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 2018

Phyllis Carthy
Ph: 02 6888 7081 or 0408 864 995

Minutes Secretary
Sally Anderson
Ph: 0417 455 651





Memberships are transferable, however guests using the
membership of a Dubbo ADFAS member will be required to pay $5.00.
For further information, please contact either, the Chairman,or visit our website at www.adfas.org.au

Jane North
Ph: (02) 6882 5107

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

Sue Clark
Jan Fletcher
Bob North
Sally O’Connell

Programme for 2018

Art Deco Building Decoration
Monday 12th March
Christopher Bradley

Art Deco architecture has a style and appeal that is immediately recognizable and distinctive. Rapid development between the world wars saw this modernist movement spread across our great cities, whilst the expanding film industry also used art deco design as the perfect way to attract cinema-goers. Christopher Bradley has had a lifelong interest in Art Deco buildings and decoration from around the world. His photographic work is in worldwide photographic libraries and he has had a distinguished career as a television documentary filmmaker.

The Life Cycle of the Artist in Renaissance Florence
Monday 16th April
Kathleen Olive

Renaissance artists and artisans were initiated into their crafts from a very early age. As their skills and reputations grew, they could become highly sought after and well remunerated. What qualities were required to reach the dizzying heights of innovation described Giorgio Vasari in his celebrated Lives? Kathleen explores the career of a Renaissance artist – from the early stages of education, through to the maturity of an artist’s professional life – paying particular attention to artists’ writings in the fifteenth century and to their self-portraits.

Duchess of Style – Wallis Simpson
Monday 21st May
Anne Sebba

Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor was demonised by the British establishment. After she married the ex-King, Wallis launched herself as one of the world’s best dressed women and would entertain in the most elegant of homes. Who was this woman and what was the power she wielded over King Edward VIII?

Anne Sebba is a biographer, historian and author of eleven books. She lectures to a variety of audiences.

The Visit of the Grand Duke Ferdinand
Monday 18th June
John Broadley

The much-maligned and often misrepresented Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Este, heir to the Hapsburg empire of Austria-Hungary, came to NSW as part of a world tour in 1893. The tour was ostensibly a fact finding tour, but it was really intended to benefit the health of the Archduke who suffered from tuberculosis. Franz Ferdinand was a passionate collector who assembled and eclectic range of items during his tour, during which he kept extensive diaries revealing much about his enigmatic personality. Franz Ferdinand was extremely positive about his experiences in NSW and regretted that he had extended his stay in India at the expense of his Australian visit. Find out about Archdukes tragic family background, where he went during his visit to Sydney, what Sydney looked like at the time and whom he met. He also made two excursions to the country to go on hunting expeditions to the Narromine and Nyngan areas, and to Moss Vale.

Summer Palaces of the Tsars
Monday 23rd July
Alexey Makhrov

The royal estates of St Petersburg impress with their splendour and give fascinating insights into the private lives of the Romanovs.
Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and their successors spared no expense in building and decorating palaces, villas and gardens.

Dr Alexey Makhrov studied art history at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg. He worked as researcher of Russian art criticism at the University of Exeter, England, before moving to Switzerland in 2003.


Great Tarts in Art
Monday 20th August
Linda Smith

A mixture of art-historical analysis and scandalous anecdote, this lecture takes a generally light-hearted look at changing attitudes to sexual morality down the ages, by examining the portraits and careers of some of history’s most notorious mistresses and courtesans. It also charts the rather complex and ambiguous attitudes of art and society towards the numerous anonymous working girls at the lower end of the scale, by investigating how they have been represented in art at different times and places from the 17th to the 20th century.


The wind in the Willows revisited through its illustrations
Monday 17th September
John Ericson

Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908, without illustrations, and has been in print ever since.  The beauty of the prose in Grahame’s classic tale of Ratty, Mole and incorrigible Mr Toad is widely acknowledged however the story is so full of wonderful imagery that it almost demands to be illustrated.  As a result, more than ninety artists have illustrated the book, making it the most widely illustrated book in the English language. This lecture will explore how the story came to be written for Grahame’s son, Alastair, and the interesting but ultimately tragic life of Kenneth Grahame.


Colour and Brilliance. Women Stained-glass Artists
Monday 22nd October
Martin Ellis

Martin is an experienced curator, lecturer and broadcaster. Until recently Principal Curator and Head of Collections Research & Development at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, he now divides his time between curatorial work, consultancy, the development of cultural tourism programs and broadcasting projects and working with his wife in their art.

In the early years of the 20th century a new generation of young women artists emerged triumphantly into the art world. Like their Australian cousins, they were trained in the newly established public and municipal schools of art. Following the tenets of the Arts & Crafts Movement, many found a natural home in the field of stained glass – an art form deadened by the increasingly formulaic products of the large, commercial companies. They were an extraordinary generation: fiercely independent, champions of women’s rights and gender politics, suffragists and challengers of the political establishment, they also created some of the most beautiful windows of the 20th century, bringing a richness and sensitivity to the art. The talk looks in particular at the students and achievements of three centres of training and practice, in Dublin, Birmingham and London, and celebrates the work of an extraordinary generation which both enriched and changed the nature of stained glass in Britain.


Veronica Whall (1887-1967), Stained glass panel, St. Michael & all Angels, Ledbury 1912

Florence Camm (1874-1960) Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, window design, watercolour over pencil, 1910

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 before 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


Annual Subscription $130

All Membership Enquiries

Please contact the Chairman Phyllis Carthy,

or visit our website  www.adfas.org.au

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