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Armidale NSW 2350


In 2018 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 2018

Libby Davis
Mob: 0412 241 389

Vice Chairman:
Graeme Fordham

Ph: (02) 6775 2388

Les Davis
Mob: 0488 199 361

Postal Address:
ADFAS Armidale
PO Box 1029
Armidale NSW 2350

Stephen Gow
Ph: (02) 6772 6441

Membership Secretary:
Jane Gow
Ph: (02) 6772 6441

Programme for 2018

The Australian Pearl Industry
Wednesday 7
th February 2018 (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)
Marilynne Paspaley (Australian Lecturer)

Marilynne Paspaley is the daughter of Nicholas Paspaley Senior, Master Pearler and founder of the Paspaley Pearls empire. The business is now owned and operated by the next generation: her brother Nicholas Paspaley, her sister Roselynne Bracher and Marilynne Paspaley.

Marilynne Paspaley also owns and operates business interests in hospitality in the North West of Australia, including Pinctada Hotels and Resorts, The Kimberley Grande and McAlpine House in Broome.  Paspaley is also known as a promoter of beach polo, being the founder of the annual Cable Beach Polo event in Broome, Western Australia. Marilynne Paspaley is also the Governor of the International Beach Polo Association (Australasian Region).

In 2008, Marilynne Paspaley was honoured with an Order Of Australia,  for her contribution to the marketing and promotion of pearls and Australian designed jewellery.

Marilynne Paspaley will treat us to unique perspectives on the pearling industry history: the participants and the cultural, social and economic impacts of its evolution in Australia.
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Robb College, UNE, Armidale

South Sea Pearl

The Treasures of the Silk Road
1st March 2018 (Memorial Hall, TAS)
Mr Christopher Bradley (NADFAS Lecturer)

The Silk Road extends over 8,000 kms from China through Central Asia to the Mediterranean. The route acted as a highway for beliefs, ideas, inventions and art, whilst silk was just one of the many products traded for 1,400 years. With the Greek invasion of Alexander the Great, early Persian routes spread east towards India, until stability finally allowed the Chinese to trade silk, jade and ceramics in exchange for horses, pearls and gold. Buddhism spread throughout Central Asia and there are wonderful paintings from the Magao caves at Dunhuang and the ‘Caves of the Thousand Buddhas’ at Bezeklik in the Flaming Mountains. Samarkand and Bukhara are the beginning of the great Islamic buildings that continue through Persia and further west. Along the way we will see traditional murals, ceramics, statues, carpets, architecture, mosaics, tile-work, rock carvings and of course, silk itself.
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Canal Bridge, Brinscombe, Desire Delaplace, Gerardon c. 1850

Christopher Bradley

Robin Haig
th April 2018 (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)

Robin is from Perth, Western Australia, where she received her initial ballet training. In her early teens she appeared in a number of staged productions and vaudeville shows, and at the age of 17 joined a new company, the Australian Theatre Ballet, directed by Walter Gore and based in Melbourne.   In the same year, 1955, she was awarded a scholarship by the Royal Academy of Dancing that allowed her to travel to London to continue her studies at the Royal Ballet School. On graduating from the School she entered the Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden, touring extensively to the United States and performing throughout Europe and Russia.   She left the Royal Ballet in 1962 and worked internationally as a dancer, choreographer and teacher before becoming the director of the West Australian Ballet. Since moving to the U.S. in 1981, Robin has taught History and Philosophy of Dance, Dance in the Twentieth Century and choreographed as a faculty member at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and the dance faculty at the University of Colorado. Now retired, she is Senior Instructor Emerita.

Backstage with Margot Fonteyn

Dame Margot Fonteyn the world famous ballerina led the Royal Ballet from the age of sixteen until her retirement at the age of sixty.  Robin was awarded a Royal Academy of Dancing Scholarship at the age of seventeen and travelled to London in 1956 to study at the Royal Ballet School, entering the company at Covent Garden sixteen months later. She then toured with the Royal Ballet to America and in 1961, to Russia, where the company learned of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection.  The next year Dame Margot personally invited Robin to be part of an 8 member concert group, known affectionately as “The Fonteyn Follies”, touring Australia, New Zealand, Manila and Hong Kong. It was during this tour Robin came to know Dame Margot, both as a dancer and as a person. Several months later Fonteyn and Nureyev formed their extraordinary dance partnership, each bringing something of enormous value to the other.  Fonteyn almost twenty years older than Nureyev discovered new depths to her art just when she had been contemplating retirement, while Nureyev, the brash new “pop star” of ballet learned a new maturity and a more rigorous professionalism. Robin had the opportunity to perform with Nureyev in La Sylphide and Sonate a Trois, and found herself performing in the same companies and concert groups as Fonteyn.   Robin’s last meeting with Dame Margot was in 1988, three years before Fonteyn’s death from cancer.   
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Drainage Basin

