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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:
Sally Birrell
5250 3264 or 0427 342 213

Committee 2019

Margaret Montgomery
Ph: (03) 5264 5210

Vice Chairman:
Sally Birrell
Ph: (03) 5250 3264

Cathy Stewart
Ph: (03) 5249 1141

Gianna Varasdi
Ph:   0419 543 506

Membership Secretary:
Sally Birrell
Ph: (03) 5250 3264

Committee Members:
Carmel Apted
Jenny Bowker
Claire Hewitt
Louise Player
Marion Pescud
Kate McEachern
Suzie Spiers

Programme for 2019

18 February 

Collecting in the 21st Century

Hilary Kay

Who are today’s collectors, what are their interests, what were their influences, what are they buying and where is collecting going? To answer these questions, Hilary Kay considers a wide variety of objects from Le Corbusier to James Bond, objects which have either achieved collectable status or which are poised to do so in the future.

Hilary Kay is a British antiques expert, lecturer, broadcaster and author, best known for her many appearances on BBC TVs Antiques Roadshow programme which she joined in 1978 as one of the team of experts. In 1977 Hilary helped create Sotheby’s Collectors’ Department and later that year became head of the department and, aged 21, became the company’s youngest ever auctioneer. A rock and roll fan, in 1981 Kay held the world’s first rock and roll memorabilia auction, and in 1992 wrote Rock ’n’ Roll Collectables: An Illustrated History of Rock Memorabilia, the first textbook on the subject. Hilary has also taken part in numerous television programmes.




18 February Full Study Day 

Behind the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow Experience

Hilary   Kay

The morning begins with a presentation of ‘Behind the Scenes on Antiques Roadshow. After morning tea the day continues with ‘Antiques Roadshow Great Finds’. Following lunch Hilary will hold a ‘One Woman Roadshow’, where members are given an opportunity to have a selection of their own collectables discussed




8 April

New York Stories: Luccio’s Cityscapes of New York

Marco  Luccio

Marco Luccio seeks the high perch to perceive and portray Manhattans energy and complexity, capturing both the grandeur of New York’s landmarks and the vitality of the rising skyline.


Award-winning artist Marco Luccio was born in Italy and grew up in Melbourne. He uses the technique of drypoint that demands drawing directly onto the copper plate with a sharp tool to make the incisions that hold the printing ink. He take a large copper plate to the city rooftops and draws with his graver as though it was a stick of charcoal on a piece of paper, then reworks the plate back in the studio.


13 May

1066 AND ALL THAT – The Bayeux Tapestry – what does it really depict?

Martin  Heard

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of Europe’s best-known treasures and also one of the greatest works of art from the medieval period. Embroidered on linen cloth and using woolen thread, its brilliant colours are undimmed after nearly a thousand years. The scenes in the Bayeux Tapestry depict the events relating to the struggle for the succession to the English throne from 1064 and culminating at the Battle of Hastings in October 1066.


Martin studied History of Art at Manchester University and afterwards spent three years in the editorial department of a fine art publishing company. He later detoured into information technology, but now devotes his time to researching mainly English eighteenth and late nineteenth century French art and architecture.


3 June

Eugene von Guérard

Ruth Pullin

This lecture concentrates on Von Guérard’s journeys to Italy, Germany, Australia and New Zealand – examining the personal diaries and sketchbooks from his travels.

Dr Ruth Pullin (The University of Melbourne) is an independent art historian and curator, von Guérard specialist and continuing Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. On the basis of her doctoral research she curated, with co-curator Michael Varcoe-Cocks, the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2011 major touring exhibition, Eugene von Guérard: nature revealed, and she is the author and commissioning editor of the book of the same title. She has held Fellowships at the State Library of New South Wales (2009) and the State Library of Victoria (2012).

