All lectures are held at 7:00pm - please arrive by 6.45pm to allow time for processing as lectures start at 7.00pm sharp!
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St & Aberdare Rd, Cessnock, NSW.
Lectures are followed by supper & Hunter Valley wines.
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26th February, 2018
Christopher BRADLEY B.Eng (Hons) FRGS NADFAS
The 'Kebra Nagast' holy book tells us of the union of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon and how their son Menelik founded the Solomonic dynasty at the capital Axum, of which Haile Selassie was the last ruling emperor.
The 'Hidden Land' of Ethiopia retains many of its ancient traditions, with crowns and religious regalia often kept in small treasuries near to the 30,000 churches.
9th April, 2018
Jackie MENZIES OAM Hon. Assoc.
This lecture will survey the appeal of Far Eastern art to early 20th century Australian artists such as Roy de Maistre and Margaret Preston, with a focus on Hardy Wilson (1881—1955), his travels, his collection of Asian objects, and Eryldene, the home he built for his patron Professor E.G.Waterhouse (1881-1977), the noted camellia expert.
Hardy Wilson was an Australian artist, architect and author and is regarded as one of our most outstanding architects of the twentieth century.
7th May, 2018
Anne SEBBA BA (Hons) NADFAS
Les Parisiennes is a story about women’s lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond and includes British and American women caught in Paris as well as native born resisters who were eventually sent to camps, couturiers and jewelers, some of whom flourished in wartime, as well as actors, singers, night club dancers and housewives.
The lecture opens with a magnificent circus ball held by Elsie de Wolfe at the Villa Trianon, a chateau in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, and ends with Christian Dior’s lavish new look in 1947.
4th June, 2018
Dr Matthew LAING PhD BA(Hons)
After World War I, a cultural awakening and a new Black identity emerged from an artistic era centered in the heart of New York. This era was called the Harlem Renaissance developed from Harlem. The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s was the beginning of an “acceptance” of the Black artist, writer and poets in White America. The mass movement of blacks to major cities in the East was called the Great Migration.
9th July, 2018
Dr. Alexey MAKHROV PhD NADFAS
The 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 grandest capitals of Europe.
The planning and building of the city supervised by the Chancellery of Construction were based on rational principles which ensured the regularity, visual coherence and magnificence of its architecture.
6th August, 2018
Ms Linda SMITH MA NADFAS
Gabriel Rossetti exerted a tremendous influence over British art towards the end of the nineteenth century. From the days of his early involvement with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to his death, women were enormously important in both his life and his art, but there has been some disagreement between his biographers about the precise nature of his relationships with some of them.
3rd September, 2018
John ERICSON NADFAS
Pubs and their signs are a fundamental part of British history and cultural heritage. In this colourful and entertaining lecture John shows some of the most interesting and distinctive signs before exploring the fascinating stories behind the origin of some of their peculiar names.
Who could fail to be intrigued by ‘The Bucket of Blood’, the ‘Cow and Snuffers’ or even the ‘Eager Poet’ – and who on earth was ‘Blind Jack’?
8th October, 2018
Martin ELLIS MA (Hons) AGMS FRSA NADFAS
The 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.
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Each lecture is presented in the modern state-of-the-art Cessnock Performing Arts Centre with superb acoustics and very comfortable seating. Afterwards members and visitors get to meet the lecturer and other like-minded people over supper and local wines. No special knowledge is required – just a natural curiosity and interest in the arts (and a sense of humour of course).
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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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