ADFAS presents Cities of Memory, Cities of Prophecy with Colin Davis
Sep
13
5:45 PM17:45

ADFAS presents Cities of Memory, Cities of Prophecy with Colin Davis

Cities renew themselves on different time scales. Buildings can be short lived, but streets and squares can last for centuries. In old European cities there are streets that people have walked along for 2000 years. These are the Cities of Memory, the physical counterparts of written history. But in the 20th century a new urban vision was born. Planners and architects began to make plans for future cities based on functional criteria – the Cities of Prophecy.

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ADFAS presents Venice: Canaletto and his rivals, with Anthony Russell
Oct
11
5:45 PM17:45

ADFAS presents Venice: Canaletto and his rivals, with Anthony Russell

Following the National Gallery of London’s exhibition of the same title, this lecture gives a heady mixture of ‘superstar’ painter, immensely rich patrons on the move and a city whose modern face hides behind a romantic mask. These are magical paintings by an Italian artist greatly influenced by British taste and Britain boasts the greatest collection of his works, both in public and private hands.

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ADFAS presents Freedom of Angels – Sculpture in a Century of Upheaval,  with Geoffrey Edwards
Nov
8
5:45 PM17:45

ADFAS presents Freedom of Angels – Sculpture in a Century of Upheaval, with Geoffrey Edwards

In the spirit of Michelangelo’s remark about “seeing an angel in a block of marble and carving until I set him free”, so too has the story of modern sculpture been a process by which artists have discovered new purpose, meaning and motifs in the materials and processes of the modern industrial world. These dramatic shifts in style and technique have defined the development of modern sculpture.

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ADFAS presents: From Downton to Gatsby, Jewellery and Fashion 1890 – 1929Andrew Prince
Aug
16
5:45 PM17:45

ADFAS presents: From Downton to Gatsby, Jewellery and Fashion 1890 – 1929Andrew Prince


For the series Downton Abbey, Andrew was commissioned to produce a range of jewellery for the main characters. This talk is based on the changing styles of the time portrayed. Jewellery and Fashion are intertwined and in his talk Andrew guides us through the extraordinary periods and events between 1890 and 1929, where the great fashion houses collaborated with the finest of jewellers to produce works of art of outstanding quality and glittering opulence. Along with this he discusses the clients and patrons who commissioned the jewels and how they were worn with the sumptuous gowns.

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ADFAS presents: Heaven’s Embroidered Cloth – the History and Development of Imperial Chinese Silk with David Rosier
Jul
12
5:45 PM17:45

ADFAS presents: Heaven’s Embroidered Cloth – the History and Development of Imperial Chinese Silk with David Rosier

This lecture traces the origins, and myths, that surround Imperial Chinese Silk. Initial consideration focuses on the period from Neolithic times (4000BC) through to the start of the Ming Dynasty in 1368 and traces the establishment of Imperial Weaving and Embroidery Workshops which produced Court Costume and decorative textiles for Imperial Palaces. The technological and artistic skills required for this ‘industry’ to flourish will be explored as will the relationship of the Imperial Workshops with commercial weavers and embroiderers. Workshops were producing an ever-increasing range of silk fabrics and the role of commercial workshops supported Imperial, domestic and export demands.

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ADFAS presents: White Gums & Ramoxes, the ceramics of Arthur & Merric Boyd with Grace Cochrane
Jun
15
10:30 AM10:30

ADFAS presents: White Gums & Ramoxes, the ceramics of Arthur & Merric Boyd with Grace Cochrane


The talk offers an illustrated story of researching the Boyd Ceramic collection to decide on a variety of works for exhibition. Based on the relationship between Arthur Boyd and his father Merric, the lecture will discuss individual works and how each work relates to the story of the Boyd’s interest in ceramics.

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ADFAS presents: Contemporary Australian Metalwork with Grace Cochrane
Jun
14
5:45 PM17:45

ADFAS presents: Contemporary Australian Metalwork with Grace Cochrane

In 2004 Grace Cochrane was invited to speak on the topic of Contemporary Metalwork at a Symposium at West Dean in Sussex, UK, organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Grace will provide audiences with an insight in to current practices of metal workers, and will included a range of images of contemporary work.

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ADFAS presents From Civil War to Great War: American Art and National Identity with Bernard Allan
May
10
5:45 PM17:45

ADFAS presents From Civil War to Great War: American Art and National Identity with Bernard Allan

After the civil war American artists, increasingly influenced by French art, became more diverse and adventurous. The grandiose landscapes of the “Hudson River” school were superseded by works depicting atmospheric and transient effects. A vibrant art market was fuelled by a new class of wealthy patron, new galleries, dealers and art journals. Impressionism became a highly important art form. Meanwhile, the “Ashcan” painters attempted something dramatically new: depicting life in the overcrowded cities as the country’s new industrial power was fuelled by massive immigration. This was a new art form and truly American.

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Art/Jewellery/Chocolate/Champagne
May
4
12:00 PM12:00

Art/Jewellery/Chocolate/Champagne

ART/ Exhibition opening: Leslye Cole, Drawn to the Bush

JEWELLERY/ Pop-Up Shop: Alison Jackson, Jewellery and Tableware

CHOCOLATE/ Sample and Purchase: Deva Cacao, made in Tamworth

CHAMPAGNE/ For all of age!

To make sure we have enough chocolate for everyone, please RSVP for this event by email or phone info@weswalgallery.com.au - 02 6766 5847

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Showing at NERAM,  Sandra McMahon: Decoding Olley
May
3
to Jun 16

Showing at NERAM, Sandra McMahon: Decoding Olley

Opening at NERAM, Armidale, on Friday 3 May @6pm

Stemming from a residency at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tamworth artist Sandra McMahon utilised her skills in redefining and reconfiguring spaces, honed over years as a curator, to ‘decode’ Olley’s studio environment. McMahon reduces the order amongst the chaos into Mondrianesque shapes, using tones that reference the colour spectrum that surrounded and inspired Olley.

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ADFAS presents: The Printed Map,  its story as an art form. With Robert Clancy
Apr
5
5:45 PM17:45

ADFAS presents: The Printed Map, its story as an art form. With Robert Clancy

This lecture is about the transition of the printed map, from a highly decorative production with little accuracy, to a more austere document of great accuracy. From the great Incunables of the 15th century, the travelogues of the mid 16th century, the magnificent Dutch atlases of the 17th century, to the school atlas of mid 1850, and the specialist thematic and topographic maps thereafter. Beautifully illustrated, this lecture reflects the milestones of history

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ADFAS presents: Following in the footsteps of Delacroix in Africa with Jacqueline Cockburn
Mar
8
5:45 PM17:45

ADFAS presents: Following in the footsteps of Delacroix in Africa with Jacqueline Cockburn

In 1830 Delacroix set off for Africa and wrote wonderful journals which we will consider. This lecture will examine his responses to a new country which he saw as exotic, and will discuss why later artists such as Matisse and Kandinsky followed in search of some of his magic. The lecture will look at Delacroix’ working methods and his use of colour and understanding of the light which so inspired him in Africa

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Win a Bounty of Goodies from Australian Designers
Nov
30
to Dec 21

Win a Bounty of Goodies from Australian Designers

In the spirit of giving, we are offering our wonderful customers the chance to win this wonderful bounty of Australian made artisan goodies!

Included is an Earth Greetings 2019 calendar, an Erin Lightfoot porcelain vessel, a bud vase from Pebuku Ceramics, a screen printed table runner from Utopia Goods and some luscious locally made soap from Gondwana.

Spend $50 in the Gallery Shop to receive an entry, prize is drawn on Friday 21st December @3pm

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Exhibition Opening for Michael Herron,  Quiet Landmarks
Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Exhibition Opening for Michael Herron, Quiet Landmarks


At the age of 22, after studying for 5 years at both Meadowbank TAFE ’84-’85 and City Art Institute (now COFA) ’86-’88, Michael won The Sydney Morning Herald Travelling Art Scholarship in 1988 and - combined with the Dyson Bequest from the Art Gallery of NSW - painted in the Mora Dyring Studio at the Cite Internationale des Artes in Paris for 4 months and travelled for 2 and a half years in Asia, Europe and America. 

On returning to Australia, Michael was  involved in a number of solo and group show,s including a solo show at first draft in 1997, before once again travelling in Asia and Europe for 18 months. 

He exhibited with the Tim Olsen Gallery  2005- 2010  where he had 4 solo exhibitions and  numerous group shows. 
There have been numerous artist trips to the Flinders Ranges, West MacDonnell Ranges, Cooma , Rylstone and the north coast of NSW. 

Michael has taught and run workshops and classes at numerous schools, art centres and art societies and has  guest lectured at COFA and TAFE, run workshops at Cockatoo island and guided art trips for World Expeditions to the West MacDonnell Ranges. 

Michael currently resides in the Blue Mountains

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Michelle Hungerford exhibiting at Tamworth Regional Gallery
Jun
15
to Aug 12

Michelle Hungerford exhibiting at Tamworth Regional Gallery

  • Tamworth Regional Gallery (map)
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Being an artist is often a solitary existence. So the importance of making connections with other artists either through collaboration, mentorship or purely friendship cannot be understated.

Having connections can lead to unexpected and delightful experiences for an artist.

One such experience was a collaboration and friendship between artists; John Martin, Michelle Hungerford and Anthony Cahill.

Cahill and Hungerford are grateful to have been taught and mentored by John Martin.  Sadly, John died December 2017 before he could witness this next group show, ‘From A to B.’ 

Exhibition opens @ 6pm on Friday 15 June 2018

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ADFAS: Les Parisiennes
May
11
5:45 PM17:45

ADFAS: Les Parisiennes

  • Passchendaele Room, Tamworth Town Hall (map)
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Les Parisiennes is a story about women’s lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond and includes British and American women caught in Paris as well as native born resisters who were eventually sent to camps. It also tells the story of couturiers and jewelers, some of whom flourished in wartime, as well as actors, singers, night club dancers and housewives.

The lecture opens with a magnificent circus ball held by Elsie de Wolfe at the magnificent Villa Trianon, a chateau in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles; many of the guests could not believe that war was imminent. It ends with Christian Dior’s lavish new look in 1947 as well as a perfume, Miss Dior, named after his sister Catherine, a resister, who had only just survived a prison camp and never wanted to talk about her experiences.

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