Narrabri & North West District

Postal Address:

ADFAS Narrabri & NW Inc.
PO Box 69
Narrabri NSW 2390

General Enquiries: Elizabeth Campbell

Booking Enquiries:

ABN:  17 901 195 053

Welcome to ADFAS Narrabri’s 2022 season!  Please call in and visit us at any of the events you can see listed below … experience the warm, welcoming vibe that encompasses these evenings of listening and learning!  Our lectures are superbly illustrated on a huge screen in the comfort of Cinema 1, The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, followed by refreshments and a chat with our lecturers in the adjoining café, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Crossing Theatre lawns and the Namoi River.  The talks cover an arts-correlated range over many fascinating and diverse topics – some will be familiar, and others could be unchartered terrain.  All lectures are presented in a sophisticated and knowledgeable format at the same time being accessible to all levels of arts experience.  Our early evening presentations offer a friendly social experience and are open to everyone interested in arts, history, and culture.

Those who wish to join are more than welcome to turn up to a lecture and ask for a membership form.  Everyone is also welcome to come along to the occasional lecture of your choice.  Our lectures take place on Monday evenings – please refer to the dates scheduled below.  Arrivals start from 6.30pm onwards in The Crossing Theatre foyer ready for at 7pm start.

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Committee 2022

Chairman: Elizabeth Campbell
Mob: 0428 921 188

Secretary: Kay Durham
Ph: 0408 477 227

Treasurer: Nanette Watson
Ph: 0427 967 216

Marketing: Elizabeth Campbell

Young Arts Convenor: Judy Pownall


Grants Coordinator: Fiona Groeneveld

Committee Members:
Anne Boehm
Joan Burrell-Melbourne
Jenny Falkiner
Barbara Francis
Joan Longworth

Membership Enquiries:


ADFAS Narrabri will hold seven lectures during 2022, according to current Covid-19 Public Health determinations in NSW at the time, and the capacity allowances of our venue.  Be aware that circumstances may change at any time. Please contact if you need any further information.

7 March 2022
Streams of Fire & Tongues of Flame
Geoffrey Edwards
The Crossing Theatre Narrabri, arrivals at 6.30pm for 7pm start

The ancient and remarkable history of glass as an art form is traced in this lecture, looking at the works in major public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. The lecture also refers to glass-related imagery and symbolism in the visual arts, film and literature – a tradition that ranges in time and type from biblical allusion and Chaucerian dream visions of glass temples through to the novels of Daphne du Maurier, the films of Orson Wells, the poetry of Les Murray and recent science fiction.

Geoffrey Edwards was Director of the Geelong Art Gallery, one of Australia’s oldest and largest regional galleries. Prior to this appointment, he held Senior Curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria where he was in charge of the International and Australian collections and Melbourne’s celebrated holdings of ancient, antique and modern glass.

4 April 2022
Ready, Set? Adventures in Digital Landscapes
Michael Scott-Mitchell
The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, arrivals at 6.30pm for 7pm start

‘Somehow, and life is strange in the way it springs things upon you unexpectedly, I have found myself at the forefront of digital explorations in design for performance.  In the last twelve months I have designed Madame Butterfly for Opera Australia, the first fully fledged digital design for opera in Australia, UAE48 National Day Celebrations in Abu Dhabi, parts of World Expo in Dubai, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Christmas season – Noël Noël at the Angel Place Recital Hall. All of these works embrace digital technology, which in turn I am incorporating into my research as Professor of Practice, UNSW Art and Design.  Digital Landscapes are a part of our future, and my interest is how to enfold this technology to enhance performance. Not always as easy as you might think…’

For the past three decades Michael Scott-Mitchell has been a formidable force within the performing arts making a major contribution both within Australia and internationally. He has designed the sets for an impressive number of highly acclaimed productions.

16 May 2022
The Genius of Vincent van Gogh
Peter McPhee
The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, arrivals at 6.30pm for 7pm start

No other painter rivals Vincent van Gogh for popularity and recognition. Since his death the combination of his creative brilliance and the tragic circumstances in which that brilliance was expressed has fascinated us all. This lecture will offer an understanding of van Gogh leading up to his crucial 1880 decision about the direction of his life, and we will learn about a journey which led to the culmination of his final weeks at Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

Peter McPhee was appointed to a Personal Chair in History at the University of Melbourne in 1993.  He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University from 2003 to 2009. He has published widely on the history of France during the tumultuous years of the French Revolution and its aftermath.

