Riverina (Wagga Wagga)

Postal Address:

PO Box 5670
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Contact: riverina@adfas.org.au

ABN: 15 690 481 649

ADFAS Riverina is the Riverina branch of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society, and based in Wagga Wagga NSW. We have a series of fantastic talks on topics as diverse as fine art, music, garden design, architecture, social history and culture. From Byzantium to Birmingham, Figureheads to friezes, Rome to Rodin, tent-makers of Cairo to tapestries in court, and from Hogarth to Hockney, you’ll be surprised and delighted at what you can learn. There’s always something of interest for everyone. We welcome anyone with any interest in anything cultural, or just an inquisitive mind.

Committee 2022

Chairman:
Tony Dobbin
Ph: 0408 613 258

Secretary:
Pat Castine
Ph: 0438 875 647          


Treasurer:

Trish Oliver
Ph: 0418 233 631   

Membership Enquiries: riverina@adfas.org.au 

PROGRAMME FOR 2022

11 February 2022
Pella in Jordan
Dr. Peta Seaton

Dr Peta Seaton has an Honours degree and a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Sydney and was a student of Professor Basil Hennessy in the late 1970s. She has worked extensively at Pella and Tel Eilat Ghassul in Jordan, Peta Seaton has maintained a long-standing interest in Near Eastern archaeology and research, as well as her many other roles.

She continues her archaeological research on the Chalcolithic period with current fieldwork at Pella in Jordan.

11 March 2022
Cultural Appropriation – Defining Boundaries
Jennifer Bowker
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

In this presentation, Jennifer reflects on the issues of respect and other aspects of working across cultures, hoping to raise awareness of some complex questions that those who appreciate fine art in all dimensions may find stimulating.

Jennifer Bowker has been working with textiles since receiving her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from ANU, Canberra. She lived for 11 years in Arab and Islamic countries, and the influence of the Middle East can be seen in her lectures and subject matter.

8 April 2022
Journals and Arts Works of the First Fleet
Paul Brunton
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

Of the approximately 1400 people on the First Fleet of 1787-88, the hand-written journals of only 11 have survived. These provide eyewitness accounts of the voyage to Sydney and the first years here. They record the interaction with the Aboriginal people. Written by men of different ranks, each journal offers a unique perspective. Most were discovered only in the twentieth century, and one was acquired as late as the 1990s. In 2009, the collection held in the Mitchell Library was included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Program.

 Paul Brunton was Senior Curator at Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and has worked with the Mitchell Library’s Australiana collections, and as Curator of Manuscripts. Paul has published widely on Archives Administration and on various aspects of the State Library’s collection.

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20 May 2022
Aboriginal Art: From Rock Art to Today
Sally Butler
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650 

This lecture explains how the modern Aboriginal art movement developed since the 1970s and how it maintains its connection to visual traditions going back to rock art created many thousands of years ago. The lecture focuses on how cultural traditions are reinvented and reinvigorated through the innovative art of today. Examples include Indigenous art from the Central Desert, North Queensland, the Kimberley’s, and Arnhem Land.

Sally Butler is the Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Queensland and is one of the editors of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including, Our Way, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Lockhart River.

Interest Day
21 May 2022
Buying Aboriginal Art
Sally Butler
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

Sally offers a half-day workshop which can build on the lecture topics Aboriginal Art from Rock Art to Today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art from Queensland and Symbols that Reveal and Conceal.

The workshop gives an overview of the Aboriginal art market and some of the issues with avoiding fakes, unethical practices, the art centre network, how to develop a collection focus and what kind of art helps regenerate cultural traditions in threat. Attendees can bring in examples if they wish for the group to discuss. It is aimed at a mix of information on buying Indigenous art, great places to travel and buy Indigenous art, discussion about different issues, and people can bring some of their own artworks in for the group to talk about. 

17 June 2022
Grant Featherstone, Design for Life
Kendrah Morgan
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650 

Grant Featherston was one of Australia’s most significant modernist designers, driven by the belief that design should benefit everyone, and should be beautiful, functional, and affordable. This lecture traces Featherston’s rise to celebrity status as a professional designer in the 1950s and explores his use of new materials and technologies and the production of innovative furniture throughout the 1960s and 70s. The discussion will touch on Grant’s work with his partner Mary, with whom he established Featherston Design in 1965. 

