Ku-ring-gai (Chatswood)

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS Ku-ring-gai
PO Box 796
North Sydney 2059

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 2020

Mrs Helen Meddings
Ph: 0457 062 456

Ms Michele Symonds
Ph: 0414 781 256


Mrs Gay Windeyer
Ph: 0439 340 044

Membership Secretary:
Mrs Gillian Napper
Ph: 0412 543 385

Membership Enquiries: adfasgillian@gmail.com

Programme for 2020

11 March 2020
Posters of the Belle Epoque
Mr Charles Harris

Focusing on the role of posters and poster artists in the history of advertising, this global-award winning Creative Director of international advertising agencies has lectured extensively on design, illustration and photographic styles as they have influenced the building of brands.  Charles has himself created posters for major brands including British Airways, Nestlé, Sony, General Motors and Shell. His travel writing and photography has appeared in various airline magazines as well as Time. Brian has also written and produced several hundred TV and Radio commercials and corporate video programmes.

25 March 2020
Florence Broadhurst
Ms Claudia Chan Shaw

Claudia is a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, collector and artist. She is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw, with the designs represented in the permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum. She was the curator of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival (2016 -2018) and is currently curator for the Lunar New Year celebrations at World Square in Sydney. She is perhaps best known for her role as co-host and presenter on ABC TV’s popular program, Collectorsand her subsequent book Collectomania: From objects of desire to magnificent obsession. In this lecture Claudia looks at Florence Broadhurst’s fascinating life and design legacy.

23 April 2020
Powerhouse Museum Study Tour: Fashion & Jewellery Gems

Our first Special Interest Day for the year will be held at the Powerhouse Museum with the title, “Jewellery and Fashion at the Powerhouse: Antique to Contemporary”.  We will hear from Sydney’s doyenne of antique jewellery and an Honorary Associate of the Museum, Anne Schofield, who will focus on objects in the jewellery collection.  Then we will hear from curator Eva Czernis-Ryl who will explain the contemporary jewellery collection at the Powerhouse.  We will be given a special viewing of the highlights from the historical fashion collection as well as viewing other items in exhibitions. This will be the last chance to visit the Powerhouse at its present location before the next chapter of its development.  Note, numbers are limited to 40.

21 May 2020
Study Tour of the Mitchell Library
Mr Paul Brunton OAM

The second Special Interest Day will be held at another Sydney iconic venue, the Mitchell Library, where Paul Brunton will take us on a journey through the origins of the collection and its collector, the generous philanthropist David Scott Mitchell.  We will also hear from Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville, whose area of expertise is paintings of colonial and early Sydney; and finally the original subdivision of the North Shore will be revealed through the Library’s vast store of documents and records.  Come and learn more about our hometown!

27 May 2020
Virginia Woolf on Art & LIfe
Ms Karin Fernald

Karin is an actor, writer and accredited Arts Society lecturer, known for her entertaining lectures on writers and diarists connected with the arts from the mid-18th to 19th century, and, moving forward in time, with Virginia Woolf.  Extensive research into diaries and letters bring lectures to vivid life. Karin illustrates them with slides of contemporary pictures and portraits from varied sources.

17 June 2020
Frayed at the Edges; Reflections on 30 years of conserving in Australia
Mr Julian Bickersteth

Julian Bickersteth trained as a furniture conservator in the UK and came to Australia in 1983 as the Powerhouse Museum’s first furniture conservator. In 1986 he founded International Conservation Services, which he continues to manage. Julian has thus spent over 35 years in the museum and heritage world, and “loves it with a passion”. It has taken him all over the world from Scott and Shackleton’s historic huts in Antarctica to the heat of the United Arab Emirates, with the majority of his work being in Australia. He is currently President of IIC, the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, conservation’s peak body worldwide. He has always been interested in the wider context of conservation in the cultural heritage world, which is reflected in his appointment as a board member of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) for ten years, and currently chair of the David Roche Foundation in Adelaide. Julian is President of ADFAS.

