Blue Mountains (Wentworth Falls)

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ADFAS Blue Mountains
PO Box 100
Wentworth Falls NSW 2782

ADFAS Blue Mountains provides for its members a yearly program of illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.


It is with great sadness we advise the passing of our Chairman, Murray Wilcox on the morning of 8 November.  He was Chairman of ADFAS Blue Mountains from 2016.   Murray was committed to all that is good and decent about Australian culture – human rights, conservation and the Arts.  Murray’s intelligence, humour and generosity be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Committee 2017

Sharryn Ryan (acting)
Phone (02) 4757 3087

Vice Chair:


Belinda Simpson
Phone 0409 025 889

Janice Light
Phone (02) 4782 2481

Programme for 2018

Dickens of London: The Life and Works of Charles Dickens
9th February
Susannah Fullerton BA MSc (Arts)

Susannah tells the tale of Dickens’s rise from the blacking factory to his position of successful novelist and lecturer. There is also the story of his hidden mistress, his troubled marriage and his desperate anxiety to keep the affection of his public.

The Magnificence of Persia – The Art of Isfahan, Shiraz and Ancient Persepolis
16th March
Christopher Bradley B Eng. (Hons) FRGS

A fascinating examination of the art of Persia from the pre-Islamic bas-reliefs at Persepolis to the height of Islamic architecture and calligraphy in the 17th century at Isfahan and the ornate mausoleums in Shiraz of the respected poets, Sa’di and Hafez.

Fluid Arts: Wind and Water in Iceland and Australia
13th April
Jennifer Turpin B Arts (Hons) Fine Arts, B Vis Arts

This lecture will be a journey through the kinetic environmental artworks of Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford and, using videos and images, a presentation showing the wondrous variety of Iceland’s water in all its myriad of forms.

The Story of the Cook Sisters and how they used opera to save lives
25th May

Anne Sebba BA (Hons)

Ida and Louise Cook, eccentric opera-loving sisters travelled extensively to Europe and, in particular, Salzburg. They undertook dangerous undercover missions in the 1930s rescuing Jewish musicians and others from the Nazis. This talk will explore the world of Opera in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Italy in the 19th Century American Imagination
29th June
Ian Bickerton BA (Hons) PhD

Italy fascinated Americans who flocked to the country seeking and experiencing adventure and inspiration. This presentation, using extensive illustrations, is an exploration of how Americans imagined and experienced Italy throughout the 19th century.

Summer Palaces of the Tsars: The Highlights
27th July
Alexey Makhrov PhD

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. This lecture represents the palaces and gardens in the environs of St Petersburg and gives an account of their past and present.

Augustus John and Gwen John
24th August
Linda Smith MA

Brother and sister, Augustus and Gwen John were born in the west of Wales in the 1870s. Both studied at the Slade School of
Art in London. This lecture takes a careful look at their lives, up to Gwen’s death in 1939 and compares their work and painting
styles, as well as their reputations as artists.

The Shakers of North America: Their Beliefs, Architecture and Artefacts
21st September
John Ericson BA (Hons) CertEd M.Ed

In this talk John tells the extraordinary story of the Shakers of North America, exploring their beginnings, what they believed and how they lived before examining examples of their wonderful buildings and furniture.

Colour and Brilliance: Women Stained Glass Artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement
26th October
Martin Ellis MA (Hons) AGMS, FRSA

In the early years of the 20th century a new generation of young women artists emerged into the art world. This talk looks at the work of these women which both enriched and changed the nature of stained glass in Britain.

Venue and Time for Lectures

The lectures are held on a Friday at the School of Arts, Wentworth Falls at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm commencement.

Venue and Cost for Special Half Study Day

Leura Fairways, Fitzroy St Leura 2pm for 2.15 pm start


Visitors are most welcome to attend lectures for a fee of $30.00. The fee for members of other ADFAS Societies is $10. Please give prior notice to the Vice Chair, Sharryn Ryan: Phone 02 4757 3087


The annual membership subscription is $150

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