Kendrah Morgan is a senior curator at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.  She has curated more than 40 exhibitions, with Charles Blackman: School Girls (2017) Arthur Boyd: Brides (2014) and Fiona Hall: Big Game Hunting (2013) among her major projects. Kendrah has also co-authored 4 books on aspects of Heide history.

22 July 2022
Dressing Sydney
Peter McNeil
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

Thousands of Jewish migrants fled Nazism, and many arrived in Australia in the 1930s and ‘40s. A large number proceeded to work in the clothing and appearance industries, also known as the ‘rag trade’. Learn how Australia acquired high quality knitwear via Vienna. How an attempt was made to refocus our wool industry. How new casual separates, textiles and colours emerged. How the clothing traders diversified into other businesses, from wine to real estate. How a whole working-class district – Surry Hills – was remade between the wars, then transformed again in the 1980s as our economy was restructured. The focus is Sydney, and the subplot is ‘Dressing Sydney: The Jewish Fashion Story’.

Peter McNeil is a Distinguished Professor of Design History at UTS. He was the Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies in Sweeden. He has written widely on men and fashion and has curated a number of award-winning exhibitions, including, Dressing Sydney.

Interest Day
23 July 2022  
Fashion and Fantasy in 1930s
Peter McNeil
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

Parts of Magic Fashion; Café Society; and Gilded Youth are available as an Interest Day focussing on fashion design, patrons, parties and luxury in the 1930s. Examine topics as different as why women dyed their hair blue, who first promoted face-lifting, and when roses were dropped on a lavish party by plane.

19 August 2022
Exploring Turner
Robert and Catherine Ketton
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

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. At the end of the lecture Catherine will present the artwork to the society

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. He is regarded as one of the greatest nineteenth century painters, and his works are exhibited in galleries the world over.

Robert Ketton was educated at King’s School Tynemouth and The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and Burton School of Speech and Drama. He helped establish Theatre in Queensland Secondary Schools.

Catherine has been the recipient of several art prizes, most recently the Fred Gardiner award for best picture at the Toowoomba Art Society show in September 2020.

16 September 2022
Contemporary Australian Metalwork
Grace Cochrane
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

This talk is based on a presentation to a symposium at West Dean in Sussex, UK, in 2005, organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, with the purpose of considering the contemporary collecting of silver. It considered the broad context of metalworking in Australia, and notable, in comparison with other talks, was the diversity of metals used by contemporary Australian metalsmiths. The talk was recently updated for the Silver Society, in Sydney, to include more recent examples of Australian metalwork, including documentation of actually being at the 2005 symposium. 

Now an independent writer and curator, Grace Cochrane was a senior curator of Australian Decorative Arts and Design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. For over 45 years, she has lectured about crafts and design, and written for a range of publications.

28 October 2022
Painting the French Countryside
Peter McPhee
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

Some of our most loved and famous paintings are of the beautiful French countryside. This lecture explores the paintings of Millet, Courbet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet and others in the 1840-1920 period. Why did they paint the countryside, when this was not always the fashionable thing to do? And how did they paint it?

Peter McPhee was appointed as personal chair in History at the University of Melbourne, and was Deputy Vice Chancellor, and Provost of the University from 2003-2009. He has published widely on the history of France, during and after the French Revolution. He is currently chair of the History Council of Victoria.

11 November 2022
Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Tolkien’s Lord Of the Rings and Peter Jackson’s film
Heath Lees
Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650 

For many years, people have seen parallels between Wagner’s Ring and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Tolkien denied this, but recent research has shown that his denial was taken out of context. In this lecture Heath deals with the many correspondences that do indeed exist between Wagner’s Ring, Tolkien’s Ring, and (for good measure) Howard Shore’s film score. Surprises and insights follow. 

Heath Lees is an Emiritus Professor of Music at the University of Auckland. Mainly concerned with Wagner and the relationship between music and literature, Heath has authored a number of musical treatments such as Beckett and Joyce.

VENUE AND TIME OF LECTURES

Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30 start. Located at St. Johns Church, Church Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

Membership Enquiries: riverina@adfas.org.au

Visitors/ Guests: Members: free, Guests, $30