ADFAS Newcastle - Lecture Fun

Connecting people with the arts and each other.

ADFAS Newcastle offers nine evening lectures and two mornings of lectures on the arts each year – from February to October. Meet art specialists from Newcastle, Australia and the UK. Be entertained, fascinated and informed.

Morning Lectures

Morning Lectures take place at 10am on a Monday morning and consist of two lectures with a break for morning tea.  This is a ticketed event.  Members and guests are all welcome. Tickets must be purchased in advance (with members paying a reduced fee).

Evening Lectures

Evening lectures take place at 6:30pm on a Monday evening and are followed by a reception and an opportunity to meet the lecturer.  Membership includes all evening lectures.  Guests are always welcome and can purchase tickets in advance or pay on arrival.

ADFAS Newcastle

ADFAS Newcastle Young Arts Grant Recipients

Congratulations to Young People’s Theatre, recipient of a 2024 ADFAS Newcastle Young Arts Grant.  YPT, a local non-profit, has nurtured the theatre careers of young people in the Hunter for over 75 years.  The grant allowed them to welcome three refugee students on scholarship in 2024.

Claire from YPT says: “The three recipients have been thoroughly enjoying drama. They offer great ideas during discussion and are exploring connections with other students. They particularly enjoy anything craft related and are delightful members of our year 2 class.

Make a donation to ADFAS Newcastle’s Young Arts Grant Program.  

Reg Russom Memorial Drawing Prize

Reg Russom Memorial Drawing Prize

ADFAS Newcastle is honoured to sponsor the Reg Russom Memorial Drawing Prize for the next three years.  First established by TAFE in 1952 in honour of celebrated Newcastle TAFE teacher and artist/illustrator Reg Russom, the prize was offered annually until 2019.  

With the support of ADFAS Newcastle the prize will restart with a 2024 competition open to local TAFE students.  Notable past winners include Newcastle artist Dean Beletich.  

David Trout, Head Teacher for Fine Art at the Newcastle Art School says: “The prize represents the oldest student drawing prize in Australia and is a win for Newcastle and the Hunter Region in supporting students committed to drawing and building their skills in the visual arts.” 

The competition is expected to open in July followed by an August exhibition and prize presentation.

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ADFAS Newcastle (42 374 836 979) is a member of ArtsNational.

Evening Lecture Venue

Hunter Theatre,
Cameron St, Broadmeadow.

Evening lectures start promptly at 6:30pm

Morning Lecture Venue

Apollo International Hotel,
290 Pacific Highway, Charlestown

Morning lectures start promptly at 10:00am


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ADFAS Newcastle acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and create.