Next Lecture

Monday 8th October, 2018
Mr. Martin ELLIS MA (Hons) AGMS FRSA Arts Society Lecturer
Art, Power and Money

the Life and World of Matthew Boulton

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Matthew Boulton

This talk celebrates the achievement of Matthew Boulton, one of the most extraordinary figures of the 18th century. An entrepreneur and industrialist of brilliance, a visionary who changed the nature of manufacturing, Boulton stands at the very centre of the industrial and intellectual revolution which laid the foundations of the modern world.

His business partnerships saw both the development of the steam engine with James Watt, and the creation of exquisite silver and ormolu with John Fothergill. He built the Soho Manufactory, the most advanced and productive factory in the world, and established the world’s first mechanised mint.

Our presenter, Martin Ellis, is an experienced curator, lecturer and broadcaster with wide-ranging expertise in the applied arts.

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.

Matthew Boulton
Selling what the world desires
by Shena Mason

The Age of Steam
by Thomas Crump

Previous Event

Monday 3rd September, 2018
Mr. John ERICSON Arts Society Lecturer
Inn Insignia:

The artwork and stories behind peculiar pub names

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Traditional British pub signage

The September lecture was an in-depth but light-hearted look at the fascinating background to the colourful Pub and Inn Signage across England in particular, and the UK in general. The signs are works of art created by skilled graphic artists to inspire curiosity, and all have a story to tell in their creation and design. There are about 50,000 pub signs with about 17,000 different names all with unique artwork.

The presentation by the UK Arts Society and educational consultant lecturer, John Ericson, was skilled and articulate and was accompanied by a polished slide presentation with brilliant pictures and text and with multiple slide transitions and layouts. John has been researching this aspect of British life for many years and was able to classify and categorise the huge number of pub names and pub signs and to provide the story behind most.

The presentation inspired an active question-time and was concluded by the raffle draw with 3 lucky winners each receiving relevant book prizes. A delicious supper and Hunter Valley wines followed with the opportunity to talk to the lecturer.

Review by John Emerson - Member ADFAS Pokolbin

Chairman's Musings

July, 2018

Dear ADFAS Pokolbin Members and Friends,

Heather Wilson

Our Society wishes to acknowledge the recent appointment of Nick Mitzevich as the sixth Director of the National Gallery of Australia. Nick, a local boy, spent his childhood growing up on a farm in Abermain. Nick has discussed that as a boy, his eyes were opened to the beauty and power of art when he first visited Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Nick has since gone on to make significant and substantial contributions to the Art World in Australia. We wish him well as he embarks on this prestigious appointment. Perhaps, as a result of our members generosity with our Young Arts Program, we too will inspire future leaders in the field of decorative and fine arts.

We aim to keep you informed about all events within our Society, as well as the numerous Arts related activities being held by the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery and Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

We are currently modifying our Website to be able to accept online payments for attendance at lectures and events. This improvement will also provide members with the ability to log in and update their communication details on our database. We will notify you with “how to log in” instructions towards the end of August.

We celebrate our twentieth birthday this year and to acknowledge this significant milestone, we held a party and movie night at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Monday 23rd, July. A highlight was the film “The Life of Brian”. This is a humorous, entertaining and somewhat tongue in cheek story based on Pokolbin's very own Brian McGuigan.

How fortunate we were that Brian and Fay accepted our invitation to join us in celebration. We enjoyed a generous supper catered for by The Royal Oak Hotel accompanied by superb local wines. We have a review of this event above and photos in our Gallery on this website. It was a happy, relaxed and fun celebration.

On Saturday 28th September our Society is taking a bus tour to the inaugural “Sculpture on the Farm” in Fosterton. This coincides with The Dungog Festival, Dungog Design Exhibition and Dungog Contemporary Exhibition. It will be a memorable day which also includes lunch and a visit to two gardens on The Dungog Garden Ramble.

These events are planned to complement our rich and varied lecture program for this year.

Your Committee always looks forward to welcoming you. We hope that you continue to enjoy and be inspired through your involvement with ADFAS Pokolbin

Warmest regards,

Heather Wilson
ADFAS Pokolbin

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ou may now purchase an ADFAS Pokolbin Gift Card allowing the recipient to attend one of our outstanding evening lectures as a visitor including supper and Hunter Valley wine.

The lectures are presented by highly acclaimed and authoritative International and Australian experts and are fully illustrated.

Gift Cards are $30.00 each and may be purchased before each lecture.

Committee 2018:

Committee Members:Michael Bennett, Liz George, Bev Holden, Robert Lusby AM, 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 - $28.00 per lecture.
Visiting Members of other societies - FREE
Annual Membership - $180.00 for all 8 lectures.
School and College Students - FREE

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