Tamworth

ADFAS Tamworth welcomes you.

ADFAS societies present a series of quality lectures by leading UK and Australian experts. Each lecture is followed by light refreshments and a convivial social forum.

Lectures:

Venue:
Lectures take place at the Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street Tamworth.

Time:
Lectures are held on Fridays and begin at 6pm.

Program
Find full details of the 2023 program here

Membership:
Annual membership
$150 Adults
$125 Pensioners
$125 Adults under 30 years
To join email: adfas.tamworth@gmail.com

Guests welcome:
$25 per lecture

Contact:
For all enquiries please email: adfas.tamworth@gmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 1293 Tamworth NSW 2340
ABN: 42 943 596 020

Committee 2023
Co-Chair: Meg Larkin and Peter Johnston
Treasurer: Steve Cunneen
Secretary / Membership: Vicki Cooper

2023 PROGRAM

Friday 10 March 2023
THE SCULPTUES OF THE PARTHENON OR HOW LORD ELGIN GAINED AND LOAST HIS MARBLES
Presented by Alan Reed
Venue & Time:  Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street, 6pm

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.

Friday 4 April 2023
BUILIDNG A COLLECTION
Presented by Leigh Capel
Venue & Time:  Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street, 6pm

How do you acquire art to build a collection? How do you know what to buy and where to buy it from? This lecture will describe the basic principles to consider when buying art; quality, condition, style, themes, budget, etc. It will also outline what types of art or situations to avoid when buying art, give insights into condition & restoration and how it affects value, and ways to detect fakes and forgeries. The ways to research and establish provenance will be explained along with the differences between the primary and secondary art markets.

Friday 12 May 2023
JOURNEY OF THE MAGI: ORIGINS, MYTHS AND REALITY – THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE KINGS
Presented by Leslie Primo
Venue & Time:  Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street, 6pm

This lecture will unravel the myth and the iconography behind the proliferation of the Christian story of the adoration of the magi. Beginning with the earliest representations of the magi dating from 2nd century AD, this the lecture will look  at the changing iconography behind the depictions of the story and the varied meanings that became ascribed to these changes. This is a story that over a vast period of time has been widely depicted in Christian art in a variety
of media, from stone carvings in the Roman period to ivory carvings in the Byzantine period to fresco painting in the early Renaissance (circa 1305) through to tempera painting and ultimately oil. The lecture will also look
at the story as it became enhanced by theologians and examine how much bearing it has had on the actual story as written in the Bible.

Friday 9 June 2023
THE BOOK OF KELLS: ITS HISTORY, ITS MYSTERY AND ITS WONDER
Presented by Gemma Black
Venue & Time:  Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street, 6pm

Ireland’s National treasure the Book of Kells – is full of mystery, symbolism, history, Christological imagery and unprecedented artwork, the Book of Kells is said to be “the work of angels …” This lecture will look at the calligraphy and illumination, pigments and tools and the background to the Book of Kells as was presented in its highly acclaimed visit to Australia in the year 2000. It is an excellent opportunity for those interested in books, book history and calligraphy to delve further into the past and learn some of the history and the mystery of this astonishing manuscript.

Friday 7 July 2023
BRING IN THE FUNNY HATS: CULTURE AND CLOTHING IN THE AGE OF REMBRANDT AND VERMEER
Presented by Jacqui Ansell
Venue & Time:  Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street, 6pm

The 17th century was a Golden Age for Dutch art. Middle-class merchants and high-minded citizens fuelled a market for art that told sacred stories. Wealthy burghers flocked to have their portraits painted to celebrate their wealth and status. Rembrandt catered to this class of patron by producing paintings of people in rich and exotic dress. In his self-portraits he used clothing to create character, but were these costumes real or imaginary? Did the artists Vermeer and Rembrandt merely have well-stocked ‘dressing-up’ boxes, or really well-stocked imaginations?

Friday 11 August 2023
THE TEXTILE ARTS OF MEXICO
Presented by Chloe Sayer
Venue & Time:  Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street, 6pm

The vitality of Mexican textiles is unsurpassed anywhere in the Americas. Mexico is home to more than fifty Native peoples, with many wearing highly distinctive costumes created using textile skills inherited from the ancient civilisations of the Aztec and the Maya. Colonisation brought new materials such as wool, an increased emphasis on embroidery, and new techniques such as treadle-loom weaving and beadwork. Today the arts of spinning, dyeing and weaving are practised in hundreds of rural communities resulting in creative designs and dazzling colour combinations.

Friday 8 September
CHARDIN AND THE STILL LIFE
Presented by Kathy McLachlan
Venue & Time:  Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street, 6pm

This lecture follows the course of Chardin’s career from obscure beginnings to his emergence as one of the most admired artists of his generation. In addition, we consider Chardin’s approach to the art of still life, evaluating his ability to combine remarkable illusionistic effects with harmonious balance in colour, form and composition. The Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot remarked that Chardin’s ability to evoke the appearance and texture of objects was akin to magic. His work was sought after by prominent 18th-century collectors. Chardin’s reputation as one of Europe’s greatest still-life painters endures tothis day.

Friday 13 October 2023
VISIONS OF THE PREHISTORIC ART: HOW ART SPEAKS WITHOUT WORDS
Presented by Gillian Hovell
Venue & Time:  Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street, 6pm

Art appears long before writing had been invented. This lecture will look at the magnificent range of prehistoric art and establish how art speaks to us across the millennia. It’s vibrant and energetic, alive and exquisitely detailed, personal and intimate; prepare to be surprised and to re-evaluate our perception of our ancient ancestors an what it means to be human.

Friday 10 November 2023
EGYPT, FROM THE TENTMAKERS’ KHAN TO THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Presented by Jenny Bowker
Venue & Time:  Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street, 6pm

This lecture will take you on a journey through some of the lesser known textile traditions of Egypt, including patchwork projects with the wives and daughters of the garbage collectors of the huge city of Cairo, the magical tapestries of the Wissa Wassef Project, those men who dye silken thread in the old buildings in the Khan, the weavers in the City of the Dead who spin the same silk for decoration on traditional clothing, the women embroiderers of Akmeem, and the Tentmakers of Old Cairo and their beautiful appliqué.