievements of Launceston’s 2018 Program of Young Arts.

Young Arts Program Sub-Committee with The Pauline Hopkins Cup awarded to Launceston ADFAS in 2019

For further details, contact the ADFAS Young Arts Coordinator: Jan Searl at