Riverina (Wagga Wagga)

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Postal Address:

P.O. Box 5670
Wagga Wagga 2650


ABN: 15690481649

Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Riverina Inc.

In 2019 ADFAS Riverina will continue the cultural excellence of presenting world class lectures to the people of Wagga Wagga and surrounds.   Our outstanding program has delighted members and non- members alike for 26 years. The lectures are very well received by our members and their guests.   It also provides the opportunity to interact with the speaker, in the beautiful surrounds of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery over drinks and nibbles – an added bonus.

Contact: riverina@adfas.org.au

Postal address:  P.O. Box 5670,  Wagga Wagga.  2650

Committee 2019

Pat Castine
Ph: 0438-875 647

Vice Chairman:
Trish Oliver
Ph: 0418-233 631

Tony Dobbin
Ph: 0408-613 258

Frank Austin
Ph: 02-6944 7154  Mob: 0427 447291

Membership Secretary:
Frank Austin
as above

Membership Enquiries: riverina@adfas.org.au 

Programme for 2019

Hilary Kay
Collecting in the 21st Century

Who are today’s collectors, what are their interests, what were their influences, what are they buying and where is collecting going? To answer these questions, Hilary Kay considers a wide variety of objects from Le Corbusier to James Bond, objects which have either achieved collectable status or which are poised to do so in the future.

Sam Bowker
The Australian Mosque

This lecture reviews the history of Australian mosque design from the 1860s to the present day. From the bare-boned resourcefulness of the Afghan Cameleers to ambitious contemporary statements of cosmopolitan identity, Australian mosques have challenged international expectations of ‘Islamic’ architecture. More importantly, mosques are part of our urban landscape, and can help to overcome fears about Islam.

Martin Heard
Emma Hamilton – Nelson’s Mistress and Artists’ Muse

Emma Hamilton is best remembered as the lover of Admiral Lord Nelson. However, in her time she became a great celebrity known all over Europe: a great beauty, an accomplished dancer and singer, and the subject of over one hundred paintings and drawings by famous artists of the period. She was famous even before she met Nelson, but their relationship set the seal on a very unfair and negative reputation which reflects the prejudice and snobbery of her time.

Adrian Boddy
The Aesthetics of Traditional Japanese Architecture and Design

Rather than analyzing Japan’s subtly changing stylistic traditions this lecture conveys the overall form and structure of houses, temples and shrines, their finely resolved details, natural finishes, spatial fluidity, minimal interiors and links with landscapes.

Rosalind Whyte
Breeches, Bonnets and Bags – British Fashion in Art through the Centuries

Portraits provide a fascinating insight into the changing styles of dress over the centuries. Here we look at the different fashions as revealed in paintings and some of the more ridiculous styles from the 16th to the 19th century.


Rosalind Whyte
Half Interest Day to be held at 98 Gurwood St, Wagga Wagga.
9:30 for 10:00 am start – two one hour lectures and morning tea provided.

Bookings essential
Cost $35 non-members and $30 members to Sabina Cloros: cloros2@bigpond.com

The History of the Royal Academy of Arts
These lectures will explore the history of the Academy over its 250 years. We will look at the position of artists in London before and after its formation and some of the characters involved, from the first President Sir Joshua Reynolds to artists who have taken a more oppositional stance.


Sue Rollin
Persephone’s Isle – The Heritage of Sicily

Sicily as the largest island in the Mediterranean has long been a crossroads between Europe and Africa, a strategic prize coveted by many. Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards have all ruled over the island: as a result it boasts a wealth of splendid monuments.

Anthony Russell
The Power and Glory of England’s Country Houses – their evolution and changing role

This lecture goes back in time to explain the origins in British history, the changing nature of society and the way country houses have evolved. This journey through their history illustrates the most magnificent examples in all their grandeur and beauty, while considering the impact they have had on society and its development. Consideration is given to changing roles and if they can still exert a powerful hold on society; how should we look on them today and how are they to survive and evolve in the future?



Tom Duncan
Patrons of the Arts as Deadly Rivals – the Earl of Arundel, the Duke of Buckingham and Charles I

Charles I created a court where architecture, painting and the visual arts received unprecedented encouragement from an English king. He deliberately set out to create a rival to the great courts of Europe. This led to great rivalries within the English noble families and this lecture will explore this interesting period for the Arts.


Tom Duncan
Half Interest Day to be held at “Dunnolly” 272 Dunns Road, Wagga Wagga.
9:30 for 10:00 am start – two one hour lectures and morning tea provided.

Bookings essential $35 non-members, $30 members to Sabina Cloros: cloros2@bigpond.com

Art and Architecture in Ireland
These lectures will begin with an examination of the early Christian period, a world which produced the greatest religious works of art in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells and metalwork such as the Ardagh Chalice. The later Middle Ages saw England’s direct involvement in Ireland and the effect of this relationship will be studied as more sophisticated buildings were introduced by the Normans from the late twelfth century onwards.


Wagga Wagga Council Meeting Room, Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga. Time: 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm

Supper included following lecture


Membership: $155, or $145 if paid before 31st January

Couple membership: $290, or $270 if paid before 31st January

Students(with I.D): $70


$30 (no need to book)

Students ($15) and members of other societies ($15)


Frank Austin 02 69447174 PO Box 5670, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 or Pat Castine 0438-875 647