Pokolbin (Cessnock)

Postal Address:

ADFAS Pokolbin
PO Box 386
CESSNOCK  NSW 2325

Email: members2@adfaspokolbin.org.au

Please check our website for regular updates.
Annual Membership: $180 (8 lectures)
Visitors Welcome: $35 per lecture

Visit the ADFAS Pokolbin Website

Booking & Membership Enquiries:
Email: members2@adfaspokolbin.org.au or secretary@adfaspokolbin.org.au

ABN: 50 525 651 526

Committee 2022

Chairman:
Robert Lusby
0411 214 478

Secretary:
Tracey Seath
0417 489 635
secretary@adfaspokolbin.org.au

Treasurer:
Catriona Custance

Membership Secretary:
Lucy Griffiths
0413 216 929

ADFAS Pokolbin is located in The Hunter Valley & the Town of Cessnock approximately 53Kms (50mins) by road West of Newcastle and 158Kms (2hrs 30mins) to Sydney, including;

  • Pokolbin
  • Mount View
  • Lovedale
  • Broke
  • Rothbury, and Branxton

Cessnock City Estimated Resident Population for 2020 is 61,256.

ADFAS Pokolbin provides funding for Young Arts to both Cessnock East & Cessnock West Public Schools. The schools we support both have ‘special needs’ students, including those with physical disabilities and autism spectrum. Both schools are classified as being in lower socioeconomic areas of Cessnock LGA.

We provide a Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship with the goal to encourage development of all forms of Fine Art in HSC studies including; Painting, Sculpture, Music, Drama, Dance and Film, providing financial assistance to students in their final year of school enabling purchases of equipment or attendance at workshops related to their art. 

Mount View High School and Cessnock High School students are requested to complete an application form accompanied by their Academic Record a Teacher’s Letter of Recommendation and 300 word essay outlining the benefits this scholarship provides. A video/photographic display of artwork and/or performance is submitted as printed images or electronic media. Adjudication consists of 3 committee members and presented to candidate winners at our final Lecture.

PROGRAMME FOR 2022

28 February 2022
Title: STREAMS OF FIRE AND TONGUES OF FLAME
Lecturer’s name: Geoffrey Edwards – Arts Society Lecturer
Venue & time: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock.
Arrive at 6:30 pm for 6:45 pm SHARP!

A Short History of the Art of Glass

Director of Geelong Art Gallery, one of Australia’s oldest and largest regional galleries. He has held Senior Curatorial positions at National Gallery of Victoria, being in charge of collections of International and Australian sculpture and Melbourne’s celebrated holdings of ancient, antique and modern glass. His professional affiliations include, Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Visions Australia, International Councils of Museums, Craft Australia, Museums Australia, Winston Churchill Trust, George Baldessin Trust and National Trust of Australia.

11 April 2022
Title: TRANSFORMING THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Lecturer’s name: Sally Webster – Arts Society Lecturer
Venue & time: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock.
Arrive at 6:30 pm for 6:45 pm SHARP!

The Sydney Modern Project.

Sally is Head of the Sydney Modern Project at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Prior to this position Sally was Executive Officer at Sydney Living Museums. Sally brings a wealth of experience and inspiration to her current role.

9 May 2022
Title: The Genius of Vincent Van Gogh
Lecturer’s name: Peter McPhee, OAM
Venue & time: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock.
Arrive at 6:30 pm for 6:45 pm SHARP!

This lecture is about Van Gogh in the context of his early life in the Dutch region of Brabant; his tumultuous years in the Netherlands and Britain; his volatile encounter with the impoverished mining communities of southern Belgium; and his crucial 1880 decision about the direction of his life.

Appointed to a Personal Chair in History at University of Melbourne in 1993. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University from 2003 to 2009. He’s published widely on the history of France during the tumultuous years of the French Revolution and its aftermath. A member of Australian Academy of Humanities and Academy of Social Sciences. Made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012. Currently Chair of History Council of Victoria.

20 June 2022
Title: SYDNEY NOLAN: The Search For Paradise.
Lecturer’s name: Kendrah Morgan – Arts Society Lecturer
Venue & time: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock.
Arrive at 6:30 pm for 6:45 pm SHARP!

This lecture is about Van Gogh in the context of his early life in the Dutch region of Brabant; his tumultuous years in the Netherlands and Britain; his volatile encounter with the impoverished mining communities of southern Belgium; and his crucial 1880 decision about the direction of his life.

