Shoalhaven (Berry/Nowra)

Postal Address:

PO Box 269
Berry NSW 2535


ABN:  47 194 381 395

​Venue and Time of Lectures:

7.30pm The Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Alfred Street, Berry

Membership Enquiries:

Richard Wiseman

Details of membership costs/ partners etc.
Membership fee $150
Members joining after 1 March, membership fee will be on a pro-rata basis for the remaining lectures in 2022.

A warm welcome to ADFAS Shoalhaven

The Shoalhaven is bordered by the mountains, coastal plains and 100 magnificent beaches, which
includes 49 towns and villages.  It is home to the beautiful areas of Berry, Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley, Ettrema Wilderness, Budawang Ranges and Morton National Park.  Nowra is the largest coastal town on the NSW south coast.  The southern Shoalhaven features the popular destinations of Milton and Ulladulla and their beautiful district, known as The Coastal Resort.

In 2022, ADFAS Shoalhaven will commence its 32nd year of offering members and guests programs of informative and interesting lectures covering a range of subjects relating to fine, decorative, contemporary and creative art forms.  We will host ten lectures, including the half interest day, with presenters from The Arts Society (U.K) and Australian lecturers who are art professionals chosen for their expert knowledge in their fields.

The monthly meetings are a wonderful and informal way to make friends and to get to know others in the community. The meetings are usually held at the Berry Uniting Church Hall in the historic township of Berry.

New members are always welcome.

Committee 2022

Nicholas and Rosalind Drake
0449 882 888

Vice Chair:
Emanuele Rattazzi

Mary Seelis
0411 244 673

Membership Secretary:
Richard Wiseman
T: 02 4464 2619


Program Secretary/Publicity Officer:
Maebehe Garcia

Minutes Secretary:
Sue Davidson

Committee Members:
Cecily Hewitt
Stan Keogh

Membership Enquiries


All lectures, including the half-day lecture will be conducted in accordance with NSW Covid-safe health requirements

17 February 2022
Dressing Sydney: The Jewish Fashion Story – Because of seating limitations due to the Covid restrictions, this lecture has now reached full capacity. RSVP closed. 
Peter McNeil
Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Alfred Street Berry, 7.30pm  

Peter McNeil teamed with the Sydney Jewish Museum to create an award-winning experience in 2012.  Thousands of Jewish migrants fled Nazism, arriving in Australia in the 1930s and 40s. A large number proceeded to work in the clothing industries bringing their entrepreneurial knowledge from Europe. Discover how the clothing traders transformed Australian fashion and diversified into other businesses, from wine to real estate and how a whole working-class district, Surry Hills, was remade between the wars, and transformed again in the 1980s.

Peter McNeil is Distinguished Professor of Design History at the University of Technology Sydney. He also lived and worked as a research Professor in Sweden and Finland. His writings about the cultural history of fashion have receive world attention. In 2013 he published Dressing Sydney: The Jewish Fashion Story (with curator Roslyn Sugarman) for the Sydney Jewish Museum exhibition.  He was also a contributor to the award-winning History of Paddington (NSW) project.

24 March 2022
Visualising Australia
John Neylon
Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Alfred Street Berry, 7.30pm 

Works of art and design, in all media, have played a significant and sometimes subversive role in shaping the way Australians see themselves. This lecture explores iconic works and art/design trends to trace the varied directions taken by this robust tradition, from colonial settlement to the present day.

John Neylon is an Adelaide-based independent author, curator, former Head of Education, Art Gallery of South Australia, and one of Australia’s most experienced art critics having worked continuously since the 1980s for The Advertiser, The Adelaide Review and currently InReview, and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). In 2014 he won the national Scarlett Award for critical writing in the visual arts.

28 April 2022
HILDA: The Life of Hilda Rix Nicholas
Richard Travers
Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Alfred Street Berry, 7.30pm 

Born in Ballarat, 28-year-old Hilda Rix Nicholas held her first single-artist exhibition in Paris in 1912 of drawings made in Morocco.  The French nation bought one of them, Grand Marché, Tanger, for display in the Musée National du Luxembourg.  Living in France, exhibiting in Paris, painting again in Morocco, she was making a name as an artist of France when the Great War broke out.  Hilda suffered great personal loss during the Great War, and as one of Australia’s great artists, Hilda’s life and work illustrate a wonderful truth:  out of adversity can come great beauty. 

Richard Travers practised as a trial lawyer for more than 40 years.  He was a member of the New South Wales bar and a partner in national law firm, Clayton Utz.  He taught administrative law at the UNSW Law School.  As historian, Richard Travers is the author of four books, latest being Hilda: The Life of Hilda Rix Nicholas, published by Thames & Hudson in July 2021.

