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ADFAS Launceston
PO Box 445

ABN:  16 630 263 813

ADFAS Launceston is a vibrant society presenting eight stimulating illustrated lectures given by six overseas and two Australian world-class lecturers, as well as organising an active Young Arts program.

Our lecturers are chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. All lectures are beautifully illustrated and our speakers’ enthusiasm for their topics is infectious. 

Our friendly members all have one thing in common – an interest in learning more about a wide diversity of the arts, ranging through fine arts, history, photography, literature and music.  We also explore and provide opportunities for young people in our local community to develop an interest in the Arts.

Information on our 2020 Lectures and Programme is outlined below, and can be downloaded here:


We welcome new members. Please follow the Membership Enquiries link for details about renewing your membership, or why you might consider joining ADFAS, or about attending one of our lectures as a visitor.

For information about ADFAS Launceston Young Arts activities, including a link to the funding guidelines and an application form, please follow this link: Young Arts Program

If you have any other queries please email:

Committee 2020

Jacqueline Hartnett
Ph: 0407 448 919

Patricia Roberts
Ph: 0417 544 867


Chris Bishop
Ph: 0400 546 430

Membership Secretary:
Annabel Tyson
Ph: 0429 311 874

Programme for 2020

25 February 2020 
Every Picture Tells a Story
Mr Paul Atterbury

The Victorian period was a time of dramatic and radical changes, which artists, such as Constable, Turner, Frith, Landseer, Millais, documented in narrative paintings. Their visions of the family, marriage and death, the battle between town and country, travel, emigration and colonial life, science and religion and, above all else, the Royal family, offer us a unique insight into a society facing constant challenges that laid the foundation for the modern world.

Paul Atterbury is a writer, lecturer, curator and broadcaster, and a familiar face on the BBC Television’s Antiques Roadshow, where he has been a member of the team of experts for over 25 years. He specialises in the art, architecture and design of the 19th and 20th centuries. Paul and his wife Chrissie are regular visitors to Australia, and Paul has during previous visits lectured to every ADFAS society in Australia and New Zealand.

7 April 2020
A New Black Identity: The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s
Dr Matthew Laing

The lecture discusses the artistic and cultural movement in uptown New York known as the Harlem Renaissance. The movement influenced African American culture, from fashion, music and dances of the Cotton Club and jazz halls, to intellectual and religious discourses in black schools, churches and homes. The lecture includes selected recording, motion pictures and examples of photographic and visual art from this seminal moment in the development of black identity in the United States.

Matthew Laing is a lecturer and research fellow in politics at Monash University. He graduated with his Doctorate of Philosophy in political history at the Australian National University, and previously held positions with Boston College in the United States and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. A long-time student of United States history, politics and culture since his early years working as an intern in the United States Congress, Dr Laing runs annual tours through Academy Travel to the USA, gives lecture series semi-annually on American culture and history at the East Melbourne Library, and occasional public lectures on American subjects in a sessional capacity for other university faculties. His particular specialty is American history and culture from the Gilded Age to the Mid-Twentieth Century.

12 May 2020
The Golden Age of Dubrovnik
Ms Nirvana Rommell

The lecture focuses on the history of the making of the Dubrovnik Republic and its political and cultural heydays   during the 15th and 16th century. Majestic altarpieces, churches and civic buildings serve as perfect examples of Mediterranean Renaissance, combining Italian influences with local medieval tradition. The talk explains the importance of Dubrovnik in European history and the complex historical heritage of this truly unique city.

Nirvana Romell holds a BA in History of Art and an MA in English Language & Literature. She has 17 years of lecturing experience on three continents. Since her arrival in the UK in 2003, she has been working as a freelance lecturer, public programmes consultant and tour director. Nirvana has presented art history courses and lectures, and has trained staff and volunteers, at the Manchester Art Gallery, the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, University of Manchester, and other art and learning institutions. She organises and presents tours of permanent and temporary exhibitions across the UK, and study tours to the Balkans, Italy, Sweden and South Africa.

7 July 2020
The Art of the Icon
Dr Alexey Makhrov

The lecture examines the concept of the icon in the Russian Orthodox Church. It explains the liturgical and cultural significance of the icons, and analyses the reasons for their veneration and use in everyday life. It considers the arguments of the Iconoclasts, compares the approaches to religious painting in the West and in the East. The lecture is illustrated with masterpieces of icon art and examples of miracle-working icons.

Dr Alexey Makhrov studied art history at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg and obtained a PhD in architectural history at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He worked as postdoctoral researcher of Russian art criticism of the nineteenth century at the University of Exeter, England, before moving to Switzerland in 2003. Having obtained a master’s degree in International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, he has taught courses on art history in Zurich and Geneva. He has worked as lecturer on cultural tours to Russia and Switzerland since 1998.

11 August 2020
William Hogarth: Satirist of 18th London    
Lucrezia Walker

William Hogarth lends his name to the excesses of his age.  Hogarthian London was rumbustious and chaotic, and how to succeed or fail in the bustling capital was the subject of his art. His Modern Moral Subjects: Harlot’s Progress, Rake’s Progress and Marriage a-la-Mode made his name, and his prints of Gin Lane, Beer Street, satirising his age, made him a both popular and wealthy.

