Postal Address:

ADFAS Launceston
PO Box 445


Membership Enquiries:

ABN:  16 630 263 813

Committee 2022

Jacqueline Hartnett
Ph: 0407 448 919

Wendy Webster
Ph: 0400 821 948

Ursula Love
Ph: 0402 464 847

Membership Secretary:
Annabel Tyson
Ph: 0429 311 874

Launceston: Full of surprises ….

Launceston, a picturesque city in northern Tasmania, lies at the at the confluence of the North Esk and South Esk rivers where they become the Tamar River (kanamaluka). Apart from its natural beauty, such as the gorgeous Cataract Gorge nestled at its heart, the city’s geography has always attracted an industrious and innovative citizenry determined to establish a vibrant city.

In addition to claiming many Australian innovations and ‘firsts’, such as the first use of anaesthetic in the Southern Hemisphere, the first Australian city to have underground sewers and the first Australian city to be lit by hydro-electricity, just to name a few, Launceston’s cultural scene is also an innovative trend setter. It is no surprise to those of us who live here that Launceston, voted the most liveable regional city in 2018, has been one of the most popular regional cities to move to in Australia from 2020 to 2021!

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ADFAS LAUNCESTON 2022: Bringing the arts to life

In 2022 Launceston ADFAS has an exciting program of superbly illustrated lectures on a diverse range of topics within the arts and related disciplines: It will include:

  • 8 face-to-face Lectures from Australian Lecturers
  • 4 Digital Lectures from International Lecturers delivered to your home

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.  ADFAS Launceston also has an active Young Arts program, and we explore and provide opportunities for young people in our local community to develop an interest in the Arts.

Our 2022 Lectures and Programme is outlined below and can be downloaded here.

Please Note: Our 2022 lecture program will be subject to the relevant and evolving requirements of COVID safety. Details will be provided to members by email in advance of lectures each month. In the event of further lockdowns, travel restrictions for lecturers, venue closures or other circumstances beyond our control, we will aim to provide the programmed or alternative lecture content in digital format, online.


Unless otherwise stated, all Launceston ADFAS face-to-face lectures in 2022 will be held
– on Tuesdays at the Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, UTAS, Newnham. Please click here for venue information.
– All lectures begin at 6.15pm.  Please be seated by 6.00pm.

A complimentary glass of wine and sandwiches are offered following each lecture.


We are offering a special discounted half year membership for the remainder of 2022 of $90.00

Payments can be made by EFT to ADFAS Launceston Inc. Bank Account: BSB: 633 000 Account Number: 162 475 040

Click here to download the 2022 Half Year Membership Form


 Anyone with an interest in the arts is very welcome.  No prior knowledge of the arts is needed. To join ADFAS Launceston, or for any enquiries, please email us on


Visitors are most welcome to attend. Please email to arrange your attendance. We regret that guests may attend no more than three lectures per year.

Cost for guests is $30.00 per lecture, and includes refreshments after the lecture.


We welcome new members. If you have any other queries, or need more information about our membership, please email:

For information about ADFAS Launceston Young Arts activities, including a link to the funding guidelines and an application form, scroll to the bottom of this page.



1 March 2022
‘Calligrapher: Artist: Teacher’
Gemma Black

Gemma Black provides insight into the working life of a calligrapher in contemporary Australia. Gemma offers you a glimpse of her life as an artist, the opportunities that have arisen for her in particular the work created for the Commonwealth Government of Australia. These works include four major Apology documents including the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples and a number of other founding documents housed in the Australian Archives. She will also talk about what type of commissions a modern calligrapher is required to do to remain relevant in a highly technical age.

In the lecture we will look very briefly at time periods in the evolution of writing to give you a better understanding of the models that have influenced writing both by hand & digital for everyone. Gemma offers a highly polished and professional illustrated presentation of a craftsperson of archaic skills, a maker of modern written artefacts. There is gold, and there is colour, there are books and there are broadsheets. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and informative lecture.

29 March 2022
The creative genius of the Bugatti Family: from art to automobiles
Kenneth Park

From art to automobiles – this lecture examines the incredibly talented Bugatti family, well known for their extraordinary contributions in art and design. Carlo was an important Art Nouveau artist, designer, and decorator. His two sons were just as talented; Ettore established a reputation as an automobile designer and manufacturer, and Rembrandt was a renowned sculptor. Today the world is richer in so many ways through the efforts of generations of the Bugatti family who excelled in making brilliant art and design.

