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Postal Address:

P.O. Box 5670
Wagga Wagga 2650

Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Riverina Inc.

In 2018 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 2018

Pat Castine
Ph: 0438875647

Trish Oliver and Tony Dobbin

Di McCarthy
Ph: 0407 245 417

Frank Austin
Ph. (02) 6944 7154

Programme for 2018

Lee Miller—Witnessing Women at War
9th March 2018
Antony Penrose

For Lee Miller, a woman at war was any woman caught up in World War 2. She shot faultless images for Vogue’s haute couture in London’s bombed out streets. She documented the magnificent work of women. She shows us the refugees in Europe, girls accused of collaboration, women forced into slave labour or prostitution, concentration camp victims. Their roles range from bravery to stupidity and from enforced involvement to volunteering. It is told against the background of Lee Miller’s own life story which takes her from being a fashion supermodel to a surrealist artist to a combat photographer and finally a gourmet cook.

Inspiration from the Land – the journey of a contemporary quilt artist in Australia
April 20th 2018

Dianne Firth

Making quilts for warmth, comfort and beauty has a long tradition in Australia. More recently, in line with similar movements overseas, the art quilt movement where quilts are appreciated as art has developed into a strong and vital artform. In this presentation Firth provides an overview of contemporary quiltmaking in Australia, traces the development of the art quilt movement, and shows how inspiration from the land and patterns of nature inform both her and other Australian quilters’ art making. 

The woman who ate her husband—Mona Lisa & the Art of Leonardo
May 25th
Nicole Mesey

The “Mona Lisa” is both mesmerising and tantalising.  So much about it is mysterious, but one thing is clear: in a life studded with unfinished projects, this was one which Leonardo not only completed, but kept with him until his death, because in it he addressed and realised so many of the themes which are at the core of his work. This lecture examines the Mona Lisa itself but also uses it to explore and understand the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.

Response to Place — Art and the Environment
June 15th
Jennifer Turpin 

A journey through the kinetic environmental artworks of Australian public artists Jennifer Turpin + Michaelie Crawford through videos and images of their environmentally responsive artworks. Playful, contemplative or mesmerizing the artworks will show how nature’s elemental energies can activate and transform the everyday life in our cities and towns.

An Ancient Mediterranean Tour— Not Just a Load of Old Stones
July 20th

Gillian Hovell

A tour of the Mediterranean is a visit into the past; ancient sites are littered with ruined architecture, and museums are full of works of art testifying to once great civilizations. This virtual tour of the Ancient Mediterranean will share not only who those civilisations were and how they fit together into a ‘big picture’, but especially how you can you identify whose art or architecture are whose and why their lives and cultures prompted them to create such features; learn what to expect from sites and how to find the special personal details that thrill archaeologists; discover how to walk in the footsteps of the ancients and to see the sites as they might have done. You’ll never look at ancient sites in the same way again.


Rene Lalique—Master of Art Nouveau Jewellery and Art Deco Glass
August 24th
Anne Anderson

* To be held at St John’s Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga

Although Lalique is best known for his Art Deco glass of the inter-war years, his career began in the early 1890s as the designer of the finest Art Nouveau jewellery.  He preferred opals and aquamarines to flashy diamonds and his jewels were about design and craftsmanship rather than vulgar ostentation. As his fame spread his style was copied and debased until Lalique felt that he had exhausted the potential of jewellery. When the perfumer Coty asked Lalique to design some labels for his scent bottles he went one better and designed a new stopper. Soon Lalique was designing for Worth and other famous perfumers. After the war Lalique extended production into decorative vases, tableware, lamps and even architectural glass.


The Arts & Craft Movement — an Exciting Era of Design
August 25th
Anne Anderson

This fascinating interest day will be held at “Toonga”, Tarcutta.  More details available near to the event.


Underground Cathedrals—The Amazing Art, Architecture and Design of the London Underground
September 21st

Ian Swankie

The world’s first underground railway has a wonderful heritage of architecture, ingenious design, powerful advertising posters and unique calligraphy. In this talk we plot the early development of the Underground, examine the legacy of Frank Pick and Charles Holden, look at some of the iconic posters, and celebrate the award-winning architecture of the modern Tube in the Jubilee Line Extension. We’ll also peek at a few of the forthcoming Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) stations, designed by some of the world’s top architects.



Kahlo and Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting
October 26th
Chloe Sayer

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera have iconic status in Mexico. The Revolution of 1910 swept away the old régime and banished European influence in the arts. Kahlo and Rivera, in their different ways, helped to shape the cultural identity of twentieth-century Mexico. Rivera’s panoramic images adorn the walls of public buildings, combining social criticism with a faith in human progress. Compared with the monumental scale of Rivera’s work, Kahlo’s work is small in format. Arguably Mexico’s most original painter, she made herself the principal theme of her art. Her paintings reflect her experiences, dreams, hopes and fears.


ADFAS are supported by the Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, to hold our lectures in the Council Meeting Room of the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga on a Friday evening with a 6.15p.m. for 6.30p.m. start.

How do I join & how does it work?

You can become a member by paying a yearly subscription, which covers all lectures and evening suppers.   Contact the Chair for a membership flier.

Non-members can come to any lecture as a visitor for a $30 fee. There is no joining fee.

2018 Membership Subscriptions

ADFAS membership is $140
Couples $260

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