PO Box 531
NEWCASTLE NSW 2300
ABN: 42 374 836 979
Members and guests have been enjoying ADFAS lectures in Newcastle for over 30 years.
ADFAS Newcastle provides for its more than 200 members a yearly programme of nine illustrated early evening lectures given by accredited and expert lecturers from Australia and overseas, delivered in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Lectures explore all aspects of the arts: music, theatre, literature, painting, sculpture, domestic and public design and architecture, ranging from the earliest civilisations to the avant-garde, and from the familiar to the totally unexpected.
Lectures take place on Monday evenings in the Hunter Theatre, Hunter School of the Performing Arts (HSPA), Broadmeadow, commencing at 6.30. This is a well-equipped modern theatre; parking is available on the campus and in Cameron Street. After the lecture we enjoy light refreshments, a glass of wine and a chance to compare notes with old and new friends, making the evening a congenial and convivial interlude. Two Special Interest Mornings held at The Newcastle Club enable members and guests to explore a topic in more depth, and enjoy morning tea in an elegant setting.
For more information about ADFAS Newcastle, forthcoming lectures, newsletters, news of other activities, to become a member or come as a guest, please visit our website adfasnewcastle.org.au
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Programme for 2019
25 March 2019
EMERGING FROM THE SHADOWS:
Self-portraits by Spanish painter Francisco Goya shed light on the turbulent times in which he lived, his illness and his sense of
identity. Goya’s work will be unravelled through his depictions of himself: frequently in shadows or silhouetted, sometimes painted over and always against a backdrop of a Bourbon Monarchy in crisis.
Along with residential courses in the art and culture of Andalucía, Jacqueline also works in London as a free-lance lecturer. She lectures at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Christies Education, The Art Fund, The London Art History Society and Art Pursuits Abroad and The Arts Society. Her specialist field is Spanish Art but she also lectures on European Art 1790-1950. She lectured at Westminster School, London and Birkbeck College, University of London for over 20 years. She took her first degree in Modern Languages, then an M.A in Sao Paulo Brazil on Applied Linguistics. Her Art History degree and PhD were taken at London University. Her doctoral thesis was on Federico García Lorca’s drawings as gifts, citations and exchanges.
SPECIAL INTEREST MORNING
THE NEWCASTLE CLUB
In paintings, objects, photographs, drawings and collage, artists experimented in making visible and tangible sense of the invisible or subliminal world. Beginning with a look at artists and writers who influenced the Surrealists going all the way back to Bosch’s extraordinary visions, it continues with a study of Degas’ 14-year-old dancer and ends with contemporary TV series. Through Surrealist objects it will be argued that the legacy of Surrealism lives on today and that many of the preoccupations of the artists and the way they voiced them visually has resonances in our contemporary world
Monday 29 April
ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SETS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK
When my esteemed father-in-law came to see Les Enfants Terribles at the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre, he asked me quite innocently if this was how the theatre always looked. In that moment, I released that even the most well-travelled, intelligent and perceptive
amongst us can find themselves adrift when confronted with the dark art of set design that has given me a huge amount of joy and satisfaction over thirty-five years.
Michael Scott-Mitchell’s career has been based upon the synergy between artistic pursuit as a practitioner and a passion for passing on the knowledge gained through his practice. Michael has designed a raft of highly acclaimed productions and events across a broad spectrum of theatrical and architectural genres: drama, opera, musicals, dance, Olympic (Sydney 2000) and National Ceremonies, restaurants (Rockpool), hotels, exhibitions, film and television.. An Adjunct Professor at, he is also a highly regarded as an educator and academic, He has designed many productions for the STC. He received a Helpmann award for the set design for the long-awaited and first all-Australian production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Monday 27 May
LAURA KNIGHT: FROM NEWLYN TO NUREMBERG
From a relatively humble background and limited training, Laura Knight progressed to become one of Britain’s best-known artists and the first female Royal Academician since the 18th century. Her joie de vivre surfaces in her art, which encompasses sunny beach scenes in Cornwall, portraits of friends, the circus, ballet and theatre, and gypsy encampments. During WWII she was famous as the official artist for her famous depiction of the Nuremberg Trials of 1946.
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. Following a successful business career he spent several years teaching art history He has been a NADFAS/Arts Society lecturer for several years, specialising in the work of European women artists.
Monday 24 June
Susannah FULLERTON OAM
AA MILNE AND WINNIE THE POOH
Alan Alexander Milne had several successful careers as a writer. He made his name as a comic writer for Punch, then went on
to become a huge success as a London playwright and had five of his plays showing in London at the same time. He made another reputation as a writer of verses for children. Those popular verses led to the stories featuring his son’s bear, Winnie-the-Pooh.
Susannah Fullerton has been passionate about literature for as long as she can remember. She currently teaches literature courses in Sydney and lectures regularly at the State Library of NSW and the Art Gallery of NSW. In 2017 Susannah was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW Her publications include several books about Jane Austen and other writers. Susannah leads literary tours to the UK, France and the USA and she has lectured regularly for ADFAS for many years.
