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Postal Address:

ADFAS Hobart Inc.
PO Box 2162
Lower Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7005

ABN: 23682798614

ADFAS Hobart provides for its members a yearly programme of illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. Occasional special interest days are also held when topics can be examined in more detail.

Contact: hobart@adfas.org.au

Committee 2019

Name Lorraine Polglase
Ph: 6225 5221 0415 558256

Vice Chairman:
Name Ginetta Rochester
Ph: 0407 648900

Name Penny Brown
Ph: 6223 1147 0423056902

Treasurer & Membership Secretary:
Name Biz Ritchard
Ph: 0407 241183

Membership Enquiries: adfas.hobart@gmail.com


  • Dale Anning
  • David Askey-Doran
  • Barb Edwards
  • Jenny Holmes
  • Robyn Jackson
  • Kathy Rundle
  • Rosemary Sargison
  • Juliet Webster
  • Jane Wilson






Stanley Burbury Theatre  UTAS Sandy Bay 6PM


Single membership:  $150

Couples membership:  $280

Student membership:  $40 Choice of 4 Lectures


Members may bring guests $25 per lecture


Membership secretary’s name:

Biz Ritchard  


Programme for 2019

Monday 25 February 2019

What really happened on Easter Island

Presented by Paul Bahn

Paul studied archaeology at the University of Cambridge, and completed his PhD thesis in 1979 on the prehistory of the French Pyrenees. He now devotes time to writing, editing and translating books on archaeology, plus occasional journalism and enjoys as much travel as possible. His main research interest is prehistoric art, especially rock art of the world, and most notably Palaeolithic art, as well as the art and culture of Easter Island.

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is the most isolated piece of permanently inhabited land on the planet, and yet it produced a most extraordinary Stone Age culture: hundreds of sophisticated coastal stone platforms, more than a thousand enormous stone statues and a unique writing system. This talk will provide an introduction to the history of the discovery of this culture; to its principal features; and to what archaeology, oral traditions and, more recently, palaeobotanical evidence have combined to teach us about the island’s cultural rise and decline, its environmental crisis, and the lessons all this can teach us about how we look after the Earth as a whole.

Monday 15 April 2019

Grant Featherston: Design for Life

Presented by Kendrah Morgan

Kendrah Morgan is Senior Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, where she joined the staff in 2003. She began her curatorial career at Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand, after previous roles in the commercial gallery sector and as a lecturer in art and design history.

Since 1998 Kendrah has curated more than forty exhibitions, with Charles Blackman: Schoolgirls, (2017); Arthur Boyd: Brides (2014); and Fiona Hall: Big Game Hunting (2013) among her major projects. She has also co-authored four books on aspects of Heide history, including Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed (2015).

Grant Featherston was one of Australia’s most significant modernist designers, driven by the belief that design should benefit everyone, and should be beautiful, functional and affordable. This lectures traces Featherston’s rise to celebrity status as a professional designer in the 1950s and explores his use of new materials and technologies and production of innovative furniture throughout the 1960s and 70s. The discussion will touch on Grant’s work with his partner Mary, with whom he established Featherston Design in 1965. 

Monday 6 May 2019

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera:  The Golden Age of Mexican Painting

Presented by Chloe Sayer

Chloe Sayer is an independent scholar, author and curator, specialising in the art and culture of Latin America. She has spent many years researching ancient traditions and contemporary craft skills. She has made collections and carried out fieldwork in Mexico and Belize for the British Museum and has worked extensively in Canada with Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum.  Chloe has been a NADFAS-accredited lecturer since 2003. She toured Australia as the guest of ADFAS in 2005, 2010 and 2012.


Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957) have iconic status in Mexico.  Kahlo and Rivera, in their different ways, helped to shape the cultural identity of twentieth-century Mexico. Diego Rivera’s panoramic images adorn the walls of public buildings, combining social criticism with a faith in human progress.

Compared with the monumental scale of Rivera’s work, Kahlo’s work is small in format. Arguably Mexico’s most original painter. Her paintings reflect her experiences, dreams, hopes and fears.

Monday 3 June 2019

The Life Cycle of the Artist in Renaissance Florence

Presented by Kathleen Olive

Kathleen’s PhD was a study of artisanal culture in Renaissance Florence, through the lens of a goldsmith’s commonplace book known as the Codex Rustici. She lived and studied in Italy for a number of years, and then taught Italian language, literature and history at the University of Sydney. Kathleen now works with Academy Travel, leading tours to Europe and, particularly, Italy.

Renaissance artists and artisans were initiated into their crafts from a very early age. As their skills and reputations grew, they could become highly sought after and well remunerated. What qualities were required to reach the dizzying heights of innovation described by Giorgio Vasari in his celebrated Lives?

Kathleen explores the career of a Renaissance artist –- from the early stages of education, through to the maturity of an artist’s professional life – paying particular attention to artists’ writings in the fifteenth century and to their self-portraits.

