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PO Box 112
Scone NSW, 2337

ADFAS Scone 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. 5:30pm for a 6pm start.

Committee 2018

Anne Davies

Vice Chairman:
Sue Adams

Hilary Nicol

Avairs Rubenis

Programme for 2018

Stylish Times – Art Deco Design and Building Decoration
Tuesday 27 February
Christopher Bradley

Art Deco architecture has a style and appeal that is immediately recognizable and distinctive. Rapid development between the world wars saw this modernist movement spread across our great cities, whilst the expanding film industry also used art deco design as the perfect way to attract cinema-goers.

Christopher Bradley has had a lifelong interest in Art Deco buildings and decoration from around the world. His photographic work is in worldwide photographic libraries and he has had a distinguished career as a television documentary filmmaker.

Foreign Flora Fever – Stories of some Plant Hunters from the 1800’s
Tuesday 10 April
Sandy Pratten

Plant collecting became an obsession during the Eighteenth Century with collectors being sent to every quarter of the globe. The plants that arrived from America, Africa, Australia and Asia transformed British garden designs. They also affected trade and manufacture with the introduction of tea, hemp and cotton.

Sandy is passionate about travelling and exploring new landscapes. As a professional artist Sandy is interested in a sense of place in a country and in the culture as a whole which contributes to its land use.


That Woman or The Duchess of Style – Time to reassess Wallis Simpson
Tuesday 8 May
Anne Sebba

Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor was demonised by the British establishment. After she married the ex-King, Wallis launched herself as one of the world’s best dressed women and would entertain in the most elegant of homes. Who was this woman and what was the power she wielded over King Edward VIII?

Anne Sebba is a biographer, historian and author of eleven books. She lectures to a variety of audiences.

Colourful Guatemala – A Celebration of Life
Tuesday 19 June
Sarah Harrison

Guatemala is bordered by Mexico to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south-west and the Caribbean to the east. Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya Civilization, most of the country was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century. Discover the rich culture, festivals and cuisine of this country.

Sarah will talk about her time in Guatemala working for the Health NGO and will give us a glimpse of the people and beliefs of this culture.

Summer Palaces of the Tsars – The Highlights
Tuesday 10 July
Alexey Makhrov

The Royal Estates in the environs of St Petersburg not only impress with their splendour but also give fascinating insights into the private life of the Romanovs. During the 18th century inhospitable terrain was transformed into idyllic locations. Peter the Great spared no expense in building the decorating palaces, villas and gardens.

Alexey studied art history at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg and obtained a PhD in architectural history at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Rachel Whiteread
Tuesday 7 August
Linda Smith

Rachel Whiteread is one of the most important and respected British artists working today. Her preoccupation with the hidden spaces in between things has resulted in an extraordinary range of objects which form a series of eloquent tributes to the silent and overlooked. This lecture gives an account of her career to date, showing examples of how show has used ordinary domestic objects to create enigmatic and evocative works of art.

Linda is an experienced guide and lecturer at Tate Britain and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. She lectures to secondary students and independent arts Societies.

The Wind and the Willows Revisited Through Its Illustrators
Tuesday 4 September
John Ericson

The classic tale of Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad have been in print since 1908. What is less well known is that this story has been illustrated by more than ninety artists – making it the most widely illustrated book in the English language. It deserves recognition as a novel in which adult readers will find not just humour and entertainment but wisdom and meaning.

John Ericson is an educational consultant and this has given him the opportunity to give lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world.

Art, Power & Money: the Life and World of Matthew Bolton
Tuesday 9 October
Martin Ellis

Matthew Bolton was one of the most extraordinary figures of the 18th Century. An entrepreneur and industrialist of brilliance, a visionary who changed the nature of manufacturing, Bolton stands at the very centre of the industrial and intellectual revolution which laid the foundations of the modern world.

Martin is an experienced curator, lecturer and broadcaster. He has wide-ranging expertise in the applied arts and has acted as a specialist advisor to research programmes and universities.

Once We Had Dining Rooms – Change and Trends in an Ever Changing Art World
Tuesday 6 November
Michael Reid

The constantly changing world of art and fashion. How and why do new trends develop and influence our attitudes?

Michael maintains a number of galleries supporting the promotion of contemporary art.  Michael Reid Murrurundi was established in 2006. In late 2017 Michael Reid Murrurundi expanded into new exhibition space adjacent to the original gallery.

Illustration: After Vincent Van Gogh’s “ A Wheatfield with Cypresses” , a Jeff Koons inspired Louis Vuitton Speedy bag $3750

Venue and Time of Lectures

All Lectures are held at Scone Arts & Crafts Hall
Kingdon Street, Scone
Lectures begin promptly at 6:00pm.
Refreshments are served after the lecture.


Visitors are most welcome at $25 and members of other Societies and Students at $15.


Membership subscription for Scone ADFAS is $125 for the 2018 year.
For information on membership please contact the Membership Secretary Mrs Kate Robertson –
PO Box 112, Scone NSW, 2337

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