Scone

ADFAS Scone welcomes you. 

ADFAS Scone has been running successfully for over 30 years. Our longevity is testament to our dedicated and hard-working members many who have been there since our inception.  We are a small society, but our enthusiasm and commitment are large, with members come from wide and far. We endeavour to provide an interesting and informative lecture hosted by lecturers who excel in their subject matter.

A light supper or morning tea and drinks follow every lecture giving a chance to socialise in a welcoming and friendly environment. Our lectures are held in the beautifully restored Arts & Crafts Hall in the centre of town, a fitting venue to absorb both beauty and knowledge. As our founding chairman said, “However obscure the topic, we aim to send members and guests home richer in knowledge, refreshed in body and uplifted in spirit!” Come and discover what we offer.

Lectures:

Venue:
Lectures are held at Scone Arts and Crafts, Kingdon Street where adequate street parking is available.

Time:
Evening lectures commence at 6:30pm; Morning lectures commence at 10:30am. Please consult our program below in order to confirm the time of lectures

Membership:
Annual membership – $150
To join email: scone@adfas.org.au

Guests welcome:
$30 per lecture

Contact:
For all enquiries please email: scone@adfas.org.au
Postal Address: PO Box 112 Scone NSW, 2337
ABN: 39 468 761 041

Committee 2023
Chair: Sandy Payne   Ph: 0412 979 000
Treasurer: Vicki French
Secretary: Hilary Nicol    

2023 PROGRAM

Friday 24 February 2023
TALES OF A PRACTICE
Presented by Janno McLaughlin
Time & Venue: 10.30am | Scone Arts & Crafts Hall

Janno Mclaughlin is an Australian born artist and lived between Buenos Aires and New York until 2013, now resides in Australia.

Janno’s artworks are quirky and eclectic, intended to sew hope, bravery, resilience, and whimsy, anchored by a deliberately ridiculous and unwavering sense of humour. Her approach is unapologetically bold with a preference for blazing colour and mixed media. Deploying paint, dance, installation, thread, and richly associative metaphors she portrays the most vulnerable, fragile, and endangered in society. In her ten solo exhibitions, Janno has explored the theme of outsider; the foreigner living in a non-English speaking world; the disenfranchised urban poor; and closer to home and as the mother of a child with autism, the isolation of disability. Her paintings are often a call to arms to provide safe spaces for our vulnerable and our planet from extinction.

At ADFAS Scone, Janno will be giving snippets of her life so far, reflecting on her university career paths of artist, adventurer leadership and nurse.

Tales of a practice refers to the title of Janno’s Masters of Contemporary art final year written thesis, that she completed in 2018 at Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne University.

BOOK HERE: scone@adfas.org.au

​Tuesday 7 March 2023
THE SCULPTURES OF THE PARTHENON OR HOW LORD ELGIN GAINED AND LOST HIS MARBLES
Presented by Alan Read
Time & Venue: 6.30pm, Scone Arts & Crafts Hall

In the two centuries since they were removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin, the meaning and significance of the ‘Elgin marbles’ has changed dramatically. From architectural decoration to disputed cultural objects this lecture looks at the response to them over their time in Britain, from the original controversy over their purchase to the current debate surrounding the restitution of the marbles to the new Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Alan Readholds 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.

BOOK HERE: scone@adfas.org.au

Wednesday 19 April 2023
WHEN JUST MAKING ART ISN’T ENOUGH
Presented by Trevor Weekes
Time: Venue: 10.30am, Scone Arts & Crafts Hall

Trevor Weekes will take you on a wild ride. Starting with the simple act of making art and over the following hour explore the ins and outs, the ups and downs of being an artist.

How can such a simple act become so complicated. Is it safer t remain an amateur or embark on a lifetime of love and hate, tears and joy and a bucket full of self-doubt and loathing.

Trevor Weekes is a practicing Artist and Educator. He has been a Lecturer in Natural History Illustration and Fine Art in The School of Design, Communication and Information Technology, University of Newcastle.

Exhibiting regularly, with both solo and group shows throughout Australia his art practice embraces multi disciplines, specifically Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Artists Book production and more recently Animation. Music has always played an important role in his life and is an area he has been involved in, producing a sound piece to CD, and incorporating sound in several of his installations. His absolute love of animals has been a major topic of interest, focusing on Birds specifically and Flight. 

BOOK HERE: scone@adfas.org.au

Tuesday 9 May 2023
GENDER AND THE BODY: KEPT BEHIND CURTAINS, THE STORY OF THE NUDE
Presented by Leslie Primo
Venue & Time: 6.30pm, Upper Hunter Shire Council

The nude is still seen in our modern age, and indeed has been seen for quite some time as the pinnacle of creative artistic perfection but, throughout the course of art history the notion of the perfect body and consequently gender has been constantly reshaped and redefined. This lecture will look at the continuing fascination with representation of the body in sculpture and in painting across the ages. This span of time will encompass iconic works within this lecture by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Bernini, Degas, Renoir and Velazquez, to name but a few.

Leslie Primo holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He gives lectures at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the City Literary Institute and has presented a series of talks at the National Maritime Museum and the Courtauld Institute. His book, The Foreigners that Invented British Art: From Renaissance to Enlightenment will be published by Thames and Hudson in Spring 2023.

