Melbourne

ADFAS Melbourne welcomes you.

ADFAS Melbourne is a welcoming and friendly society presenting nine lectures a year in the comfortable Lido Cinemas complex at Hawthorn. Our 2023 program presents a range of impressive topics from overseas and Australian specialist lecturers. These range from the visual arts, architecture, history, literature, music, gardens and ceramics. We keep members informed of our wonderfully presented and illustrated lectures with a regular newsletter. Each lecture concludes with supper.

Members are very welcome to bring along a friend or prospective new member to most lectures with prior booking with our Membership Secretary and payment of the guest fee. A new member welcome evening is held each year to introduce new members to the committee so that when they attend a lecture there is a friendly face in the crowd.  Members book into each lecture via an Eventbrite booking link sent out approximately two weeks prior to each lecture.

Lectures:

Venue:
Lectures are held at Lido Cinema 1, 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.

The cinema is accessed via both a staircase and a lift from the arcade linking Glenferrie Road with the large off-street parking behind the cinema complex.  Quite a lot of additional free parking is available opposite the cinema accessed via Wakefield Street through to Liddiard Street. Parking is free after 6pm but can be difficult so allow plenty of time to park and be seated by 8pm.

Time:
Lectures are on a Wednesday and begin at 8pm.

Program
Find full details of the 2023 program here

Membership:
Annual membership:
$180 single membership
$340 Double membership (couples)
Click here to join or email: adfasmelbourne@gmail.com

Admittance to each lecture requires display of a name-tag for members

Pro-rata membership will be available from June 2023 onwards.

Guests welcome:
Guests are welcome to attend the lectures for prior payment of $30 per person., $20 ADFAS members of other societies and $5 students.

To book and arrange payment contact Veronica Rickard on 0408 113 669 or adfasmelbourne@gmail.com

Contact:
For all enquiries please email: adfasmelbourne@gmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 931, Hawthorn, VIC 3122
ABN: 36 971 725 705

Committee 2023
Chair: Jane Sims
Treasurer: Gail Richards
Membership: Veronica Rickard   Ph: 0408 113 669

2023 PROGRAM

Wednesday 8 March 2023
A VIRTUAL TOUR OF MoMA NEW YORK
Presented by Anna Moszynska
Time & Venue: 8pm, Lido Cinema 1

This lecture is an opportunity to “travel” to New York and experience the excitement of visiting its premier Modern Art Museum with its superb art ranging from Impressionism to the present day. Anna will tour parts of the collection through its different floors, looking at specific pieces, showing how they resonate with other works close by.

Anna Moszynska is a UK based lecturer and writer specializing in contemporary art presenting it in a lively and approachable way.

Non-members of ADFAS Melbourne need to liaise with Veronica Rickard, Membership Secretary to make payment prior to registering using the Eventbrite booking site.

Wednesday 12 April 2023
CLARICE CLIFF: DESIGNER IN CERAMICS
Presented by Vaughan Macefield
Time & Venue: 8pm, Lido Cinema 1

Starting as a gilder in the pottery industry aged 13, Clarice Cliff rapidly developed her artistic ability and style, ultimately being given her own studio. There Clarice created her own designs, beloved by many, featuring bold colours, fantastic geometric patterns and novel shapes which are instantly recognizable today.

Professor Macefield will explore Clarice Cliff’s work, her influences and legacy as he shares his keen interest in her work.

Non-members of ADFAS Melbourne need to liaise with Veronica Rickard, Membership Secretary to make payment prior to registering using the Eventbrite booking site.

Wednesday 10 May 2023
ART DECO

Presented by Ian Gledhill
Time & Venue: 8pm, Lido Cinema 1

What happened to Art Nouveau? Ian’s lecture will follow the transformation of Art Nouveau into Art Deco – the style that defined the jazz era and the golden age of pre-war Hollywood musicals, a colourful style still influential today. This lecture is sure to be an excellent follow-on to the fascinating lecture on Art Nouveau that Ian presented on Zoom in 2021.

Ian has had a varied career designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport to working in the theatre as an actor, director and set designer.

Non-members of ADFAS Melbourne need to liaise with Veronica Rickard, Membership Secretary to make payment prior to registering using the Eventbrite booking site.

Wednesday 7 June 2023
ACQUIRED TASTE: THE INVENTION of the RESTAURANT in 19th CENTURY PARIS

Presented by Sylvia Sagona
Time & Venue: 8pm, Lido Cinema 1

It is difficult to imagine life without restaurants and even harder to think that the first restaurants were for the fastidious who didn’t even like eating and so had to be served a restorative broth or restaurant. In this lecture Sylvia follows the progress of the restaurant to the space we know today with separate tables, a menu, fixed prices, flexible opening times and food presented by famous chefs.

