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ADFAS Geelong, which in 2017 celebrated its 25th anniversary, presents nine excellent lectures related to the arts, each year.

The lecturers, 6 from Britain and 3 Australian, deliver a one hour, illustrated lecture on a range of topics related to the arts

They are all experts in their fields and their specialist knowledge and experience guarantee a fascinating session.

The same lecture is delivered twice, on a Monday  at 10.30am and 6pm. They are each followed by refreshments.

We delight in welcome new members.

Membership Enquiries:

Office Bearers 2018

Margaret Montgomery
03 5264 5210

Vice-Chair / Membership Secretary:
Sally Birrell
03 5250 3264

Treasurer / Lecturer Liaison Officer:
Gianna Varasdi
0419 543 506

Cathy Stewart
03 5249 1141

Committee Members:
Carmel Apted
Jenny Bowker
Claire Hewitt
Louise Player
Marion Pescud

Programme for 2018

26th February Lecture
The Legendary Lee Miller

Mr Antony Penrose
A definitive view by her son and biographer, this presentation has been acclaimed for its ability to embrace many different levels of the history of art and photography, social commentary and emotional connection with the subject. It gives an accurate portrait of a talented and courageous woman.
* Contains some images which may be disturbing




9th April Lecture
Venice: the Making of La Serenissima

Dr Judith Trimble
La Serenissima, the most serene city, is not only a city of romance and dreams, its ‘Venetianness’ is the outcome of a unique interweaving of geography, politics, commerce and art. It is a vision realized by careful planning and investment, its leading citizenry taking individual responsibilities for the city’s beauty.





14th May Lecture
Henry V111 and Secular Splendour

Ms Nicole Mezey
Henry VIII’s country was politically and financially secure and he enhanced his standing among European monarchs through an aura of classical magnificence and discernment. By the time of his death Henry VIII was the possessor of 55 palaces, and magnificent treasures.



4th June Lecture

Furnishing the Studio

Dr Sophia Errey
This lecture explores the way in which images of artists’ studios provide us with insights into the decorative arts of the period, and which also provided inspiration for ‘artistic’ domestic interiors in the later 19th and early 20th centuries. 



9th July Lecture
A Mediterranean Tour

Ms Gillian Hovell
A visit into the past; ancient sites littered with ruined architecture, and museums full of works of art testifying to once great civilizations. This virtual tour of the Ancient Mediterranean will share who those civilisations were and how they fit together into a ‘big picture’, and how to identify the creators and what prompted them to do so.



13th August Lecture
Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four

Dr Anne Anderson
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, now regarded as Scotland’s most famous architect, claimed that while he was talented, his wife Margaret McDonald, was a genius. The Macdonald girls, who were inspired by Japanese prints, the English Arts and Crafts movement and the graphics of Aubrey Beardsley, helped to create the Glasgow style. This lecture will explore the Four’s work in Glasgow through their major commissions. 




10th September Lecture
World Class Art at the Tate Modern

Mr Ian Swankie
Housed in a converted power station, the Tate Modern quickly became the world’s most visited modern art museum. This talk looks at the building, with its mixture of industrial and sleek new architecture, then moves inside to experience the best of the collection. Some works are profound, some are witty, some are whacky, but they all have a place.




15th October Lecture
Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera

Chloe Sayer
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera have iconic status in Mexico. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 swept away the old régime and banished European influence in the arts. Kahlo and Rivera, in their different ways, helped to shape the cultural identity of twentieth-century Mexico. Together they made Mexico a magnet for the rest of the world.





12th November AGM and Lecture
Carrick Hill:A Collection to Live In

Mr Richard Heathcote
Created in the mid-1930s, Carrick Hill in the Adelaide foothills, contains the oldest interior in Australia and the most significant collection of British modern art in the country.

*   Note that November has is no morning lecture




Venue and Time of Lectures

Geelong West Town Hall Supper Room.
Ample parking is available at the rear of the hall.
Lectures are held on Mondays and the same lecture is given at 10.30am and 6pm


Joining fee    $25
Membership fee   $140 per person
Guest fee  $20
Adfas guest  $15


Guests are welcome but must be registered beforehand by telephoning the Membership Secretary Sally Birrell,
on: 03 5250 3264 or 0427 342 213.

Guest fee is $20 per lecture.

All Membership Enquiries

Please contact:
Sally Birrell
5250 3264


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