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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. His own work is enjoying a return to prominence following a major retrospective exhibition of his work at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh in 2001 and at Fundaçion Picasso Malaga in 2008 and Southampton Art Gallery in 2012. In 1937 he met the American photographer Lee Miller whom he married in 1947. This presentation is illustrated with many of her images.

Presented by: ANTONY PENROSE (Independent)

Antony Penrose is the Co-Director of the Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection. He is the son of the American photographer, Lee Miller, and Roland Penrose, surrealist artist, and biographer of Picasso, Miró, Man Ray and Tàpies. Antony grew up in Farley Farm House, the old Sussex farmhouse his parents used to occupy in the village of Chiddingly.  Life was a perpetual arts congress where British artists like Henry Moore, Eileen Agar, Richard Hamilton, John Caxton and Kenneth Armitage mixed with leading figures from Europe such as Max Ernst, Jan Miró, Jean Dubuffet and where Picasso visited in 1950. Antony has written numerous books, articles and two plays on the subject of his parents and their associates.  He lectures widely and is known as a curator of photography, an artist and film maker in his own right.


Roland Penrose, Mougins, France 1937, by Lee Miller (P0198) © Lee Miller Archives, England 2017.  All rights reserved.

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. “And so to bed …” Susannah Fullerton’s talk on Pepys, tells of his experience of the Plague and the Great Fire, his constant womanising, his theatre-going and his dinners. Susannah loves to share her enthusiasm for this most human and delightful of diarists.


Susannah Fullerton has been passionate about literature for as long as she can remember. With a BA from the University of Auckland, NZ, and a post-graduate degree in Victorian literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, she currently teaches literature courses in Sydney and lectures regularly at the State Library of NSW and the Art Gallery of NSW. In 2017 Susannah was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for Services to Literature and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW. She has been president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia for the past 18 years and has spoken about Jane Austen to many schools, community groups and adult classes. Susannah is the author of several books including – ‘Jane Austen – Antipodean Views’; ‘Jane Austen and Crime’; ‘Brief encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia’. She has also written and recorded an audio CD, ‘Finding Katherine Mansfield’, about the life and works of New Zealand’s greatest writer.

Susannah has lectured regularly for ADFAS for many years.

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.

Presented by: NICOLE MEZEY

Nicole studied Art History at the Universities of Sussex, York and Paris. She was Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University until 2009, working primarily with adults, managing and teaching on both the Part-Time degree and Extra-Mural programmes and conducting annual, international study tours. She also established the Department of Art History, the first in the north of Ireland. Nicole now lives in central London and is a freelance lecturer, working for organisations including National Museums, the National Trust, Queen’s University and private cultural bodies.   She is a guide lecturer for tours and will shortly embark on her second lecture tour for ADFAS Societies in Australia and New Zealand. Her publications focus on adult education and the arts.

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.

Presented by: Professor PETER MCNEIL, FAHA (Australian)

Dr Peter McNeil is Professor of Design History at University of Technology Sydney and Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden. He studied Art History at Sydney University and ANU. His publications include ten major works on fashion, including the best-selling ‘Shoes’, also translated into Italian; ‘Fashion Writing and Criticism’; ‘Nordic Fashion Studies’ (2012); ‘Fashion in Fiction’; ‘Men’s Fashion Reader’. His co-authored ‘Dressing Sydney: The Jewish Fashion Story’ (2012) has received praise from reviewers across the globe. Recent European experience includes a three-year role within a one-million € funded project – ‘Fashioning the Early Modern: Innovation and Creativity in Europe, 1500-1800’.

His current book projects include ‘Luxury: A Rich History’, supported by the UK Leverhulme Trust; and ‘Pretty Gentlemen: The Eighteenth-Century Fashion World’. He is currently writing for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for the largest exhibition ever staged of men’s fashion, 1700-2010.

In 2013 McNeil was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Special Interest Programme
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.

