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ADFAS Armidale
PO Box 1029
Armidale NSW 2350

ABN:  81 734 702 341


In 2020 ADFAS Armidale provides for its members and guests a program of ten illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.

Committee 2020

Chairman: Stephen Gow
Mob: 0412 487 492

Vice Chairman: Julia Hardman
Mob: 0427 753 124

Secretary: Les Davis
Mob: 0438 153 753


Treasurer: Tom O’Connor
Ph: (02) 6778 3684

Membership Secretary: Marcella O’Connor
Ph: (02) 6778 3684

Membership Enquiries:

Programme for 2020


5 February 2020
Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS
Mrs Susannah Fullerton (Australian Lecturer)

Susannah has been passionate about literature for as long as she can remember.
In 2017 Susannah was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for Services to Literature.

The 6 most polished, controlled and elegant social comedies to be found in English Literature were written by a woman whose personal life was unexciting and confined. Jane Austen’s cool judgment, ironic detachment and her genius gave her novels depth and charm and made them some of the most popular novels ever!

Susannah Fullerton, President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and author of several books about Jane Austen, shares her passion for Austen’s novels and her interest in her life and times. Illustrations bring the Regency world to life and readings will remind audiences just how funny Jane Austen can be.

Robb College, UNE, Armidale

5 March 2020
Memorial Hall, TAS
Catherine Wallace (UK Arts Society Lecturer)

This lecture gives an overview of art in Cornwall from the late 19th century to the start of the Second World War that was created in and around the remote villages of Newlyn and Lamorna in West Cornwall and the port of Falmouth. It begins with the Social Realism of artists such as Walter Langley and Frank Bramley who captured the harshness of life for families in the fishing community of Newlyn. This lecture then looks at the fame that artists such as Stanhope Forbes achieved both at home and abroad in the 1880s and 90s with his depictions of village life and his fascination with capturing low light levels.

Canal Bridge, Brinscombe, Desire Delaplace, Gerardon c. 1850

15 April 2020
Matthew Laing (Australian Lecturer) VIDEO LECTURE

Due to the Social Distancing COVID-19 regulations this lecture will now be provided by way of a video link.
The lecture discusses the emergence of the artistic and cultural movement in uptown New York that came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance. A seminal moment in the development of a post-slavery black identity in the United States, Harlem was the interwar crossroads for the greatest creative and intellectual minds in black society. The movement touched upon all areas of African American culture, from the fashions, music and dances of the Cotton Club and jazz halls to the intellectual and religious discourses in black schools, churches and homes.

Drainage Basin

14 May 2020
Due to the Social Distancing COVID-19 regulations this lecture replaces the previously listed lecture and will now be provided by way of a video link.

The Beginnings of Moorish Architecture: Experiencing and Understanding the Exotic
IAN COCKBURN – (UK Arts Society Lecturer) 

When entering an architectural space designed by an unknown culture, there are two main questions we must ask ourselves. How do we experience it, and how do we understand it? The first significant structure built by the Moorish invaders who conquered the Iberian Peninsula in the early 8th century was the Friday or communal mosque at Córdoba. This lecture looks at the impact this stunningly beautiful building has on the visitor and how that impact is achieved. It also examines the details of the structure and decorative elements, to show how they can be understood, both in terms of their origins and in terms of the hidden messages that tell the story of the political, social and religious turmoil that embroiled Córdoba in the tenth century, when a Caliphate was declared and the Great Mosque was finally completed.

Taksang or The Tiger’s Nest Monastery

17 June 2020
Due to the Social Distancing COVID-19 regulations this lecture will now be provided by way of a video link.

Kathleen Olive (Australian Lecturer) 

Andrea Palladio, the Italian architect whose constructions inspired a new building culture in England and North America, theorised that beauty results “from the form and correspondence of the whole.” Since Antiquity Italian villas and their gardens have been designed harmoniously, making valuable agricultural and economic contributions. They also provided spaces for intellectual reflection, architectural innovation, aesthetic appreciation – and relaxation in some of the most picturesque locations imaginable! In this talk we examine the Renaissance rediscovery of classical texts on villas and their impact on gardens and trace the exportation of this Italian style in the work of designers such as Cecil Pinsent.

Jim Fogarty – Japan 2010

9 July 2020
Video Lecture
Kate Strasdin (UK Arts Society Lecturer) 

The phenomenal success of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has a great deal to do with the aesthetic of the TV show – 1920s Melbourne and a glamourous protagonist. This lecture looks at dress in the 1920s, the designers who were influencing style and developments that were changing the way people thought about clothes. It is also a look behind the scenes, creating Phryne Fisher’s world and the flapper style so synonymous with the decade. It was a period that began to embrace sportswear, leisurewear, shortened hems as well as the outrageous parties. It also looks at menswear of the period and changes that were beginning to take place within the masculine wardrobe too.

Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675), The Girl with the Wine Glass (c.1659 – 60), oil on canvas, 78 x 67 cm, Brunswick, Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum.

13 August 2020
Video Lecture
Dr. Caroline Shenton
The Arts Society Lecturer Hume August

Packing Up The Nation 
This is the gripping and sometimes hilarious story of how a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during its Darkest Hour.  As Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel to threaten the UK, men and women from London’s national museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to evacuate their collections to safety.  Utilising country houses from Buckinghamshire to Cumbria, tube tunnels, Welsh mines and Wiltshire quarries, a dedicated team of unlikely heroes packed up their greatest treasures in a race against time during the sweltering summer of 1939, dispatching them throughout the country on a series of secret wartime adventures, retold in this talk.


10 September 2020
Video Lecture
Sandy Burnett (UK Arts Society Lecturer)

2020 sees the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the revolutionary composer whose death in March 1827 left the Austro-German composers who came after him with a serious problem: how could they possibly follow the example of this musical titan who had changed the world of classical music for ever?  With the aid of selected images, recorded excerpts and live musical analysis, Sandy Burnett takes an in-depth look at this amazing composer, and into this fascinating era of music making.

Ghislaine in her etching studio

15 October 2020
Video Lecture
Kathy McLauchlan (UK Arts Society Lecturer)

Looking back on his work towards the end of his life, Peder Severin Krøyer recalled his work at Skagen, the Danish artists’ colony at the northernmost tip of Denmark, and expressed his particular love for that time “when the sun is going down, when the moon is rising over the sea, hanging there, crystal-clear, and the water, smooth as glass, reflects its light. Krøyer was referring to the ‘blue hour’ of northern Scandinavian summer nights, when sea and sky appear to merge into a single luminous whole.  This lecture explores Krøyer’s life and work in Skagen and evaluates the paintings that made him into one of Europe’s most celebrated artists by the end of the 19th Century.

Elmslea Chambers, Montague Street, Goulburn. L.P.Burns, 1934

11 November 2020
Lazenby Hall, UNE
Alison Kubler (Australian Lecturer)

Historically art and fashion found themselves philosophically opposed. There traditionally existed a hierarchy of high and low art and fashion. Art aspires to a cultural longevity that fashion by its very nature seems designed to negate. So how did art and fashion reconcile in the new millennium, and how are art and fashion collaborations shifting the paradigm?

Alison Kubler has a double major in Art History from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Masters in Post-war and Contemporary Art History from Manchester University, England.
Alison has over 20 years’ experience working as a curator in museums and galleries in Australia.
At present she is a curatorial advisor to Urban Art Projects on the public art for the major Queens Wharf Brisbane Redevelopment. She has been a regular external assessor for the Australia Council Visual Arts Board, and a sessional academic at QUT in the fashion studies department.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 Restrictions this lecture will be for MEMBERS ONLY. Members must book a free ticket to be able to attend and must present their ticket (printed or on phone) to gain entry to the lecture. Maximum number allowed is 86 members plus the Committee. No visitors.

Elmslea Chambers, Montague Street, Goulburn. L.P.Burns, 1934

The 2020 AGM of ADFAS Armidale Inc. will be held at 5.30 pm prior to the November 11th Lecture.

Venue and Time of Lectures

The February, April, June and November Lectures will be held at 6pm on Wednesdays in the Michael Hoskins Centre, The Armidale School (TAS), entry from Chapel Street, Armidale.

The May, September and October Lectures will be held at 6pm on Thursdays in the Michael Hoskins Centre, The Armidale School (TAS), entry from Chapel Street, Armidale.

The July and August Lectures will be held at 6pm on Thursdays in the UNE Arts Theatre
A light supper is provided after each lecture.



The Armidale School provides ADFAS Armidale the use of the TAS Michael Hoskins Centre or the TAS Memorial Hall as a venue for lectures and technical support as well.



The University of New England provides ADFAS Armidale the use of the UNE Arts Theatre at a discounted fee as a venue for the July and August 2020 lectures.


The annual membership subscription is $140 per person
Gift Vouchers are available for membership subscriptions.


Membership Secretary:  Marcella O’Connor
Ph: (02) 67783684


Guests are welcome and a $25 fee applies per lecture.
Full Time Students (over 18 years of age) $5 per lecture.
Secondary Students (in uniform) Free
There is no fee for visiting ADFAS members.
Gift Vouchers are available for Guest Tickets.