Byron (Northern Rivers)

ADFAS Northern Rivers formerly ADFAS Byron Bay.

Our name has changed but our warm welcome remains. 

We are a small, friendly not-for-profit society whose members enjoy the company of others with an interest and passion for the arts. Our 2023 program offers members, guests and casual visitors eight informative one-hour presentations delivered by Australian and overseas experts across a range of arts related topics.

ADFAS Northern Rivers meets in the historic A & I Hall in the picturesque heritage village of Bangalow, just 14 kms from Byron Bay. It is situated in the lush hinterland of rolling hills, subtropical forests and macadamia plantations.

Newcomers and visitors to the Northern Rivers of NSW are most welcome.

Lectures:

Venue:
Lectures are held at the historic A & I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow. Parking in front of Hall (two disability spots) and in Station Street.

Time:
Lectures are on a Monday evening at 6.30pm, with pre-lecture drinks from 6.00pm

Program
Find full details of the 2023 program here

Membership:
Annual membership
Early Bird special if you join by 31/1/2023 is $150 single or $240 couple

$150 – single membership
$260 – couple membership
Click here to join or email: adfasnorthernrivers@gmail.com

Guests welcome:
Guests $25, Book via the TryBooking links below or pay at the door.
Enquiries: Peter Harden adfasnorthernrivers@gmail.com

Contact:
For all enquiries please email: adfasnorthernrivers@gmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 239 Bangalow NSW 2479
ABN: 40 338 920 815          

Committee 2023
Chair: Dianne Stuart
Treasurer: Peter Harden
Secretary: Diana Harden
Membership Enquiries: Wendy Edwards

Other members of the committee:
Susan Anderson
Chris Chaseling
Carole Gamble
Erica Light
David McNicol
Marion Pescud

2023 PROGRAM

Monday 20 March 2023
ITS NOT JUST TCHAIKOVSKY
Presented by Nigel Bates
Venue & Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. A & I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow

An exploration of the music chosen by ballet choreographers, proving that the right piece with the right moves and design can create modern masterpieces and timeless classics.

Nigel Bates is the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House (ROH), including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra.

Monday 17 April 2023
COLLECTOMANIA: THE MIND OF A COLLECTOR
Presented by Claudia Chan Shaw
Venue & Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. A & I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow

Claudia delves into the minds of the collector – from those who collect objects as a hobby, to those whose desire to possess becomes a magnificent obsession.

Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multi-faceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist, photo artist, and curator.

Monday 22 May 2023
ART AND CRIME IN THE CINEMA
Presented by Dr Tom Flynn
Venue & Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. A & I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow

Dr Flynn traces connections between the rise of the international art market, the theft of major artworks. While looking at some of the art heist movies, he reveals the reality of the art market.

Tom Flynn is an art historian, writer, and art consultant. He has written for numerous international art publications and is the author of The Body in Sculpture (Everyman Art Library, 1998).

Monday 12 June 2023
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN ARTISTS 1880 – 1980
Presented by Leigh Capel
Venue & Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. A & I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow

Leigh will discuss art in Australia following white settlement, then focus on the most influential Australian women artists of the late 19th century. He will also look at Australian Modernism and assess the influence of Indigenous women artists.

Leigh Capel is an art dealer, accredited valuer and auctioneer. He is also Director of Belle Epoque Fine Art & Antiques, thus has a rounded perspective of the art market and art history.

Monday 17 July 2023
SURREALISM: ART INSPIRED BY DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES
Presented by Lucrezia Walker
Venue & Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. A & I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow

Weird and uncanny! Lucrezia will explain how Surrealists painted their dreams and explored their unconscious to create their strange mindscapes.

Lucrezia Walker Is a lecturer and gallery guide at the National Gallery in London. She teaches US undergraduates on their Study Abroad semesters in London and was Lay Canon for the Visual Arts at St Paul’s Cathedral 2010-2014.​

Monday 21 August 2023
GOLDEN AGE OF DUBROVNIK
Presented by Nirvana Rommell
Venue & Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. A & I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow

The making of the Dubrovnik Republic and its political and artistic heydays during the 15th and 16th century. The heritage of this unique city is explained with the passion of an art historian, and a native Croatian.

Nirvana holds degrees in the History of Art and English Language and Literature. She has 20 years of lecturing experience on three continents. She now works as a freelance lecturer, public programmes consultant and tour director, and trains staff and volunteers at art galleries in Manchester, and Liverpool.

Monday 25 September 2023
NORMAN ROCKWELL: GREAT ARTISTS OR MERE ILLUSTRATOR
Presented by John Ericson
Venue & Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. A & I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow

A storyteller with a brush! Rockwell was a celebrated and prolific twentieth century painter and illustrator whose work has been seen by a larger audience than any other artist in history!

John is a former Director of Studies in the School of Education and lecturer at the University of Bath. He has lectured and presented at conferences all over the world.

Monday 23 October 2023
POTS AND FROCKS: THE WORLD OF GRAYSON PERRY
Presented by Ian Swankie
Venue & Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. A & I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow

Grayson Perry is possibly one of the world’s best-known contemporary artists. This talk will examine Perry’s work, his thought-provoking exhibitions, and the unique character inside the flamboyant frocks.

Ian Swankie is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral. He also leads a popular weekly independent art lecture group, and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City Livery Companies

AGM

Date:  October/early November TBA
Venue:  A&I Hall Station St. Bangalow
Time:  TBA