ADFAS Newcastle provides for its members a yearly programme of nine illustrated early evening lectures given by accredited and expert Overseas and Australian lecturers, delivered in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Special Interest Mornings allow those members who wish, to take a more detailed look at a particular topic, and excursions to an exhibition or place of interest, often with privileged access, are part of the programme.
Everyone with an interest in the arts is welcome to join ADFAS or come to a lecture as a guest. Lectures are approximately of one hour duration and lecture topics cover a wide range of topics from all over the world: Fine Arts, Painting, Indigenous Art, Sculpture, Architecture, Archaeology, Photography, Literature, Garden design, Music, Silver, China, Rugs, Glassware, Mosaics and more. Whether you are an expert or a complete novice, you are sure to find that the lectures bring new information and a fresh perspective. An excursion to an exhibition or place of interest is also arranged during the year.
Lectures are held in the Hunter Theatre Hunter School of Performing Arts Lambton Road Broadmeadow at 6.30pm. Every lecture and Special Interest Morning occurs on a Monday. Each lecture is followed by light refreshments and a convivial social forum. Check out our 2019 lectures and learn more about us.
NEWCASTLE IS A MEMBER OF the ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIAN DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETIES
Patron: Mrs Patricia Robertson OAM
President: Mr Julian Bickersteth
Vice Presidents: Mrs Marlena Jeffery, Mr Geoffrey Edwards
National Chairman: Mrs Caroline Boehm
Lecture 28th October 2019
ANTHONY RUSSELL: Blenheim Palace.
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Blenheim Palace is possibly the most
admired historic English building outside
London, a World Heritage monument
to English military ambition and one
family’s self-importance. The story of its
construction is a catalogue of excess and
outrage, while the result is both monstrous
and utterly sublime. This lecture explores
these themes and the characters involved,
the genius of Vanbrugh and the impact the
palace has left on the nation.