Lecture 1: Provides the big picture: the who, where and when of art, from prehistory to the marvels of Egypt, the warlike Mycenaeans, the artful Minoans and the traders extraordinaire, the Phoenicians.

Lecture 2: Continues the story by taking us on a journey into the innovative Archaic Age of Greece, the mysterious Etruscans, the spread of Greek colonies, the glory days of Greece, the legacy of Alexander the Great, and the astonishing Roman Empire

Egyptian Faience Dish

Archaic Vase Cyprus

Paestum Magna Graecia

Aegean Vase

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.

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. We explore how the Empire provided materials and the opportunity for this wealth of art to be accessible to more people than ever before. Pompeii’s survival gives us a glimpse of the Roman Empire, in all its vastness. Its burial captured a moment in time when the Empire was a multicultural, vibrant and growing power that reached into the lives of everyone, rich or poor. Its triumph and tragedy still speak to us across the millennia.

Presented by: GILLIAN HOVELL BA (Hons)

Gillian is a Classical Historian & Prehistorian, Archaeologist, Author, Educator, Public Speaker, Tour Lecturer & Presenter. After graduating in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University, Gillian worked in BBC Television and became an award-winning freelance writer, author and public speaker, specialising in archaeology, prehistory and in the Greek and Roman eras. She has led and supported community archaeology projects in a hands-on way, actively digging at major sites in the UK and Europe. She also lectures in the UK and around the Mediterranean on tours and cruises. She shares her passion for ancient history in person, in books, in the field, in the media and on-line. Gillian can fire your imagination and inspire you to new visions.

ARTS AND CRAFTSMEN: British Design from William Morris to Ernst Gimson
Special Interest Programme 

Friday 31st August 
Anne Anderson (The Arts Society)

Lecture 1: William Morris: Father of the Arts and Crafts Writer, painter, designer and political activist, Morris instigated a revolt against mass-produced, poorly designed, and badly made objects. Under Morris’s ethos everyday items were elevated to works of art and the remit of the artist was broadened to include both the fine and decorative arts. The Guild system was revived,  reintroducing craft skills and traditions. He was most productive in the 1870s but became increasingly demoralised as his work could only be purchased by the wealthy. The foundation was laid for others, who tried to make well designed and well-made objects
available to all.

Lecture 2: Arts and Crafts Men: British Design c.1880-1914 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 Barnsleys. For a brief period England led the way in ‘advanced’ or ‘progressive’ design. Guilds were formed and craftsmen created rural utopias in the Cotswolds, Sussex and Surrey. The movement survived the First World War, its spirit finally crushed by the great Depression of the 1930s.

Stained glass, Blackwell

Baillie Scott interior, Blackwell

Gimson oak sconce

Voysey box

RENÉ LALIQUE: Master of Art Nouveau Jewellery and Art Deco Glass
Saturday 1st September 
Anne Anderson (The Arts Society)

Although Lalique is best known for his Art Deco glass of the inter-war years, his career began in the early 1890s as the designer of the finest Art Nouveau jewellery. Lalique created stunning pieces of jewellery from gold, horn, glass and enamel. He preferred opals and aquamarines to flashy diamonds and his jewels were about design and craftsmanship rather than vulgar ostentation. 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. Soon Lalique was designing for Worth and other famous perfumers. After the war Lalique extended production into decorative vases, tableware, lamps and even architectural glass.

Presented by: ANNE ANDERSON(The Arts Society)

After graduation in Art History and Archaeology (Leicester University), Anne worked as an archaeologist for 8 years. She then became senior lecturer on the Fine Arts Valuation degree courses at Southampton Solent University, specialising in the Aesthetic Movement, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. She is currently Hon. Associate Professor at Exeter University and has published books on Roman pottery, Art Deco teapots and Edward Burne-Jones. She has been a lecturer for The Arts Society (NADFAS) since 1993. Her television credits include BBC’s Flog It! Anne is currently a course director in the V&A Learning Academy delivering courses on the Arts and Crafts and 20th century design.

