Ku-ring-gai (Chatswood)

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Postal Address:

ADFAS Ku-ring-gai
PO Box 338
Roseville 2069

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 2018

Mr Russell Lander
Ph: (02) 9489 1898

Mrs Lynette Davenport
Ph:  (02) 9438 4090


Membership Secretary:
Mrs Kate Herkes
Ph: (02) 9818 4746 (9.30am to 4:30pm)

Programme for 2018

Man Ray The Magic Man
th March 2018
Antony Penrose    

Photographer, painter and filmmaker who was the only American to play a major role in both the Dada and Surrealist movements.

He moved to Paris in 1921 where he mixed with the major artists and other creative people of the time.   Apart from a thriving career as a fashion photographer he experimented with innovative and arresting effects such as solarisation with Lee Miller which became the hallmark of their artistic association.

© Copyright Lee Miller Archives 2018. All rights reserved

Love, War and Picasso; Lee Miller in the 1940’s
March 2018
Antony Penrose   

Lee Miller, fashion model turned Surrealist photographer and later Vogue War Correspondent documented the women of World War II and her intimate friendship with Picasso and other key artists with equal clarity and wit.  

Her photographs endure today giving us a cross section of life ranging from idyllic times on the beaches of the Cote d’Azur to the full horror and heroism of the war.

© Copyright Lee Miller Archives 2018. All rights reserved

More Than Winnie-the- Pooh – A.A. Milne
18th Ap
ril 2018
Susannah Fullerton

Alan Alexander Milne had several successful careers as a writer.  He was a comic writer for Punch and had five of his plays showing in London at the same time.  Also, he made another reputation as a writer of detective fiction before he playfully wrote about Winnie-the-Pooh, his son’s bear.  From that time on his publishers didn’t want him to write anything else much to his regret, which had a profound effect on him and his son, Christopher.

Jewel of the Crown – the Sainte Chapelle, Paris
th May 2018
Nicole Mezey

Built in a mere 5 years (1243-1248), it is a gem of beauty and medieval technical innovation.  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 talismatic of Christian remains.

The Journals and Art Work of the First Fleeters
th June 2018
Paul Brunton

Of the approximately 1,400 people on the First Fleet of 1787-88, the journals of only 11 have survived. These provide eyewitness accounts of the voyage to Sydney and the first years here including the interaction with the Aboriginal people. Written by men of different ranks, each journal offers an unique perspective.

Pompeii: Digging Deeper with the Muddy Archaeologist
25th July 2018
Gillian Hovell

A deep insight into the many kinds of art found in the homes and streets of Pompeii expressing the culture and lives of its citizens. Pompeii’s survival captured a time when the vast Roman Empire was multicultural, vibrant and its wealth of art was accessible to more people than ever before.


Classical Art and the Perception of Beauty – then and now
th July 2018
Gillian Hovell

Greek and Roman art created the foundations for much of our own art and what we consider beautiful.  We take a practical and philosophical view at this and the shifting sands of beauty become apparent. However, the eternal constant is our need to express a message in our art about what we consider important, admirable and aesthetically pleasing.

Macintosh and the Glasgow Four
th August 2018
Anne Anderson

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is now regarded as Scotland’s most famous architect but his potential was not fully realised during his lifetime.  The role played by his wife, Margaret Macdonald, and his collaborators, Francis Macdonald and Herbert MacNair from around 1900 has also been obscured.  This lecture will explore the Four’s work through major commissions for the Glasgow School of Art, the Hill House, Helensburgh and Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms

Thomas Heatherwick – the Modern Leonardo
26th September 2018
Ian Swankie

The past few years have seen the meteoric rise of this extraordinary British designer with his acclaimed designs around the world. Over the last 20 years the Heatherwick Studio has produced a vast range of solutions to design challenges from handbags and furniture to universities and entire towns.

Treasures of London’s Square Mile
27th September 2018
Ian Swankie

In the centre of the City of London stands its ancient headquarters, the medieval Guildhall built over a Roman amphitheatre.  The present building dates from 1411 and the crypts are dated even earlier.  The City of London has been acquiring art for 350 years and the extensive collection is housed in the Guildhall Art Gallery. Also, around this area is a treasure trove of wonderful buildings and public art, hidden churches and gardens.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting
31st October 2018 
Chloe Sayer    

Kahlo and Rivera, in their different ways, helped to shape the cultural identity of 20th century Mexico. They married in 1929 and had a volatile and passionate marriage. The Mexican mural movement during the 1920’s saw Rivera produce panoramic images which adorn public buildings, combining social criticism with a faith in human progress. Kahlo made herself the principal theme of her art dramatically reflecting her experiences, dreams, hopes and fears.  

Splendours of Mexico and Peru
November 2018
Chloe Sayer

Before the Spanish Conquest in 1519, numerous civilisations rose and fell on Mexican soil, The Olmecs, the Maya, the Mixtecs, the Zapotecs and lastly the warlike Aztecs forged their own unique and splendid art styles.

In South America, the Incas developed one of the greatest planned societies the world has known. Before them other cultures flourished. Common to all these ancient cultures were their artistic skills in stone, ceramics, jewellery, weaving and painting.

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 Thursdays at “Laurelbank”, Cnr Penshurst and Laurel Streets, Willoughby starting at 10.30 am.  The cost for these is $65, which includes morning tea and lunch.  It is necessary to book and pay for these well in advance as numbers are strictly limited to 50 people.

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 $20.00 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, Kate Herkes on (02) 9818 4746 (9.30am and 4:30pm). Cost of membership in 2018 is $175 for singles and $325 for couples. However, depending when you join there is a sliding scale for subscriptions. Refer to the 2018 Application for Membership Form attached.

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