Les Parisiennes
th May 2018 (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)
Anne Sebba NADFAS

Anne Sebba is a biographer, historian and author of eleven books who lectures to a variety of audiences in the US and UK, including the English Speaking Union, Royal Overseas League, National Trust, British Library and Imperial War Museum. Her latest book is a history of Paris between 1939-49 through women’s eyes published in 2016 as Les Parisiennes: How the women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940’s which has already been optioned for a TV multi part series. Anne is a former chair of Britain’s 9,000 strong Society of Authors.

Les Parisiennes is a story about women’s lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond and includes British and American women caught in Paris as well as native born resisters who were eventually sent to camps, couturiers and jewellers, some of whom flourished in wartime, as well as actors, singers, night club dancers and housewives.

The lecture opens with a magnificent circus ball held by Elsie de Wolfe at the magnificent Villa Trianon, a chateau in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles; many of the guests could not believe that war was imminent and ends with Christian Dior’s lavish new look in 1947 as well as a perfume, Miss Dior, named after his sister Catherine, a resister, who had only just survived a prison camp and never wanted to talk about her experiences.
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Taksang or The Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Irene Nemirovsky, Topfoto RV 10320-6

Violette Morris, Topfoto rv17649-7  

The Aesthetics of Traditional Japanese Architecture and Design
th June 2018 (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)
Adrian Boddy (Australian Lecturer)

Adrian holds the degrees of Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Applied Science; he is an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at the University of Technology, Sydney — where he was the former Director of the Architecture Program and academic for twenty-six years.  He has lectured widely in Australia and internationally. (New Zealand, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the United States of America, Papua New Guinea, China and the Philippines). His special interests include architectural design and photography. He wrote his research Master’s thesis on Australia’s best known photographer: Max Dupain.

Adrian is now a freelance architectural photographer and a consultant to the NSW Board of Architects.

Pure and simple
the beauty of the pines
an image of the past
(Poem by Hanamien Sukinari, c. 1800

Traditional Japanese building materials such as fabric, timber, stone, clay, metal, fibre and fabric inform the lecture’s structure… “the plain and un-agitated, the un-calculated, the harmless, the straightforward, the natural, the innocent, the humble, the modest: where does beauty lie if not in these qualities?” (international potter, Bernard Leach). Architecture’s elements and precedents: paths, gateways, garden walls, framed pavilions, platforms, screens and their associated subdued lighting, broad eaves and designed garden settings are then the subjects for discussion. In all cases traditional Japanese artefacts — painting, sculpture, pottery and utilitarian objects offer a wider context.

Photographic material and first-hand knowledge of traditional Japanese architecture are the result of study trips to Japan in 1985, 1989, 2001, 2002 and 2009. Rather than analysing Japan’s subtly changing stylistic traditions — the lecture conveys the overall form and structure of houses, temples and shrines; their finely resolved details, natural finishes, spatial fluidity, minimal interiors and links with landscape.
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Jim Fogarty – Japan 2010

Heian Shrine (main pavilion), Kyoto (late 19th C.)   

Roofscape of the Nikko temple/shrine complex 1630s.

Summer Palaces of the Tsars: The Highlights
th July 2018 (Memorial Hall, TAS)
Dr Alex Makhrov (Independent Lecturer)

Dr Alexey Makhrov studied art history at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg and obtained a PhD in architectural history at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, in 1998. He worked as postdoctoral researcher of Russian art criticism of the nineteenth century at the University of Exeter, England, before moving to Switzerland in 2003.

The royal estates in the environs of St Petersburg not only impress with their splendour but also give fascinating insights into the private life of the Romanovs. During the 18th century inhospitable terrain was transformed into idyllic locations in Oranienbaum, Peterhof, Strelna, Gatchina, Tsarskoe Selo and Pavlovsk. Peter the Great, his daughter Elisabeth, Catherine the Great and their successors spared no expense in building and decorating palaces, villas and gardens. During the Second World War most of the estates were heavily damaged but have since been lovingly restored. The lecture represents the palaces and gardens in the environs of St Petersburg and gives an account of their past and present.
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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.

