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 214 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 2020

Chairman:
Kirstie Graham
Ph: 0414 587 193
Email: bowral@adfas.org.au

Secretary:
Pamela Spruce
Ph: 0400 728 861
Email: secretary@adfasbowral.com

 

Treasurer:
Henry Reid
Email: treasurer@adfasbowral.com

Membership Secretary:
Rebecca Reid
Email: membership@adfasbowral.com

Membership Enquiries: membership@adfasbowral.com

Programme for 2020

26 February 2020
Yehudi Menuhin: Prodigy and phenomenon
Philip BAILEY (Independant Lecturer)

Philip Bailey took on the role of Yehudi Menuhin’s personal assistant, a job that was to last two decades. This has given Philip unique insights into the life of this extraordinary musician and his family. The lecture follows the remarkable career in performance, events and characters which shaped a life dedicated to the pursuit of utopian perfection in music.

25 March 2020
Falmouth maritime masters: Hemy, Tuke and Ingram

Catherine WALLACE (BA M.LITT Arts Society Lecturer)

These three innovative maritime artists moved from Newlyn to work in the coastal port of Falmouth, Cornwall, which became a focal point for British impressionism in the late 19th and early 20th century.  Often working from floating studios they painted every kind of sea going vessel, the sea itself, its horizons and changing colours and captured the last days of the tall ships.

3 June 2020
Whistler v Ruskin: Flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face
Alan READ (MA MITG Arts Society Lecturer)

The notorious trial in 1878 between artist and critic became one of the first great public debates in Britain about modern art. This lecture looks at the issues and personalities involved in this famous courtroom drama, how their animosity divided the art world and the extent to which it can be argued that the outcome of the trial ruined both Whistler and Ruskin.

1 July 2020
Discovering women artists in the 16th and 17th century Italy
Kathleen OLIVE

Italian Renaissance artists were not just men; women artists of the period are now coming to light such as Plautilla Nelli, a Florentine nun or Artemisia Gentileschi who came from a family of painters. Dr Olive will discuss the stellar careers of these and other women whose success has been ignored in later centuries and she compares our attitude to female artists even in our own time.

29 July 2020
The secrets of Anne Sykes’s  dress diary
Kate STRASDIN (Arts Society Lecturer)

In 2016 Dr Strasdin was given a silk covered volume concealing a world of stories told through samples of fabric pasted carefully into its pages. The diary is gradually revealing evidence of the lives of Anne Sykes, her friends and family in Lancashire from the 1830s. Dr Strasdin looks at what textiles can tell us about our ancestors and about British textile manufacturing.

2 September 2020
Packing up the nation
Caroline SHENTON (MA DPhil (Oxon) FSA FRHistS  Arts Society Lecturer)

A gripping and sometimes hilarious story of a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians who saved Britain’s national heritage during the country’s ‘darkest hour’.  During the sweltering summer of 1939 London’s national museums, galleries and archives packed up and evacuated their collections to stately homes, mines and quarries throughout the country in a race against time.

30 September 2020
Shaken by an Earthquake: Stravinsky, the Ballet Russes & the Rite of Spring
Mr Sandy BURNETT (MA Arts Society Lecturer)

One of the greatest creative collaborations of all – Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, whose team of dancers, choreographers, costume and set designers transformed expectations of what a night at the theatre could be. The circumstances behind this notorious stage work, which culminated in an explosive 1913 premiere in Paris, is explored through the costumes, music and hype surrounding the production.

4 November 2020
Peter Severin Krøyer: a painter of northern light
Kathleen McLauchlan

Krøyer expressed his love of Skagen, the artists colony at the northernmost tip of Denmark, particularly during the ‘blue hour’ of northern Scandinavian summer nights when sea and sky appear to merge into a single luminous whole through his work.  Dr McLauchlin explores one of Europe’s most celebrated 19th Century artist’s life and work in Skagen.

Venue and Time of Lectures

All lectures are held at The Ballroom, Annesley followed by light refreshments.

PARKING: Westwood Drive, Bowral

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

Membership

Annual membership subscription is $145 per person or $270 per couple

GUESTS

Guests are always warmly welcome (a $25 fee applies); prior notice is not necessary

The fee for members of  other ADFAS societies is $10. Students are free.

ALL MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES

Rebecca Reid: membership@adfasbowral.com

Bowral & District Newsletters

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.

The Wingecarribee Council organises an Arts Trail each year where artists open their homes and studios to members of the public. The Southern Highlands Arts Festival is well worth a look providing a convenient source of information for readers to find out what is happening in the local arts scene.

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. As an example historically there has been an annual prize is given to a young (<40) Fine Arts students at the Moss Vale TAFE; a bursary was awarded for several years to a fulltime student at the Sturt School for Wood at Mittagong;  We have taken students from a local primary school to the Art Gallery of NSW; and recently sponsored performances by the Bell Shakespeare Company for both Primary and Secondary schools and by OzOpera for several primary schools in the district.

Currently we are sponsoring a young ballerina at The Highland School of Performing Art. 

Bell Shakespeare Learning 2020 is once again working with us to perform at three Southern Highland schools.

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.