Ku-ring-gai (Chatswood)

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS Ku-ring-gai
PO Box 338
Roseville 2069

ABN: 21 696 997 748

ADFAS Ku-ring-gai provides a yearly program for its members of illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. Four Study Days per year are also held when topics can be examined in more detail.

Contact: kuringgai@adfas.org.au

Committee 2019

Mr Russell Lander
Ph: (9489 1898)

Mrs Lynette Davenport
Ph: (9438 4090)



Vice Chairman:
Mr Lawrence West
Ph: (4871 3707)

Mrs Gay Windeyer
Ph: (9427 0660)

Membership Secretary:
Mrs Gillian Napper
Ph: (02) 9460 0634 (9.30 am to 4.30 pm)
Postal address: PO Box 796, North Sydney 2059

Programme for 2019

Wednesday 6th March
Hilary Kay
Thomas Chippendale – the creation of British style

An exceptional craftsman from a humble family whose name is remarkably given to a definitive style of British furniture.

In 1754 he published a book of his designs, titled “The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director” which became the period’s reference for style.

Today, Chippendale furniture can realise millions of pounds but in his lifetime Chippendale experienced successes and disasters and he tragically died a pauper. This is his rags to rags story.

Thursday 7th March
Study Day Hilary Kay

The Roadshow Experience

Beginning with a presentation of behind the scenes on Antiques Roadshow and Hilary’s experiences, then after morning tea she will speak on Antiques Roadshow’s extraordinary finds.

After lunch Hilary will hold a One Woman Roadshow, where members are given the opportunity to have their own collectables discussed. Hilary’s areas of expertise for this are Antique/Old:- Toys, Models, Dolls, Teddy Bears, Scientific and Marine Instruments, Gramophones, Musical Boxes, Sports Memorabilia, Embroideries, Textiles, Costume and Fashion, Rock & Roll Memorabilia, Postcards & Cigarette Cards.

Those attending should limit their brought objects to three pieces and within the perimeters provided above, please.

Wednesday 3rd April
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor
From Pariah to Popular

Nearly 20 years ago, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE left the UK to take up the Directorship of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Taking on the challenge of an almost bankrupt institution was just the beginning of two decades navigating the Australian art world, Australian politics and funding regimes. The MCA now welcomes more than a million visitors a year and offers a range of learning and access programs, believing that ‘art is for everyone.’

It’s been a long journey from the beginning of her career in Scotland, studying art history and driving a travelling gallery in a converted bus for the Scottish Arts Council, so come and hear how she has steered the MCA and where the Museum is heading now.

Wednesday 29th May
Martin Heard
1066 and All That – The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry’s amazing survival almost intact over nine centuries provides us with an historical narrative of the struggle for the succession of the English throne from 1064 culminating at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

It provides an insight into social history of that time and a sequential tour is taken that explains the events shown. Interesting incidentals are pointed out and their significance within the narrative interpreted.

Thursday 30th May
Study Day Martin Heard
George IV – Connoisseur or Conman ?

George IV, better known as the Prince Regent, gives his name to an elegant style of architecture and design in a period of British history noted for its extravagance, political upheaval and moral decadence.

He was a man of contrasts being highly cultured albeit a drunkard, womaniser and gambler. He was arguably London’s best town planner and instigated the Brighton Pavilion amongst many other projects all of which cost vast amounts of money.

The lecture discusses the extent to which George IV was either a conman who swindled the British taxpayer or the connoisseur whose legacy is greatly and justifiably valued.

Wednesday 19th June
Lorraine Kypiotis
From the Medici to Macquarie: Neo Classicism and the Colonial Ethos

Sydney’s early infrastructure, laid down between 1810 -1822, was ostensibly the work of two men: Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales and his convict architect, Francis Greenway.

Macquarie, a product of the Scottish Enlightenment, implemented an extensive building program through which Greenway was able to transplant the neo-Classical ideals of the late 18th century, with their roots reaching back to the Renaissance.

Wednesday 24th July
Rosalind Whyte
Signs and Symbols – Decoding Art

Throughout the ages signs and symbols are used to tell the story of a painting and are included whether in religious or secular paintings.

By learning to recognise these subtle indicators we can better understand the message, providing a deeper appreciation and knowledge of the art and the artists’ intent, not necessarily comprehended today. A fascinating insight into messages left for us, the viewer.

Thursday 25th July
Study Day Rosalind Whyte
From Corot to Monet

The development of French landscape painting from its humble beginnings to the gradual acceptance of landscape by the French art establishment, as long as it included an historical element.

Insistence on realism and the harshness of rural life was finally undermined by the Impressionists who attempted to capture the changing qualities of light in nature and its transcendent beauty.

Wednesday 28th August
Sue Rollin
Ruins & Romance: Early Women travellers in the Middle East

The story of several extraordinary women who ventured to the Middle East and their adventures.

Lady Mary Wortley scandalised London society by joining her husband on his posting to Turkey in 1716. Lady Hester Stanhope, was the first European woman to visit Palmyra in 1813; Isabel Burton followed her husband on his missions abroad; and Jane Digby found fulfilment marrying Sheik Medjner el Mezrab and remaining with him until her death in 1881.

Wednesday 25th September
Anthony Russell
Vincent van Gogh – Madman or Genius?

Most of us appreciate the beauty of Van Gogh’s art but how much do we know about the man himself ?

There are extraordinary, little known facts to be revealed, while enjoying the remarkable range of his artistic talent. Though seeming so extreme and exceptional, the tragic story of his loveless life is deeply moving and his humanity makes a lasting impression.

This lecture explores exactly why, despite barely selling a painting, no art historian denies his genius.

Wednesday 23rd October
Tom Duncan
Deadly Rivals: 17th Century English Patrons of the Arts

Charles I created a court where architecture, painting and the visual arts received unprecedented encouragement from an English king.

At the same time, the Earl of Arundel and the Duke of Buckingham also lay down the foundations of their fabulous collections of works of art.

All three men died tragic deaths. Following Charles I execution in 1649, Cromwell regrettably instigated the sale of the late King’s goods which enriched a number of the greatest European collections.

Art and Architecture in Ireland
Thursday 24th October
Tom Duncan

Ireland has had a long and troubled history, inevitably linked to that of England however, European influences were often of equal or greater importance.

The early Christian era when The Book of Kells was created; the later Middle Ages with England’s  aggressive influence thus there is no Renaissance or Baroque influences to be found in Ireland.

However, at the end of the 17th century conditions changed.  With peace came prosperity and a number of important Houses were built with the most contemporary English plus European art and furnishings, with no expense spared.

Venue and time of Lectures and Study Days:
Lectures: Wednesdays in the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.

Morning lectures commence at 10:30 am and evening lectures at 6.00 pm. Please be seated 5 minutes before the stated commencement time.

Study Days are held on a Thursday at “Laurelbank”, Cnr Penshurst and Laurel Streets, Willoughby starting at 10.30 am. For members, guests or reciprocal members. The cost for these is $70 p/p, which includes morning tea and lunch. It is necessary to book and pay for these well in advance as numbers are strictly limited.

Anyone wishing to come to a Study Day should contact Mrs Caroline Bray on (02) 9428 4235 to ask if places are still available.

Guests are most welcome to attend Lectures at a charge of $30.00 each; or $25.00 each for members of another ADFAS society. A guest may attend three lectures only per annum.

Membership enquiries may be made to the Membership Secretary, Gillian Napper, on 9818 4746 (9.30 am to 4.30 pm). The Joining Fee is $25 and the annual cost of membership in 2019 is $175 for singles and $325 for couples. However, depending when you join there is a sliding scale for subscriptions.

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