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ADFAS Byron Bay & Districts
PO Box 356
Lennox Head, NSW 2478

ABN:    40 338 920 815

Welcome to ADFAS Byron, one of 37 societies throughout Australia offering informative presentations on a broad range of subjects relating to the Arts. We invite you to join us during 2019, for program of eight one hour early evening lectures.
These activities provide a friendly social experience and are available to those interested in the arts, history and culture.
Our evening lectures are held in the historic A&I Hall in the village of Bangalow at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm and members and guests are invited to meet and chat over a welcome drink. The one-hour presentation is followed by a light supper and glass of wine.
In 2019, we will be holding a special half day interest session over lunch on Monday 14 October from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Cost $25 per person
UK based landscape architect and interior designer, Marilyn Elm, will explore the topic The Garden – An Art Form in great detail.
Membership is open to anyone interested and new members, plus casual attendees, are always welcome. Annual membership is
Individual – Early Bird – $130 (available until 31/1/19) thereafter -$140
Couple – Early Bird $240 (available until 31/1/19) thereafter -$250
Membership Guests and casual attendees – $25

Committee 2019

John Griffiths
Ph: 0438 778 055

Dianne Stuart
Ph: +61 412 370 372

Susan Brennan
Ph: +61 409 728 814

Membership Enquiries:
Ph: +61 409 728 814

Postal Address:
ADFAS Byron Bay & Districts
PO Box 356
Lennox Head, NSW 2478

Follow us on Facebook: @ADFASByronBay

Programme for 2019

Monday 4 March 2019
A&I Hall Bangalow: 6pm

LECTURE: What really happened on Easter Island?
Dr Paul BAHN

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui is the most isolated piece of permanently inhabited land on the planet, and yet it produced a most extra ordinary Stone Age culture. This presentation introduces the discovery of this culture; its principal features; and how archaeology, oral traditions and palaeobotanical evidence have combined to teach us about the island’s cultural rise and decline and its environmental crisis.

Dr Paul Bahn studied archaeology at the University of Cambridge and completed his PhD thesis in 1979 on the prehistory of the French Pyrenees. Paul has held post-doctoral fellowships at Liverpool and London, plus a J Paul Getty postdoctoral fellowship in the History of Art and Humanities. Paul led the team which at his instigation searched for and discovered the first Ice Age cave art in Britain at Creswell Crags in 2003.

Monday 8 April 2019
A&I Hall Bangalow: 6pm

LECTURE: The Queen’s Private Diamond Collection

Presenter Adrian Dickens having viewed “The Queen’s Private Diamond Collection Exhibition” was inspired to create a presentation about the history and craftsmanship of these diamonds from a jeweller’s point of view. The lecture includes how diamonds are reworked to reflect changes in fashion. Hear the stories behind the Russian tiaras; necklaces from India; and the great South African diamonds. You will learn the political role of Queen Victoria’s diadem and understand how the Queen, Camilla and now Kate use diamonds to express political power.

Adrian was born and grew up in the UK. He emigrated to Australia in 1988. Since then Adrian has become a fixture on the Australian jewellery scene. His jewellery roles include – manager of Paul Bram in Melbourne, manager of Jan Logan, opening her initial shop in Toorak Road and moving it to Collins Street, Melbourne where it became her flagship store. More recently he was manager of BUNDA Fine Jewels in Sydney.

Monday 13 May 2019
A&I Hall Bangalow: 6pm

LECTURE: The Aztec Legacy: Continuity and Change

The Aztecs of central Mexico have been described as warlike and bloodthirsty, yet their creative achievements were breathtaking. They flourished between 1325 and 1521, when they surrendered to invading Spanish forces. As a late civilisation, the Aztecs benefited from earlier advances made by the Olmecs and by the founders of Teotihuacan and Tula. Tenochtitlan, the shimmering Aztec city, with 250,000 inhabitants, lay at the heart of a vast empire. Religion dominated Aztec life. Military might was accompanied by exceptional developments in architecture and art expressed in miniature gold objects, fine ceramics, featherwork, monumental stone sculpture, turquoise mosaics and precious pictorial manuscripts.

Chloë Sayer is an independent scholar, author and curator, specialising in the art and culture of Latin America. A fluent Spanish-speaker, she has spent many years researching ancient traditions and contemporary craft skills. In 2016 the Mexican Government awarded her the prestigious Ohtli medal for her long-standing commitment to Mexican culture. Chloë Sayer lives in London and has been a NADFAS-accredited lecturer since 2003.

Monday 17 June 2019
A&I Hall Bangalow: 6pm

LECTURE: Romance and Glamour: Dressing Australian Women during the nineteenth century

This lecture unpacks the story of how Australian women dressed from 1851 to 1901. During the nineteenth century clothing production underwent massive changes due to advances in technology and changes in work practices. These changes lead to the ‘democratisation of clothing’, mass-produced clothing for all who could afford it. The so-called important aspects – manufacture, wholesale buying, distribution and retailing, remained predominately in the hands of men, while production, over the counter selling, and consumption remained predominantly with women.

Michael Marendy’s working background has been in four distinct areas: clothing design, fashion education, textile conservation and museum curatorship. For 15 years he taught in the TAFE and University sectors, as well as working as a clothing designer and textile conservator. His PhD from Griffith University, focused on stories of women in the custom made clothing trade in colonial Brisbane, and why museums collect, preserve and exhibit clothing objects designed and made by such women. Michael is currently a conversation and curatorial consultant.

