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ADFAS Armidale
PO Box 1029
Armidale NSW 2350


In 2017 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 2017

Libby Davis
Ph: (02) 6772 3846

Secretary: Les Davis
Ph: (02) 6772 3846
Mob: 0488 199 361

Stephen Gow
Ph: (02) 6772 6441

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

Programme for 2017

Wednesday 8 February 2017 (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)

An Architectural Journey: The Poetry of Order

Michael DYSART (Australian Lecturer)

Michael Dysart, a University of Sydney graduate of 1958, joined the Government Architect’s Office as a trainee under the atelier of Harry Rembert, until 1968 a period of change and expansion. During that period he was responsible for various programs including Robb College at the University of New England (listed by the Heritage Council), the Broughton Hall Psychiatric Hospital, the Secondary School Wyndham scheme, a crash program to build some 17 high schools in three years, numerous Technical Colleges and Primary Schools including an innovative Hospital School for children.

The firm – Michael Dysart and Partners was responsible for some $3 billion constructed works.

This paper will explore the work of the Government Architect’s Office during a time of turbulent change in meeting the needs of the population explosion of the 1950-60s. The author’s own educational experiences and a lifelong preoccupation with geometry provided the tools for problem solving.

Robb College was an early example and a catalyst in that architectural journey with many schools, hospitals and technical colleges designed and built during this period.

Winning a National Housing Competition in 1958 led to a series of Exhibition Villages now celebrated as Mid Century Modernism. Companies such as

Pettit & Sevitt and Habitat provided over 5000 Project Houses to meet the needs of the same population bulge.

Robb College, UNE, Armidale

Robb College, UNE, Armidale

Thursday 9 March (Memorial Hall, TAS)

The Canal Age

Mr Paul ATTERBURY BA, FRSA (Independent Lecturer)

Paul Atterbury is a writer, lecturer, curator and broadcaster, and a familiar face on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, where he has been a member of the team of experts for over 25 years. He specialises in the art, architecture and design of the 19th and 20th centuries, but has many interests and enthusiasms outside this area of expertise, some of which are reflected in the lectures he is offering. He lives with his wife Chrissie by the sea in Weymouth, Dorset and they are both regular visitors to Australia. Indeed, Paul has lectured to every ADFAS society in Australia and New Zealand during previous visits.

Between the 1760s and the 1840s a network of around 2,000 miles of canals and inland waterways was built to connect the towns and cities of England, Wales and Scotland, a network that was at the heart of Britain’s Industrial Revolution. The Canal Age explores the impact of the canals upon artists such as John Constable, the generation of architects, engineers, designers who built the canals and the manufacturers such as Josiah Wedgwood whose success was dependent upon canal transport.


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

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

Thursday 20th April (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)

Inspiration from the Land

Dr Dianne FIRTH, BLA, PhD

Dianne is a landscape architect, academic and artist.  Although educated as a landscape architect Dianne had early training with textiles at Newcastle Technical College and Glasgow Art School. She discovered quilting after seeing a collection of Amish quilts at the National Gallery of Victoria in the early 1980s and undertaking a masterclass with American art quilter Nancy Crow. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her textile art.

In this presentation Firth provides an overview of contemporary quilt making in Australia, traces the development of the art quilt movement, and shows how inspiration from the land and patterns of nature inform both her and other Australian quilters’ art making.

Drainage Basin

Drainage Basin

Thursday 18th May (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)

Bhutan – the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon


Zara is an independent art consultant, researcher, cataloguer and exhibition curator with specialist knowledge of Buddhist art.  Initially based at the Victoria & Albert Museum, with responsibility for the Tibetan and Nepalese collections.  She was then affiliated with the Central Asian Dept. at Bonn University cataloguing the Tibetan, Bhutanese and Mongolian collections of all UK Museums and then the Assistant Director in Europe for the Orient Foundation.

The lecture is a general introduction to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, known by its inhabitants as Druk Yul or land of the Thunder Dragon. This is a reference to the Drukpa tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism that permeates every aspect of Bhutanese life.  This lecture explores the history, art and culture of this extraordinary country, which for centuries has preserved its traditional Buddhist values.  Over the last few decades there have been many changes; such as the introduction of roads, television and tourism.

Taksang or The Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Taksang or The Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Thursday 8th June (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)

Designing at World Famous Flower Shows

Jim FOGARTY (Australian Lecturer)

Jim Fogarty is an AILA registered Landscape Architect and gardening designer based in Melbourne. With over thirty internationally recognized design awards including fifteen gold medals, Jim is passionate about raising the profile of Australian garden design both in Australia, and overseas.

