Narrabri & North West District

Select Society

Postal Address:

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

ADFAS Narrabri & North West District provides for its members a yearly programme of illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.


Membership enquiries, please contact any committee member for a membership application form or write to: ADFAS Narrabri & NW Inc. PO Box 14 Narrabri NSW 2390

Committee 2018

Jenny Falkiner
Ph: (02) 67933142
Mob: 0427933142

Vice Chairman:
Carolyn Michell
0428 965 129

Secretary & Public Officer:
Kay Durham
Ph: 0447 719 590

Treasurer & Public Officer:
Judy Jones
Ph: 0427 923 698

Programme for 2018

Treasures of the Silk Road
Monday 5 March
Christopher Bradley

The Silk Road extends over 8,000 kms from China through Central Asia to the Mediterranean. The route acted as a highway for beliefs, ideas, inventions and art, whilst silk was just one of the many products traded for 1,400 years. With the Greek invasion of Alexander the Great, early Persian routes spread east towards India, until stability finally allowed the Chinese to trade silk, jade and ceramics in exchange for horses, pearls and gold. Along the way we will see traditional murals, ceramics, statues, architecture, mosaics, tile-work, rock carvings and of course, silk itself.

Christopher specialises in the history and art of the Islamic world. As a television documentary film-maker he has worked as cameraman and producer for National Geographic, BBC and Channel 4, and is a keen cyclist in his spare time.


Aboriginal Art – From Rock Art to Today
Monday 9 April
Sally Butler

This lecture explains how the modern Aboriginal art movement has developed since the 1970s and how it maintains its connection to
visual traditions going back to rock art created many thousands of years ago. The lecture focuses on how cultural traditions are reinvented and reinvigorated through the innovative art of today. Examples include Indigenous art from the Central Desert, North Queensland, the Kimberley’s and Arnhem Land.

Dr Sally Butler is a Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Queensland, specialising in the areas of contemporary Australian
art, contemporary Australian Indigenous art and cross-cultural critical theory.

That Woman or the Duchess of Style
Monday 14 May
Anne Sebba

This Baltimore woman, born in 1896 into relative obscurity, somehow, after she married Edward VIII and became Duchess of Windsor,
launched herself as one of the world’s best dressed women who entertained in the most elegant homes fit for a King – or rather an exKing. Anne will tell the story of how, in the context of the 1930’s, this woman was unacceptable as Queen of England and of the Empire. We will explore who this woman was and what was the power she had over King Edward Vlll. Seventy five years since the Abdication in 1936, it is now time to reassess ‘That Woman’.

Anne Sebba is a historian and author. Her biography, Wallis Simpson, published as That Woman, an international bestseller, proved
that the world is full of people dying to know what goes on in other people’s bedrooms.


Summer Palaces of the Tsars
Monday 16 July
Alexey Makhrov

The royal estates of St Petersburg impress with their splendour and give fascinating insights into the private lives of the Romanovs.
Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and their successors spared no expense in building and decorating palaces, villas and gardens.

Dr Alexey Makhrov studied art history at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg. He worked as researcher of Russian art criticism at the
University of Exeter, England, before moving to Switzerland in 2003.

Rossetti’s Women
Monday 13 August
Linda Smith

Gabriel Rossetti exerted a tremendous influence over British art towards the end of the nineteenth century. Women were enormously
important in both his life and his art. Rossetti’s first female models were his sister, Christina, and his mother; both of whom sat patiently
for hours while their adored Gabriel worked through his early difficulties with oil paint. His life was changed when he was introduced to
the striking Elizabeth Siddal, whom he eventually married after a protracted and emotionally draining courtship. Her tragic death left him shattered and wracked with guilt. She had been Rossetti’s most significant muse for a number of years, but is best known nowadays as the model for John Everett Millais’ famous image of Ophelia, the most popular painting in Tate Britain.

Linda holds two first-class degrees in Art History. She is an experienced guide and lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Dulwich Picture Gallery and lectures secondary school audiences and independent arts societies.

Inn Insignia
Monday 10 September
John Ericson

Pubs and their signs are a fundamental part of our history and cultural heritage. In this colourful and entertaining lecture John shows some of the most interesting and distinctive signs before exploring the fascinating stories behind the origin of some of their peculiar names. Who could fail to be intrigued by ‘The Bucket of Blood’, the ‘Cow and Snuffers’ or even the ‘Eager Poet’ – and who was ‘Blind Jack’?

John Ericson is formerly a lecturer at the University of Bath where he was Director of Studies in the School of Education. In his professional life he has developed a particular interest in presentation skills including the role of pictures in learning. John’s lectures are entertaining, highly informative, well illustrated and presented with warmth and humour.

The Stained Glass of Edward Burne-Jones
Monday 15 October
Martin Ellis

This lecture looks at the outstanding contribution to English stained glass of one of the most idiosyncratic of artists. From 1861, Burne
-Jones (already recognised as a leading stained glass designer and painter) worked exclusively for William Morris and his companies.
His increasingly pictorial and symbolist style had a far reaching effect on stained glass design in Britain, America and Australia.

Martin Ellis is a curator, lecturer and broadcaster. He ls a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Making History. He has written and
presented several documentaries for Radio 4.

Venue and Time of Lectures

Lectures are held on Monday evenings at the Crossing Theatre, Narrabri.  Arrival time 6.30pm for a prompt start at 7pm. Lecture duration approximately one hour, followed by refreshments.


Visitors welcome – $25.00 per lecture. Students – $10.00
Visiting ADFAS members (a current member of another ADFAS society) $5.00


The annual membership subscription is $145.00 per person and $270.00 for a double membership

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