Sydney (Paddington)

Attracting leading Australian experts in 2021, ADFAS Sydney presents annually a series of impressive lectures. After each lecture, light refreshments are served.

Committee 2021

Brian Young
M: 0417 549 711

Vice Chairman:
Joe Tesoriero
M: 0414 768 980

Andrew McWhinnie
M: 0410 412 615

David Andrews
M: 0413 554 024

Membership Secretary:
Eleanor Freeman
Ph: 0400 328 715

Interest days:
Lily Murray
Ph: 02 9692 9307 

Other members:
Annabel Connors
Anne Young



11 March 2021
The value of art and building a collection 
Art Dealer, Valuer and Photographer

Why do we consume art? How is art a universal language? How to collect and what to consider: quality, condition, style, period and budget. And more…

8 April 2021
The Renaissance, Italy and the low countries
Fluent in Italian, taught Italian language, literature and history at Sydney University. Now at Academy Travel

The banker, Tommaso Portinari, commissioned the Flemish painter Hugo van der Goes to paint this triptych. The arrival of this painting in Florence in 1483 was a cultural sensation, although Italians were aware of Flemish art from the early decades of the 15th century. This lecture focuses on the impact of luxury-trade objects, ideas and artistic development of Flemish and Italian art in the Renaissance era.

20 May 2021
Sir Joseph Banks: Passionate patron
Emeritus Curator, State Library of New South Wales and an Honorary Associate, Philosophy School, Sydney University

Born 1743, Sir Joseph Banks, FRS, English naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. Highly praised for his 1766 expedition of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as for his vast species collections, notes and drawings from his Australian voyage.

 9:45am for 10:00am – 3:00pm Venue: Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay
Cost per Day: Members – $110, Guests – $125

Three lectures focus on the botanists and artists chosen by Sir Joseph Banks to work in Australia.

17 June 2021
Modern art and modern love: John and Sunday Reed
A curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Victoria since 2003, Kendrah Morgan has supervised significant exhibitions featuring Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan & other artists, as well as authored several books on art.

Influential well-known artists of the Heide School, such as John & Sunday Reed, Sidney Nolan and others, practiced a lifestyle that was in opposition to Australia’s conservative mainstream culture.

15 July 2021
Four women: Australian artists at the Venice Biennale
JULIE EWINGTON: Writer, curator and broadcaster, specialising on contemporary Australian art by women

Every two years an artist represents Australia in the Australian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia. The last four artists, all greatly esteemed, were Simryn Gill (2013), Fiona Hall (2015), Tracey Moffat (2017) and Angelica Mesiti (2019). How competitive is the selection? What is its significance, especially that the selected artists were women?

19 August 2021
Sydney’s Art Deco heritage: Architecture and lifestyle
PETER SHERIDAN: Photographer, author and lecturer

The Art Deco style of architecture covers the period between the two World Wars. Modern, functionalist and streamlined, this international style made its mark on Sydney.

16 September 2021
The tale of two cities: Moscow and St Petersburg
KENNETH PARK: Lecturer, curator, tour leader and philanthropy consultant

The story of Russia is inextricably linked to these two contrasting cities. Moscow, the capital and historic seat of power, contains impressive landmarks including St Basils, The Kremlin and Red Square. St Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great, was an artfully planned city of style, sophistication, a doorway to the West and for a time, the capital of Russia.

INTEREST DAY: 17 September 2021
9:45am for 10:00am – 3:00pm
Venue: Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay
Cost per day: Members – $110 Guests – $125

KENNETH PARK | Three lectures

  • Portrait of a Painter: John Singer Sargent

  • Louis Comfort Tiffany: Decorator, Producer, Artist; and

  • The World on Show – the World’s Fair and the role of the International Exhibition

21 October 2021
AGM: 11:30am | LECTURE: 12 noon
Timor Trio
GAVIN FRY: Author, artist and museum professional

Australia’s complex involvement with Timor. Three artists created images of conflict and Australian service. This lecture addresses the work of Eric Thake, Rick Amor and Wendy Sharpe, conveying Australia’s role in the recent conflict.


Thursday Lectures:
Paddington Woollahra RSL Auditorium
220-232 Oxford Street, Paddington | 12 noon & 6:00pm


Renewing members 2021: $70 full year
New members: $70 plus $30 joining fee
Guests are very welcome:  $30 per lecture


Contact: Eleanor Freeman (0400 328 715), email