Narrabri & North West District

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS Narrabri & NW Inc.
PO Box 14
Narrabri NSW 2390

ABN:  17 901 195 053

In 2019 ADFAS Narrabri offers its members and guests a program of seven illustrated lectures given by six overseas and one Australian lecturer.  These lectures are superbly illustrated presentations on many diverse topics pertaining to the arts, and all our lecturers are renowned experts in their fields.



Committee 2019

Chairman: Jenny Falkiner
Mob: 0427 933 142

Vice Chairman: Anne Boehm
Mob: 0418 244 417

Secretary: Kay Durham
Mob: 0447 719 590

Treasurer: Judy Jones
Mob: 0427 923 698

Membership Enquiries: Judy Jones


General Enquiries: Jenny Falkiner


Programme for 2019

Monday 11 March 2019 

Following in the Footsteps of Delacroix in Africa

Mrs Jaqueline COCKBURN

In 1830 Delacroix set off for Africa and proceeded to write wonderful journals through which we will be following in his footsteps.  We will hear how he responded to this new country, and will discuss how later artists such as Matisse and Kandinsky followed in search of some of his magic.

Jacqueline lectures at the V&A, Christies Education, The Art Fund, The London Art History Society and Art Pursuits Abroad.


Monday 15 April 2019 

Who Caused the Mutiny on HMS Bounty?


The overthrow of William Bligh (1754-1817) as captain of HMS Bounty on 28 April 1789 is the most famous mutiny in history. Why did it happen?  And why has it loomed so large for over 200 years?

Paul was the Senior Curator at the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales until November 2012. He has worked with the Mitchell Library’s Australiana collections since 1973.

Monday 13 May 2019 

Laura Knight – from Newlyn to Nuremberg

Mr Bernard ALLAN

From a relatively humble background and limited training in Nottingham, that left her ignorant of developments in contemporary art, Laura Knight progressed to become one of Britain’s best-known artists and the first female Royal Academician since the 18th century.

Bernard Allan has a BA (Hons) in History and an MA (Distinction) in History of Art.  He lectures widely, is an independent art tutor and specialises in European women’s art.

Monday 15 July 2019 

Ruling from behind the Yellow Silk Screen


The Dowager Empress Cixi’s rise from relative obscurity as a low-ranking Imperial Consort to effective ruler of China will be explored, as will her innovative strategy to preserve and strengthen Imperial rule, whilst at the same time modernising China.

David has in excess of 25 years of experience working and living in East Asia. Whilst living in Hong Kong he assembled a collection of approximately 700 predominantly Qing Dynasty (from 1644-1911) Imperial and related textiles, costume and dress accessories.

Monday 19 August 2019 

Jewellery and Fashion – from Downton to Gatsby

Mr Andrew PRINCE

For the series Downton Abbey, Andrew Prince was commissioned to produce many jewels for the main characters.  Andrew guides you through the extraordinary periods and events between 1890 and 1929, where the great fashion houses collaborated with the finest of jewellers to produce works of art of outstanding quality and glittering opulence.

In 2002, the V&A commissioned a collection of Andrew’s jewels to accompany the resplendent ‘Tiaras, Past and Present’ exhibition which became one of their most popular exhibits.  This exposure led to Andrew’s jewellery designs being commissioned for television and film.

Monday 16 September 2019 

Zaha Hadid – Architectural Superstar


Architectural historians of the future will surely recognise Zaha Hadid as one of the most important architects of the early 21st century. This lecture tells the story of her career from the visionary projects of the 1980s, through years of frustration when her designs were considered unbuildable, to the prolific crop of successful projects built all over the world in the last decade of her life. 

Colin is an architect, a former editor of The Architects’ Journal and a regular contributor to architectural magazines, TV and Radio.

Monday 14 October 2019 

Blenheim Palace – the Agony and the Ecstasy

Mr Anthony RUSSELL

Possibly the most admired historic English building outside London, Blenheim Palace is an uncompromising World Heritage monument to English military ambition and one family’s self-importance. The story of its construction is a fascinating catalogue of excess and outrage.

Anthony spent six years as a consultant for Luke Hughes advising on the furniture needs of prestigious buildings throughout Britain, including museums, palaces, schools and cathedrals.

ADFAS Narrabri lectures are held on a Monday evening 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.  Plenty of parking space is available in The Crossing Theatre car park.


Guests are most welcome and a $25 fee applies per lecture.
High School students under 18 years $10 per lecture.
Younger children – Free.
Visiting ADFAS members $5.


The annual membership subscription is $145 per person or $270 per couple.
Come along as a Guest and/or join up at your leisure at our entry desk!


Judy Jones, Treasurer
Phone: 0427 923 698
Or contact our Chairman

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