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Postal Address:

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.   

Committee 2020

Chairman:
John Griffiths
johnagriffiths@gmail.com
Ph: 0438 778 055

Vice Chairman:
Dianne Stuart
vcadfasbyron@gmail.com
Ph: 0412 370 372

Treasurer:
Susan Brennan
sueblu9@bigpond.com
Ph: 0409 728 814

 

Membership Enquiries:
byronbay@adfas.org.au
Ph: 0409 728 814

Follow us on Facebook: @ADFASByronBay
Email: byronbay@adfas.org.au

Programme for 2020

2 March 2020
New Horizons 
Paul ATTERBURY 

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.

23 April – 31 May 2020
Virtual Lecture
Due to the Social Distancing COVID-19 regulations this lecture replaces the previously listed lecture and will now be provided by way of a video link.

Thomas Hardy and Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Susannah Fullerton (Australian Lecturer)

Thomas Hardy’s life was long and controversial, with two marriages, novels that shocked the public, and an amazing range of poems. He advocated for cultural change and fought against the strict morality of his day. This is the story of his rise from poverty to fame, and the brilliance of his most beloved novel, Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Susannah brings to life the lives and writings of great writers and is Australia’s most requested leader of literary tours to UK, Italy, Ireland, USA and Europe. Her presentations are always informative and entertaining; she just loves talking about famous writers and their works.

23 April – 31 May 2020
Virtual Lecture
Due to the Social Distancing COVID-19 regulations this lecture replaces the previously listed lecture and will now be provided by way of a video link.

Jane Austen – Her Life and Works
Susannah Fullerton (Australian Lecturer)

The six most polished, controlled and elegant social comedies to be found in English literature were written by a woman whose personal life was unexciting and confined. Jane Austen’s cool judgment, ironic detachment and her genius gave her novels depth and charm and made them some of the most popular novels ever! Illustrations bring the Regency world to life and dramatic readings will remind audiences just how funny Jane Austen can be.

Susannah’s presentations are always informative and entertaining. She is an accomplished author, patron of the Kipling Society of Australia, and president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, the largest literary society in the country. Susannah is one of ADFAS’s most popular Australia lecturers and she offers a wide range of talks about famous writers and their works.

6 May – 3 June 2020
Virtual Lecture
Due to the Social Distancing COVID-19 regulations this lecture replaces the previously listed lecture and will now be provided by way of a video link.

The Venice Biennale: Modern and contemporary art in Venice  
Nick Gordon (Australian Lecturer)

This lecture explores how Venice – a city renowned for its medieval mosaics, Renaissance masterpieces and exquisite architecture – became one of the world’s great centres for modern and contemporary art with the creation of the Venice Biennale in 1895. Subsequently it has become the world’s largest and most prestigious art event, in a city in which collections of modern and contemporary art sit within the glorious surrounds of the past.

Dr Nick Gordon holds a PhD in history from the University of Sydney, and has taught European history (University of Sydney), the history of political thought (Western Sydney University), and architectural history (University of NSW). He has lectured regularly at other institutions and or private societies, and as an artist, brings his deep knowledge of materials, techniques and the insights of his “artist’s eye” to his analyses of art.

15 May – 8 June 2020
Virtual Lecture
Due to the Social Distancing COVID-19 regulations this lecture replaces the previously listed lecture and will now be provided by way of a video link.

Beginnings of Moorish Architecture  
Ian Cockburn (UK Arts Society Lecturer)

The first significant structure built by the Moorish invaders who conquered the Iberian Peninsula in the early 8th century was the Friday or communal mosque at Córdoba. This lecture examines the details of the structure and decorative elements, to show how they can be understood, both in terms of their origins and in terms of the hidden messages that tell the story of the political, social and religious turmoil that embroiled Córdoba in the 10th century.

Ian Cockburn is a specialist in the nearly 800 years of Moorish occupation and Christian reconquest of medieval Iberia, and has been lecturing in Spain since 1984. He has recently given a presentation on Islamic textiles from Al-Andalus to an expert audience of academics in Madrid and London.

1 June – 30 June 2020
Virtual Lecture
Due to the Social Distancing COVID-19 regulations this lecture replaces the previously listed lecture and will now be provided by way of a video link. 

Touching the Sky: The Invention of the Skyscraper
Matthew Laing (Australian Lecturer)

From their humble origins, skyscrapers are in many ways the architectural symbol of the 20th century and a turning-point in the long and complex histories of cities, life and work. This lecture tells the story of the first half-century of the skyscraper era, and explores the unique conditions that led to their development.

Dr Matthew Laing is a lecturer and research fellow in politics at Monash University. A long-time student of United States history, politics and culture since his early years working as an intern in the United States Congress; he runs annual tours through Academy Travel to the USA, gives lecture series semi-annually on American culture and history.

15 June – 15 July 2020
Virtual Lecture
Due to the Social Distancing COVID-19 regulations this lecture replaces the previously listed lecture and will now be provided by way of a video link.

Renaissance Italian Villas and Gardens
Kathleen Olive ( Australian Lecturer)

Italian architect Andrea Palladio, theorised that beauty results ‘from the form and correspondence of the whole’. Since Antiquity Italian villas and their gardens have been designed harmoniously, making valuable agricultural and economic contributions. They also provided spaces for intellectual reflection, architectural innovation, aesthetic appreciation – and relaxation. This talk examines the Renaissance rediscovery of classical texts on villas and their impact on gardens, and traces the exportation of this Italian style.

Dr Kathleen Olive is a literary and cultural historian with particular expertise in Italy, Spain and Japan. She has a strong personal interest in the visual arts, interior design, fashion history and contemporary fiction. She worked as a lecturer at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney, and continues to teach in adult education courses.

1 August – 31 August 2020
Virtual Lecture
Mosaics of the Northern Adriatic
Nirvana Romell (UK Arts Society Lecturer)

For centuries, Aquileia hid the largest early Christian mosaics in Europe.  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. This lecture explains their main their function within their socio-political background.

1 September – 30 September 2020
Virtual Lecture
The Amadeus Myth: Mozart and his World
Sandy Burnett

Classical music reached a peak of perfection in Vienna during the last three decades of the eighteenth century, an era in which many aristocratic households had a Kapelle or band of musicians to keep everyone entertained. In particular, the refined musical discourse of the string quartet was held to be the highest form of musical art; the elegant interplay of its various string instruments likened by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to “four intelligent people conversing.” In this talk, Sandy examines the perfect storm of circumstances that made this extraordinary era possible, looks at selected excerpts of Classical elegance at its finest, and considers the remarkable figure of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a musician rightly prized – and mythologised – as one of the greatest ever known.

October
Local Musical Recital – TBC
ADFAS Byron: 2020 Young Arts Recipient

16 November 2020

AGM and Christmas Get Together

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. 

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP:  

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.

VISITORS

Guests and casual attendees are most welcome:        $25 per evening lecture
Interest Day – cost TBA

MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES