ADFAS Newcastle

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.

In 2021 and until otherwise advised, lectures will be held in the *Christ Church Cathedral, Church St, Newcastle at 6.30pm. Every lecture and Special Interest Morning occurs on a Monday. Each lecture is followed by light refreshments, subject to COVID-19 restrictions, and a convivial social forum. Check out our 2021 lectures and learn more about us.

*The use of the Christ Church Cathedral is temporary until the Hunter School of Performing Arts Theatre becomes available again.

Patron: Mrs Patricia Robertson OAM
President: Mr Julian Bickersteth
Vice Presidents: Mrs Marlena Jeffery, Mr Geoffrey Edwards
National Chairman: Mrs Caroline Boehm

Lecture: 26th April 2021 – (In-person)
JULIE EWINGTON: Four Women: Artists at the Venice Biennale

Simryn Gill (2013), Fiona Hall(2015), Tracey Moffet(2017) and Angelica Mesiti(2019) have been shown in the Australian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. As well as tracing their sophisticated practices, we ask what is the significance and the outcome of this hotly contested opportunity in Venice? What does it mean to ‘represent’ one’s country in an art exhibition? Why is it that the recently selected artists are women?

ADFAS Pokolbin
Lectures are held at 7:00pm (please arrive by 6.45pm)
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St & Aberdare Rd
ph: Judy Wearne: 0409 986 565 e: