Central Victoria (Kyneton Vic)

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“Through Art and through Art only, can we shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.”
Oscar Wilde

ADFAS CV was formed in 2006 and is one of 36 ADFAS Societies in Australia.  There are four other ADFAS Societies in Victoria: ADFAS Geelong, Melbourne, Yarra and Mornington Peninsula. Your subscription enables you to visit any or all of these.

ADFAS provides for its members a yearly programme of hour-long illustrated lectures on various aspects of the Arts, given by six overseas and two Australian lecturers chosen for their specialist knowledge and experience. Additional events such as visits to galleries, exhibitions, historic houses and gardens are also offered throughout the year.

Contact: adfascenvic@gmail.com

Committee 2017

Norma Aplin
Ph: 0419 234 012

Nancy Toohey
Ph: 0419 494 822

Andrew McDowall
Ph: 0407 051 771

Programme for 2017

Thursday 2 March
The History of the Harp: from Mediterranean Antiquity to 20th Century Europe

A scholar, composer and performer on the pedal harp, Sarah has broken new ground for her instrument, with her arrangements and compositions in great demand around the world.  She has researched early harp types, and has restored several 19th century versions.

Using illustrations from many sources, Sarah follows the emergence of this ancient and beloved instrument, via the huge improvements in the Renaissance and 19th century, to the beautiful and highly mechanised modern pedal harp used today.  She will show the evolving sound and repertoire by performing on her own antique instruments.

Thursday 6 April
Madame de Pompadour and the Politics of Porcelain

Sylvia is an internationally recognised specialist on 19th century French art, literature and society. An Australian French national, with qualifications from the Universities of Melbourne and Aix-en-Provence (France), she leads cultural tours to France, Italy and Spain, gives public lectures for learned societies, galleries and museums and writes for television.

The ‘divine Marquise’, who rose from obscurity to become Louis XV’s mistress, sole confidant and power behind the throne, cleverly maintained her power over the King in her role as arbiter of taste.  The grateful Louis awarded her vast sums to embellish Paris with magnificent mansions and gardens. She masterminded the porcelain Manufacture de Sèvres and oversaw its designs that subtly celebrated her intelligence and beauty throughout Europe.

Thursday 11 May
The Whole Art of the Book

Dominic first learned bookbinding from Benedictine monks in Berkshire. He studied at the College of Printing and now has his own bindery in the Lake District.  Dominic understands, and can demonstrate with his own hands, the entire range of what is possible in his craft.  Bookbinding is one of the most complex of all hand crafts, as beguiling and enchanting today as it was when invented in Egypt 2,000 years ago. This lecture covers everything from how the best paper is made, how the best leather is tanned, even to the atomic structure of gold leaf, so fine it cannot be touched by hand.

Thursday 8 June
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art in Queensland

Dr Sally Butler is an Associate Professor in Art History at the University of Queensland, specialising in Australian art, contemporary Australian Indigenous art and cross-cultural critical theory. Sally’s talk traces the development of Queensland’s unique indigenous art movement, which is quite different from Northern Territory desert painting and Arnhem Land bark painting. The talk also addresses what ‘authenticates’ innovation in the ongoing traditions of Australian Indigenous art.

Thursday 13 July
Landscape into Art: Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long and David Nash 

**Lecture time and venue change** Now to be held at Mary Moloney Theatre, Sacred Heart College, 94 High Street, Kyneton at 2.30pm for the lecture 3 ̶ 4pm, followed by afternoon tea 4 ̶ 4.45pm in the Arthurson Atrium. See ADFAS Facebook page for parking details.

After studying art history at Cambridge and the Courtauld, Gerald now teaches and is a consultant to museums and galleries across the UK. He has worked for 20 years as a curator in publicly funded galleries, organising exhibitions of sculpture by artists such as Anthony Gormley and Andy Goldsworthy. In the late 1970’s a group of British sculptors started to make work by altering natural elements in the landscape. Goldsworthy collected and arranged leaves and stones so as to intensify the palette, Richard Long, in his rambles, moved stones into lines or circles. This rethinking of sculpture as something outside galleries had a deep effect on landscape architects and the emergence of land art.

Thursday 10 August
Making the Modern World: the Industrial Revolution & the Decorative Arts

Andrew studied at the Courtauld and Kings College, London, and later at the Temple Gallery, London. He worked as a curator at Victoria and Albert Museum specialising in 18th Century British Art. He was a  senior lecturer at Christies Education and leads many cultural tours across Europe. By the new inventions and techniques of the Industrial Revolution, objects previously enjoyed by the nobility became within reach of the middle-class, leading to the emergence of shops, entrepreneurs and completely new attitudes toward taste. The need to control new looms by mechanical means emerged as basis of the modern digital world.

Thursday 14 September
To the far side of the World: Captain James Cook and the Enlightenment 

An economist, historian and acknowledged authority on Horatio Nelson, Warwick is steeped in the traditions of the sailing navy of the Georgian era. But not just the history. Warwick is a trustee of the Queen’s Barge and has organised Thames’ pageants and celebrations of Trafalgar, keeping the Thames alive in present-day London. This is an artistic and cultural appreciation of the three remarkable voyages of Cook and their impact on the Age of Enlightenment. Cook was far-sighted, well ahead of this time and took with him artists whose drawings and paintings changed the European view of the world and its attitudes toward the ‘noble savage,’ as epitomised by Polynesian, Maori and Aboriginal cultures.

Thursday 19 October
Nefertiti : Images of Ancient Egypt’s most intriguing Queen

Lucia is a respected Egyptologist gaining a first-class degree in Ancient History from University College, London and now works at London’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.  She lectures in her subject at universities throughout the UK and leads tours of permanent Egyptian collections around the world.  Often on the BBC, she is in demand as a ‘talking head’ on all things about ancient Egypt. The iconic bust displayed in Berlin is the most well-known image of arguably the most famous queen of Pharaonic Egypt.  She was the Chief Royal Wife of Akhenaten and together they continue to fascinate. It was period when the idea of monotheism was challenging the prevailing polytheism.  The female members of the royal family were exceptional. They had important political and cultic roles, which are expressed in stunning artistic representation.

Venue and Time of Lectures

Lectures, followed by a generous supper and a glass of wine take place at the Kyneton Town Hall at 7.30pm, with the exception of the lecture on 13 July, Kyneton venue TBA.


Visitors are welcome A fee of $30 per lecture applies. The fee for members of other ADFAS Societies is $15.


Current membership subscription is $150.00 (Single) and $270 (Couple), with a one-off joining fee of $25.00. Additional events, tours and art classes attract an extra charge. These fees are designed to cover the Society’s costs only.

For more information please contact our Chairman: Norma Aplin, 0419 234 012

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