Shoalhaven  (Berry / Nowra)

ADFAS Shoalhaven welcomes you. 

In 2023, ADFAS Shoalhaven will commence its 33rd 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 nine lectures, and a half interest day, with presenters from the U.K. Arts Society 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.

Lectures:

Venue:
Lectures are held at the Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street, Berry.

Time:
Lectures are on a Thursday from 7:30pm.

Program
Find full details of the 2023 program here

Membership:
Annual membership
$150 per person
$75 for Students (up to University Level)
Click here to join or email Richard Wiseman on richardcwiseman@hotmail.com

Guests welcome:
$25 per lecture
$15 Student guests per lecture

Contact:
For all enquiries, please email Richard Wiseman on richardcwiseman@hotmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 269, Berry NSW 2535
ABN: 847 194 381 395

Committee 2023
Co-Chairs: Nicholas and Rosalind Drake
Treasurer: Mary Seelis
Membership: Richard Wiseman

2023 PROGRAM

Thursday 23 February 2023
THE EXQUISITE WORLD OF OLD JAPAN
Presented by Meredith McKinney
Venue & Time: Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street Berry, 7.30pm 
Visitors $25 and Student Visitors $15

A thousand years ago, when Japanese court culture was at its height, a gentlewoman at the empress’s court described her world in a unique and intimate journal called The Pillow Book. From clothing, incense, fans and folding screens to a critique of types of lovers, how and when to compose a poem, and how to conduct an elegant flirtation, Sei Shōnagon is an entertaining guide to the exquisite sensibility and intriguing day-to-day life of the ancient Japanese court. Through her long-ago words we can glimpse the origins of Japanese aesthetics as we know it today.

Meredith McKinney returned to Australia in 1998, after living and working in Kyoto for twenty years. She has a PhD in classical Japanese literature from ANU and has focussed on literary translation, publishing 21 books to date. Her translations range from the earliest Japanese poetry to contemporary novels. She is currently translating the life story of the 14th century Lady Nijo, concubine of the retired emperor who later became an intrepid wandering nun.

Thursday 30 March 2023
WHISTLER VS. RUSKIN – FLINGING A POT OF PAINT IN THE PUBLIC’S FACE
Presented by Alan Read
Venue & Time: Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street Berry, 7.30pm
Visitors $25 and Student Visitors $15

The famous trial in 1878 between artist and critic became one of the first great public debates in Britain about modern art. This lecture looks at the issues and personalities involved in this famous court-room drama, how their animosity divided the art world and the extent to which it can be argued that the outcome of the trial ruined both Whistler and Ruskin.

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.

Thursday 4 May 2023
I WILL LIFT MINE EYES: THE CATHEDRALS OF BRITAIN AND THEIR NORMAN CONNECTIONS
Presented by John Swainston
Venue & Time: Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street Berry, 7.30pm 
Visitors $25 and Student Visitors $15

The great Cathedrals of England & Wales have dominated societies through the centuries. At the same time a parallel evolution was developing across the channel in Normandy. This lecture details the story of these great cathedrals, the people who built them and the origins of structures so beyond the scale of anything seen hitherto. John Swainston, threads the story from Augustine’s mission from Rome to Britain in 597, through the Norman invasion, the emergence of Gothic architecture and the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.

John Swainston has been a photographer, broadcaster, and writer for fifty years. He headed Nikon Australia for 25 years and hosted the Australian Press Photographer of the Year Awards for 19 of them. He has spent a working lifetime involved with photography, both as an industry and an artform. In 2022 his book Sydney Locked Down was published and he is concluding the photography for his October 2023 book I will Lift Mine Eyes.

Thursday 1 June 2023
GENDER AND THE BODY: KEPT BEHIND CURTAINS, THE STORY OF THE NUDE
Presented by Leslie Primo
Venue & Time: Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street Berry, 7.30pm 
Visitors $25 and Student Visitors $15

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.

Thursday 29 June 2023
SILK SILVER OPIUM
Presented by Michael Pembroke
Venue & Time: Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street Berry, 7.30pm
Visitors $25 and Student Visitors $15

This lecture explores how silk, silver and opium were fundamental to imperial China. Silk brought the empires of China and Rome together during the Han dynasty. Silver gilded the Chinese world of the Ming dynasty and helped make China the cog running the wheel of the global economy during the 16th to 18th centuries. Opium, introduced by the British in ever increasing quantities from the early nineteenth century, helped bring about the collapse of the Qing dynasty and the end of empire.

Michael Pembroke is a writer, historian and served as a Supreme Court judge from 2010 to 2020. He is the author of four books and has written for many worldwide publications. He has had two books short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards: Arthur Phillip-Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy (2013) and Korea-Where the American Century Began (2018). His latest book is Play by the Rules (2020) is published in the UK and USA as America in Retreat.

Thursday 27 July 2023
ROCOCO: A MASTERPIECE, A MYSTERY, AND MADAME DE POMPADOUR
Presented by Jacqui Ansell
Venue & Time: Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street Berry, 7.30pm
Visitors $25 and Student Visitors $15

In 18th century France a new style emerged which encompassed furniture, paintings, prints, décor, and fashionable dress. Light and airy decorations (whimsically inspired by nature) climbed up walls, and encircled mirrors, wound up and down chair legs and drove out the heavy symmetry of the Baroque style. Madame de Pompadour was a champion of the Rococo, which coincided with her reign as mistress of Louis XV. When and why did she (and the Rococo style) lose favour? Through the paintings of Hogarth, Boucher, Fragonard and others we will address this question, though close examination of Pompadour’s elegant image and personal style.

