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Enjoy an engaging program of local experts' lectures

Calling all art lovers! The ADFAS programme of live lectures is back in 2021, with an exciting line-up of well-known and respected figures from the Western Australian arts community.

Get FULL VALUE for 2021 MEMBERSHIP - BUY NOW before the start of lecture series! To take full advantage of 2021 membership with the full schedule of events included, please click here to purchase your membership now.

Non-member guests are welcome with tickets available at $25 per lecture (subject to availability).

The lectures will be held in the theatrette of the State Library of Western Australia in Northbridge. The entrance is off Francis Street with parking available in the adjacent City of Perth car park.

ADFAS has revamped its website which is now live! Click here to check out our page which lists our 2021 lecture programme, membership joining details and newsletter archive!


Check out what's coming up in 2021 below:

Art Scandals & Vandalism In The Arts

by Professor Ted Snell

Saturday 6 March: 2pm and 3.30pm

(The first lecture at 2pm has sold out so the same lecture will be repeated at 3.30pm).

Professor Ted Snell discusses four art scandals that examine the history of vandalism in the arts, how artists and communities cope with those acts of destruction, and what are the links between madness and creativity. Although you may never have heard about them, they might change your views about art, artists and the society they helped to shape.

Click here to register or purchase guest tickets for the 3:30pm time slot.

Russian Heritage: The Road to Revolution and Beyond

by Alan Dodge AM

Saturday 27 March: 2pm and 3.30pm

(The first lecture at 2pm has sold out so the same lecture will be repeated at 3.30pm).

In the second half of the 19th century, Russia found itself left behind by the Industrial Revolution taking place in Europe and America, stuck with a society still operating in a feudal system reliant on agriculture and serfdom as a basis for much of its economy. In recognition of the need for change, in 1861 Tsar Alexander II declared the serfs freed as the first step to a modern society.

Over the next 50 years the Russian Empire attempted to catch up with the new world. As Russia grappled with these changes, many questioned what was Russia's identity and where was its society heading. These questions fed an incredible outpouring of creativity in literature, art, music, theatre and architecture.

As Russia headed towards revolution and beyond in the new century, the arts heralded the new era with increasing dynamism; some representing all that was new while others looked nostalgically at an earlier era. Explore the highlights of the amazing array of movements and masterpieces as artists and writers and musicians attempted to define themselves in a brave new world. Many were still asking themselves, "Whither Russia?" Right up to the end of the 20th century.

Click here to register or purchase guest tickets for the 3:30pm time slot.

Cross-cultural histories: Decorated boomerangs, shields and chairs

by Darren Jorgensen

Saturday 8 May: 2pm

This lecture looks at the way in which new kinds of craft appeared on the cultural frontiers of Australia. Along the telegraph line from Adelaide to Darwin, and along the railway line from Adelaide to Perth new types of decorated boomerangs, shields and walking sticks, as well as animal carvings, were developed for a new, cross-cultural market for Aborignalia. Looking into the longer history of this market, in early examples from pastoral stations and missions, can tell us a lot about early relations between settlers and Indigenous people.

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The Angry Penguins

by Carl Altmann

Saturday 12 June: 2pm

This lecture looks at ideas and attitudes that emerged in the Visual Arts during the Twentieth Century in Australia. Did Australia become 'The Lucky Country' or were we just a bunch of 'Angry Penguins'? The world was in turmoil post World War 2. Artists rebelled against the establishment because they wanted to be expressive of their feelings, beliefs and attitudes to the world around them especially here in their own environment.

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French Voyages to Australia as seen through the Kerry Stokes Collection

by Erica Persak

Saturday 2 July: 2pm

The Kerry Stokes Collection has a rich collection of French exploration material covering the 19th century 'grande voyages' to the Pacific. The early 19th century saw a number of French scientific voyages to Australia and the Pacific. From 1800 to 1840, there were 10 major French expeditions to Australia and the Pacific. These voyages are distinguished by the publication of the most exquisite volumes, which recorded their proceedings and results in both words and images.

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The Juniper Legacy

by Bec Juniper and Ben Juniper

Saturday 7 August: 2pm

Rebecca and Benedict Juniper, children of one of WA's most lauded artists, Robert Juniper, and practising artists in their own right, will share tales of their unconventional training and their different but ultimately convergent paths to fine art. They will expand on an attitude their father instilled in them: to enjoy creating, to invent and to share techniques with others.

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The Roman Mosaics of Spello, Umbria and Piazza Amerina, Sicily

by Fausto Butta

Saturday 4 September: 2.00pm

Floor mosaics were the works of slaves and hard labourers, many of whom were from Africa. Mosaics and portions of a wall frescoes of a Roman villa near Spello, Umbria suggest the villa belonged to a wealthy man, most likely a wine producer. Mosaics at a Roman villa in Piazza Armerina (Sicily) reveal a different social and political status of its owner. These two case studies confirm the social function of Roman art and their craftsmen' status within Roman society.

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Aboriginal art - from Caves to Canvas

by David Hounsome

Saturday 9 October: 2.00pm

From rock art of the Kimberley and Kakadu to the breakthrough international recognition of the Papunya 'school', this talk encompasses a wide range of aboriginal art from many language groups. From Albert Namatjira's imprisonment, the work of the stolen generation at Carrolup (Katanning) to the art on the Yirrakala and Uluru Statement from the Heart petitions, this talk engages with many aspects of colonial settlement's impact on Aboriginal life and art.

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Telling Our Stories: Images and Ideas from Australian Filmby Karen Pearlman

Saturday 13 November: 2.00pm

Australian film rose to the world's attention with distinctive cinema in the 1980's with films capturing a lyrical bittersweet image of Australia. This was followed by the "Glitter Decade" then a new wave more recently of complex images of Australia generated by strong self-assured voices with something to say. This lecture will look at the 3 waves of Australian cinema and how our stories project an image of Australia to the world.

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Where: State Library of WA Theatrette 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
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