Next Lecture

Monday 4th March, 2019 - Monday 4th November, 2019
2019 Lecture Series

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Understanding Cubism
(Lecture 1, 2019)

We can look forward to our 2019 lecture series with an exciting series of lectures commencing on 4th March, 2019, with 'Understanding Cubism' and progressing through mens fashion, American impressionism, a Chinese Dowager Empress, jewellery and fashion in 'From Downton to Gatsby', 'Zaha Hadid - an Architectural Superstar', Italian artist Giovanni Cabatello, and 'American Regionalism - beyond American Gothic'.

Experience the full gammut of art and history from Fashion and Jewellery to Painting and Architecture and with a glimpse into the fascinating recent past of China.

Lectures conclude for the year with our final lecture on 4th November, 2019, 'American Regionalism'.

Please refer to the 'Lectures' page for full details of our 2019 program.

Previous Lecture

Monday 8th October, 2018
Mr. Martin ELLIS MA (Hons) AGMS FRSA Arts Society Lecturer
Art, Power and Money

- the Life and World of Matthew Boulton

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Matthew Boulton (1728-1809)

ADFAS Pokolbin members and guests were treated to a wonderful final lecture for 2018. Martin Ellis spoke with tremendous knowledge about Matthew Boulton, an amazing 18th Century British engineer, manufacturer and entrepreneur.

Boulton, the son of a button manufacturer in Birmingham, became the owner of an astounding production factory in his home town, called the Soho Works. There he had the inspiration to produce fine Ormolu products, perfected Sheffield Silver plating and made gorgeous gilt and silver buttons, buckles and ornaments.

Along with his partner, Scotsman James Watt, Boulton was instrumental in the invention of the steam powered engine, which revolutionised many aspects of the industrial revolution and the mining industry. Unfortunately, he and Watt dismissed the idea of another Scotsman, William Murdoch, who first demonstrated the steam locomotive.

The evening provided an entertaining and superbly structured lecture from a charming speaker. Like most of our lecturers, Martin Ellis enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Bistro Molines before his evening lecture and had a personalised tour of the Maitland Regional Art Gallery before heading to Scone on the morning following his presentation.

The ‘Dangar Grid’ in Newcastle resulted in the naming of North-South streets in our own Steel City after some of the engineers mentioned in Martin Ellis’s lecture – Bolton Street (after Matthew Boulton), Watt Street (after James Watt) and Newcomen Street (after another engineer, Thomas Newcomen). Our lecturer appreciated receiving this information from one of our knowledgeable guests, and no doubt will pass it on when he finishes his tour speaking to the ADFAS Newcastle Society.

Review by Heather McKendry - Member ADFAS Pokolbin

Chairman's Musings

July, 2018

Dear ADFAS Pokolbin Members and Friends,

Heather Wilson

Our Society wishes to acknowledge the recent appointment of Nick Mitzevich as the sixth Director of the National Gallery of Australia. Nick, a local boy, spent his childhood growing up on a farm in Abermain. Nick has discussed that as a boy, his eyes were opened to the beauty and power of art when he first visited Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Nick has since gone on to make significant and substantial contributions to the Art World in Australia. We wish him well as he embarks on this prestigious appointment. Perhaps, as a result of our members generosity with our Young Arts Program, we too will inspire future leaders in the field of decorative and fine arts.

We aim to keep you informed about all events within our Society, as well as the numerous Arts related activities being held by the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery and Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

We are currently modifying our Website to be able to accept online payments for attendance at lectures and events. This improvement will also provide members with the ability to log in and update their communication details on our database. We will notify you with “how to log in” instructions towards the end of August.

We celebrate our twentieth birthday this year and to acknowledge this significant milestone, we held a party and movie night at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Monday 23rd, July. A highlight was the film “The Life of Brian”. This is a humorous, entertaining and somewhat tongue in cheek story based on Pokolbin's very own Brian McGuigan.

How fortunate we were that Brian and Fay accepted our invitation to join us in celebration. We enjoyed a generous supper catered for by The Royal Oak Hotel accompanied by superb local wines. We had a review of this event above and photos in our Gallery on this website. It was a happy, relaxed and fun celebration.

On Saturday 28th September our Society took a bus tour to the inaugural “Sculpture on the Farm” in Fosterton. This coincided with The Dungog Festival, Dungog Design Exhibition and Dungog Contemporary Exhibition. It was a memorable day which also included lunch and a visit to two gardens on The Dungog Garden Ramble.

These events were planned to complement our rich and varied lecture program for this year.

Your Committee always looks forward to welcoming you. We hope that you continue to enjoy and be inspired through your involvement with ADFAS Pokolbin.

Warmest regards,

Heather Wilson
ADFAS Pokolbin


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ou may now purchase an ADFAS Pokolbin Gift Card allowing the recipient to attend one of our outstanding evening lectures as a visitor including supper and Hunter Valley wine.

The lectures are presented by highly acclaimed and authoritative International and Australian experts and are fully illustrated.

Gift Cards are $30.00 each and may be purchased before each lecture.

Committee 2018:

Committee Members:Michael Bennett, Liz George, Bev Holden, Robert Lusby AM, Debra McGuigan, Dianne Nelson, Tracey Seath, Ian Veroni, Jennie Wilkinson

ADFAS Pokolbin provides its members a yearly program of 8 illustrated arts-related lectures presented by skilled overseas and Australian experts plus excursions and outings in a friendly and sophisticated social setting. 

All lectures will be held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, (CPAC) cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock. Evening lectures start promptly at 7:00 pm, followed by supper and Hunter Valley wines.

Visitors are welcome - $30.00 per lecture.
Visiting Members of other societies - FREE
Annual Membership - $180.00 for all 8 lectures.
School and College Students - FREE

Membership enquiries: Call Judy 0409 986 565
or email: Secretary, ADFAS Polkolbin

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