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ADFAS Pokolbin Young Arts Coordinator Deb McGuigan (left) and Chairman Heather Wilson (right) with recipients Lilian Taylor and Ryan Dixon. Picture: Stephen Bisset

2019 Young Arts Scholarship Award

Burgeoning filmmaker Ryan Dixon has a lot to smile about after winning our Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship for 2019. The Year 11 student from Mount View High School received the honour alongside fellow Mount View student and cellist Lillian Taylor, also in Year 11, at the society’s final lecture of the year at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.

"I was ecstatic that I had won this special honour," Ryan said. "I had put everything I could into that submission and I am really happy to be able put this to use to assist me with my major work". Ryan also said he intends to use his award to purchase camera and special effects equipment while Lillian will use her $250 encouragement award for cello lessons to help perfect her HSC performance pieces.

8th October, 2018

Young Arts Program

Young Arts Scholarship Acknowledgement

10 Years of Committment and Support

ADFAS Pokolbin Young Arts Program has received an award for 10 years of commitment and support from Cessnock East Public School. This award acknowledges the hard work and financial commitment by our members, Young Arts Coordinators and the various Committees and Chairmen over the years in providing this long term support to promote the arts to senior Primary School students in our area.

This is not our first award for excellence in our Young Arts Program. ADFAS Pokolbin was also honoured and delighted to earlier be awarded the prestigious Pauline Hopkins Cup for our 2015 Young Arts Program. The Cup was formally presented to our Society at the ADFAS annual conference in March, 2016, by the then National Young Arts Coordinator, Carol Horton.

22nd January, 2018

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

ADFAS Pokolbin Scholarship winner Bowen Cavanagh makes purchases from the monetary award.

Scholarship winner makes purchase

Our winner of the 2018 ADFAS Pokolbin Young Arts Scholarship, Bowen Cavanagh from Mount View High School, is seen here with purchases made from the $1,000 monetary prize. Bowen is a promising photographer and already has a portfolio of his photographs on Instagram. With the award amount, he has been able to research his requirements and to invest in new and improved photographic equipment and editing software to further his year 12 studies in Visual Arts and Photography.

This scholarship is proudly awarded by ADFAS Pokolbin to aspiring students in the latter years of the high school system and requires a strict application process including academic achievement and Teacher's letter of recommendation. In the application, Bowen stated that in the subject of Visual Arts, his medium of choice is Photography and that he would like to share his photography with the world and make a career in that field.

ADFAS Pokolbin wish him every success and we hope to bring updates of his progress in the future. Students wishing to apply for next year's scholarship should apply before Friday 7th September, 2018. Click or tap on "Arts Scholarship" above for details.

19th January, 2018

Young Arts Program

ADFAS Pokolbin 2017 committee members Sue Abrahams (left) and Paula Cameron present scholarship winner Bowen Cavanagh and encouragement award winner Jett Mozzell with their awards.

Young Arts Scholarship Presentation

ADFAS Pokolbin has awarded monetary scholarships to 2 students at local high schools to further their studies in Visual and Performing Arts. Click or tap to read the article published in our local newspaper, The Advertiser.

15th October, 2017

Arts-based Excursions


Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

School Excursion to MCA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Students in the MCA planning their day

Each year since 2008, ADFAS Pokolbin has funded a local school group to an arts based performance or exhibition, generally in Sydney, some 160 km away. Our funding includes coach transport and a picnic lunch which is always very much appreciated by the students and teachers. We have had very positive feedback from the students when they returned to school.

In 2016, 50 students from classes 5 and 6 at a local school attended the Electronic Arts Workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay, Sydney. These workshops are designed especially for young students to deliver art through technology, and are a special arts-based experience for the students who are currently exploring new technology at school. In particular, the workshops enable the students to ‘Explore how electronics can change an artwork, how an artwork is experienced and create new meanings’.

They all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the MCA workshops which were stimulating and exciting.

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 - $30.00 per lecture.
Visiting Members of other societies - FREE
Annual Membership - $180.00 for all 8 lectures.
School and College Students - FREE

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

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