Orange & Districts

Postal Address:

ADFAS Orange & Districts Inc
PO Box 749


ABN: 41 653 352 171

​ADFAS Orange and Districts Inc provides for its members a yearly programme of illustrated, informative lectures on a wide variety of topics. The lectures for 2022 are offered by Australian lecturers, chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.

ADFAS Orange and Districts is one of 38 societies in Australia and offers eight high quality lectures per year. Each lecture is preceded by members and guests gathering for informal drinks and finger food, then the lecture is presented in the Conservatorium auditorium with opportunity for questions following. No special knowledge is required – just a natural curiosity and an interest in the arts (and a sense of humour of course).

Venue and Time of Lectures

Lectures are held at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, 73A Hill St, Orange.

Time: 6pm for pre lecture drinks and finger food.
Lecture starts: 6:30pm.

The 2022 membership cost for new members is $130.

There is a $25 entry fee for guests and visitors and everyone is very welcome. We look forward to seeing you at our lectures to enjoy cultural and social opportunities with like minded friends.

Committee 2022

Mrs Julie Linton
Ph: 0414 651 501

Ms Wendy Sissian
Ph: 0458 628 223


Mrs Sue Shepherd
Ph: 0497 249 869

Membership Secretary:
Mrs Ellen Fisher
Ph: 0418 262 334


15 March 2022
A Tale of Two Studios: Hans Heysen and Nora Heysen
John Neylon

The Hans Heysen story of the artist who opened Australians’ eyes to the beauty of the bush and inland, is well known. More recently, his daughter, Nora, has stepped out of the shadows of her father’s reputation to claim her own place within Australian art as the first woman to be appointed an Australian war artist and to win the Archibald Prize, and as an artist in her own right. This lecture traces a unique story of two creative journeys separated by an independence of spirit but linked by a love of art.

John is an Adelaide-based independent author, curator, formerly Head of Education, Art Gallery of South Australia, and one of Australia’s most experienced art critics having worked continuously since the 1980s for The Advertiser, The Adelaide Review and currently InReview. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). In 2014 he won the national Scarlett Award for critical writing in the visual arts.

19 April 2022
Max Dupain – A Snapshot of the Australian Architectural Photographer
Adrian Boddy

Max Dupain was a prolific documentary photographer of the Australian circumstance. Any wide-ranging discussion of his work is a visual history of Australian architecture, landscape, industry, fashion and everyday life during the 20th century.

Adrian is a retired academic in the field of Architecture and Design. Prior to retirement he was a director at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building UTS. His Master’s thesis was Max Dupain and the photography of Australian Architecture.

​24 May 2022
Jean-Francois Millet Paints the French Countryside
Peter McPhee 

Jean-Francois Millet settled in Barbizon after the French Revolution of 1848 and until his death in 1875 devoted himself to painting and drawing rural life. Millet left a rich and evocative legacy of images of labour, landscape and family life. The peasant households’ routines of spinning, caring for livestock, harvesting, baking bread, and carting water and wood are captured in images which resonate with respect for rural toil. Some of his paintings such as The Angelus are among the most reproduced paintings of all time. Who was Millet? Did he simply detail the rural world he saw around him as he claimed, or did he rather create an imaginary world?

Peter McPhee was appointed to a Personal Chair in History at the University of Melbourne in 1993.  He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University from 2003 to 2009. He has published widely on the history of France during the tumultuous years of the French Revolution and its aftermath. Peter was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012. He is currently Chair of the History Council of Victoria.

21 June 2022
Such Fun in the Studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas
Sarah Engledow

Hilda Rix Nicholas was born in Ballarat in 1884. Her life spanned a period of social and technical revolution as she moved from Australia to Europe and back again. Her painting reflects a strongly feminine, personal response to the horrors of the First War as she turned from the mass destruction to focus on beauty.

Sarah was the designated historian and curator at the National Portrait Gallery from 1999 to 2019. During this period, she wrote on Australian portraits and curated many exhibitions.

19 July 2022
Dracula, Dragons and Ottoman Prayer Rugs
Susan Scollay

This lecture explains how oriental carpets came to decorate the walls of Lutheran churches in Transylvania, and why they’re still there today. About 400 of these are preserved, and still used, on the walls of Lutheran churches high in the Carpathian Mountains, in the region made famous in the west by Brad Stoker’s infamous 1897 horror novel, ‘Dracula’.

Susan is an art historian and curator specialising in the arts and culture of the Islamic world and in historic textiles. She is an honorary senior research fellow in art history and curatorship at the University of Melbourne; a contributing editor to the prestigious London journal, HALI: carpet, textile and Islamic art; and a regular lecturer to a wide range of institutions and interest groups in Australia and internationally.

23 August 2022
Art Deco Sydney – A Persistent Presence
Claudia Chan Shaw 

From an incinerator designed by Walter Burley Griffin to the local cinema, pub and milk bar, Art Deco design was not limited to the elegant office buildings of bustling downtown Sydney of the 1930s. Sydney’s smart set were early adopters embracing the style at every level. Join Claudia Chan Shaw for an exploration of Art Deco Sydney, a visual culture defined not only through architecture, but also through graphic and interior design, the decorative arts and photography.

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. With a BA in Visual Communication Design, she is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw. The label is renowned for its exquisite handmade knitwear and jewellery. The designs are represented in the permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

20 September 2022
The problematic statue – a brief history of debunking and desecrating public monuments
Geoffrey Edwards 

The toppling and vandalizing of prominent statues around the world has been an all-too-frequent news item in recent times. Citing the alleged moral failure or criminal culpability of the toppled subjects, the wrath of outraged crowds has focused on grand sculptural representations of kings, presidents, dictators and celebrated historical identities including Christopher Columbus, Captain James Cook, assorted Confederate generals and Cecil Rhodes. This is hardly a modern-day phenomenon. The problematic statue looks at the surprisingly long tradition of trashing public art in the interests of re-writing history.

Geoffrey Edwards was Director of the Geelong Art Gallery, one of Australia’s oldest and largest regional galleries. Prior to this appointment, he held Senior Curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria where he was in charge of the collections of International and Australian sculpture and Melbourne’s celebrated holdings of ancient, antique and modern glass.

25 October 2022
Turner – the Explorer
Robert Ketton

Whilst Robert talks about the life and times of JMW Turner, Catherine will take to the easel with oil paint, rags, scrapers and brush to give us a glimpse of Turner’s style and technique. Turner lived at a time of great social change and scientific invention. More than anyone else he recorded the transition of Britain from a rural to an industrial society. Turner was a fascinating character, secretive, driven, penny pinching and generous, chaotic in his private life and fiercely patriotic.  He is regarded as one of the greatest nineteenth century painters, and his works are exhibited in galleries the world over.

For over thirty years Robert taught acting and directed dozens of plays for the University of Southern Queensland’s Performance Centre. He retired as senior lecturer in acting in 2009. He has published a number of books and plays and is currently working on an illustrated children’s book with his artist wife, Catherine.