Kendrah Morgan is Senior Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, where she joined the staff in 2003. She began her curatorial career at Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand, after previous roles in the commercial gallery sector and as lecturer in art and design history. Kendrah has extensive experience curating more than 40 exhibitions and has co-authored a number of highly recognised books on aspects of Heide history including John and Sunday Reed.

4 July 2022
Title: SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD:
Lecturer’s name: Dr Alastair Blanshard – Arts Society Lecturer
Venue & time: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock.
Arrive at 6:30 pm for 6:45 pm SHARP!

For the Greeks, to see the marvellous was to touch the divine. Greeks loved stories about fabulous works of nature and feats of engineering, compiling many lists of “must see” monuments. This lecture focuses on the most famous of these catalogues of marvels, the Seven Wonders of the World. It describes the various monuments on this list and why they were so important. It also looks at the mentality of the ancient tourist that came.

Professor Blanshard is the inaugural Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at University of Queensland. Also lectured at Merton College, Oxford and University of Reading. Appointed to a position at the University of Sydney in 2005. Alastair held visiting fellowships at Centre for Hellenic Studies in Washington and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Co-edited collections of essays on Oscar Wilde’s interest in the Classical World and myth of Heracles in the 20th/21st centuries.

8 August 2022
Title: ART DECO SYDNEY – A Persistent Presence:
Lecturer’s name: Claudia Chan Shaw
Venue & time: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock.
Arrive at 6:30 pm for 6:45 pm SHARP!

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 had a multi-faceted career as a fashion designer, author, installation artist, photo artist, curator and television and radio presenter, best known for her role as co-host and presenter on Collectors. She is a regular speaker at the Art After Hours and Armchair Travel series at the Art Gallery NSW and has been a speaker at many other venues and exhibition openings.

5 September 2022
Title: THE TALE OF TWO CITIES – Moscow and St Petersburg:
Lecturer’s name: Dr Alastair Blanshard – Arts Society Lecturer
Venue & time: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock.
Arrive at 6:30 pm for 6:45 pm SHARP!

The Russian capital, Moscow, historic seat of power with its impressive and world-famous landmarks like St Basil’s, the Kremlin and Red Square, and Saint Petersburg founded by Peter the Great as an artfully planned statement city of style and sophistication. Peter the Great was a new vision for a new Russia, and determined his new city, St Petersburg would be unlike any other in his vast realm. His answer was a city filled with Venetian like canals, baroque palaces, and elegant townhouses. Today, the city revels in an extraordinary legacy of art and architecture further enhanced during the reign of Catherine the Great.

Kenneth Park leads a busy life working as lecturer, philanthropist, tourism consultant and guide. Previously the Curator of Collections and Philanthropy Associate, Wesley College Melbourne and currently manages the archives and extensive Australian art collection. He has combined this passion with his love of travel. His international experience is underpinned by many years of tertiary study in a wide range of subject areas including political science, architecture, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history, and international relations.

10 October 2022
Title: TURNER – The Explorer:
Lecturer’s name: Robert Ketton
Venue & time: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock.
Arrive at 6:30 pm for 6:45 pm SHARP!

Whilst Robert talks about the life and times of JMW Turner, Catherine will take to the easel 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, in thousands of works of art, 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, fiercely patriotic, and regarded as one of the greatest nineteenth century painters.

In 1976 Robert was appointed Lecturer in Theatre at University of Southern Queensland. Robert spent 33 years teaching acting and directed dozens of plays for the university’s Performance Centre. Since 2009 Robert has worked for GP Connections and Medicare local. In 2011 he established “Floodlight” a federal government funded organisation aimed at helping flood victims. Robert enjoys a great passion for the life and times of JMW Turner which he shares with his wife Catherine.

Venue and Time of Lectures

Our lectures are held on a Monday evening in the state-of-the-art Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, followed by a delicious supper and Hunter wines. Lectures commence promptly at 7.00 p.m.

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre,
Cnr. Vincent Street and Aberdare Road,
CESSNOCK.

MEMBERSHIP

The membership fee is $180 per year; this includes eight lectures, which are followed by supper and Hunter Valley wines.

VISITORS

Visitors are welcome to attend any of our lectures.  The cost is $35 per person, and there is no charge for students or members of other ADFAS societies.