Rossetti’s Women
th August 2018 (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)
Ms Linda Smith (NADFAS Lecturer)

Linda holds two first-class degrees in Art History. She is an experienced guide and lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Dulwich Picture Gallery and lectures to secondary school audiences and independent arts societies.

Gabriel Rossetti exerted a tremendous influence over British art towards the end of the nineteenth century. From the days of his early involvement with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to his death, women were enormously important in both his life and his art, but there has been some disagreement between his biographers about the precise nature of his relationships with some of them. This talk attempts to disentangle some of the competing theories, while introducing the audience to the various personalities involved.

The lecture examines Rossetti’s painted representations of these women in the rather complicated context of attitudes towards woman at the time. It also looks at his influences, and compares his work with that of other artists in his circle.
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Proserpine 1874 Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Shakers of North America: Their Beliefs, Architecture and Artefacts
th September 2018 (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)
John Ericson (NADFAS Lecturer)

John Ericson – formerly a lecturer at the University of Bath where he was Director of Studies in the School of Education with responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant and this has given him the opportunity to give lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world.

In this popular talk John tells the extraordinary story of the Shakers of North America, exploring their beginnings, what they believed and how they lived their lives before examining examples of their wonderful buildings and furniture. For it is only with such an understanding of their devout faith and way of life that we can begin to appreciate their intriguing legacy.
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Ghislaine in her etching studio

Colour and Brilliance: Women Stained Glass Artists of the Arts & Crafts Movement
11th October, 2018 (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)
Mr Martin Ellis NADFAS

Martin is an experienced curator, lecturer and broadcaster. Until recently Principal Curator and Head of Collections Research & Development at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, he now divides his time between curatorial work, consultancy, the development of cultural tourism programs and broadcasting projects and working with his wife in their art.

In the early years of the 20th century a new generation of young women artists emerged triumphantly into the art world. Like their Australian cousins, they were trained in the newly established public and municipal schools of art. Following the tenets of the Arts & Crafts Movement, many found a natural home in the field of stained glass – an art form deadened by the increasingly formulaic products of the large, commercial companies. They were an extraordinary generation: fiercely independent, champions of women’s rights and gender politics, suffragists and challengers of the political establishment, they also created some of the most beautiful windows of the 20th century, bringing a richness and sensitivity to the art. The talk looks in particular at the students and achievements of three centres of training and practice, in Dublin, Birmingham and London, and celebrates the work of an extraordinary generation which both enriched and changed the nature of stained glass in Britain
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Little Thakeham, West Sussex, England

Veronica Whall (1887-1967), Stained glass panel, St. Michael & all Angels, Ledbury 1912

Florence Camm (1874-1960) Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, window design, watercolour over pencil, 1910  

Duyfken – the first European ship to visit Australia in 1606 – Historic voyages and voyages in the replica
15th November 2018 (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)
Gary Wilson

Gary has 35 years experience at sea in over 40 commercial vessels. Master Mariner (Unlimited), endorsed for square rigged sailing ships.

In 1606, Willem Janszoon in the jacht Duyfken made the first European contact with the continent that was to become Australia. This remarkable voyage, not well known despite its historical significance, lead to many more Dutch voyages to “New Holland” and pre-dates the much more widely known 1770 Cook voyage by 164 years. I sailed for many years as Mate & Master of the Australian built replica of this capable and seaworthy little ship, including a re-enactment of Janszoon’s voyage, and this lecture will outline the history behind the Dutch explorations and what sailing the replica has taught us – both in seamanship and in history.
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Elmslea Chambers, Montague Street, Goulburn. L.P.Burns, 1934

The 2018 AGM of ADFAS Armidale Inc. will be held at 5.30 pm prior to the November 15th Lecture.

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Lectures are held at 6pm on Thursdays in the Michael Hoskins Centre, The Armidale School (TAS), entry from Chapel Street, Armidale. A light supper is provided after each lecture. (Please Note: February 8 Lecture will be held on a Wednesday in the Michael Hoskins centre and the March 1 and July 12 lectures will be held in the Memorial Hall, entry from Douglas Street, The Armidale School.

TAS 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.


Guests are most 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.
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The annual membership subscription is $130
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Jane Gow
Phone: (02) 6772 6441

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