Monday 15 July 2019
A&I Hall Bangalow: 6pm

LECTURE: The Honourable East India Company: East-West trade 1600-1800, Chinese export & Chinoiserie
Vivienne LAWES

This lecture explores how the East India Company developed its methods of trade and facilitated the increasingly sophisticated and profound exchange of ideas between East and West. It focuses on textile design as the vehicle for this analysis, but also includes variables such as wallpaper, porcelain and furniture, and the vast commercial trade in spices and tea. Concentrating at first on the 17th century textile trade with India, the lecture then turns to the 18th century and the trade with Imperial China.

Viv Lawes is a lecturer, curator, author and journalist. Viv studied History/ History of Art for her BA (Hons) at York University, followed by an MA in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute, London. She leads the modern and Contemporary Unit of the East Asian Art Semester Programme at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and teaches the History of Western Design at the City & Guilds of London Art School. She also teaches at the University of the Arts and L’Institut d Supérieures des Arts (IESA), London. She has been an accredited NADFAS lecturer since 2015.

Monday 19 August 2019
A&I Hall Bangalow: 6pm

LECTURE: The Cult of the South Pacific: Cook to Gaugin
Mr Leslie PRIMO

This lecture looks at the enduring Western obsession with, and invention of the so called ‘exotic’ or ‘noble savage’. Starting with the first discovery of the Island of Tahiti in1767 and charting the impact, through painted images of the island and their people, of the English and European influence in this part of the world through the eyes of not only Captain Cook and those who came before him, but also through the eyes of the artists that accompanied these pioneering voyages and into the 19th and early 20th century with the images of Gauguin.

Leslie Primo holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He was Visiting Lecturer in Art History at the University of Reading in 2005 and 2007 and gives lectures and guided tours, plus special talks, at both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. He also lectures at the City Literary Institute and has presented a series of talks at the National Maritime Museum and the Courtauld Institute.

Monday 16 September 2019
A&I Hall Bangalow: 6pm

LECTURE: Stylish Times-Art Deco Design & Building Decoration
Mr Christopher BRADLEY

Art Deco architecture from the 1920s and 30s has a style and appeal that is immediately recognizable and distinctive. At that time, modern precision machining could produce perfect straight lines and curves that enhanced all aspects of these unique forward-looking designs for cinemas, hotels, offices, shops and homes. Popular features include streamlining, sunbursts, ziggurats, eyebrows, frozen fountains, Egyptian themes and nautical designs, all depicted in wonderful pastel shades. Rapid redevelopment between the world wars saw this modernistic movement spread into the new suburbs of our greatest cities, whilst the expanding film industry also used art deco design as the perfect way to attract cinema-goers into the surreal surroundings of the picture palaces, many of which are disappearing today. This unique architecture and art history is revealed by using the most impressive examples from around the world – South Beach Miami, Napier, Cairo and Mumbai as well as the best art deco from within Australia using examples near to your society.

Christopher Bradley began his career as a civil engineer. He is now an expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa and a professional tour guide and lecturer. He is the writer and photographer of a dozen travel guidebooks of the Middle East and North Africa. A lifelong interest has been art deco buildings and decoration from around the world.

Monday 14 October 2019
A&I Hall Bangalow: 10am-2pm

INTEREST DAY: For the love of Flowers
Marilyn ELM

Flowers with their infinite variety of perfume, colour and form have provided joy for the soul and an inspiration for art and design over the centuries. Their inclusion in pagan and Christian rituals, perfumed varieties valued by medieval and Tudor gardeners, and the madness of ‘Tulipmania will be considered. Empress Josephine interrupted wars so her ‘rose ships’ could deliver to the gardens of Malmaison and Victorians sought flowery exotics, collecting from all corners of the world in search of the rare and unusual. The herbaceous border provided a flowery extravaganza in the Arts and Crafts garden, with plant and flower forms key in several expressions of design, especially Art Nouveau. This is an exploration of our relationship with flowers. They are intrinsically woven into the fabric of our lives, whether as statements of fashion or status, or simply expressions of beauty to be enjoyed.

Monday 14 October 2019
A&I Hall Bangalow: 6pm

LECTURE: The Garden – An Art Form
Marilyn ELM

Throughout history, garden making has reflected and responded to the artistic trends of the day, alongside developments within architecture, interior design, fashion and fine and minor arts. Its art form has found expression in the choice of layout, materials, ornamentation, buildings and planting design and the creative interplay between space, composition, colour, texture and form. This interest day examines that expression, tracing some notable artistic developments in mainly English gardens up to the present day.

Marilyn Elm is a qualified landscape architect and interior designer, involved with art and design for over forty years. She is an experienced course leader in garden and landscape design and history, and a freelance lecturer and speaker for a variety of organisations, universities and specialist groups, including the National Trust the Royal Horticultural Society, WEA, U3A, NADFAS and ADFAS. Marilyn has run study days, summer schools and conducted garden tours in the UK, including tours travel companies.

A & I Hall – Station Street Bangalow NSW 2479
Doors open: 6.00pm; Lecture 6.30pm – 7.30 pm

Annual membership for ADFAS Byron Bay & Districts is $140 per person or $250 per couple. Early bird discounts are available.

Guests are most welcome – entry $25. Guest fee for members of other ADFAS societies is $5. However, membership between ADFAS societies is not transferable.

Please contact Treasurer Sue Brennan

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