Riverina (Wagga Wagga)

Postal Address:

PO Box 5670
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Contact: riverina@adfas.org.au

ABN: 15 690 481 649

In 2021 ADFAS Riverina will be providing an number of world class lectures in digital and face to face formats.

The 2021 lectures, will commence in March and, we are hoping to have at least 6 face to face lectures as well as the very popular digital offerings.  We intend to screen some of those communally as well, so that we can spend time together.

This year we will hold our lecture meetings at St John’s Anglican Church Wagga Wagga, followed by supper. This gives members and visitors a chance to mingle and to speak with the lecturer, if they wish.

Committee 2021

Trish Oliver
Ph: 0418 233 631

Vice Chairman:
Anne Goldfinch
Ph: 0412 068 864

Tony Dobbin
Ph: 0408 613 258

Frank Austin
Ph: 02 6944 7154  Mob: 0427 447 291

Pat Castine
Gwen Carruthers
Jen Charleson
Sal Lawrance
Di McCarthy
Margie Carlisle
Sabina Cloros

Membership Enquiries: riverina@adfas.org.au 


5 March 2021
Beauty, Rich and Rare: Birds in Australian Art 

Dr Sam Bowker – Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture School of Communication and Creative Industries Charles Sturt University.

Walls that Speak: The Alhambra Palace/Fortress
Ian Cockburn

The beauty of the Alhambra of Granada speaks for itself – or does it? Many visitors, while stunned by the exquisite architecture, are unaware that the walls, covered in Kufic script, are talking directly to them. This lecture explores both the monument itself as well as delving into the broad decorative programme of the interior and its fascinating inscriptions, many consisting of lyrical Arabic poetry and even lines where the wall itself is boasting of its own beauty and significance.

20 May 2021
War and Peace: Ben Quilty and George Gittoes
Gavin Fry

Since the end of the Vietnam War more than forty years ago, Australians have served in many parts of the world in the role of peacekeepers. While the title might sound benign, the conflicts and experiences of those at the front can be as dramatic and dangerous as any world war. Ben Quilty and George Gittoes have both worked as war artists with these small expeditionary forces, bringing home a truly human story, filled with the high emotion and drama befitting artists of deep feeling and conscience.

23 July 2021
The Journals and Art Work of the First Fleeters
Paul Brunton

The story of the Crystal Palace
Ian Gledhill

Originally designed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, then transported to Sydenham and rebuilt and enlarged, the Crystal Palace was Joseph Paxton’s masterpiece, and was the largest iron and glass building ever constructed. It dominated the south London skyline for over 80 years until its tragic destruction by fire in 1936. This is the history both of the Great Exhibition and the building that housed it, and the on-going artistic legacy of both.

27 August 2021
The Australian Landscape from Glover to Olsen
Dr Nick Gordon

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.

Portraits in Stone: The great Cathedrals of Medieval England
Mark Cottle

The great medieval cathedrals of England were built over a period of five hundred years. In terms of resources called upon, the ambitions of scale, the design and craftsmanship employed, this period marks the greatest single architectural achievement in English history. The lecture follows the evolution of cathedral building from Durham to Gloucester with particular reference to structural and aesthetic details of the architecture together with some of the fascinating figures and events that are associated with this great era of medieval achievement.

Born on the Isles of Scilly and educated at Truro School, Cornwall, and Birmingham University, Mark’ Cottle’s career has been spent at home and abroad in education and training. He has lectured at Exeter College on Medieval and Tudor history, at St Mark’s and St John’s University College, Plymouth and at Bath University on Anglo Saxon and medieval England.

The Amadeus Myth: Mozart and his World – Culture and Society in Late 18th Century Vienna
Sandy Burnett

Classical music reached a peak of perfection in Vienna during the last three decades of the 18th century, an era in which every household worth its salt had a Kapelle or band of musicians to keep everyone entertained. The refined discourse of the string quartet was held to be the highest form of musical art; the elegant interplay of its various string instruments likened by Goethe to “four intelligent people conversing”. This illustrated lecture examines the perfect storm of circumstances that made this era possible.

Sandy Burnett is one of the UK’s most authoritative broadcasters in the field of classical music. His broadcasts, interviews, and lectures are all underpinned by the practical understanding that comes from his busy life as a practising musician.

Phrases and Sayings: The Etymology of the City of London
Alan Read

The English language is rich in idioms, phrases and sayings which are part of everyday speech yet seldom do we consider their original meanings. This is an exploration of historical etymology, often traceable to the City of London. Even if you have to ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’ and it’s ‘raining cats and dogs’ you’d be ‘barking mad’ to miss this lecture.

Alan Read holds a master’s and first-class honours degree in History of Art from Birkbeck College, London.  He is a gallery guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery and for Frieze Masters and regularly lectures at the NPG, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery and other galleries in the UK. He also works as a London Blue Badge Guide and a City of London Guide.



In 2021 our venues and times will vary depending on availability  


Membership: $155, or $145 if paid before 31st January 2020
Couple membership: $290, or $270 if paid before 31st January 2020
Students(with I.D): $70 


Students (with id) $15 and members of other societies $15