29 July 2020
Christopher Marlowe, Poet and Spy
Mr Giles Ramsay

Giles Ramsay is an independent theatre director and producer who specializes in creating new work with artists in developing countries. He is the Founding Director of the charity Developing Artists(www.developingartists.org), a Fellow of St. Chad’s College, Durham University and Course Leader in Theatre at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Giles has run theatre projects in Botswana, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Kosovo, Palestine, Mexico, Thailand and Zimbabwe and given numerous talks for institutions ranging from The Foundation for Mexican Literature in Mexico City to The Royal College of Physicians in London. He regularly lectures on the history and practice of theatre on the Queen Mary 2. Giles combines academic analysis with hands on experience to bring a unique insight to the world of the theatre.

26 August 2020
Art Nouveau Architecture Around the World
Mr Ian Gledhill

Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary. In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre, where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator. His main interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta and these are reflected in the wide-ranging list of subjects for his lectures. He began giving lectures in 1997 and now gives on average 140 lectures p.a.

27 August 2020
The Golden Age of Operetta
Mr Ian Gledhill

Operetta as an art form was invented in France, and derived from the lighter forms of Opera Comique.  With many musical examples we hear how it developed from the works of Auber and Adam and was perfected by, above all, Offenbach.  Offenbach dominated the Paris stage through the 1850s and 1860s, and then numerous other composers competed to take his crown. The music may be light, but the rivalry could be deadly serious! Learn about that rivalry, the scandal and the intrigue in the musical world of 19th century Paris – and of course listen to the wonderful music!

23 September 2020
Edvard Munch: the Man Behind the Madness
Mr Brian Healey

Brian Healy has been a senior modern languages teacher in an independent grammar school for many years, Brian has enjoyed a successful parallel career since the 1980s as a professional artist and interior designer. Since 2006 he has been either resident artist, guest lecturer on art history or a destination speaker on ocean and river cruises, visiting more than forty countries. Most recently this work has successfully extended to art guiding through important towns and museums in France, Belgium, Holland and Spain.

24 September 2020
The Art of America
Mr Brian Healey

The vibrancy of New York late 19th Century inspired the artists of the “Ashcan School” to find nobility in not only the grandiose buildings but in the daily lives of the labourers who built it, thus expressing the extremes of poverty and riches of the city.  Although many of the American Impressionists were indeed inspired by what they had seen in Paris, they weren’t slavish copyists and developed their own distinctive style to record the many moods and changing face of America.  John Singer Sargent stands out here as a man of extraordinary talent who depicts the life of the Belle Epoque through his exquisite handling of colour, tone and light, be it through landscapes or portraits.

21 October 2020
Eastern Influence on European Jewellery
Ms Patricia Law

Patricia Law is a Fellow of the Gemmological Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers. Having spent twenty-five years working for International Auction Houses preparing jewellery sales for London, Geneva and New York, she established her own valuation business in 2015. Currently based in the UK she values jewellery providing legal documents for such purposes as Insurance, Inheritance Tax and Open Market. Patricia enjoys a role in teaching gemmology and jewellery history to newly qualified brokers within the insurance industry as well as lecturing to private associations and charitable groups.


Lectures are held at The Zenith Theatre, McIntosh & Railway Sts., Chatswood.  Morning lectures commence at 10.30 AM and evening lectures at 6.00 PM.  Parking is available in the Zenith car park (entrance in McIntosh St) in the section designated “Theatre Parking”.

Special Interest events which run between 10.30 AM and 3.00 PM are held at “Laurelbank”, corner Laurel and Penshurst Sts, Willoughby.  Parking is available in the grounds or, if full, in the street.


Single membership $180 p.a., couples $340; joining fee $25

VISITORS (max. 3 visits p.a.)

No invitation is required. Visitor fee is $40 per event paid in cash at the door and for members of other ADFAS societies $25.


Please contact Mrs Gillian Napper: 0412 543 385 or adfasgillian@gmail.com

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