Jacqui Ansell has a MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute. She continues to lecture regularly on the public programmes of the National Gallery, Wallace Collection and the National Portrait Gallery and has published on court dress, Grand Tour portraiture and Welsh Costumes. 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.

Thursday 31 August 2023
FRIDA KAHLO AND DIEGO RIVERA:  THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEXICAN PAINTING
Presented by Chloë Sayer
Venue & Time: Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street Berry, 7.30pm
Visitors $25 and Student Visitors $15

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera have iconic status in Mexico. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 swept away the old regime and banished European influence in the arts. The Mexican mural movement, born during the 1920s, was destined to produce some of the greatest public art of the last century. Diego Rivera’s panoramic images adorn the walls of public buildings, his intricate visual narratives incorporate allegory and symbolism. Kahlo, arguably Mexico’s most original painter, her paintings reflect her experiences, dreams, hopes and fears. Kahlo and Rivera, in their different ways, helped to shape the cultural identity of twentieth-century Mexico.

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).

Thursday 28 September 2023
ADFAS SHOALHAVEN AGM AND EDGAR DEGAS: PAINTING THE DARKER SIDE OF LIFE
Presented by Kathy McLauchlan
Venue & Time: Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street Berry, 7.30pm
Visitors $25 and Student Visitors $15

Many stories are told about Degas, his attitudes and his work.  This talk will unpick myth from reality, pointing out the strange, even contradictory nature of Degas’ work.  We concentrate on portraits and domestic scenes from the 1860s, when he was still in search of an artistic identity.  We consider Degas’s tendency to imbue his images with a sense of ambiguity or unease.  Is there a logical explanation for these unsettling compositions? We consider possible answers through an examination of Degas’s work and that of contemporaries including Manet, Renoir and Tissot.

Kathy McLauchlan is a lecturer specialising in 19th century art history, she is currently a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum, organising courses and study days on the history of art and design.  She is 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.

Saturday 8 October 2023
ADFAS SHOALHAVEN BUNDANON LUNCH

Details to be advised

Thursday 2 November 2023
POMPEII: DIGGING DEEPER WITH THE MUDDY ARCHAEOLOGIST
Presented by Gillian Hovell 
Venue & Time: Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street Berry, 7.30pm
Visitors $25 and Student Visitors $15

A deep insight into the many kinds of art found in the homes and streets of Roman Pompeii; they reveal a thoroughly modern world, one full of material goods and works of art, in which craftsmanship and artistry were draped around the Romans themselves and amidst their everyday lives.  Pompeii’s survival gives us a glimpse of the Roman Empire, in all its vastness.  Its volcanic burial captured multicultural vibrant lives.  Its triumph and tragedy still speak to us across the millennia.

Gillian Hovell graduated with 2-1 (Hons) in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University.  She worked in BBC Television and went on to become an award-winning freelance writer, author, international public speaker & broadcaster, specialising in archaeology, prehistory and in the Greek and Roman eras.  She is a lecturer at York University and has spoken at the British Museum and frequently on TV & Radio.  Gillian now actively digs at major sites in the UK and Europe.

SPECIAL INTEREST HALF-DAY – 2 LECTURES AND MORNING TEA

Friday 3 November 2023
ANCIENT ROOTS: CLASSICAL STORIES GROWING IN YOUR GARDEN
Presented by Gillian Hovell
Venue & Time: Berry Uniting Church Hall, 71-77 Albert Street Berry, 7.30pm
Members $20 and Visitors $35

Dig deep into our gardens and their plants to discover fantastical tales of myth and legend that add life and colour to your garden plants. We travel back, over 2,000 years and more, to Babylon, Ancient Greece and Rome to find the blossoming of our gardens today. Perfect as a joyous celebration of Spring, this vibrant 2-lecture Study Day explores the ancient roots of stories, beliefs and garden design that were cultivated 2,000 years ago.

BLOSSOMING MYTHS & LEGENDS   Like other works of art, a garden is a place for contemplation; every plant had a story to tell in a Roman garden.  We discover the colourful ancient tales and myths (and names) that add remarkable new dimensions to the flowers, fruits and vegetables, trees and herbs we enjoy today.

ANCIENT ROOTS OF GARDENS   The story of why we have gardens at all, and the fascinating tale of how they developed in the ancient world.  How and why did gardens come to be a work of art in themselves?  We see how these blossomed through the ages into our own gardens; large or small, grand estates of stately homes or a pocket garden, they all have a 2,000-year-old ancestry that enriches our gardens today.

Gillian Hovell graduated with 2-1 (Hons) in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University.  She worked in BBC Television and went on to become an award-winning freelance writer, author, international public speaker & broadcaster, specialising in archaeology, prehistory and in the Greek and Roman eras.  She is a lecturer at York University and has spoken at the British Museum and frequently on TV & Radio.  Gillian now actively digs at major sites in the UK and Europe.

Sunday 10 December 2023

Christmas Tea

Details to be advised