Lucrezia Walker has lectured regularly for the National Gallery, teaching six-week courses, Study Days and lunchtime lectures.
She is a regular speaker at the Royal Academy, at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, speaking to their corporate patrons both in their offices and in the exhibitions. She studied in Venice and Perugia, lived and worked in Rome, and has 20 years’ experience of leading cultural tours in major European cities. She teaches the London Art History Program for the University of North Carolina. She was Galleries Correspondent for The Tablet, and Lay Canon (Visual Arts) at St Paul’s Cathedral, where she continues to serve on its Visual Arts Committee. She is the author of several books on 19th and 20th century artists and art.

8 September 2020
And so, to bed…(Pepys Diary 20th April 1660)
Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski

The significance and use of beds from the medieval period through to the 18th century is explored for their association with the upper classes, the great ‘State Beds’ and also the history of their construction. The biggest hint about a bed’s significance is the value placed on them in wills and inventories. Shakespeare, for example, left his ‘second best bed’ to his wife, Anne. This lecture promises to surprise with its insights about the beds of the rich or poor, married or single.

Janusz has retired from a 35 year career in Higher Education. Whilst studying for his first degree, he worked part time in an antiques shop, which he came to take over as proprietor. Such was his interest in collecting that he became known as the dealer who bought but never sold. His lectures seek to explain furniture in terms of the skills and materials employed in its design and construction, and also its socio-economic significance. He has lectured on antique furniture since 1975 and has been in the NADFAS Directory since 1982. He has lectured to over 300 NADFAS societies including those in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, The Hague and Spain.

6 October 2020
Beautiful British Books
Dominic Riley

The story of fine bindings in Britain over the last century begins with William Morris and the Kelmscott Chaucer, possibly the last great book of the printed age. It continues with some amazing bindings from Sangorski and Sutcliffe, the finest bookbinders in the 20th century, as well as work from their contemporaries, before discussing the new world of Design Binding which emerged after WWII. It finishes with examples from some of the best artistic bookbinders working today.

Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned bookbinder, artist, lecturer and teacher. He specializes in the restoration of antiquarian books and the creation of contemporary fine bindings. He teaches his craft both in the UK and USA, across Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. His prize-winning bindings are in collections world-wide, including the British Library, the V&A, the National Library of Wales, the Grolier Club in New York and the San Francisco Public Library. He is an accredited lecturer with the Arts Society, a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and President of the Society of Bookbinders. In 2013 he won first prize — the prestigious Sir Paul Getty award — in the International Bookbinding Competition, and his winning binding was acquired by the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

10 November 2020
Yehudi Menuhin – Prodigy & Phenomenon
Phillip Bailey

This lecture focuses on the remarkable careers of three consummate musicians Yehudi, Hephzibah, and Yaltah Menuhin. We explore their often-complicated lives outside the concert hall, along with their precious violins, the architecture and furnishings of the various Menuhin residences; concert halls and their acoustics; the role of yoga in extending Yehudi’s career threatened by a tremor in his right hand, and the formidable women supporting his quest to improve the world.

Philip Bailey’s introduction to the world of Yehudi Menuhin and of Hephzibah and Yaltah, his two remarkable sisters, began in 1951 when, aged eight, he attended a recital Yehudi and Hephzibah gave in Sydney Town Hall. After taking degrees in Agricultural Economics and in Education from the University of New England, he became a teacher and taught in Britain from 1974. Following a series of chance encounters he became Yehudi’s personal assistant, a job that was to last two decades and involved extensive travel. Prior to Hephzibah’s death, Philip also performed the role as her page turner during her final US recital tour with Yehudi in 1980. Philip’s long and close association with the Menuhins, including a close friendship with Yaltah, the youngest Menuhin sibling, has given him unique insights into the lives of these remarkable musicians and their families. He is the author of Yehudiana – Reliving the Menuhin Odyssey a two-volume Menuhin biography, and he has given over 150 presentations across the country.


Special Interest Days in 2020

27 February 2020 (Half Study/Interest Day) 
The Golden Age of Travel
Paul Atterbury 

The story of great ships and great trains from the late Victorian period to the 1960s, with the emphasis on the 1920s and 1930s. Through the 19th century and into the 20th century global travel was made possible by the development of new technologies that made possible steam ships and trains. This provoked a social revolution that changed the world as travel became universally accessible. We look at the gradual change from harsh, primitive and often dangerous means of travel of the early days to the emergence of concepts of luxury, elegance, speed and efficiency that shaped travel from the early 20th century. For many, the golden age of travel is represented by the 1920s and 1930s, and we look in detail at the ships and trains of that era, notably their interiors, and the way they were presented and marketed by posters and advertising. We also consider the development of cruising as another golden age.

This event includes two lectures by Paul Atterbury, given in the Frances Mary Archer Gallery @ Woolmers Estate, and a special performance by Django’s Tiger Jazz Trio.

