Narrabri & North West District

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS Narrabri & NW Inc.
PO Box 69
Narrabri NSW 2390

ABN:  17 901 195 053

Please call in and visit us at any of the events you can see listed below.  Experience the warm, welcoming vibe that encompasses these evenings of listening and learning!  Our lectures are superbly illustrated on a huge screen in the comfort of Cinema 1, The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, followed by refreshments and a chat in the adjoining café.  Our presentations cover an arts-correlated range over many fascinating and diverse topics, some will be familiar, and others could be unchartered terrain and a new learning experience!

Members who wish to join are more than welcome to contact our Treasurer, or alternatively please simply turn up to a lecture and ask for a membership form.  Anyone is more than welcome to come along to any lecture of their choice at any time.  Our lectures take place on Monday evenings – please refer to the dates scheduled below.  Arrivals start from 6.30pm in The Crossing Theatre foyer for at 7pm start.

Check out our Facebook page for regular updates and full event details!


Committee 2020

Chairman: Jenny Falkiner
Mob: 0427 933 142

Vice Chairman: Anne Boehm
Mob: 0418 244 417

Secretary: Kay Durham
Mob: 0447 719 590


Membership Enquiries: Elizabeth Campbell

General Enquiries: Jenny Falkiner

Programme for 2020

Narrabri is currently supplying members with video lectures while social restrictions are still in place. These events listed here will be updated at such a time only if there is a return to live lectures, with an Australian lecturer replacing a previously booked international lecturer.

Monday 9 March 2020 
Catherine WALLACE

In this lecture we look at the work of two female sculptors who lived in Cornwall, UK for most of their lives. Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) became a leading light in the modernist movement in British art.  Barbara Tribe (1913 – 2000) came from Australia and was a talented sculptor.

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.

Monday 18 May 2020
PHRASES & SAYINGS – The Etymology of the City of London

The English language is rich in idioms, phrases and sayings which are part of everyday speech, yet seldom do we consider the origin of their meanings. This is an exploration of historical etymology, most often traceable to the City of London.

Alan holds a master’s and first class honours degree in History of Art from Birkbeck College, London.  Alan is a gallery guide at several London galleries and he also works as a London Blue Badge Guide and a City of London Guide.

Monday 15 June 2020
Charlotte NATTEY

From a shaky start in the new penal colony, the discovery of gold in Australia in the 19th Century led to great prosperity, wealth and of course, population growth. The distinct and often unique jewellery that was created from our Australian goldfields is a fascinating part of our history.

Educated in the UK, Charlotte Nattey later studied art and music in Florence, and now resides in Australia. Charlotte has developed her own business trading antique jewellery and sterling silver between the UK and Australia.

Monday 13 July 2020
DRESS DETECTIVE- Miss Fisher’s Wardrobe

The phenomenal success of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has a great deal to do with the aesthetic of the TV show – 1920s Melbourne and a glamourous protagonist! This lecture looks at dress in the 1920s, 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.

Monday 17 August 2020
Dr Caroline SHENTON

This is the gripping and sometimes hilarious story of how a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during their Darkest Hour. As Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel to threaten the UK, men and women from London’s national museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to evacuate their collections to safety.

Dr Caroline Shenton is an archivist and historian. She was formerly Director of the Parliamentary Archives in London.

Monday 14 September 2020
THE AMADEUS MYTH – Mozart (1756-91) and his World

In this talk, Sandy examines the perfect storm of circumstances that made this extraordinary era possible. It looks at selected excerpts of Classical elegance at its finest, and considers the remarkable figure of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a musician rightly prized – and mythologised – as one of the greatest ever known. 

After studying music at 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.

Monday 19 October 2020 

At the start of the 19th century, Russia was still a newcomer to Europe’s art scene. This lecture talks about the rise of a group of young painters known as the Wanderers who, from the 1860s onwards, forged a new and independent route for modern art.  Their leading figure, Ilya Repin, evoked the realities of life through his paintings of people and landscapes.

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.


ADFAS Narrabri lectures are held on Monday evenings in Cinema 1, The Crossing Theatre, Tibbereena Street, Narrabri.

A light supper and refreshments are provided after each lecture, an opportunity to catch up with friends, old and new, and to have a friendly chat with our lecturers!
All lectures have a 7.00pm start, with arrivals commencing in the foyer from 6.30pm onwards.  Lectures take approximately 1 hour, followed by questions from the audience.  Refreshments continue on for approximately another hour, concluding the night around 9.30pm.  Plenty of parking space is available in The Crossing Theatre carpark. 


Guests are most welcome at $30.                            
High School students under 18 years $10.
Primary students – Free.                                                                  
Visiting ADFAS members $5.
(Prices are inclusive of refreshments).


The annual membership subscription is $150 per person or $280 per couple.
Come along as a Guest and/or join up at your leisure at our entry desk!


Elizabeth Campbell
Phone: 0428 921 188
Or contact our Chairman

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