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

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 2018

Robyn Jackson
(03) 6225 2566

Lorraine Polglase
0415 558 256

Penny Brown
(03) 6223 1147

Treasurer & Membership:
Biz Ritchard
0407 241 183


  • Dale Anning
  • David Askey-Doran
  • Mary Darcey
  • Rosalind Pitt
  • Barb Edwards
  • Ginetta Rochester
  • Sarah Sansom
  • Juliet Webster

Programme for 2018

Elephants and Archbishops: Matthew Parker and his Medieval Manuscripts
Monday 26 February 2018
Christopher de Hamel

For 16 years, Christopher de Hamel was curator of one of the finest small collections of illuminated manuscripts in the world, the Parker Library in Cambridge. The collection was assembled by Matthew Parker (1504-1575), Archbishop of Canterbury, for a very specific political purpose after the closure of the English monasteries. The library includes the oldest records of the English language, and the lecture touches on the beginnings of national identity in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

Grimstone and Savery: Australia’s first novelists reinterpreted through contemporary art
Monday 9 April 2018
Brigita Ozolins

Henry Savery’s Quintus Servinton (1830-31) and Mary Grimstone’s Woman’s Love (1832) are Australia’s first novels. Both were written in Van Diemen’s Land during the 1820s and offer rare insights into early colonial society in Australia. However, nearly 2 centuries after their first publication the books are largely forgotten – they are little known, under-acknowledged and not widely accessible in their current textual forms. Ozolins will discuss how she has used contemporary visual art strategies to interpret the lives and works of Grimstone and Savery and offer a new type of engagement with Australia’s literary firsts. This includes information of performances, installations and readings, all done in Tasmanian to commemorate Australia’s first novels.


The Explosive World of Cornelia Parker
Monday 7 May 2017
Rosalind Whyte

Contemporary sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker is best known for her large-scale installations.  Parker took the archetypal British garden shed, and its contents, and had it blown up by the British Army!  The debris is then installed around a single light bulb, creating the dramatic effect of an explosion frozen in time.  Intrigued as she is with the idea of ‘cartoon deaths’, of things being squashed, stretched, dropped from a height or detonated, she transforms everyday objects in order to investigate their nature and value.  

Ruling from behind the Yellow Silk Screen – The Dowager Empress Cixi (1835-1908)
Monday 9 July 2018
David Rosier

This lecture seeks to provide a balanced insight into the life and achievements of one of the most important women in Chinese Imperial history.  From relative obscurity as a low-ranking consort we explore the events that led to her confirmation as Dowager Empress Cixi in 1861. With the recent availability of Imperial Records, plus contemporary evaluations of Cixi’s life, it is now possible to refute the ‘traditional’ view that the Dowager Empress was a cruel and calculating megalomaniac who hated foreigners, condoned corruption and resisted all attempts to modernize and industrialise China.  We will trace the cycles of Cixi’s power, as Emperors came and went. We will gain an insight into her life within her beloved Summer Palace, where Cixi forged some extraordinarily close relationships with leading Western Woman.

The Genius of Antonio Stradivari
Monday 13 August 2018
Toby Faber

Two hundred and fifty years after Antonio Stradivari’s death, his violins and cellos remain the most highly prized instruments in the world. Every subsequent violin-maker has tried to match them. Not one has succeeded. This lecture explores that central mystery by following some of Stradivari’s instruments from his workshop to the present day. It is a story that travels from the salons of Vienna to the concert halls of New York, and from the breakthroughs of Beethoven’s last quartets to the first phonographic recordings.

German Art and Film Between the Wars  1919-1939
Monday 3 September 2017
John Francis

This lecture explores the relationship of art to film in the crucial years in Germany between the wars. Together we will examine the often dystopian vision of the city and society. Fritz Lang’s classic masterpiece Metropolis (1926) will be our starting point to understanding expressionism in German cinema. The blueprint of the murder/suspense/thriller genre film M (1931), was made by the same director and will be closely examined for its invention and influences. The paintings and drawings of Dix, Grosz and Beckmann will support our investigation into this highly important twenty years of European culture.

The Fruits of Sin: The Art and Times of Hieronymus Bosch
Monday 15th October 2018
Sophie Oosterwijk

To a modern viewer, the fantastic world that the early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (d.1516) presents in his works may seem bizarre.  Bosch’s art has often been ‘explained’ as the work of a visionary, a heretic, or even a hallucinating madman. Yet to his contemporaries Bosch was a gifted and highly respected painter. Bosch lived and worked on the threshold between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, when religious and political stability had started to falter. Bosch’s art is looked at within its historical and cultural context.

Fiona Hall, Tracey Moffat and the Venice Biennale
Monday 12th November 2018
Julie Ewington

In May 2015, the celebrated Australian artist Fiona Hall presented an installation of new works, entitled Wrong Way Time, in the prestigious Venice Biennale, founded in 1893, and often described as ‘the Olympics of art’. In 2017 photographer and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt became the first Aboriginal artist to exhibit solo as the Australian representative in Venice. Both Fiona and Tracey have presented their work nationally and internationally This illustrated lecture will be based on Julie’s long and deep knowledge of Hall’s and Moffatt’s work.


ADFAS Hobart lectures are held at the UTAS Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay Campus and commence promptly at 6pm. We ask that members be seated no later than 5.45pm.

Lectures are followed by wine and sandwiches in the Stanley Burbury Theatre foyer with an opportunity to talk with the visiting Lecturer and the Committee.


Guests are most welcome to attend. Pre-arranged bookings may be made by telephoning the ADFAS Hobart Membership Secretary Biz Ritchard on 0407 241183 or emailing hobart@adfas.org.au .

A guest fee of $25 in an envelope indicating the name of the Member and the guest is payable at the lecture. We regret no guest may attend more than 3 lectures per year


Enquiries on membership are welcome.
ADFAS Hobart 2018 Membership is $145 single, $270 couple.
We offer a Special Student Rate of $40 for any 4 lectures.
For visiting members of other ADFAS societies, the lecture fee is $15.
Membership is not transferable. hobart@adfas.org.au

For further information please contact:
Membership Secretary, Biz Ritchard
M: 0407 241 183   E: hobart@adfas.org.au
ADFAS Hobart Inc, PO Box 2162, Lower Sandy Bay, TAS, 7005.

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