BOOK HERE: scone@adfas.org.au

Tuesday 13 June 2023
THE BOOK OF KELLS – ITS HISTORY, MYSTERY & ITS WONDER
Lecturer: Gemma Black
Time & Venue: 6.30pm, Scone Arts & Crafts Hall

Gemma was invited by the National Gallery of Australia to prepare and present this lecture on the calligraphy, illumination and the background to the Book of Kells for its highly acclaimed exhibition in Australia in 2000, which attracted over 81,000 visitors.

Her talk features numerous images to inform, educate and stimulate the audience. It is an excellent opportunity for those interested in books, book history and calligraphy to delve further into the past and to learn some of the history and the mystery of this astonishing manuscript, said to be “the work of angels …”.

Gemma Blackis a calligrapher, artist and teacher who has worked throughout Australia, Europe & the USA. Her work is housed in private and public collections in Australia and overseas. She is an Honoured Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society.

BOOK HERE: scone@adfas.org.au

Wednesday 5 July 2023
PINS AND POKING STICKS: DECODING DRESS IN SHAKESPEARE’S TIME
Presented by Jacqui Ansell
Time & Venue: 10.30am, Scone Arts & Crafts Hall

A contemporary of Shakespeare informs us that ‘a ship is sooner rigged by far than a gentlewoman made ready’. In A Winter’s Tale, Autolycus peddles ‘pins and poking sticks of steel’, seductive smocks, perfumed gloves, bugle beads and other irresistible items. What were these objects and what was their role in the ‘art’ of dress?  Moral messages and secretive signals in emblematic jewellery and embroidery contributed to Elizabeth I’s image as the ‘Virgin Queen’. The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, she reigned from 1558 to 1603. In this lecture we will decode the dress worn by the courtly elite and their monarchs.

Jacqui read History of Art and Theory at the University of Essex before going on to gain an MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute. Formerly an Education Officer at the National Gallery, London, and a tutor and writer for the Open University, Jacqui is a senior lecturer at Christie’s Education, London, where she writes, presents and tutors online courses on Art History, the Art World, and the History of Jewellery.

BOOK HERE: scone@adfas.org.au

Tuesday 8 August 2023
THE AZTEC LEGACY: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE
Presented by Chloe Sayer
Time & Venue: 6.30pm, Scone Arts & Crafts Hall

The Aztecs of central Mexico have been described as warlike and bloodthirsty, yet their creative achievements were breathtaking. The Aztecs flourished between 1325 and 1521, when they surrendered to invading Spanish forces. Despite the devastation that marked the Spanish Conquest, many Native arts and beliefs have survived to the present day. Náhuatl, the official language of the Aztec empire, is spoken by approximately two million people. Textile and ceramic traditions, mask-carving, dances, festivals, and celebrations for the Days of the Dead have their roots in the past. 

Chloë Sayer is an independent scholar, author and curator, specialising in the art and culture of Latin America. In 2016 the Mexican Government awarded her the prestigious Ohtli medal to thank her for her long-standing commitment to Mexican culture. She has made collections and carried out fieldwork in Mexico and Belize for the British Museum and has published many books with the latest:  The Day of the Dead: A Visual Compendium (Laurence King Publishing, 2021).

BOOK HERE: scone@adfas.org.au

Tuesday 5 September 2023
PEDER SEVERIN KRØYER – A Painter of Northern Lights
Presented by Kathy McLauchlan
Time & Venue: 6.30pm, Upper Hunter Shire Council

Peder Severin Krøyer, the Danish artist expressed his particular love for that time – “when the sun is going down, when the moon is rising over the sea, hanging there, crystal-clear, and the water, smooth as glass, reflects its light …” the ‘blue hour’ of northern Scandinavian summer nights, when sea and sky appear to merge into a single luminous whole. This lecture explores Krøyer’s life and work in Skagen and evaluates the paintings that made him one of Europe’s most celebrated artists by the end of the 19th century.

Kathy McLauchlan is a lecturer specialising in 19th-century art history. She is currently a course Director at the Victoria & Albert Museum and also a freelance lecturer who teaches at several institutions, including the Arts Society and Art Pursuits. She is a graduate of Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute, with a Ph.D. in French 19th-Century painters in Rome. She has published catalogues and articles for the British Council and the Barbican Art Gallery.​

BOOK HERE: scone@adfas.org.au

Tuesday 10 October 2023
A MEDITERRANEAN TOUR: NOT JUST A LOAD OF OLD STONES
Presented by Gillian Hovell
Time & Venue: 6.30pm, Scone Arts & Crafts Hall

This popular virtual tour of the Ancient Mediterranean explores the distinctive civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean. Learn how they fitted together into a ‘big picture’. Discover how you can identify the special art or architecture of each culture and why their lives prompted them to create such features. Discover what to expect from each culture’s sites and how to find the special personal details that thrill archaeologists the world over. You’ll never look at ancient sites in the same way again.

Gillian is an award-winning freelance writer, author, international public speaker and broadcaster, specialising in archaeology and history in the Greek and Roman eras. She is a lecturer at York University and has featured frequently on television and radio. Fondly known as ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’, Gillian actively digs at major sites as a freelance archaeologist and is an engaging, passionate and expert historian.

BOOK HERE: scone@adfas.org.au

AGM
Tuesday 28 November 2023
Venue: Scone Arts and Crafts Hall
Time: 6:30pm

AGM and Christmas celebration

Christmas drinks and refreshments to follow the meeting.

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