Monday 29 July
JOURNEY THROUGH THE IMPERIAL WARDROBE:
COURT DRESS 1644-1911
The Qing Court was a highly regulated world. Insignia of Rank determined an individual’s status within the court and government.
Beginning with formal, mandated, Court Costume and Insignia of Rank worn by the Imperial Family plus the Civil and Military Officials, we review the Imperial Wardrobe commencing with formal Robes of State and Regalia, ending with the robes worn on semiformal or family occasions.
David Rosier has more than 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 2 September
FROM DOWNTON ABBEY TO GATSBY:
JEWELLERY AND FASHION 1890-1929
For the TV series Downton Abbey, Andrew was commissioned to produce many jewels for the main characters. This inspired him to create a talk based on Downton and the changing styles of the time portrayed.
Jewellery and Fashion are often seen as two separate and distinct fields of design, but this is far from the case. To complement his lecture Andrew brings with him many of the pieces used in the television series.
Andrew’s long experience in designing and making costume jewellery began in childhood and took him to antique markets, auction houses and some of London’s leading jewellers and designers, including renowned contemporary jeweller Elizabeth Gage. A 2002 V&A commission for a collection of jewels to accompany the resplendent ‘Tiaras, Past and Present’ exhibition, which became one of their most popular shows, led to Andrew’s jewellery appearing in film. He made tiaras and jewellery for Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), The Young Victoria (2009) and in 2012, for the characters played by Maggie Smith, Shirley Maclaine, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery in the TV series Downton Abbey.
Monday 30 September
SPECIAL INTEREST MORNING
THE NEWCASTLE CLUB
THINKING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE
Architecture is usually discussed in terms of styles and periods – Romanesque, Gothic, Classical, Baroque, Georgian, Modernist, High Tech and so on. This lecture looks at architecture differently, not as an isolated discipline but in relation to the many other ways we human beings understand and come to terms with the world around us. Abstract concepts like ‘language’, ‘form’, ‘truth’ and ‘nature’ are mental tools that can help us to think more clearly about the buildings and cities we live in. Is a Gothic cathedral more ‘organic’ than a classical temple? Should buildings be ‘honest’ in their structure and their use of materials? Is there a relationship between architectural proportion and musical harmony?
Monday 30 September
ZAHA HADID -ARCHITECTURAL SUPERSTAR
Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31st 2016 at the age of 65. She was born in Iraq and her reputation was global, but she made Britain her home. This lecture tells the story of her career from the visionary
projects of the 1980s, through the 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 Davies is an architect, a former editor of The Architects’ Journal and a regular contributor to architectural magazines world-wide. He was until recently Professor of Architectural Theory at London Metropolitan University. He has made numerous TV and radio appearances. His books include ‘A New History of Modern Architecture’, ‘Thinking about Architecture’, ‘The Prefabricated Home’, ‘High Tech Architecture’, ‘Key Houses of the Twentieth Century’ and several monographs on the work of architects such as Norman Foster, Michael Hopkins and Nicholas Grimshaw.
Monday 28 October
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY
Blenheim Palace is possibly the most admired historic English building outside London, a World Heritage monument to English military ambition and one family’s self-importance. The story of its construction is a catalogue of excess and outrage, while the result is both monstrous
and utterly sublime. This lecture explores these themes and the characters involved, the genius of Vanbrugh and the impact the
palace has left on the nation.
THE NEWCASTLE LECTURE
Gionni Di GRAVIO
THE FUTURE OF MEMORY
What do we remember? How do we retain, pass on or even re-discover memories? This lecture takes a look at human expression in
all its forms and formats across our region and across thousands of years to the present. It will consider the problems encountered by archivists and GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) professionals in how to handle this material and knowledge,
preserve it, and facilitate access into the future.
Gionni Di Gravio is University Archivist at the University of Newcastle, chair of the Hunter Living Histories (formerly Coal River Working Party) and councillor on the Australian Society of Archivists. Over the past twenty years he has used emerging and evolving technologies to connect people with historic records and archives, across time and space.
Venue and Time of Lectures
The Hunter Theatre,
Hunter School of the Performing Arts
Lambton Road, Broadmeadow NSW 2292
(entry from Cameron St at the western end of the school campus)
Time: Lectures commence at 6.30 pm
Venue and Time of Special Interest Mornings
The Newcastle Club,
Newcomen St, Newcastle
Time: 10 am – 12 pm.
Morning tea included, $50.
Bookings essential. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors are always welcome.
Please let us know if you are visiting or, if you are a member, bringing guests.
Email to email@example.com or phone to any Committee member.
Student guest: $15
Member of another ADFAS group: $5
Each year a non-member may attend up to three lectures as a guest.
New members are welcome.
Annual membership: $170
Membership if paid after the 30 July: $85
Student annual membership: $85
Student annual membership if paid after 30 July: $40
The membership year runs from 1 December to 30 November. Individuals may join anytime.
(A student is 25 and under and attends school, university or TAFE full-time)
All Membership Enquiries
Membership Secretary: Mrs Cathy Tate.
Ph: (02) 4952 1116
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