Dr Sylvia Sagona needs no introduction to Melbourne audiences, and we are pleased to welcome her back for this month’s lecture.

Non-members of ADFAS Melbourne need to liaise with Veronica Rickard, Membership Secretary to make payment prior to registering using the Eventbrite booking site.

12 July 2023
THE AGE OF JAZZ
Presented by Sandy Burnett
Time & Venue: 8pm, Lido Cinema 1

Jazz is one of the 20th century’s most important genres: a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation. As a gigging musician Sandy will shed light on jazz from the very earliest recordings to the classics by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Sandy Burnett is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators combining broadcasting, performing and lecturing as well as being a highly sought-after double bassist on the London Jazz scene.

Non-members of ADFAS Melbourne need to liaise with Veronica Rickard, Membership Secretary to make payment prior to registering using the Eventbrite booking site.

Wednesday 16 August 2023
THE STORY OF THE SUTTON HOO SHIP BURIAL
Presented by Mark Cottle
Time & Venue: 8pm, Lido Cinema 1

In the early 7th century, a great ship was dragged ashore from the river Deben in Surrey to become the burial place of a powerful Anglo-Saxon warlord. He was interred with treasures from all over the known world including exquisitely crafted jewellery, fine weaponry, and gold coins.

Mark’s lecture will evaluate the finds and explore what insights they offer about the world they came from. Born on the Isles of Scilly, Mark’s career has been spent in education and training. He has lectured on Medieval and Tudor history and Anglo Saxon and Medieval England.

Non-members of ADFAS Melbourne need to liaise with Veronica Rickard, Membership Secretary to make payment prior to registering using the Eventbrite booking site.

13 September 2023
THE ART OF THE JAPANESE GARDEN: FROM TRADITION TO MODERNITY
Presented by Marie Conte-Helm
Time & Venue: 8pm, Lido Cinema 1

This lecture introduces some of Japan’s most famous gardens and provides context for understanding the Japanese garden as it has evolved through the ages. The Japanese love of nature and the changing seasons has manifested itself in paintings and in intimate and grand-scale gardens surrounding aristocratic palaces and Buddhist temples.
These distinctive qualities have been successfully adapted to modern domestic settings and Japanese gardens abroad.

Professor Conte-Helm has a BA in History of Art and an MA in Asian Art. She held senior academic positions at UK Universities, has lectured throughout the UK and abroad and has been honoured by both the UK and Japanese governments for services to UK-Japan educational and cultural relations.

Non-members of ADFAS Melbourne need to liaise with Veronica Rickard, Membership Secretary to make payment prior to registering using the Eventbrite booking site.

11 October 2023
HADRIAN: MAN OF MYSTERY
Presented by Paul Roberts
Time & Venue: 8pm, Lido Cinema 1

Hadrian is a Roman Emperor we think we know. In his lecture Paul Roberts examines the contrasts in the life of the man who built Hadrian’s Wall in northern Britain. Hadrian was a shrewd politician, a ruthless general as well as a man of mystery. Obsessive in everything he did, from amateur architecture (dispatching his court architect who dared to disagree with him!) to love. Though married to his wife Sabina for 40 years, Hadrian’s greatest love was a young man Antinous, whom Hadrian made a god after his suspicious death.

Dr Paul Roberts is head of the Dept of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, researching the daily life of ordinary people in the Greek and Roman worlds. He has travelled the Roman Empire from Britain to Syria and has researched, taught and studied in Italy.

Non-members of ADFAS Melbourne need to liaise with Veronica Rickard, Membership Secretary to make payment prior to registering using the Eventbrite booking site.

Wednesday 15 November 2023
THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL – THE DIVINE PLAN FOR CREATION CHARTRES, FRANCE
Presented by Garry Martin
Time & Venue: 8pm, Lido Cinema 1

The first half of the 13th century in France saw the flowering of a spirituality that led to the construction of more than 40 great Gothic cathedrals. The well-loved Chartres Cathedral built continuously from 1194 to 1230 with its magnificent stained-glass windows is a fine example. The geometry, patterns and proportional harmony used in the cathedral and its stained-glass window design was inspired by patterns in nature and used by each generation of architects and craftsmen as they sought to emulate God’s Divine plan for the creation.

Garry Martin is a Melbourne architect who has also practised in the UK and Europe. He has a keen interest in archaeology, history of architecture and philosophy.

The AGM is generally held prior to the November lecture & the evening concludes with a Christmas themed supper.

Non-members of ADFAS Melbourne need to liaise with Veronica Rickard, Membership Secretary to make payment prior to registering using the Eventbrite booking site.