Bowral & District

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS BOWRAL Inc.
PO Box 1918
Bowral NSW 2576

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 2018

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 2018

Islamic Art
Wednesday 21st February
Christopher Bradley

This lecture covers aspects of Islamic art in some of the most important cities, sites and museums in the world, particularly Cairo, Istanbul, Damascus, Isfahan and Samarkand. From its Arabian heartland comes a wealth of decorated ceramics, carved wood, metalwork, glass, tiles, mosaics, carpets, architecture and gardens. Islamic art encompasses the great wealth of artistic treasures inspired by the Islamic religion, but there is also non-religious art such as the colourful dancing figures from the pleasure palaces of Persia, the simple mud brick decorations of a merchant caravanserai or the delicate carved marble of arguably the world’s most beautiful building – the Taj Mahal

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know
Wednesday 28th March
Susannah Fullerton OAM

Lord Byron was both famous and infamous for his audacious poetry, his scandalous love life and his devotion to liberal ideals. Ostracised by English society Byron went off to fight for Greek independence and died at 36. His personality and his romantic  poetry made a unique impression on 19th century Europe and the term ‘Byronic’ was coined. Find out just why Byron was considered ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’.

Les Parisiennes
Wednesday 2nd May
Anne Sebba

What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage,  deprivation and secrets. It was women more than men who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis – perhaps selling them their clothes or travelling alongside them on the Metro. By looking at a wide range of individuals from collaborators to resister, actors and prostitutes, to teachers and writers, Anne shows that women made life and death decisions every day and often did whatever they needed to survive.

Aboriginal Art – From Rock Art to Today
Wednesday 30th May
Sally Butler

This lecture explains how the modern Aboriginal art movement has developed since the 1970s and how it maintains its connection to visual traditions going back to rock art created many thousands of years ago. Sally focuses on how cultural traditions are reinvented and invigorated through innovative art. Examples include indigenous art today from the Central Desert, North Queensland, the  Kimberley and Arnhem Land.

The Art of the Icon
Wednesday 4th July
Dr Alexey Makhrov

Alexey began his career with a degree in art history at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg and has degrees in architectural and international history and politics. This lecture examines the concept of the icon in the Russian Orthodox Church, Alexey will explain the liturgical and cultural significance of icons and analyse the reasons for their veneration as well as the arguments of the Iconoclasts. The lecture is illustrated with examples of masterpieces of icon art and working icons.

Rachel Whiteread
Wednesday 1st August
Linda Smith

Rachel Whiteread, a Turner Prize winner, is one of the most high profile and critically acclaimed contemporary British artists working today. Working across a range of scales and contexts from monumental public works, to smaller more intimate pieces, she has created a highly distinctive and evocative visual language, which explores the ways in which objects can be infused with memory.
A major commission was for a sculpture for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. She designed the Holocaust Memorial for the City of Vienna, one of her most demanding and difficult assignments but one of the most successful.

Norman Rockwell: Great American
Wednesday 29th August
John Ericson

Artist or mere Illustrator A story teller with a brush! A celebrated and prolific twentieth century painter and illustrator whose work has probably been seen by a larger audience than any other artist in history! In America his work enjoys broad popular appeal, where Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations he created for The Saturday Evening Post. Today his work sells for millions of dollars.

Contemporary Silver & Metalwork in Britain
Wednesday 3 October
Martin Ellis

Martin is an experienced curator, lecturer and broadcaster. He has wide ranging experience in the applied arts. Contemporary silver and fine metalwork has undergone an unparalleled renaissance in the last 25 years to become arguably the most dynamic, inventive and progressive applied art practice in Britain today. In a lecture which celebrates the beauty, skill and brilliance of metal, he will
also consider the international resonance of this renaissance, which has seen Australia emerge as one of the leading global  champions in the field.

Annual General Meeting: 21st November at the Ballroom, Annesley

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.