At the Chelsea Flower Show in 2011, Jim designed an Australian Show Garden for the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne that won a Gold medal on the Main Avenue. In 2014 Jim designed ‘Essence of Australia’ for the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and was awarded a Gold Medal as well as the Tudor Rose Award for the Best Show Garden.

In this lecture Jim will give a behind the scenes look at the preparation and execution of presenting Australian Gardens at world famous garden shows including RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Singapore Garden Festival & the Gardening World Cup Japan, amongst others. This presentation will provide an insight into a garden designer’s life of working with sponsors and utilising elements of garden design to maximise media coverage at garden shows.

Jim Fogarty – Japan 2010

Jim Fogarty – Japan 2010

Thursday 13th July (Memorial Hall, TAS)

Wine, Women and Song? Dutch Genre Painting by Vermeer and his Contemporaries

Dr Sophie OOSTERWIJK (Leiden and Leicester) (NADFAS Lecturer)

Sophie Oosterwijk was born in Gouda (Netherlands) and studied English at Leiden and Medieval Studies at York before obtaining two doctorates in Art History (Leicester) and English Literature (Leiden). She taught Art History at the universities of Leicester, Manchester and St Andrews, and returned to the Netherlands in 2011 to work on the Medieval Memoria Online (MeMO) project at Utrecht University.

On the surface, seventeenth-century society in the Dutch Republic might strike modern viewers as staunchly Calvinistic, especially in portraits of merchants and dignitaries with their wives, all in stern black outfits and stiff white collars. Nonetheless, there was clearly another side to society, as genre paintings can reveal to us. Genre paintings are often described simply as scenes of everyday life, but there is usually more to them than that. Whereas scenes in the work of Johannes Vermeer may seem above reproach with their sense of respectability and even serenity, he did work in the same context as his contemporaries Pieter de Hooch, Jan Steen and Gabriel Metsu, to name but a few. An elegant couple in a well-furnished room may appear respectable enough, and not all that different from the image of society that portraits convey to us.

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.

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.

Thursday 17th August (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)

It’s Not Just Tchaikovsky

Mr Nigel BATES (Independent Lecturer)

Nigel is a Percussionist, Lecturer and Presenter who has worked as a performer for over thirty-five years in and out of London’s Royal Opera House, including seventeen years as Principal Percussion with the Orchestra.  In the course of over 6000 performances, broadcasts and recordings he has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and brings his experience, observations and reflections (both as a player and as a manager) on the unique world of the performing arts and artists.

Nigel was a producer for the BBC’s Maestro at the Opera and Pappano’s Classical Voices documentaries and in 2012 was appointed to the position of Music Administrator for The Royal Ballet.

The lecture is primarily an exploration of the music chosen by ballet choreographers through the years, proving that the right piece with the right moves and the right designs can create modern masterpieces and timeless classics.   We transition through the grandness of Imperial Russia with Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty into the current modern repertoire of international ballet companies.

Thursday 14th September (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)

The Cuisine of Art and the Art of Cuisine

Ms Ghislaine HOWARD (NADFAS Lecturer)

Ghislaine Howard is a painter of powerful and expressive means whose works chart and interpret shared human experience. Named as a Woman of the Year for her contribution to art and society, she has published and exhibited widely and has work in many collections including the Royal Collection.

Ghislaine is a very experienced and well-travelled lecturer and has spoken at many prestigious venues in the UK and elsewhere including cathedrals, art galleries, universities, schools and even prisons! She has also featured many times on television and radio programmes including the British Museum’s film- ‘Ice Age Art: The Female Gaze’ and the award winning’ Degas and the Dance’

This lecture will be a feast for the eyes and tickle the taste buds, an inspiration for your cooking- and looking. It will feature the art, anecdotes and recipes of artists who loved their food. We will discuss Toulouse Lautrec, famous in his day for his truly fabulous meals and infamous cookbook, Renoir who introduced Paris to the pleasures of Provencal peasant cooking as well as Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and many others. We have prepared a special recipe booklet that can be posted on the internet- or bring a pen!

Ghislaine in her etching studio

Ghislaine in her etching studio

Thursday 19th October (UNE Arts A1 Theatre)

An Ideal Partnership: Luytens and Jekyll


James Bolton is a garden designer and historian who set up his garden design business in 1992 following time spent with the Direction des Parcs et Jardins in Paris and two years as head gardener at the Old Rectory, Farnborough.  Since then, he has been involved with a specialist perennial plant nursery and designed gardens throughout England, in the US and Portugal.

The last two decades of the nineteenth century reverberated with the row amongst gardeners and architects. At a stroke, the problem was solved by the partnership between Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens, so that a house by Lutyens with a garden by Jekyll became an Edwardian ideal. Their partnership thrived in the brash, new-moneyed Edwardian era, but the First World War ended that golden afternoon and as Lutyens became distracted by the creation of New Delhi and Miss Jekyll, almost blind, became more and more reluctant to leave Munstead Wood, so the gardens they designed together were fewer and further between.

Little Thakeham, West Sussex, England

Little Thakeham, West Sussex, England

une-logoADFAS Armidale acknowledges the sponsorship of the University of New England for the use of the UNE Arts A1 Lecture Theatre

Thursday 23rd November (Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS)

Art Deco Architecture in Australia: protecting and promoting architectural and design heritage

Dr Roy LUMBY B Arch., M Arch., PhD, RAIA, M.ICOMOS (Australian Lecturer)

24 years’ experience as Conservation Specialist delivering Heritage Studies, Conservation Management Plans and Strategies, Heritage Assessment Reports, Statements of Heritage Impact, Signage and Interpretation Strategies, Feasibility Studies, Design and Documentation of modifications to heritage listed buildings both Commercial and Domestic, including Fire Safety Upgrades. Interior Refurbishments of significant spaces and foyers in heritage listed buildings.

Roy is currently Senior Heritage Specialist with the respected firm of Tanner, Kibble, Denton Architects in Sydney.

The advent of the Art Deco style in Australia marked the first experiments with Modernist aesthetics in this country and resulted in visually exciting architecture in our towns and cities that make an important contribution to our cultural heritage. This presentation will examine the background of the Art Deco style in Europe and America, the development of the style in Australia and how it manifested itself, the architectural context against which it emerged and its resurgence in the 1960s after a period of eclipse. The presentation will also consider the ways in which Art Deco architecture has been celebrated, promoted and protected in this country, with specific reference to NSW.

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

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

The 2017 AGM of ADFAS Armidale Inc. will be held at 5.30 pm prior to the November 23rd Lecture.

Venue and Time of Lecturesarmidale_schoollogo

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 9 and July 13 lectures will be held in the Memorial Hall, entry from Douglas Street, The Armidale School. The October 19 Lecture will be held in the Arts A1 Lecture Theatre at UNE.)

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.


The annual membership subscription is $130
Gift Vouchers are available for membership subscriptions.

Membership Enquiries:

Jane Gow
Phone: (02) 6772 6441


New Partnership to Support the Arts for Young People

An innovative partnership, “New England Arts Grants for Young People”, has been forged between the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Armidale and the Rotary Club of Armidale Central.
Armidale Central Rotary determined that by partnering with ADFAS it can increase its support for young people and the arts in the region.
The partnership increases funds available for grants to support the development of young people in the Arts in the New England and the North West. In 2017 each party contributed $4,000 to make a total of $8,000 available. The partnership is built on the Young Arts Program established by ADFAS Armidale.

Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Armidale & the Rotary Club of Armidale Central
New England Arts Grants for Young People 2017 Awards

The ADFAS & Rotary partnership is supporting a wide range of opportunities for young people in 2017 with grants to:
New England Conservatorium of Music ‘Chamber Music in Schools’ program which reaches out to school students across the region. $2,400
Armidale Youth Orchestra ‘Walk through the Orchestra Program’ where many young people get up close and personal with young musicians and their instruments. $1,300
Children’s Book Council of Australia in New England ‘Booked In 2017’ organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in New England to support an author of children’s books to visit in Book Week. $750
‘Vale and Broken’ – a new young theatre company, dedicated to staging Australian plays for Armidale audiences. $750
Arts North West ‘Hopes and Dreams’ Integrated Dance Theatre Workshop/Performance for young people with a range of challenges supported by Arts North West. $1,100
New England regional Art Museum ‘Art – Music – Play with Paper program utilising leadership from Simon Mellor from Magic Electricity Box. $300
Tertiary music scholarship: There will also be $1400 offered for a tertiary music scholarship.
The tertiary music scholarship will be administered at an appropriate point in time by the joint committee.

Contact the ADFAS Armidale Young Arts Coordinator Graeme Fordham (email: for further information.

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