Blue Mountains (Wentworth Falls)

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Postal Address:

ADFAS Blue Mountains
PO Box 100
Wentworth Falls NSW 2782

ABN: 54 699 436 472

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 2019

Sharryn Ryan
Ph: 0410580257

Programme for 2019

8th February

Anthony Trollope: His Life and Works

Ms.Susannah FULLERTON BA MSc (Arts)

Lecturer Susannah will once again begin our ADFAS year with another fascinating lecture on a great writer – Anthony Trollope. He was one of the most prolific of Victorian novelists penning 47 novels, as well as biographies and travel books.  He created the imaginary county of Barsetshire and his Barsetshire novels have remained his most popular.

22nd March

Emerging From The Shadows: Goya’s Self-Portraits

Jacqueline Cockburn

Goya’s self-portraits are discussed in order to shed light on the turbulent times in which he lived, his illness and his sense of identity. He will be revealed through his depictions of himself, frequently in shadows or silhouetted and against a backdrop of a Bourbon monarchy in crisis.

26th April

“Telling our stories” Images and Ideas in Three Waves of Australian Film.


This lecture will look at examples from three ‘waves’ of Australian cinema from the late 1970’s until the present day and consider the different ways our film industry tells ‘our stories’ and projects an image of Australia to the world.

24th May

Laura Knight: from Newlyn to Nuremberg

Mr. Bernard ALLAN MA BA (Hons)

From a humble background and limited training, Laura Knight became one of Britain’s best known artists and the first female Royal Academician since the 18th Century. During WWII she received several official commissions, culminating in her famous depiction of the Nuremberg trials of 1946, where she was THE official artist.

21st June

Response to Place: Art and the Environment – the Artworks of Turpin + Crawford Studio

Ms.Jennifer TURPIN BA (Hons) Fine Arts B Vis Arts

This is a journey through the kinetic environmental artworks of public artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford, presenting videos and images of their environmentally responsive artworks. Jennifer will show how nature’s elemental energies can transform everyday life in cities and towns.

26th July

Ruling from behind the Yellow Silk Screen. The Dowager Empress Cixi – Effective Ruler of China


Cixi’s rise from relative obscurity as a low ranking Imperial Consort to Dowager Empress will be explored as will her strategy to preserve and strengthen Imperial rule whilst modernising China. We will hear about Cixi’s private life in her beloved Summer Palace and her passion for art, fashion and the natural world.

30th August

Royal Jewels and the American Heiress. Antique Treasures for the New World.

Mr Andrew PRINCE

Andrew traces the history of legendary European and Russian royal jewellery collections, their dispersal to increasingly wealthy Americans and then through marriage to the British aristocracy. With the subsequent decline of aristocratic power these collections can now be seen in the world’s great museums.

27th September

Living without Architecture – the story of the Prefabricated Home


Colin’s lecture explores the past, present, and potential of prefabricated housing. In the early 20th century a group of progressive architects dreamt of changing the world by revolutionising the ordinary house believing that they should be made in factories, just like cars.

25th October

The Power and the Glory of British Country Houses – their Evolution and Changing Role.

Mr Anthony RUSSELL

This journey through the history of these houses illustrates the most magnificent examples in all their grandeur and beauty, while considering the impact they have had on society and its development. It examines how we should look on them today and how they can survive and evolve in the future.


Lectures are held on Fridays at 1.30pm for 2.00pm start.

The School of Arts

Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls

(Parking at rear of hall)

MEMBERSHIP: $150.00 annually

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