Orange & Districts

Postal Address:

ADFAS Orange & Districts Inc
PO Box 749


ABN: 41 653 352 171


Membership for 2021:  $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.


Please contact the Membership Secretary, Ellen Fisher Ph: 0418 262 334

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 2021 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

Committee 2021

Mrs Julie Linton
Ph: 0414 651 501

Mr Brian Fisher
Ph: 0408 644 636


Ms Wendy Sissian
Ph: 02 63628223

Membership Secretary:
Mrs Ellen Fisher
Ph: 0418 262 334


16 March 2021
Orange Regional Gallery: Its Collection and Its Future
(In-person lecture)
Brad Hammond 

Bradley is Director of Orange Regional Gallery and Orange Regional Museum, having previously been the Curator of the Gallery’s Arts and Health strategy. He has curated numerous exhibitions and written for exhibition catalogues and art magazines. His drawings, paintings and video pieces have been exhibited in Australia, Africa and Europe.

It is the aim of the gallery to present high quality, well designed exhibitions and associated programs that bring the best of Australian and International art to the Central West. The Gallery’s growing collection includes key pieces of modern and contemporary art from Australia and abroad. Brad will speak to us about this collection and the future plans for the Gallery.

20 April 2021
Convicts, Capitalists and Corruption
(In-person lecture)
Kate Gadsby

Kate is the author of a book called “Convicts, Capitalists and Corruption” which covers the lives of early settlers, convicts and bush rangers in the central west from 1808 until the 1870s. Kate wrote the book after uncovering the material in her fight for heritage status for the Nubrygyn Inn. “It’s all unpublished material and including people who previously have not been written about”. The author decided to write the book after uncovering the history in her fight for heritage status. This promises to be a very interesting talk relevant to our district.

25 May 2021
Sisters of Tragedy: The Brontës and Their Works
(In-person lecture)
Susannah Fullerton

Susannah has been the President of the Jane Austin Society of Australia and is Patron of the Rudyard Kipling Society. She is the author of several books. Susannah brings to life the lives and writings of great writers in her unique style, immensely entertaining yet truly informative. Susannah presents the incredible story of these sisters of tragedy. She performs dramatic excerpts from their works and depicts the Victorian background of repressive attitudes against which women struggled all their lives.

Illustrations will transport you to Yorkshire and its wild and beautiful moors.

15 June 2021
Australian Art and Artists Hilda Rix Nicholas
(In-person lecture)
Sarah Engledow 

Sarah was the designated historian and a curator at the National Portrait Gallery from 1999 to 2019. During this period she wrote about Australian portraiture and curated many exhibitions. Hilda Rix Nicholas was born in Ballarat in 1884 and 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 World War as she turned from the mass destruction to focus on beauty.

20 July 2021
Netsuke Collection
(In-person lecture)
Bill Burnheim 

What is a netsuke? (Pronounced “nets-keh”) A netsuke is a small sculptural object which has gradually developed in Japan over a period of more than three hundred years.  Netsuke is an art form that is unique to Japan. Netsuke are little sculptures where the artist can choose his subject freely however, they are limited in size and form. They originally performed a utilitarian function and are collected by individuals and museums. Bill gained interest in Netsuke after reading “The Hare with the Amber Eyes” and commenced collecting a couple of years later. He has now been collecting important Netsuke for about 8 years and has some pieces comparable to those displayed in museums in England, Europe and the USA.

Those at the presentation will be able to view some of his collection and also handle them subject to COVID protocols.

24 August 2021
The Intersection of Art with Science and Technology as a New Way of Experiencing the World
(In-person lecture)
Kim Goldsmith 

Kim Goldsmith is a digital media and installation artist and professional content producer with a background in Radio print journalism and she has created sound scapes and videos for festivals and exhibitions.

As a digital media artist, Kim has produced and exhibited works for festivals and exhibitions across NSW and internationally, including Curve Ball at Carriageworks (Vivid 2016), Cementa Festival, Artlands Festival, and in various Arts Territory Exchange exhibitions in the UK. Her last major international project resulted in the exhibition, Eye of the Corvus, shown at the Western Plains Cultural Centre over the summer of 2019/20. She’s currently working on a new project in the Macquarie Marshes, documented on the ecoPULSE website. Kim will be speaking of how stories unfold and new perspectives are gained every time an artist uses science and technology to give a voice to the natural environment.

21 September 2021
Orange Regional Conservatorium into the Future
(In-person lecture)
Donna Riles 

Donna has served as a passionate advocate for Music Education in the Western Region. Her diverse role at the Conservatorium has seen her administer the piano faculty, provide accompaniment services, prepare students for Musicianship/Piano examinations and performances. She teaches music in schools and provides professional learning workshops for teachers and conducts community and school choirs.

Donna will speak about the Conservatorium‘s new campus and the exciting new plans for the future.

26 October 2021
Max Dupain: A Snapshot of the Pre-Eminent Architectural Photographer
(In-person lecture)
Adrian Boddy 

Adrian is a retired academic in the field of Architecture and Design and he will be presenting a lecture on Max Dupain, the iconic Australian photographer.

Dupain created images which became emblems within the development of a distinctive Australian tradition in the arts and a visual social history of everyday life.

There is a nice connection here in Orange with Dupain as he produced a book in 1988 called “To Orange With Love” which was published by the Orange Art Gallery.