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. Kenneth also consults in both the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising (especially in planned giving) as well as marketing, sponsorship, art, membership / loyalty, and public relations.

An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe. He lives by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’. His tertiary studies include political science, administration, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history, and international relations. Kenneth has a passion for travel, food, wine, arts, architecture, history, and good conversation … essentially the good life!

31 May 2022
Trash or Treasure? The Pro Hart Enigma
Gavin Fry

Loved by millions and a stepping-stone for many a new art collector, Pro Hart is reviled, or at best ignored, by the art establishment. The story of his enormous commercial success and what it says about how art is created, exploited, and marketed in this country is a curious and at times disturbing tale.

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 the degrees of Bachelor of Arts [Hons] and Master of Arts from Monash University and Master of Philosophy from Leicester University.

12 July 2022
White gums and ramoxes: the ceramics of Merric and Arthur Boyd
Grace Cochrane AM

This is the story of the development and curation of the touring 2009 exhibition from the Bundanon Trust Collection, the property gifted by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd to the people of Australia in 1993. The exhibition takes its title from two characteristic motifs in the ceramic work of Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) and his father, Merric Boyd (1888-1959). This talk looks at the curation of the exhibition: considering the collection, deciding on a theme, discovering related paintings, drawings and prints, and deciding that the exhibition was about the relationship between Arthur and his father, through their work. It also gives insights into the work behind the scenes, the fascinating mysteries that were unravelled and what the exhibition looked like in a range of different venues.

Now an independent curator and writer, until 2005 Grace Cochrane was a senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. She is the author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History (NSW University Press, 1992), and for over 45 years has 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.

9 August 2022
History of Hallmarking in England
Jolyon Warwick James

This presentation provides an in-depth look at hallmarking. Why was it needed, how it developed, how it was implemented and what its relevance is today? Whilst looking at English hallmarking, we examine English provincial, Scottish and Irish marks, and make comparative reference to hallmarking in other countries. Historically interesting, this lecture provides practical advice on how to “decode” hallmark symbols.

Jolyon Warwick 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.

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

Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, is one of France’s most celebrated women. A brilliant businesswoman from modest beginnings she 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 on until 1866, dying at 88. Her descendants are numbered among France’s most famous and grandest families. This lecture traces the hectic and complex lives of Madame la Veuve Clicquot and of her family, 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.

4 October 2022
Nightingales and Roses: An introduction to Iranian art
Dr Sam Bowker

This lecture will focus on the cultural legacies of the Safavid and Qajar dynasties and discuss the extent to which they have informed contemporary art in Iran and the Iranian diaspora.

Using remarkable case studies, we will review how Iranian art has made distinctive contributions to global art histories, including architecture, textiles, painting, photography and literature. The art of Iran is complex, vast and diverse, so this is designed to provide a compelling introduction for a lifetime of exploration


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).

15 November 2022
Bach By Numbers
Heath Lees

Many people think 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. This lecture explores the mysterious numbers and patterns that lie at the heart of Bach’s musical inspiration.

Heath Lees is an academic, musicologist, broadcaster and the founder of the Wagner Society of New Zealand. Originally from Scotland, Heath Lees has based three decades of musical activity around Australia and New Zealand. Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Auckland, he now travels the world educating people about music, how it works and how we appreciate it.

In 2013 Heath wrote and presented A Tale Told in Music, an essential guide to dramatic understanding of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring of the Nibelung. Music to Your Ears, his most recent documentary, is a guide to the greater understanding of music in general.


Art Nouveau: Architecture Around the World
Ian Gledhill

This lecture looks at the influence of Art Nouveau style had on architecture in countries around the world, including Britain, Austria, Spain, Latvia and America. Despite the fact that Art Nouveau was originally largely inspired by British designers, the style found little favour in the UK. While French and Belgian architects used plant forms to create organic three-dimensional forms, Austrian Art Nouveau is surprisingly flat, and in Barcelona Antoni Gaudi’s buildings seem much more based on animal shapes than plants. The city with more Art Nouveau buildings than any other is Riga in Latvia, where carved stone is much more prominent than the fantastical iron shapes found in Belgium or France. We finish our world tour in America, with the elaborately decorated designs of Louis Tiffany and Louis Sullivan.

