Dubbo & Districts

Select Society

ABN: 88 380 398 803

ADFAS Dubbo & Districts 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.

Contact: dubbo@adfas.org.au

Committee 2020

Phyllis Carthy

Jane North
Ph: (02) 6882 5107




Membership Enquiries:
Please contact the Chairman Phyllis Carthy,
or visit our website  www.adfas.org.au

Lyn Armstrong
Sue Clark
Jan Fletcher
Margaret Hughes
Penny Meers
Bob North
Sally O’Connell
Adorie Tink

Programme for 2020

Monday 16 March 2020
A Tale of Two Barbaras: Barbara Hepworth & Barbara Tribe
Presented By 
Catherine Wallace

Famous sculptors, Barbara Hepworth and Barbara Tribe, made Cornwall their home for much of their lives. Barbara Hepworth became a leading light in the modernist movement in British art, representing Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1958. Barbara Tribe came from Australia, becoming a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Sculptors in 1953 having made many notable portrait busts of Australian Servicemen in London during the war.

Catherine holds a degree in Fine Art from Canterbury College of Art, and a Masters from St Andrews. She was a curator of Falmouth Art Gallery from 1993 through to 2000. She has been a freelance exhibition organiser, author and lecturer since then and has organised exhibitions on artists such as Thomas Cooper Gotch and Henry Scott Tuke. Catherine now delivers courses and study holidays in Cornwall on the history of Cornish Art.

Monday 27 April 2020
Madame la Veuve Clicquot
Presented by
John Broadly 

Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, nee Ponsardin, is one of France’s most celebrated women. She was certainly the most brilliant businesswoman of modern times and from fairly modest beginnings developed a small champagne house into a mighty business concern. Widowed young, (veuve is French for Widow) she showed ingenuity and pluck, in spite of overwhelming obstacles, she found a market for her champagne, still known the world over today.

A teacher of foreign languages by profession, John graduated from the University of New England in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in French. In 1980 he graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Letters (Litt.B) in French literature, writing a thesis in French on late C19th and early C20th French writer Marcel Proust.

Monday 25 May 2020
Phrases and Sayings: The Etymology of the City of London
Presented By
Alan Read

The English language is rich in idioms, phrases and sayings which are part of everyday speech yet seldom do we consider their original meanings. This is an exploration of historical etymology, often traceable to the City of London. Even if you have to ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’ and it’s ‘raining cats and dogs’ you’d be ‘barking mad’ to miss this lecture.

Alan holds a master’s and first class honours degree in History of Art from Birkbeck College, London. He is a gallery guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery and for Frieze Masters and regularly lectures at the NPG, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery and other galleries in the UK. He also works as a London Blue Badge Guide and a City of London Guide.

Monday 22 June 2020
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know, The Wicked Poet, Lord Byron 
Presented By
Susannah Fullerton 

Lord Byron was both famous and infamous for his audacious poetry, his scandalous love life (which included an affair with his half sister!) and his devotion to liberal ideals. Ostracised by English Society, Byron went off to fight for Greek independence and died at 36. His personality and his romantic poetry made a unique impression on 19th century Europe and the term ‘Byronic’ was coined.

Susannah Fullerton, OAM FRS, has been President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia for over 20 years and is best-known as a lecturer on classic novels. She lectures regularly at the Art Gallery of NSW and state libraries. She is a registered speaker for ADFAS. She gives talks on famous writers and their novels, poems and plays at a great variety of places around NSW, Australia and overseas.

Monday 20 July 2020
Dress Detective: Miss Fisher’s Wardrobe Revealed
Presented By
Kate Strasdin

The phenomenal success of the Miss Fisher’s Mysteries TV series had a great deal to do with a glamorous protagonist and the aesthetic of 1920’s Melbourne. This lecture looks at fashions in the 1920s and the designers who were influencing style and developments that were changing the way people thought about clothes.

Kate has worked with objects of dress and textiles in museums for almost twenty years in curatorial positions and is Assistant Curator at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Totnes, Devon. Kate is also a Senior Lecturer at Falmouth University, teaching history and contextual studies to fashion and textile students.

Monday 24 August 2020
Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes 
Presented By
Dr Caroline Shenton 

This lecture explores the story of the suffragettes through their ‘pro and anti’ portrayals in cartoons, postcards and paintings – as well as their own artistic productions. By turns amusing, infuriating, enraging and ultimately inspiring, you will come away from this talk with a new appreciation of how the campaign for equal electoral rights was won by and through art.

Dr Caroline Shenton is an archivist and historian. She was formerly Director of the Parliamentary Archives in London, Linda hold two first class degrees in Art History. She is an and before that was a senior archivist at the National experienced guide and lecturer at Tate Britain , Tate Modern Archives. Her book “The Day Parliament Burned Down” and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and lectures to secondary won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 and school audiences and independent arts societies. Mary Beard called it ‘microhistory at its absolute best’.

Monday 21 September 2020
The Age of Jazz
Presented By
Sandy Burnett

Jazz is one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation. Sandy Burnett’s lecture covers the early years of jazz from its very beginnings and the first ever recordings made just over a century ago through to the start of the Second World War.

After studying music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of music presenters on BBC Radio 3. He enjoys a varied career that embraces broadcasting, conducting, playing double bass and communicating his passion for music.

Monday 26 October 2020
Gauguin’s Discovery of the ‘Primative’
Presented By
Kathy McLauchlan

Gauguin the painter was in flight from urban society. From the mid 1880’s he sought somewhere ‘unspoilt’ by modern civilization, and this search would take him to Brittany, Martinique and the South Pacific. This lecture concentrates on the work Gauguin produced in Brittany in the late 1880s and early 1890s, most notably The Vision after the Sermon.

Kathy McLauchlan is a lecturer specialising in 19th-century art history, she is currently a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum, organising courses and study days on the history of art and design. She teaches at several institutions, including the Arts Society and Art Pursuits. She is a graduate of Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute, with a Ph.D. on French 19th-century painters in Rome.

Venue and Time of Lectures

All lectures are held at 6:00pm at Wesley Church Hall,  Church Street, Dubbo and are free to Dubbo financial members. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.


Guests are welcome. A fee of $20 per lecture applies.

The fee for members of other ADFAS Societies is $5. Memberships are transferable, however guests using the membership of a Dubbo ADFAS Member will be required to pay $5.00

Tickets to individual lectures can be purchased online here at 123Tix


Annual Subscription $130

All Membership Enquiries

Please contact the Chairman Phyllis Carthy, 6888 7081

or visit our website  www.adfas.org.au

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