Venue: Woolmers, 658 Woolmers Lane, Longford
Time: 4.00-7.30 pm
Numbers are strictly limited and pre-payment is essential

For bookings & information   
P: 0427 430 665     

7 October 2020 (Full Study/Interest Day)
The Art of Bookbinding
Dominic Riley

Session 1: Lecture – A Kelmscott Chaucer For Our Times
William Morris founded his Kelmscott Press in 1890 in order to save the fine art of hand printing in Britain. When In 1896 his last book, the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, was published, it was universally hailed as the greatest book of the age. It is a huge book, with illustrations by Burne Jones and decorations by Morris, and was printed at the press in Hammersmith over a four year period. Fewer than 400 copies were produced. In 2012 Dominic was presented with a copy in a poor binding, with a view to creating a contemporary artistic binding for it. This lecture is the record of that process. He will give an overview of Morris and the Kelmscott Press, and then talk about his very demanding commission — from the early designs to the completion of the project four years later. This lecture is a step-by-step look at how fine bindings are made, as well as an insight into an extraordinary artistic journey. The binding has been donated to the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert museum, an institution very close to William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement.

Session 2: Bookbinding Demonstration:
In this session Dominic will give a ‘live’ demonstration of some aspects of the art of bookbinding such as restoration techniques and tooling leather with gold leaf. The aim here is to show some of the ancient skills involved in the creation of a fine binding or the repair of an old or rare book – techniques which were once closely guarded secrets and even today are rarely seen outside the world of bookbinding societies.

Session 3: Show & Tell
In this session Dominic will bring some interesting books from his own collection to talk about. These include special old bindings, strange or quirky examples of bookbindings, and some fabulous artists’ books. Each book has its own story to tell, and together the books he will show represent a very broad look into the world of unusual books.

Session 4: Book repair/discussion clinic
In the last part of the day, participants will be invited to bring along a book of their own they may like to discuss. This could be an old curiosity which they would like to find out more about, or a treasured volume in need of repair. Dominic will offer helpful advice about how to care for such books, and give guidance for those considering having a binding restored.

Venue and times to be confirmed



In 2020, all Launceston ADFAS lectures will be held at the Architecture & Design Lecture Theatre (also called the Rory Spence Lecture Theatre), UTAS, Inveresk

Please follow this link for Venue information.

All lectures begin at 6.30pm.  Please be seated by 6.15pm.

A convivial gathering, at which a complimentary glass of wine and sandwiches are offered, follows each lecture.


Membership is by annual subscription of $160 with a once-only joining fee of $25.

Anyone with an interest in the arts is very welcome.  No prior knowledge of the arts is needed.  
To join ADFAS Launceston, or for any enquiries, please email us on

There are many benefits to being an ADFAS member. It will allow you to:
Learn more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment
Meet people with interests in the arts
Enjoy cultural and social opportunities
Receive one Guest Pass to host a friend for one lecture in the year.
Support local young artists through our Young Arts Program
Attend our optional Special Interest half day event in February and our Special Interest full day event in October. (Please note, these are separately ticketed events)

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Download 2020 Membership Form

If you need more information, please email our Membership Secretary:
Annabel Tyson –

Visitors are most welcome to attend. Please email to arrange your attendance. We regret that guests may attend no more than three lectures per year.
Cost for guests is $30.00 per lecture, and includes refreshments after the lecture. 



The object of our Young Arts Program is to inspire young people with an enthusiasm for the Arts.  As well as direct donations from ADFAS members, we conduct raffles and organise special functions to raise money for this Program to provide financial support assisting young people, under 22 years of age, to experience a range of local artistic endeavours-music, painting, poetry, sculpture, singing, photography, and dance/movement.  

ADFAS Young Arts does not run programs, but offers funding sponsorship for young people to have exposure to arts activities that would otherwise not be possible for them. Preference is given to projects benefiting a group rather than an individual, and to projects without the capacity to attract institutional funding. This has included financial support for 24 students to participate in ‘Strings on the Move’, (learning to play the violin over a course of six weeks) at Launceston Primary School in 2017. Young Arts supported an extension of this very successful project in 2018, and 2019. 

ADFAS Young Arts has also sponsored the transport for hundreds of children from different schools to attend/participate:

  • The Glover, an annual exhibition of paintings of the landscape of Tasmania (2018 & 2019)
  • Singfest, a choral celebration involving primary students from schools in Northern Tasmania (2018 & 2019)
  • Poetry day, supporting three workshops at two different schools, run by an recognized Australian prize-winning poet (2018)
  • Inveresk Museum pilot project (2019)

In 2019 Launceston ADFAS was the winner of The Pauline Hopkins Cup, awarded in recognition of the variety and achievements of Launceston’s 2018 Program of Young Arts.

Young Arts Program Sub-Committee with The Pauline Hopkins Cup awarded to Launceston ADFAS in 2019

For further details, contact the ADFAS Young Arts Coordinator: Dianne Deegan at