2 June 2022
Two Women Paint the French Revolution: Adelaide Labille-Guiard & Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun Peter McPhee
Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Alfred Street Berry, 7.30pm  

Two of the most prestigious and talented portraitists of the late-eighteenth century were Adelaïde Labille-Guiard and the court painter Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun. While the latter was appalled by the French Revolution and decided to flee as early as October 1789, Labille-Guiard stayed in Paris, and painted the most prominent revolutionaries. She bought a country house twelve miles east of the capital in 1792 to escape the turmoil, but never disavowed the Revolution. This lecture outlines the lives and brilliant achievements if these two extraordinary women.

Peter McPhee was appointed to a Personal Chair in History in 1993 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost from 2003 to 2009 at the University of Melbourne.  He has published widely on the history of France during the French Revolution and its aftermath. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 and is currently Chair of the History Council of Victoria.

28 July 2022
Art & Revolution – Russian Art of the Revolutionary Period
Sasha Grishin, PhD, FAHA, AM
Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Alfred Street Berry, 7.30pm 

This lecture examines Russian art of the revolutionary period.  It focuses on the idea that art is not only for aesthetic purposes, but it can also be powerful and carry a political message.  We will glance at the art of the people, including important artists such as Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich.

Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA established the academic discipline of Art History at the Australian National University and until December 2013 was the Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History and Head of Art History at the ANU in Canberra.  He works internationally as an art historian, art critic and curator and has published over 25 books and over 2,000 articles regarding various aspects of art.

1 September 2022
Art Deco New York
Claudia Chan Shaw
Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Alfred Street Berry, 7.30pm 

At the end of the First World War, New York emerged as one of the world’s great cities. Manhattan found its expression in skyscrapers, apartment buildings, and movie palaces. In the late 1920s, through the 30s and into the 40s, the glories of the past inspired the fantasies of the future, in the explosion of exotic modern styles we now call Art Deco. This lecture explores not only the city’s celebrated Art Deco skyscrapers, but the paintings, sculptures, murals and mosaics and their creators, and the influences behind this global movement.

Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multi-faceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist, photo artist, and curator. With a BA in Visual Communication Design from Sydney College of the Arts, she is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw.  She is a regular speaker at the Art After Hours and Armchair Travel series at the Art Gallery NSW.

2 September 2022 – Special Interest Half-Day
Chanel & Broadhurst
Claudia Chan Shaw
Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Alfred Street Berry, 10am – 1pm 


Fashion is what’s in vogue, the latest trend, the up to the minute. Fashion is ever changing. Yet 100 years on, the designs and ideas created by Coco Chanel are just as relevant today. We have Chanel to thank for popularising the Little Black Dress, championing pants for women, and creating the first designer branded fragrance.  Join Claudia Chan Shaw to discover Chanel’s influence and the legacy of the Little Black Dress, showing that, as Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains.”


With her designs gracing the walls of hip nightclubs, homewares, travel goods and fashion, Florence Broadhurst has become a global phenomenon. Her vibrant wallpaper designs had all but been forgotten until her original silk printing screens were discovered by design company Signature Prints, languishing in a dusty warehouse. During her life she was the queen of reinvention, hiding her humble beginnings and passing herself off as a French couturier and an English aristocrat. She returned home to Australia to revolutionise the design industry of Sydney in the 60s and 70s, only to have it all come to a terrible end.

29 September 2022
Bells & Pomegranates – painters, paintings and the poetry of the Brownings and Tennyson
Geoffrey Edwards
Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Alfred Street Berry, 7.30pm 

Acclaimed as literary giants of the Victorian age, Robert Browning, his wife Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and Alfred Tennyson each wrote poetry that reflects an unusually keen interest in the visual arts: in painters, paintings and even the new medium of photography. Bells and Pomegranates considers this convergence of art forms within the life and work of each poet and refers also to the Brownings as avid art collectors.

Geoffrey Edwards was Director of the Geelong Art Gallery, one of Australia’s oldest and largest regional galleries.  Prior to this appointment, he held Senior Curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria where he oversaw the collections of International and Australian sculpture and Melbourne’s celebrated holdings of ancient, antique and modern glass.  He is the author of various monographs, exhibition catalogues and contributes to journals in Australia, Japan, Britain and the US.

3 November 2022
Learn the lines and don’t fall over the furniture.
Robert Ketton
Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Alfred Street Berry, 7.30pm 

The title comes Noel Coward’s advice to a young actor. But there is more to acting than that! With thirty-five years of lecturing in acting, Robert explodes the myth of ‘truth in acting’. Using performance Robert will demonstrate the importance of observation, imagination and concentration when bringing a character to life, including acting techniques used by politicians, preachers and con men to persuade cajole and hector us into doing what they want.  This is an amusing and thought-provoking lecture in which we recognize our behaviours in terms of our own role-play in everyday life.

Robert Ketton taught acting and directed dozens of plays for the University of Southern Queensland Performance Centre for 30 years, retiring as senior lecturer in acting in 2009.   Robert has several published books and plays and is currently working on an illustrated children’s book with his artist wife, Catherine.

December 2022

Christmas Tea & Book Sale