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ADFAS Camden provides for its members a yearly programme of illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. Two special interest programmes will also be offered when topics can be examined in more detail.


Committee 2018

Carla Hill
Ph: (02) 4655 9724

Linda Inglis
PO Box 146 CAMDEN 2570

Membership Secretary:
Susan Zamudio
Ph: (02) 4655 1144
Mob: 0499 636 885

Programme for 2018

ROLAND PENROSE – the Friendly Surrealist
Saturday 17th March 
Antony Penrose (The Arts Society)

Coming from a family of strict Quakers, Roland Penrose became a key figure in Modern Art in the 20th century, and was responsible for bringing to Britain, Surrealism in 1936 and Picasso in 1960. A respected artist in his own right, he founded the ICA in London and curated exhibitions of works by Picasso (1960) and Miro (1964) at the Tate Gallery.

AND SO TO BED: the Diary of Samuel Pepys and Restoration London
Saturday 28th April 

Susannah Fullerton (Australian)

The diary of Samuel Pepys has long been considered the greatest diary in the English language. It is a superb work of literature and the record of an extraordinary man. Founder of the modern English navy, President of the Royal Society, Member of Parliament,  author of books on the navy, talented musician and composer and lover of a very large number of women, Samuel Pepys delighted in many aspects of Restoration London and recorded them all in his diary.

JEWEL OF THE CROWN: the Sainte Chapelle in Paris
Saturday 2nd June 
Nicole Mezey (The Arts Society)

The Sainte Chapelle is a gem of beauty and technical innovation in the heart of Paris, possibly the most perfect surviving medieval ensemble. It was designed not only to celebrate France and its kings, but as a life-size reliquary, a worthy shrine for some of the most significant and talismanic of Christian remains, including the Crown of Thorns. Built in a mere 5 years (1243-1248), this extraordinary survival captures the best of the arts – we will look at the architecture, the sculpture and the amazing stained glass.

DRESS SOFT: from the Prince of Wales to the Preppy Look
Saturday 30th June
Prof. Peter McNeil, FAHA (Australian)

Why do men wear striped ties? What is the ‘Windsor knot’? Who would get their jacket and trousers made in different continents? In our own era when fashions are set on the catwalk, in clubs and on the streets, it is difficult to imagine an era when a royal male set trans-Atlantic fashions. Yet that was precisely the role of the Duke of Windsor, already one of the most famous men in the world as Prince Edward of York, later Prince of Wales, before he abdicated after a short reign as King Edward VIII in 1936.

Friday 27th July 
Gillian Hovell, BA(Hons) (The Arts Society)

For nearly 200 years, members of the elite travelled the great sites of Europe on ‘The Grand Tour’. Let Gillian Hovell take you on your own Grand Tour; see the famous sites of ancient civilisations in their context and learn how to identify and appreciate the art of all the various distinctive ancient civilisations. And discover and marvel at the sites and art that we have discovered since those Grand Tour days. Cycladic, Egyptian, Mycenaean, Minoan, Phoenician, Etruscan, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman.

POMPEII: Digging with the Muddy Archaeologist
Saturday 28th July 
Gillian Hovell, BA(Hons) (TAS)

A deep insight into the many kinds of art found in the homes and streets of Pompeii; they reveal a thoroughly modern world, one full of material goods and works of art, in which craftsmanship and artistry were draped around the Romans themselves and amidst their everyday lives.

ARTS AND CRAFTSMEN: British Design from William Morris to Ernst Gimson
Friday 31st August 
Anne Anderson (The Arts Society)

Writer, painter, designer and political activist, Morris instigated a revolt against mass produced, poorly designed, and badly made objects. It was the generation that followed William Morris that established the Arts and Crafts movement. During the 1890s leading architects and designers emerged: Voysey, Ashbee, Lethaby, Gimson and the Barnsley’s. For a brief period England led the way in ‘advanced’ or ‘progressive’ design.

RENÉ LALIQUE: Master of Art Nouveau Jewellery and Art Deco Glass Saturday 1st September  Anne Anderson (The Arts Society) Lalique created stunning pieces of jewellery from gold, horn, glass and enamel. As his fame spread his style was copied and debased until Lalique felt that he had exhausted the potential of jewellery. When the perfumer Coty asked Lalique to design some labels for his scent bottles he went one better and designed a new stopper- he had created the first customised perfume bottle.

Saturday 29th September 
Lecturer: Ian Swankie (The Arts Society).

In the last few years the amount paid for the three most expensive artworks would be enough to buy 5,000 brand new Bentley Continental motor cars or to pay the annual salaries of more than 25,000 nurses.

GOLD OF THE GODS: Treasures from South America and the Search for El Dorado
Saturday 3rd November 
Chloe Sayer (The Arts Society)

The ancient goldsmiths of Peru and Colombia produced some of the most spectacular treasures of South America. Adept at casting and hammering, they transformed this sacred metal into elaborate pendants and breastplates, ear-ornaments, musical instruments, flasks, human figures, funerary masks, and lifelike representations of birds and animals. Colour tones went from pale yellow to deepest red.

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Venue to be advised

Venue and Time of Lectures

All lectures will be held on Saturdays at 4.00 for 4.30 pm at Carrington Recreation Hall, Carrington Centennial Care (Gate 2), 90 Werombi Road, Camden.

Venue and Time of Special Interest Programmes

Friday 27th July and Friday 31st August at 5.30 for 6 pm start at Carrington Recreation Hall, Carrington Centennial Care (Gate 2), 90 Werombi Road, Camden. (cost to be advised).


Guests are most welcome. Prior notice to the Secretary or Chairman is necessary and a $30 fee applies. The fee for members of other ADFA Societies is $15.


The annual membership subscription is $130.

Camden Newsletters

Camden November

Our lecture season now being over, we are preparing for our AGM and End-of-Year/Christmas function this Saturday (18th November). This edition of the Newsletter carries reports from our Treasury, and subcommittees – Membership, Church Recording, Young Arts and Trips &...

Camden October

Just a short newsletter this month as members have quite a lot of other documentation to read, associated with our AGM and End-of Year function in mid-November. Next month will be the Annual Report issue.[gview...

Camden September

This issue reminds members of coming events culminating in our AGM and Christmas luncheon on November 18th. A summary of the 2018 programme is also included together with a couple of articles – one, a trip to the ‘Archies’ and the other ‘all you need to know about the...

Camden June newsletter

Our Church Recording at historic St James’ Anglican Church, Menangle is in its final stages with all descriptions now complete. This issue contains a short note on Elizabeth Macarthur Onslow who was responsible for the construction of the beautiful chancel and apse....

Camden April Newsletter

This month we are looking forward to Philip Bailey’s lecture on Yehudi Menuhin, followed by Bhutan – Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, next month (Zara Fleming). This issue has news of...