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Monday 9th July, 2018
St. Petersburg
in the early 18th and 19th Century

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The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ St. Petersburg

This lecture documents the development of St Petersburg, founded in 1703 as a fortress in a remote area on the Baltic Sea, into one of the most modern cities of Russia, as well as its cultural capital and one of the grandest cities of Europe.

The planning and building of the city supervised by the Chancellery of Construction was based on rational principles which ensured the regularity, visual coherence and magnificence of its architecture.

Key buildings and architectural ensembles will be analysed as well as important institutions founded in the eighteenth century, such as the Hermitage and the Academy of Arts, which still determine the cultural image of the city.

The lecture is presented by Dr Alexey Makhrov who 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, in 1998.

Raffle Prizes for this lecture

Raffle prizes for this lecture will be the following 2 books. Raffle tickets are sold at the door and cost $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Two winning tickets are drawn and the first winner takes first pick. The raffle is drawn at the conclusion of the lecture.

St. Petersburg - A cultural History
by Solomon Volkov

Peter the Great - his life and world
by Robert K. Massie

Previous Lecture

Monday 4th June, 2018
Dr. Matthew LAING BA (Hons)

The New Black Identity
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Oklahoma City Museum of Art digitized archive of photography

Another brilliant lecture, this time delivered by Dr. Matthew Laing about the mass migration of the black community from the south of the US to the north following the end of the US civil war to find unskilled work in the new automated factories developed as the second part of the industrial revolution, and the spontaneous cultural awakening of the Black Identity to form the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's.

Matthew showed his skill as a University lecturer by presenting a faultless and disciplined lecture, with accompanying still and moving images with sound, to guide us along a learning path without bias or agenda.

What at first may have seemed an esoteric subject on Black America turned out to be a riveting expose of one of the few true renaissance periods in history and well worth venturing out on a cold winter evening to witness.

The following is a list of books referenced in the lecture:

  • Alain Locke (1925) - The New Negro: An Interpretation
  • Booker T. Washington (1901) - Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Langston Hughes (1930) - Not Without Laughter
  • Zora Neale Hurston (1937) - Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Wallace Thurman (1932) - Infants of the Spring

Review by John Emerson - Member ADFAS Pokolbin

Chairman's Musings

May, 2018

Dear ADFAS Pokolbin Members and Friends,

Heather Wilson

We value your support and continually strive to present informative, thought provoking and entertaining lectures and events.

Recently we enjoyed a happy gathering to welcome our New Members for 2018. This occasion provided a wonderful opportunity to get to know each of you in a relaxed and intimate setting. A big thank you to Judy Wearne, who so graciously welcomed us into her gorgeous home.

On behalf of all our members, I wish to acknowledge our dedicated, hardworking and multi-talented Committee. Together we have already pieced together what promises to be an exciting and varied lecture programme for 2019.

This year we celebrate our society's twentieth anniversary. To acknowledge this significant milestone, there will be a party and movie night to be held at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Monday 23rd, July, commencing at 6.30pm. This will be followed by a delicious supper catered for by The Royal Oak Hotel and of course accompanied with superb local wines. We will email and place further details on our website. We are planning a happy, relaxed and fun celebration.

On Saturday September 28th our society is taking a bus tour to the inaugural “Sculpture on the Farm” in Fosterton, the Dungog Design Exhibition and Dungog Contemporary Exhibition. All of these coincide with The Dungog Festival over the long weekend. It will be a memorable day and we will also be visiting two gardens on the Dungog Garden Ramble as part of the Festival. This is an important date for your diary and definitely not to be missed. Bookings will open before the start of June and we expect that it will sell out very quickly.

These events will complement our current 2018 Lecture Series.

Your Committee look forward to welcoming you and hope you continue to enjoy and be inspired through your involvement with our society.

Warmest regards,

Heather Wilson
ADFAS Pokolbin

Committee 2018:

Committee Members:Michael Bennett, Liz George, Bev Holden, Robert Lusby, Debra McGuigan, Dianne Nelson, Tracey Seath, Ian Veroni, Jennie Wilkinson

ADFAS Pokolbin provides its members a yearly program of 8 illustrated arts-related lectures presented by skilled overseas and Australian experts plus excursions and outings in a friendly and sophisticated social setting. 

All lectures will be held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, (CPAC) cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock. Evening lectures start promptly at 7:00 pm, followed by supper and Hunter Valley wines.

Visitors are welcome - $30.00 per lecture.
Visiting Members of other societies - FREE
Annual Membership - $180.00 for all 8 lectures.
School and College Students (excluding supper) - FREE

Membership enquiries: Call Judy 0409 986 565
or email: Secretary, ADFAS Polkolbin

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