Special Interest Mornings

Special Interest Mornings (SIMs) are an in depth treatment of a specific topic that is quite separate to the night time lectures.

To attend a SIM download the application form by clicking on an image.

The Special Interest Meetings are held at 10am at;
The Newcastle Club,
40 Newcomen St.,
Newcastle NSW 2300.

30th May 2022, 10:00am at the Newcastle Club

Peter McPhee: The Paris of the Impressionists & Painting the French Countryside

We celebrate iconic paintings such as Claude Monet’s Impression, soleil levant (1872) and Pierre Auguste Renoir’s Dance at the Moulin de la Galette (1876) as marking the triumph of ‘Impressionism” in France, one of the most recognisable and cherished of all painting styles.


Some of our most loved and famous paintings are of the beautiful French countryside. This lecture explores the paintings of Millet, Courbet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet and others in the 1840-1920 period.

29th August 2022,10:00am at the Newcastle Club

Claudia Chan Shaw: Beyond the Little Black Dress - Chanel & Florence Broadhurst Enigmatic Design Legend

Fashion is what’s in vogue, the latest trend, the up to the minute. Fashion is ever changing. Yet 100 years on, the designs and ideas created by Coco Chanel are just as relevant today. We have Chanel to thank for popularising the Little Black Dress, championing pants for women, and creating the first designer branded fragrance.


With her designs gracing the walls of hip nightclubs, homewares, travel goods and fashion, Florence Broadhurst has become a  global phenomenon. Her vibrant wallpaper designs had all but been forgotten until design company Signature Prints,  discovered her original silk printing screens languishing in a dusty warehouse.