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ADFAS Launceston
PO Box 445

ADFAS Launceston welcomes members and guests to attend our 2017 lecture program. This year we are offering eight stimulating illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. Wine and sandwiches follow the lectures.


Contacts 2017

Jeanette Gatenby
Tel:  0438 070156

Membership Secretary


Programme for 2017

28 February
“The Canal Age”

Paul Atterbury is a writer, lecturer, curator and broadcaster. For 25 years he has been a familiar face on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow’s team of experts. He specialises in the art, architecture and design of the 19th and 20th centuries. Between the 1760s and the 1840s a network of around 2,000 miles of canals and inland waterways was built to connect the towns and cities of England, Wales and Scotland. The Canal Age explores the impact of these canals upon key artists, architects, engineers, designers and manufacturers of Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

11 April
“Ships of the European Explorers in Australian waters”

Gary Wilson brings us his experience as a Master Mariner (Unlimited), gained from 35 years at sea in over 40 commercial vessels. He is endorsed for square-rigged sailing ships, in which he has rounded Cape Horn and also is a part-time teacher and writer on maritime history and Antarctic voyages. Many of us have heard or read about the seafaring explorers that put Australia on the world map – Janszoon, Dampier, Tasman, Cook, Flinders, Baudin and King, just to name a few. But how well do we know their ships? This lecture will tell the story of some remarkable and historic little ships that played an enormous part in Australia’s history.

9 May
“Tibet – the Roof of the World”

Art consultant, researcher, editor, cataloguer and exhibition curator Zara Fleming is a specialist in Buddhist art. Initially based at the V&A Museum, with responsibility for the Tibetan and Nepalese collections, she now lectures for NADFAS and other arts organisations and guides tours to the Buddhist areas of the Himalayas (Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Sikkim, Nepal). This lecture gives a brief overview of Tibetan history from the time of the great Tibetan Empire (6th – 9th century) up to the present day. It explores the fascinating Tibetan art and culture inspired by Buddhism, introduced from India in the 7th century, and gives an insight into the current political situation.

4 July
“Wine Women and Song? Dutch Genre Painting by Vermeer and his Contemporaries”

Sophie Oosterwijk has taught art history at the universities of Leicester, Manchester and St Andrews. She returned to the Netherlands in 2011 to work on the Medieval Memoria Online (MeMO) project at Utrecht University. She lectures for the University of Cambridge, NADFAS, the V&A Museum in London, and a number of art tour companies.  On the surface, 17th century society in the Dutch Republic might strike modern viewers as staunchly Calvinistic, especially in the portraits of merchants and dignitaries with their wives, all in stern black costumes with stiff white collars. Nonetheless, there was clearly another side to society that will be revealed as Ms Oosterwijk discusses what secrets genre paintings of everyday life and home interiors can reveal to us.

8 August
“They Make No Noise”

Nigel Bates is a percussionist, lecturer and presenter who has worked as a performer for over 35 years in and out of London’s Royal Opera House. After 6,000 performances, broadcasts and recordings, he brings his experience, observations and reflections (both as a player and as a manager) on the unique world of the performing arts and artists. What is it that conductors do that makes orchestras respond in so many different ways? Is it a good baton technique? A strong personality? The way they look?  Why are there so few women found on the podium? Drawing on history and his own extensive experiences Mr Bates seeks out some answers. This lecture contains some very rare video footage of conductors in rehearsal and performance.

5 September
Ghislaine HOWARD
“The Cuisine of Art and The Art of Cuisine”

Ghislaine Howard is a painter of powerful and expressive means whose works chart and interpret shared human experience. Named as a Woman of the Year for her contribution to art and society, she has published and exhibited widely and has work in many collections including the Royal Collection. This lecture will be a feast for the eyes and tickle the taste buds, an inspiration for your cooking- and looking. It will feature the art, anecdotes and recipes of artists who loved their food – Toulouse Lautrec, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and many others. Ms Howard has prepared a special recipe booklet that will be posted on the internet – or bring a pen.

10 October
“Romans and Roses: a History of Italian Gardens”

Garden designer, historian and writer, James Bolton established his garden design business in 1992. Previously he worked at the Direction des Parcs et Jardins in Paris and as head gardener at the Old Rectory, Farnborough. He was Faculty Director of Design History at the Inchbald School of Design and he lectures extensively on garden history. He has designed gardens throughout England, in the US and Portugal. The lecture explores the development of Italian gardens from Emperor Hadrian’s inspirational 1st Century garden at Tivoli, through the Renaissance which saw an explosion of garden making, principally around the new villas being built first outside Florence and later round Rome and concludes with the resurgence of Italian garden design in the 20th century.

14 November
“Telling Our Stories” Images and Ideas in Three Waves of Australian Film”

Dr Karen Pearlman, lecturer in Screen Production at Macquarie University, is the co-director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company and responsible for the development and production of numerous highly acclaimed and award winning dance-films, documentaries and dramas. Previously she had a distinguished career as a professional dancer performing on the Opera House stages of the world and directing two dance companies. This lecture will look at examples from three ‘waves’ of Australian cinema from the 1970s when Australian film rose to the world’s attention as a distinctive cinema through to present day films. It will consider the different ways our film industry tells ‘our stories’ and projects an image of Australia to the world.


All lectures are held in the Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, University of Tasmania Newnham Campus at 6.30pm.  Please be seated by 6.15pm


To join ADFAS Launceston Inc., please email us or contact:
ADFAS Launceston Inc., PO Box 445 Launceston TAS 7250
There is a once only joining fee of $25 and the subscription for 2018 is $160.


Guests are most welcome to attend. Please email to arrange your attendance. We regret that guests may attend no more than three lectures per year.
The fee for guests is $30.00 per lecture.