Monday 8 July 2019

The Honourable East India Company: East-West trade 1600-1800, Chinese Export and Chinoiserie

Presented by Vivienne Lawes

Viv Lawes is a lecturer, curator, author and journalist, with twenty-five years’ experience in the art market. She studied History/ History of Art for her BA (Hons) at York University, followed by an MA in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute, London. She has been an accredited NADFAS lecturer since 2015. 

As a journalist she has written for many national and international arts publications.

She is UK consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia, and has co-curated many exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London and Singapore since 2011.

This lecture explores the way in which the East India Company developed its methods of trade and facilitated the increasingly sophisticated and profound exchange of ideas between East and West. It focuses on textile design but also includes variables such as wallpaper, porcelain and furniture, and the vast commercial trade in spices and tea.

Concentrating at first on the 17th century textile trade with India, the lecture then turns to the 18th century and the trade with Imperial China.  

Monday 12 August 2019

Gender and the Body: Kept Behind Curtains, the Story of the Nude

Presented by Leslie Primo

Leslie Primo holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.  He specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies, Italian Renaissance Drawing, Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400, Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1500, Medici and Patronage, Narrative Painting in the Age of Giotto, the work of Peter Paul Rubens and Greek Myth in paintings. He gives lectures and guided tours, plus special talks, at both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.  

This lecture will look at the continuing fascination with representation of the body in sculpture and in painting across the ages, with sculpture from the 4th century BC, painting from the Renaissance, and through to the modern age with paintings from the Impressionists.  This span of time will encompass many iconic works and will look at the reasons that lay behind the commissioning of such images, their purposes, the patrons behind these images, and what, if any, hidden riddles, signs and symbols are to be found within these seemingly enigmatic and flawless images of perfection.

Monday 9 September  2019

Stylish Times – Art Deco Design and Building Decoration

Presented by Christopher Bradley

Christopher Bradley is a NADFAS lecturer who began his career as a civil engineer.  He is now an expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa and a professional tour guide and lecturer. He is the writer and photographer of a dozen travel guide books and has had a lifelong interest in art deco buildings and decoration from around the world.

Art Deco architecture from the 1920s and 30s has a style and appeal that is immediately recognizable and distinctive. Rapid redevelopment between the world wars saw this modernistic movement spread into the new suburbs of our greatest cities, whilst the expanding film industry also used art deco design as the perfect way to attract cinema-goers into the surreal surroundings of the picture palaces, many of which are disappearing today.

This unique architecture and art history is revealed by using the most impressive examples from around the world as well as the best art deco from within Australia using examples near to your society.

Monday 7 October 21019

‘Less is More’ – in the Garden

Presented by Marilyn Elm

Marilyn Elm is a qualified landscape architect and interior designer who has been involved with art and design for over forty years.   She is an experienced course leader in garden and landscape design and history, and a freelance lecturer and speaker for a variety of organisations, universities and specialist groups, including the National Trust, the Royal Horticultural Society,  U3A, NADFAS and ADFAS. Passionate about promoting garden history and our gardening heritage, especially as a social document, she has set up ‘pop-up’ talks for the RHS, published articles, and broadcast for BBC television and radio, and the Discovery Channel.

Whilst the Arts and Crafts garden remained a strong tradition, particularly in Britain, a new force in art and design was emerging in Europe and the Americas during the twentieth century. In particular the works of Burle Marx, Thomas Church and Luis Barragan. This was to revolutionise the whole approach to garden and landscape design.  It touched English shores briefly in the thirties, re-emerging through the Festival of Britain in 1951. This colourfully presented talk explores the catalysts for the ‘modernist’ style that has found expression in garden making ever since.

Monday 11 November 2019

The Sculptures of the Ross Bridge

Presented by Jennie Jackson

Jennie Jackson is Tasmanian, the great, great grand-daughter of a convict quarryman on the Ross Bridge.

A general practitioner for forty-four years, she stopped to gaze at the Ross Bridge between clinics in Oatlands and Campbell Town.

She has a BFA (Hons) in sculpture and because she sensed a story in the Ross Bridge arch stones and subversion in the keystones, she has researched the history of that time in Van Diemen’s Land and the Britain from which the men of the gang came.

Jennie will present facts, interpretations and imaginings of the art history of the Ross Bridge, the architect John Lee Archer and the Ross Bridge road gang.

The lecture will describe the stone portraits, the grotesques and symbolic keystones, as well as ornamental carvings with unknown meaning, and their relationship to similar carvings in English cathedrals, colleges and churches.

Jennie will discuss the people involved in building and carving the bridge, including Daniel Herbert and James Colbeck, convicts, free and emancipated at Ross, and uncover the myths and archetypes that would have been relevant in the lives of the masons.


Stanley Burbury Theatre  UTAS Sandy Bay 6PM


Single membership:  $150

Couples membership:  $280

Student membership:  $40 Choice of 4 Lectures


Members may bring guests $25 per lecture


Membership secretary’s name:

Biz Ritchard  


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