Sydney (Paddington)

Select Society

Welcome to ADFAS Sydney. We are very proud of being the oldest society in Australia. In 2018 we have a very diverse range of lectures and more than ever before. We have our usual 2 Australian lecturers, plus 8 International lecturers. Added to this, we have our 3 usual Special Interest Days.

Executive 2018

Lavinia Montgomery
Ph: (02) 9331 3640

Vice Chairman:

Andrew McWhinnie
Ph: (02) 9315 8532

Jane Weatherall
Ph: (02) 9669 6804

Membership Secretary:
Eleanor Freeman
Ph: (02) 9331 3174

Programme for 2018

Friday 9th February
Behind the Scenes at the Antiques Roadshow
Paul Atterbury BA, FRSA

Paul is a very familiar face on the Antiques Roadshow, he is also a frequent visitor to Australia. He specialises in the art, architecture and design of 19th & 20th centuries. His many interests include trains and the first world war. In Sydney he will be telling us what really goes on behind the scenes of television’s long running and much loved programme.

Thursday 8th March
Abyssinia – 3000 Years of Ethiopian Art and History
Chris Bradley B.ENG (Hons) FRGS

Christopher specialises in the history and art of the Islamic world. He is a television documentary film-maker and leads adventure tours. The Queen of Sheba and King Solomon’s son Menelik founded a dynasty of which Haile Selassie was the last ruling emperor. The “Hidden Land” of Ethiopia retains much of its ancient traditions with many of its treasures kept near to the 30,000 churches. The dramatic landscape is home to the incredible rock-cut churches of Lilibela, and the fabled castle of Gondar.

Thursday 12th April
“Telling Our Stories”: Images & Ideas in Three Waves of Australian Film
Dr Karen Pearlman

Karen is a director of the multi award winning Physical Television Company. She writes, directs and edits screen productions and writes about screen culture and creative processes. Karen has produced, directed and edited several highly acclaimed short films.

Thursday 17th May
The Story of the Cook Sisters and How They Used Opera to Save Lives
Anne Sebba BA (Hons)

Anne Sebba, biographer, historian, and author lectures to a wide selection of audiences mainly in the USA and UK. Her international bestseller “That Woman” on Wallis Simpson proved to Anne that the world is dying to know what goes on in other people’s bedrooms. Her latest book is on how women in Paris lived, loved and died in the 1940’s. Les Parisiennes has already been optioned for a TV multi part series.


Thursday 14th June
Italy in the 19th Century American Imagination
Ian Bickerton

Ian is a visiting Senior research Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Ian was born in Perth, Western Australia and then went to the University of Adelaide. He has taught about the Arab-Israeli conflict for 35 years.

Thursday 5th July – 12 noon only
Virginia Woolf on Life, Art & Buying Suspenders
Karin Fernald

Karin is an actor, writer and speaker, who creates a spell binding picture of her subject. She has appeared at festivals in England, toured Japan, Europe and South Africa. Karin is also the author of “A Dumpy Princess” a book described as putting the fun back into history.

Thursday 19th July
Russian Art of the Middle Ages: 11th – 17th Century
Dr Alexey Makhrov PhD

Alexey studied at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg and obtained his PhD at St. Andrews in Scotland.  He moved to Switzerland in 2003 and obtained a master’s degree in International History and Politics in Geneva, and teaches art history in Zurich and Geneva and works as a lecturer on cultural tours to Russia and Switzerland.

Friday 20th July – Special Interest Day
St Petersburg, A City of the Arts
Dr Alexey Makhrov Ph D

The northern Russian capital was the vision of Peter the Great, and is considered a work of art in itself. It was beautifully and lovingly restored after World War 2. It is also home to the Hermitage, where some of the world’s most beautiful treasures are exhibited.

Thursday 16th August
Augustus John & Gwen John
Linda Smith MA

Linda holds two first class degrees in Art History and is an experienced guide and lecturer. She will be talking about Augustus and Gwen John, brother and sister born in the west of Wales in the 1870s. Linda discusses their work, and how public opinion on their careers changed over the years.

Friday 17th August – Special Interest Day
Twentieth Century Sculpture
Linda Smith MA

The first session is 1900-1930, Rodin, Cubism and the forward looking ideas of the Futurists. The second session is Giacometti, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and the USA becoming the centre of the art world. Session three is sculpture since 1960.

Thursday 13th September
The Shakers of North America: Their Beliefs, Architecture & Art
John Ericson

John has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant, and was formerly a lecturer at the University of Bath. His interests range from Pub Signs, Children’s Book Illustrations and the Shakers of North America.

Thursday 18th October
A Phoenix from the Ashes. English Silver in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Martin Ellis MA (Hons) AGMS, FRSA

Martin is an experienced curator, lecturer and broadcaster. He works with his wife in their antique and art business. He is a regular contributor to the BBC’s Making History, on subjects ranging from AWN Pugin to contemporary silver.

Friday 19th October – Special Interest Day
Stained Glass Design in 19th Century England
Martin Ellis MA (Hons) AGMS, FRSA

During the 19th Century more than 8000 major stained glass windows were created. This complex form of visual art became one of the great expressions of beliefs and faith. This has left an extraordinary legacy and it is one of the more accessible and richest arts of the period.


The annual membership subscription is $155, AFTER 1 July it will be half price.

Lectures are held upstairs at the Paddington-Woollahra RSL at 12 noon and 6.30pm.
Sandwiches and wine are served after each lecture.

The Special Interest Days are held at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay from 10am until 2.30pm.  Morning tea and lunch are included.  Fee: $80.00 for members, $90.00 for guests.

Guests are most welcome at all lectures.  The fee for guests is $25.00 per lecture.

The date of the annual General Meeting is before the last lecture on 18 October 2018 at 11.30am.

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