8 July

The History of the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Rosalind Whyte

The lecture look at the position of artists in London before and after the formation of the Academy in 1768 and some of the characters involved, from the first President, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and other establishment figures, to artists who have taken a more oppositional stance. The Academy has been embroiled in intrigue and controversy over the course of its history and no scandal or outrage will remain unexposed as we trace the history of one of Britain’s most important cultural bodies, from inception to the present day.

Rosalind Whyte has a Masters from Birkbeck College, University of London as well as a Masters degree in Art History from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. She is a Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy and lectures frequently at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. She leads Art Appreciation holidays to various places of interest and has been a guest speaker on many cruises, both as an individual and as part of a team from the Tate Gallery.

12 August

Persephone’s Isle: the Heritage of Sicily

Sue Rollin

Sicily, at the heart of the Mediterranean and its largest island, has long been a crossroads between Europe and Africa, between East and West. Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards have all ruled over the island and contributed to its rich and diverse cultural heritage. As a result, Sicily’s historic cities, its medieval hill towns, its lovely mountains and valleys boast a wealth of splendid monuments.  

Archaeologist, interpreter and lecturer, Sue Rollin studied at London University (Institute of Archaeology and SOAS) and at Heidelberg University and her linguistic repertoire includes three ancient Near-Eastern languages and several modern European ones. She has taught at UCL, SOAS and Cambridge University and interpreted for the EU and UN. With Jane Streetly she has written two books, Blue Guide: Jordan as well as Istanbul: A Travellers’ Guide.





9 September

Blenheim Palace – the Agony and the Ecstasy

Anthony Russell

Blenheim Palace is an uncompromising World Heritage monument to English military ambition and one family’s self-importance. The story of its construction is a fascinating catalogue of excess and outrage, while the result is both monstrous and utterly sublime. But it is in the effect that its perceived spirit has had on consecutive generations of Marlborough’s that is most revealing.  It is also from within this ‘cauldron’ that Winston Churchill was born.


Anthony Russell is a cultural historian, writer and artist. He has travelled much of the world combining painting with tour lecturing. He spent six years as a consultant for Luke Hughes advising on the furniture needs of prestigious buildings throughout Britain. He is author of the book ‘Evolving the Spirit – From Democracy to Peace’.





7 October

Forty Shades of Green:  Gardens of Ireland

Tom Duncan

The history of gardening in Ireland broadly reflects the changes in Irish society over the past few hundred years. There are no Irish gardens of note extant before the late seventeenth century. Formal gardening in the French and English manner was created, but little has survived. The nineteenth century saw the development of new ideas as the professional classes began to garden, while Twentieth century gardening was something practiced quietly, in private, reflecting the polarised nature of Irish society after World War I.


Tom Duncan was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied History of Art and Ancient History and Classical Archaeology. He obtained his Masters in the United States, and moved to England in 1984 to complete his PhD.  He has lectured widely to heritage and artistic organisations, nationally and internationally, for many years.


11 November

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: the Wicked Poet, Lord Byron

Susannah Fullerton

Byron, famous and infamous for his audacious poetry, his scandalous love life and his devotion to liberal ideals was ostracised by English society. He went off to fight for Greek independence and died aged 36. Susannah Fullerton recites some of his best-loved poems and tells the story of the colourful, shocking and revolutionary life of one of England’s greatest poets.

Susannah has a BA from the University of Auckland NZ and a post-graduate degree in Victorian literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She currently teaches literature courses in Sydney and lectures regularly at the State Library of NSW and the Art Gallery of NSW. In 2017 Susannah was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for Services to Literature and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW.  She is the author of several books, and has written and recorded an audio CD, Finding Katherine Mansfield, about the life and works of New Zealand’s greatest writer.

Venue And Time Of Lectures

The Geelong West Town Hall Supper Room The same lecture is repeated at 10.30am and 6pm


Membership Fee: $140 per person $25 Joining fee


Guest fee: $20 per person

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Sally Birrell 5250 3264 or 0427 342 213

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