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. This lecture is about the top end of the art market and is an excuse to examine some beautiful and varied art. These works would not achieve such sky-high prices if they were no good. So, we’ll see some wonderful paintings including those by Picasso, ezanne, Leonardo, Rembrandt, Modigliani, Klimt, Bacon and Pollock, all held together by the common thread of their extraordinary commercial value. But we will also look at the buyers and sellers, the back-story of the works, the reasons why they have changed hands and I will try to answer the question “Are they are really worth hundreds of millions of dollars?”

Presented by: IAN SWANKIE(The Arts Society)

Ian Swankie is a Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and gives regular tours at each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and gives regular tours for various corporations and organisations. Six years ago, he established a weekly independent art lecture group in his hometown of Richmond in West London, and he gives talks on a variety of subjects. He is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society.

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.

For most societies in South America, gold had a spiritual importance: its brilliance evoked the Sun — the golden disk that nourished
the Earth. Europeans, by contrast, saw gold as a commodity — the ultimate sign of wealth. After 1492, the search for precious metals in the Americas prompted colonial expansion by major powers.

The Spanish Conquest would transform the lives of the inhabitants forever. The dream of El Dorado led many Europeans to risk their lives searching for ‘the Golden One’, initially thought to be a lost city of gold. Most of the golden treasures that the Spaniards found were melted down for bullion. Those that survive are great works of sacred art — the awe-inspiring and technically sophisticated creations of once-great cultures.

Presented by: CHLOË SAYER  

Chloë Sayer is an independent scholar, author and curator, specializing in the art and culture of Latin America. She has made ethnographic collections and carried out fieldwork in Mexico and Belize for the British Museum. In 1991 she co-curated the exhibition ‘The Skeleton at the Feast: The Mexican Day of the Dead’ at the Museum of Mankind in London (October 1991 – November 1993). She has also worked extensively in Canada with Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM); she recently co-curated an exhibition for the ROM: ‘Viva México! Clothing and Culture’ and wrote the accompanying book.

She is the author of several books and has worked on a number of television documentaries about Mexico and Peru for the BBC and Channel 4, and regularly leads cultural tours to Mexico.


Atahualpa, Peru

Bat-man pectoral of gold alloy, Tairona culture

followed by
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

100th Issue – December

This is the 100th edition since January 2010, of our monthly Newsletter in its current format. Co-incidentally it is also our 2018 AGM issue and contains annual reports...

Camden Oct/Nov

We look forward to our last lecture for the year, Gold of the Gods, to be presented by Chloe Sayer, on her third visit to ADFAS Camden. This month’s Newsletter contains a short report on the recent Church Recording Conference at Mudgee which was attended...

September newsletter

This edition contains two interesting contributions from members of ADFAS Camden. One is a follow-up on an article last month (Ask a silly Question), which was itself a...

Camden August

We are looking forward to our second ‘double header’ at the end of this month, with Anne Anderson (TAS) presenting an Special Interest ‘ARTS & CRAFTSMEN’ programme...

Camden July

This month we look forward to our first Special Interest Programme - and a trip down memory lane in anticipation! Also news of coming local events


This edition contains notes on our new YOUNG ARTS initiative, another historic object at St...


This edition contains news of two local art events, one of which is associated with our Young ARTS Programme. News, too of the Camden Kiddies’ Concert, which forms the other part of our Young Arts Programme. And a short contribution on artist ‘Dorrit’...


This edition contains a short note on the recent discovery of an historic, small, late C18 medical chest associated with the Hassall family and our church recording of St Paul’s Cobbitty. The 43rd Annual Camden Art Prize is almost upon us again (ADFAS...


This edition of our Newsletter acknowledges the contribution of our Mentor, John Nichols and his wife Caroline over the past 14-15 years. Also advance notice of our Young Arts activities for 2018 and a short note on the opening of the Alan Baker Art...

January 2018

A little holiday reading in this edition – and remembrances of a long term member.