ADFAS Byron Bay & Districts
PO Box 356
Lennox Head NSW 2478
ABN: 40 338 920 815
ADFAS Byron Bay and Districts, is a small society where members and guests have the opportunity to hear overseas and Australian experts in their field, provide informative presentations on a broad range of subjects relating to the Arts. Our 2020 program features a diverse range of eight one-hour presentations.
Our early evening presentations offer a friendly social experience and are open to those interested in the arts, history and culture.
Following the success of our inaugural daytime event in 2019, we will once again be holding another special half day activity in September. Refer to the program below for details.
Programme for 2020
2 March 2020
During the reign of Queen Victoria, over 11m of her subjects left the UK in search of a better life in distant lands. This mass emigration, both voluntary and forced, was crucial in the development of countries such as Australia and NZ. Many paintings and drawings document this experience of social and economic change – leaving home and family to the harsh realities of life in a new world.
Writer, lecturer, curator and broadcaster, Paul is a familiar face on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, where he has been a member of the team of experts for over 25 years. He specialises in the art, architecture and design of the 19th and 20th centuries, but has many interests and enthusiasms outside this area of expertise, some of which are reflected in the lectures he is offering. Paul has lectured to every ADFAS society in Australia and New Zealand during previous visits.
30 March 2020
Henry Lawson: Australia’s Most Famous Writer
Few writers have captured the imagination of Australians as has Henry Lawson (1867-1922). His harrowing journey through the drought-affected west of New South Wales in 1892 was a seminal event in his life. It supplied experiences that informed his writing. His tragic personal life of alcoholism, marital breakdown and penury is a contrast to the literary achievement which became part of the Australian legend. His book of short stories, While the billy boils, first published in 1896, remains one of the indubitable classic works of Australian literature.
Paul was the Senior Curator, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales till November 2012. He has worked with the Mitchell Library’s Australiana collections since 1973 and was Curator of Manuscripts from 1986 to 2001.
18 May 2020
Mosaics of the Northern Adriatic
For centuries, Aquileia hid Europe’s largest early Christian mosaic. Poreč mosaics have great aesthetic beauty and story-telling powers. They bear witness to centuries of people and culture mixing and power struggles in the first Christian millennium. The lecture explains their function within their socio-political background in one of Europe’s most multicultural areas.
Nirvana holds a BA in History of Art, an MA in English Language and Literature and has worked extensively as a freelance lecturer, public programs’ consultant and tour director.
15 June 2020
The Ballet Russes
In 1909, a group of Russian dancers, choreographers, composers and painters burst upon the jaded dance scene in Paris, appearing at the Theatre de Chatelet before an ecstatic audience. Diaghilev, the Director of the Ballet Russes believed in a total theatre concept and with a bevy of talented artists, galvanised and changed history in dance, music, scenic design and choreography.
Robin is from Perth WA where she received her initial ballet training. In 1955 she won a scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School. She then joined the Royal Ballet Company and toured extensively through Europe and Russia. Subsequently, she worked internationally as a dancer, choreographer and teacher before becoming the director of the West Australian Ballet. Since moving to the U.S. in 1981, Robin has taught History and Philosophy of Dance, Dance in the Twentieth Century and choreographed as a faculty member at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and the dance faculty at the University of Colorado. Now retired she is Senior Instructor Emerita.
13 July 2020
Summer Palaces of the Tsars
The royal estates near St Petersburg not only impress but also give fascinating insights into the private life of the Romanovs. They spared no expense in building and decorating palaces, villas and gardens. During WW2 most were heavily damaged, but have been lovingly restored. The lecture gives an account of their past and present.
Alexey studied art history at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg and has a PhD in architectural history from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has lectured on cultural tours to Russia and Switzerland since 1998.
17 August 2020
Rembrandt and Vermeer
Rembrandt van Rijn is the best known of the Dutch masters. Celebrated as the most successful artist in Amsterdam, he revolutionised the treatment of portraiture. By way of contrast, Vermeer’s artistic output was more modest. What do we learn about 17th century Dutch art by contrasting these two titans of Golden Age of Dutch art and the society from which they emerged?
Lucrezia Is a lecturer and gallery guide at the National Gallery in London. She teaches US undergraduates on their Study Abroad semesters in London and was Lay Canon for the Visual Arts at St Paul’s Cathedral 2010-2014.
14 September 2020
The Life and Works of Thomas Chippendale
This lecture examines the basis for Thomas Chippendale’s fame, concluding that what he was to English Furniture, was what Shakespeare was to English Literature! His creative design talent and traditionally skilled craftsmanship enabled him to design and produce some of the finest and most innovative examples of 18th century English furniture in the Rococo, ‘Chinese’, Gothic and Neo-Classical style.
Whilst studying for his first degree, Janus worked in an antiques shop. Such was his interest in collecting, that he became known as the dealer who bought but never sold. His lectures seek to explain furniture in terms of the skills and materials employed in its design, construction and socio-economic significance.
14 September 2020
A unique joint presentation by visiting UK lecturer – Janus Krczewski-Slowikowski and local master craftsman and creator of the Hannah Cabinet – Geoff Hannah.
Geoff is the creator of the spectacular Hannah cabinet which is currently housed in the Lismore Regional Art Gallery.
12 October 2020
The whole Art of the Book
Why was the best paper made from worn-out clothing of peasants? Why was leather tanned outside city walls? Why is gold leaf so thin that it is measured in atoms and cannot be touched with the hands? Why do printers do everything upside down and backwards? The fascinating story of what makes a traditional hand bound book.
Dominic is an internationally renowned bookbinder, artist, lecturer and teacher, specializing in the restoration of antiquarian books and the creation of contemporary fine bindings. His prize-winning bindings are in collections world-wide – the British Library, the V&A, National Library of Wales, the Grolier Club New York and the San Francisco Public Library.
VENUE AND TIME OF LECTURES
Lectures are held in the historic A&I Hall in the village of Bangalow, starting 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 light refreshments and glass of wine.
Individual: $140 (Earlybird (available until 31/1/20) thereafter – $150
Couple: $240 (Early Bird available until 31/1/20) thereafter – $260
Interest Day – cost TBA
*Early Bird membership includes one Guest Pass pp (two per couple) for any lecture during the year.
Guests and casual attendees are most welcome: $25 per evening lecture
Interest Day – cost TBA