PO Box 386
CESSNOCK NSW 2325
ADFAS Pokolbin provides for its members a yearly programme of illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge. We also arrange special functions such as screenings of selected films and excursions to special exhibitions. These events allow us to raise funds to support the Young Arts Program.
Ph. 0409 152 115
Ph. 0409 986 565
Ph. 0412 882 922
Programme for 2018
Abyssinia – 3000 years of Ethiopian Art and History
Monday 26th February, 2018
Christopher BRADLEY BEng (Hons) FRGS NADFAS
The ‘Hidden Land’ of Ethiopia retains many of its ancient traditions. In such a dramatic landscape, the most spectacular structures are the incredible rock-cut churches of Lalibela, the fabled castles of Gondar, and then there is the Ark of the Covenant….
Monday 9th April, 2018
Ms. Jackie MENZIES OAM
William Hardy Wilson was an Australian artist, architect and author determined to make Australians aware of their early colonial heritage as Americans had become of theirs, Wilson began to make drawings of colonial
buildings in NSW and Tasmania. He looked at buildings with a painter’s eye as well as an architect’s, even noting the plants in their gardens.
Monday 7th May, 2018
Ms. Anne SEBBA BA (Hons) NADFAS
Les Parisiennes is a story about women’s lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond and includes British and American women caught in Paris as well as native born resisters.
A new Black Identity – the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s
Monday 4th June, 2018
Dr. Matthew LAING BA (Hons)
After World War I, a cultural awakening and a new Black identity emerged from an artistic era centered in the heart of New York. This era was called the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s and was the beginning of an acceptance” of Black artists, writers and poets in White America.
St. Petersburg – in the early 18th and 19th Century
Monday 9th July, 2018
Dr. Alexey MAKHROV PhD NADFAS
The lecture documents the development of St Petersburg, Russia, founded in 1703 as a Fortress in a remote area on the Baltic Sea, into one of the grandest cities of Europe. The planning and building of the city supervised by the Chancellery of Construction were based on rational principles which ensured the regularity, visual coherence and magnificence of its architecture.
Monday 6th August, 2018
Ms. Linda SMITH MA NADFAS
Gabriel Rossetti exerted a tremendous influence over British art towards the end of the nineteenth century. From the days of his early involvement with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to his death, women were enormously important in both his life and his art. The lecture examines Rossetti’s paintings of these women in the rather complicated context of attitudes towards woman at the time.
Inn Insignia: the artwork and stories behind peculiar pub names
Monday 3rd September, 2018
John ERICSON NADFAS
Pubs and their signs are a fundamental part of British 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.
Art, Power and Money: the Life and World of Matthew Boulton
Monday 8th October, 2018
Martin ELLIS MA (Hons) AGMS FRSA NADFAS
The talk celebrates the achievement of Matthew Boulton, one of the most extraordinary figures of the 18th century. An entrepreneur and industrialist of brilliance, a visionary who changed the nature of manufacturing, Boulton stands at the very centre of the industrial and intellectual revolution which laid the foundations of the modern world.
Venue and Time of Lectures
All lectures will be held at The Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, (CPAC) corner of Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock. Evening Lectures start promptly at 7 pm, followed by wine and supper.
Visitors are welcome – $28.00 per lecture.
Visiting ADFAS Members – FREE
For more information please contact the Secretary on 0409 986 565
Annual membership is $180
For any membership enquiries contact:
Judy Wearne 0409 986 565