Pokolbin (Cessnock)

Postal Address:

ADFAS Pokolbin
PO Box 386

Email: members2@adfaspokolbin.org.au

Please check our website for regular updates.
Annual Membership: $180 (8 lectures)
Visitors Welcome: $30 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

ADFAS Pokolbin has made a few changes to how we operate our lecture evenings.Entry to the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre for the lecture will be from 6.15pm and guests should be fully seated by 6.45pm (this is to allow for Covid Safe Compliance). Prior notice of attendance to our Membership Secretary is necessary, especially during Covid 19 period.

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,


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


Visitors are welcome to attend any of our lectures.  The cost is $30 per person, and there is no charge for students or members of other ADFAS societies.

Committee 2021

Robert Lusby
0411 214 478

Tracey Seath
0417 489 635


Liz Ewen
0412 216 776

Membership Secretary:
Lucy Griffiths
0413 216 929


ADFAS Pokolbin will hold eight lectures in 2021, from Feb – Oct. These will be held at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre in Vincent Street, Cessnock.  In 2021 all our lecturers will be Australian, with the aim of minimising disruption to our schedule, as much as possible.


1 February 2021
“And So to Bed…”: The Diary of Samuel Pepys and Restoration London

The diary of Samuel Pepys has long been considered the greatest diary in the English language. Historians have found it invaluable, but it is also a superb work of literature and the record of an extraordinary man.

Susannah Fullerton’s talk on Pepys tells of his experience of the Plague and the Great Fire, his constant womanizing, his theatre- going and his dinners. Susannah loves to share her enthusiasm for this most human and delightful of diarists.

8 March 2021
Three Artists in East Timor

Three very different Australian artists have worked in the former Portuguese colony of East Timor, bringing back images of conflict and Australian service. Eric Thake ventured to Timor on behalf of the RAAF in 1945, to be followed a generation later by Rick Amor and Wendy Sharpe. They all produced work at once very personal, but also telling of Australia’s role in conflict.

12 April 2021
White Gums and Ramoxes: The Ceramics of Merric and Arthur Boyd

This is the story of the development of the exhibition, White Gums and Ramoxes, told by its curator, Grace Cochrane. The exhibition was from the Bundanon Trust Collection, the property Arthur and Yvonne Boyd gifted to the people of Australia in 1993. Grace Cochrane discusses how the exhibition was created, and how the relationship between Arthur and his father is revealed through their work.

10 May 2021
The Art of the Japanese Garden

Expanses of raked white gravel; iconic trees, carefully twisted into sometimes torturous shapes; and the soothing drip of water onto stone: when you deconstruct the elements of a Japanese garden they seem so simple, yet their combined effect is undeniably engaging and soothing. In this talk, Kathleen Olive investigates the historic roots of Japanese garden design, which was developed in isolation from European influence, thus preserving something quintessentially ‘Japanese’.

7 June 2021
The Australian Landscape from Glover to Olsen

It’s often said that the Australian landscape posed unique problems for artists trained in a European tradition. But the history of Australian landscape painting is far more complex. In this lecture Dr Nick Gordon shows how Australian landscape painters helped craft ideas of Australianness, from a specifically Australian national identity in the 19th century to a confident cosmopolitanism in the 1960s.

9 August 2021
Modern Art and Modern Love: John and Sunday Reed

Melbourne art benefactors John and Sunday Reed led unconventional and complex lives. Their home, Heide, was an important creative gathering point for many celebrated artists – from Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester to Charles Blackman and Mirka Mora. The Reeds are widely recognised for the influential role they played in the development of Australian art and intellectual culture from the 1930s until the early 1980s.

6 September 2021
Telling Our Stories: Images and Ideas in Three Waves of Australian Film

Australian film captured the world’s attention in the 1970s and early 80s with a series of beautifully shot period dramas such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Breaker Morant. A decade later, Strictly Ballroom and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert painted Australia as rambunctious and gleefully spectacular. The distinctive work of Indigenous filmmakers has brought a new wave of attention. This lecture will look at these three ‘waves’ of Australian cinema.

October (date tba)

October (date tba)

We have been exploring a couple of options for this month and will let you know once the plans have been finalised. Watch this space!