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, where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator. His main interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta, and these are reflected in the wide-ranging list of subjects for his lectures. He began giving lectures in 1997, and now gives on average around 140 a year.

Elizabeth Vigée le Brun: Keeping her head in Revolutionary Europe
Lucrezia Walker

Elizabeth Vigée le Brun was one of the finest eighteenth-century French painters and among the most important women artists of all time. Celebrated for her expressive portraits of French royalty and aristocracy, and especially of her patron Marie Antoinette, Vigée Le Brun exemplified success and resourcefulness in an age when women were rarely allowed either. Because of her close association with the queen Vigée Le Brun was forced to flee France during the French Revolution. For twelve years she travelled throughout Europe, painting noble sitters in the courts of Naples, Russia, Austria, and Prussia. She returned to France in 1802, under the reign of Napoleon where she continued to work with success in France, London and Switzerland. Her work and her life make her an extraordinary woman working in dramatically changing times.

Lucrezia Walker Is a regular lecturer and gallery guide at the National Gallery in London. She liaises with the Gallery’s corporate sponsors and with the Tate Gallery and the Tate Modern. She teaches US undergraduates on their Study Abroad semesters in London and was Lay Canon for the Visual Arts at St Paul’s Cathedral 2010-2014.

Jane Gardiner

This lecture will look at the opening up of trade routes between Europe and the Far East in the early years of the seventeenth century, the craze for all things Oriental, particularly porcelain and lacquer, that followed on from this, and the enormous impact this had on taste, collecting and display. It will then look at the ways in which European designers took inspiration from the subjects depicted on these imported goods to create a whimsical, sometimes fantastic and thoroughly European style 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 the University of London. She trained at the Victoria and Albert Museum and continues to lecture there. Jane was a senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art for 17 years, becoming a Deputy Director of Sotheby’s, UK. She has also lectured for the National Trust, the Art Fund, London University, Buckingham University, l’Institut d’Etudes Superieures des Arts in Paris, a private women’s college in Saudi Arabia, on cruise ships and at antiques fairs and interior design conferences in America.

Phrases & Sayings – The Etymology of the City of London
Alan Read

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 Master’s and First-Class Honours degrees in History of Art from Birkbeck College, University of London. Is a gallery guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and has lectured at many galleries including the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery and the NPG. He is also a London Blue Badge Guide and City of London Guide.


Unless otherwise stated, all Launceston ADFAS face-to-face lectures in 2022 will be held on Tuesdays at the Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, UTAS, Newnham.

Please follow this link for Venue information.

All lectures begin at 6.15pm.  Please be seated by 6pm.
A complimentary glass of wine and sandwiches are offered following each lecture.


Membership is by annual subscription of $140; the joining fee has been waived for 2022.


Anyone with an interest in the arts is very welcome.  No prior knowledge of the arts is needed.
To join ADFAS Launceston, or for any enquiries, please email us on


There are many benefits to being an ADFAS member. It will allow you to:

  • Learn more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment
  • Meet people with interests in the arts
  • Enjoy cultural and social opportunities
  • Receive one Guest Pass to host a friend for one lecture in the year
  • Support local young artists through our Young Arts Program


Click to Join! Download Membership Form


If you need more information, please email our Membership Secretary: Annabel Tyson –


Visitors are most welcome to attend. Please email to arrange your attendance. We regret that guests may attend no more than three lectures per year.

Cost for guests is $30.00 per lecture, and includes refreshments after the lecture.


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, it 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.

ADFAS Young Arts has supported a variety of art projects and in 2019 Launceston ADFAS was the winner of The Pauline Hopkins Cup, awarded in recognition of the variety and achievements of its 2018 Program of Young Arts.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted our ability to sponsor projects over the last two years, we continued to sponsor the transport of children from different schools to attend the annual Glover art exhibition of landscape paintings of Tasmania, and participate in Singfest, a choral celebration involving primary students from schools in Northern Tasmania

We look forward to resuming an active Young Arts program in 2022.

For further details, contact the ADFAS Young Arts Coordinator: Jenny Prevost on M: 0427 430 665, or E: