Bowral & District

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS BOWRAL Inc.
PO Box 1918
Bowral NSW 2576

ABN: 88 471 347 310

ADFAS Bowral & District provides for its 240 members a yearly program of special lectures reflecting  the wide cultural interests of the Southern Highlands. Lectures range through the fields of art, architecture, music, drama, dance, design, the decorative arts, garden design and much more. In addition to the eight lectures each year (six given by noted UK lecturers and two by outstanding expert Australian lecturers), trips to special exhibitions and places of interest may also be arranged.

Contact: bowral@adfas.org.au

Committee 2019

Chair:
Paul Nemeth
Phone: 0414 925 035
Email: paul@fishrecords.com.au

Vice-Chair:
Marion Bearup
Email: robertbearup1@gmail.com

Secretary:
Email: mrsrosie@tpg.com.au

 

Membership Secretary:
Rebecca Reid
Phone: 0407 065 557
Email: rebeccareid@live.com.au

Treasurer
Henry Reid
Email: randhreid@gmail.com

Programme for 2019

Wednesday 27 February
Dr Jacqueline Cockburn
Following in the footsteps of Delacroix in Africa

In 1830 the artist Eugène Delacroix set off for Africa. Drawing from his journals this lecture examines his responses to a new country which he saw as exotic and discusses why later artists, such as Matisse and Kandinsky, followed in search of some of his magic. Delacroix’ working methods and use of colour and the inspirational light of Africa are discussed.

Wednesday 10 April
Dr Karen Pearlman
Australian Film: defining moments in our national cinema

This lecture introduces key moments in Australian film history from the early 1900s to the present. Enjoy the clips and images that reveal defining moments such as the 1911 banning of bushranger films; the lyrical and bittersweet Australian New Wave; the crass & entertaining genre films of the 70s & 80s; the sequin covered stories of the 90s and the astounding wave of indigenous film making we are experiencing today.

Wednesday 1 May Bernard Allan
Laura Knight: from Newlyn to Nuremburg

From a humble background and limited training in Nottingham, Laura Knight progressed to become one of England’s best-known artists and the first female Royal Academician since the 18th century. Her joie de vivre surfaces in art, which encompasses sunny beach scenes in Cornwall, portraits
of friends, the circus, ballet and theatre. During WWII she received several official commissions, culminating in her famous depiction of the Nuremburg trials of 1946.

Wednesday 5 June
Dr Janet Davey
Ancient Egypt: portraits and masks or how to look gorgeous in the afterlife

The ancient Egyptians believed that a beautiful or handsome image was essential for the afterlife. This lecture will take you on an illustrated journey through the evolution of funerary masks, portraits, coffins and sarcophagi. The lecture will show why it was important to present a positive image for the afterlife and how this was achieved by the artists.

Wednesday 3 July
David Rosier
Ruling from behind the Yellow Silk Screen: The Dowager Empress Cixi

This lecture provides a balanced insight into the life and achievements of one of the most important women in Chinese Imperial history. With the recent availability of Imperial records, plus re-evaluation of Cixi’s life, it is now possible to refute the traditional view that the Dowager Empress was a cruel calculating megalomaniac who hated foreigners, condoned corruption and resisted attempts to modernize China.

Wednesday 7 August
Andrew Prince

A portrait of jewels: following missing treasures through canvas

This lecture was inspired by a visit to the National Portrait Gallery
in London, seeing all the Tudor & Stuart monarchs in all their finery and wondering what all the jewels were and what had become of them. Among the many jewels traced are some pearls that belonged to Catherine de Medici, Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen Elizabeth I and are now worn by Queen Elizabeth II. Jewel hunting has never been more fascinating.

Wednesday 4 September
Colin Davies

Zaha Hadid: architectural superstar

Dame Zaha Hadid died suddenly in 2016, at the age of 65. Architectural historians of the future will surely recognise her as one of the most important architects of the 21st Century.
This lecture tells the story of her career from the visionary projects of the 1980s, through the years of frustration when many of her designs were considered unbuildable, to the prolific crop of international projects built in the last decade of her life.

 

Wednesday 2 October
Anthony Russell

Venice: Canaletto and his rivals

This lecture reveals a heady mixture of ‘superstar’ painter, immensely rich patrons on the move and a city whose modern face hides behind a romantic mask. Canaletto’s visions of Venice, Rome and London, both real and imagined, are magical paintings by an Italian artist greatly influenced
by the taste of British 18th century ‘grand tourists’. These views depict a serene dreamland and have always been highly prized.

Venue and Time of Lectures

All lectures are held at the Ballroom, Annesley, Westwood Drive, Bowral and are followed by light refreshments.

Morning session: 10.30 a.m. Wednesday
Evening session: 6.00 p.m. Wednesday

Guests

Guests are always warmly welcome (a $25 fee applies): prior notice is not necessary and we do not have a waiting list. The fee for members of other ADFAS Societies is $10.  Students are free.

Membership

Annual membership subscription is $140 (students $65) or $260 per couple.

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HISTORY OF ADFAS BOWRAL & DISTRICT
Bowral was the sixth ADFAS society to form in 1988 after Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Armidale and Newcastle. 110 members attended the inaugural lecture given by Anna Clark in March 1998. By 2002 numbers had grown to 300 and the decision was taken to divide into two groups for morning and evening lectures.

As well as many interesting lectures, study days and tours which have been enthusiastically received over the years, the Society has been aware that the focus of spreading interest in the decorative and fine arts is not the only objective of ADFAS. Support for an individual or organisation who contributes to our national artistic heritage is willingly given.

Over the years a number of gifts have been made including: a weather vane to Christ Church, Bong Bong (near Moss Vale), antique mirrors for the National Trust property Harper’s Mansion at Berrima, and a bronze statue by Brooke Maurice ‘Girl Reading’ to the Bowral Library. In 2008, as part of the Society’s 20th Anniversary commemoration, a painting by the well known Southern Highlands artist, Reg Rowe, was presented to the Bowral & District Hospital.

An annual bursary is awarded to a fulltime student at the Sturt School for Wood at Mittagong. Other philanthropic donations in support of local arts are made each year. For example, in 2008 the Society sponsored a visit by the entire Robertson Primary School to the Art Gallery of NSW.

ADFAS Bowral is twinned with the NADFAS Branch in Sheffield (UK). This allows for more interaction with the parent body from which ADFAS grew, and the source of many of our fine lecturers.

ADFAS members visiting the Southern Highlands might find time to visit the Sturt Craft Centre and the world renowned Bradman Museum .

Sturt is a vibrant centre for the teaching and production of fine craft in a serene garden setting. During its sixty years, Sturt has been home or inspiration for the best in Australian design and craft and continues to be so. Visit the Sturt Gallery, shop, gardens workshops or Cafe.

The Bradman Museum houses one of the finest collections of cricket memorabilia, artefacts and curios in Australia. Comprising a number of galleries, one screens archival films from the 1920s to 1940s; another houses an exhibition recognising ten of the world’s top sportsmen and sportswomen, and a special gallery with changing exhibitions occasionally showcases art and sculpture.

An important centre for the Arts in the Southern Highlands is the Berrima & District Arts Society (BDAS), based in Bowral. A variety of classes and workshops are held for both adults and children, covering painting in all mediums, drawing including life drawing, printmaking, and many other subjects. The Society also holds a number of open exhibitions each year.

A recent innovation is the establishment of the Southern Highlands as Australia ‘s first BookTown . With more antiquarian, general and specialty bookshops than one would expect to find, all bookshops in the area have combined to create a BOOKtrail which takes booklovers on a tour of the Southern Highlands via the bookshops in nearby towns and villages.

THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

ADFAS members visiting the Southern Highlands might find time to visit the Sturt Craft Centre and the world renowned Bradman Museum.

Sturt is a vibrant centre for the teaching and production of fine craft in a serene garden setting. During its sixty years, Sturt has been home or inspiration for the best in Australian design and craft and continues to be so. Visit the Sturt Gallery, shop, gardens workshops or Cafe.

The Bradman Museum of Cricket houses one of the finest collections of cricket memorabilia, artefacts and curios in Australia. The Bradman collection is on display on the upper floor, while the ground floor is devoted to the history of cricket in general. Comprising a number of galleries, one screens archival films from the 1920s to 1940s; another houses an exhibition recognising ten of the world’s top sportsmen and sportswomen. A special gallery with changing exhibitions regularly showcases cricket related art and sculpture.

An important centre for the Arts in the Southern Highlands is the Berrima & District Arts Society (BDAS), based in Bowral. A variety of classes and workshops are held for both adults and children, covering painting in all mediums, drawing including life drawing, printmaking, and many other subjects. The Society also holds a number of open exhibitions each year.

A recent innovation is the establishment of the Southern Highlands as Australia’s first BookTown. With more antiquarian, general and specialty bookshops than one would expect to find, all bookshops in the area have combined to create a BOOKtrail which takes booklovers on a tour of the Southern Highlands via the bookshops in nearby towns and villages.

YOUNG ARTS
The Society has a long standing tradition of supporting young arts in the community. Currently an annual prize is given to a young (<40) Fine Arts student at the Moss Vale TAFE, while a bursary is awarded each year to a fulltime student at the Sturt School for Wood at Mittagong.

The Society is keen to extend its support to suitable practitioners of the Arts in the Southern Highland and would welcome any suggestions.

Please contact any member of the Committee.