11 July 2022
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Alistair Blanshard
The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, arrivals at 6.30pm for 7pm start

For the Greeks, to see the marvelous was to touch the divine. The Greeks loved stories about fabulous works of nature and feats of engineering and compiled many lists of “must see” monuments all over the world. This lecture focuses on the most famous of these catalogues of marvels. It describes the various monuments on this list and why they were so important to travellers many centuries ago. Of the original Seven Wonders only one, the Great Pyramids of Giza, the oldest of the ancient wonders, remains relatively intact.

Professor Alastair Blanshard is the inaugural Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland. Alastair grew up in Brisbane, where he was an undergraduate before heading off to Cambridge to undertake his doctoral studies.

15 August 2022
Well Heeled – Shoes Through Time
Claudia Chan Shaw
The Crossing Theatre Narrabri, arrivals at 6.30pm for 7pm start

No matter how many pairs you have, there’s always room for another pair of shoes. Throughout history shoes have been seen as symbols of power or status in society. High heels were worn by aristocrats and nobility. Thongs started out in Ancient Egypt and made their way to Bondi. Sometimes we suffer for the love of our shoes. They aren’t called ‘killer heels’ for nothing. Join Claudia Chan Shaw for an intriguing look at our fascination with shoes and the stories behind them – from flats and stilettos, to trainers, Crocs and the catwalk. Just think of Cinderella or the Wizard of Oz – it’s all about the shoes in the end.

Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multi-faceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist and curator. She is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw. The label is renowned for its exquisite handmade knitwear and jewellery.

12 September 2022
The Tale of Two Cities
Kenneth Park
The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, arrivals at 6.30pm for 7pm start

The story of Russia is inextricably linked to two contrasting cities, Moscow and St Petersburg. The Russian capital, Moscow, the historic seat of power with its impressive and world-famous landmarks like St Basils, the Kremlin and Red Square, and Saint Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great as an artfully planned statement city of style and sophistication and doorway to the West. St Petersburg would for a time serve as capital of Russia, but Moscow with its long historical pedigree would always hold that special status. The focus of Peter the Great was a new vision for Russia, and he determined that his new city, St Petersburg, would be unlike any other in his vast realm.

Kenneth Park is passionate about art, architecture, and cultural history. He has been able to combine this passion with his love of travel. On average, he would spend over half the year travelling as a tour leader/host for a wide range of tourism related organisations. Kenneth has served for over thirty years as the Curator of Collections and Philanthropy Associate, Wesley College, Melbourne where he manages the archives and an extensive Australian art collection.

17 October 2022
Turner the Explorer
Robert & Catherine Ketton
The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, arrivals at 6.30pm for 7pm start 

Whilst Robert talks about the life and times of JMW Turner, Catherine will take to the easel with oil paint, rags, scrapers and brush to give us a glimpse of Turner’s style and technique. Turner was a fascinating character; secretive, driven, penny pinching and generous, chaotic in his private life and fiercely patriotic. He is regarded as one of the greatest nineteenth century painters, and his works are exhibited in galleries the world over. His likeness appears on the twenty-pound note, a tribute that would have appealed to his vanity but contradicted his inherent need for anonymity.

In 1976 Robert was appointed as a Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Southern Queensland. Over the next thirty-three years Robert taught acting and directed dozens of plays for the university. Robert has several published books and plays, and is currently working on an illustrated children’s book with his artist wife, Catherine.


Our ADFAS lectures are held on Monday evenings in Cinema 1, The Crossing Theatre, Tibbereena Street, Narrabri.

A light supper and refreshments are provided after each lecture, an opportunity to catch up with friends old and new, and to have a friendly chat with our lecturers. All lectures have a 7.00pm start, with arrivals commencing in the foyer from 6.30pm onwards.  Lectures take approximately 1 hour, followed by questions from the audience.  Refreshments continue for approximately another hour, concluding the night around 9.30pm.  Plenty of parking space is available in The Crossing Theatre carpark.


Visitors $25 online or $30 at the door
High School students under 18 years $10.
Primary aged students – Free.
(Prices are inclusive of refreshments).


The annual membership subscription for new members is $150 per person.
Come along as a Guest or join up at your leisure at our entry desk!

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