ArtsNational Narrabri welcomes you. 

We have been bringing world class arts related talks to the local cultural scene for nearly 30 years. Join us and learn more about the arts in a friendly and welcoming environment at our state-of-the-art culture venue, The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri. Enjoy new friendships and a chat with our lecturers over a glass of wine and canapés. Contribute to our local young arts projects and help us support budding young talent in our region. We look forward to welcoming you!

Chair: Elizabeth Campbell
Treasurer: Nanette Watson
Secretary: Kay Durham
Membership Secretary: Annette Tredrea

For all enquiries please email:
Postal Address: PO Box 69 Narrabri NSW 2390
ABN: 17 901 195 053


Venue & Time

Our lectures are held on Monday evenings in Cinema 1, The Crossing Theatre, Tibbereena Street, Narrabri.

A light supper and refreshments are provided after the lecture, an opportunity to catch up with friends old and new and to have a chat with our lecturer.

All lectures have a 7.00pm start, with arrivals commencing in the foyer from 6.30pm onwards. Lectures take approximately 1 hour, with questions from the audience.  Refreshments continue for approximately another hour, concluding the night around 9pm.

Plenty of parking space is available in The Crossing Theatre carpark.

2024 Membership $170 per person
Click here to join ArtsNational Narrabri.
Enquiries to Elizabeth Campbell on 0428 921 188 or

Join by the first lecture of the year (4 March) to receive a complimentary visitor’s ticket for a friend and make the most of all seven lectures included in your 12 months subscription. Claim your complimentary ticket to the lecture of your guest’s choice online or at the door on any lecture night.

Guests welcome:
Visitor tickets $30 online or $35 at the door
High School under 18yrs – $10
Primary students under 12yrs – Free
Eftpos is available at the door on lecture nights.
Drinks are available for purchase prior to the lecture, and they may be taken into the theatre.
Complimentary drinks and canapes will be served at the conclusion of each lecture.


Monday 4 March 2024
Presented by David Worthington
Venue & Time: The Crossing Theatre, arrivals from 6.30pm for a 7pm start

A sculpture has its architecture and good architecture is sculptural. Many centuries ago, the first architects would have been the stonemasons who built temples and cathedrals. In the ancient world the building was a plinth for a sculpture, as seen in the golden Athena on the Parthenon. And today, the two arts remain closely intertwined, observing each other closely. This lecture will trace this relationship showing how in an age of computer-aided design, an understanding of sculpture is more Important than ever for architecture.

David Worthington graduated from Oxford University in 1984 with a degree in Philosophy and Theology, and later studied fine art in London, Barcelona and New York. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Sculptors and was Vice President in 2010-13. David has enjoyed many UK and international public commissions and exhibitions with work currently on show at the Creative Cities Collection in Beijing.

Monday 8 April 2024
Presented by Susannah Fullerton
Venue & Time: The Crossing Theatre, arrivals from 6.30pm for a 7pm start

The six most polished, controlled and elegant social comedies to be found in English Literature were written by a woman whose personal life was unexciting and confined. Jane Austen’s cool judgment, ironic detachment and her genius gave her novels depth and charm and made them some of the most popular novels ever written.

Susannah Fullerton, President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and author of several books about Jane Austen, shares her passion for Austen’s novels and her interest in her life and times. Illustrations bring the Regency world to life and readings will remind audiences just how amusing Austen’s writing can be.

Monday 13 May 2024
Presented by Andy McConnell
Venue & Time: The Crossing Theatre, arrivals from 6.30pm for a 7pm start

A history of wine, its rituals, and its vessels, sustaining humanity for almost 10,000 years. We trace the story of wine through the ages, and examine the extraordinary art and artefacts created throughout history to enhance the pleasure of wine. The talk visits the ancient world, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and 18th century Britain, culminating today, when more wine is being consumed than ever.

Andy McConnell has dealt in antiques since adolescence but served an apprenticeship in journalism. After working in music, film and television, he returned to writing in 2004. He continues to write and runs Britain’s largest antique glass gallery in Rye, Sussex. Andy is best known as the humorous glass specialist on BBC’s evergreen Antiques Roadshow.

Monday 15 July 2024
Presented by John Stevens
Venue & Time: The Crossing Theatre, arrivals from 6.30pm for a 7pm start

The architecture of Mughal India, palaces, mosques, gardens and mausoleums. Before the British arrived in India, the Indian subcontinent was ruled by the Mughal Emperors. The stunning buildings and gardens they constructed from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century have left an indelible stamp on India’s architectural and cultural landscape. This lecture will take you on a tour of some of India’s greatest and most beautiful buildings and provides insight into the historical contexts and colourful personalities involved in their construction.

Dr John Stevens is a Research Associate at SOAS, University of London. His PhD in History is from University College London. He teaches British Imperial history, Indian history and Bengali language, and is a regular visitor to India and Bangladesh.

Monday 12 August 2024
Presented by Vivienne Lawes
Venue & Time: The Crossing Theatre, arrivals from 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Art Nouveau from 1890-1920 aimed to break free from the historicism that defined much of the 19th century. The style received worldwide attention at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, which astoundingly received 51 million visitors. Here, René Lalique had his own pavilion of glass and jewellery, and Siegfried Bing recreated his Paris gallery, the Maison de l’Art Nouveau. The style was characterised by sinuous lines and whiplash curves, and the style came to define the Belle Époque era.

Vivienne Lawes is an art historian, art market analyst and curator/writer who combines a hands-on career in the art business with academic research and teaching in Higher Education. A former art market journalist at The Art Newspaper, she writes for a wide array of publications.

Monday 16 September 2024
Presented by Rosalind Whyte
Venue & Time: The Crossing Theatre, arrivals from 6.30pm for a 7pm start

This arts talk follows different fashions as revealed in paintings, looking at dress and accessories, and some of the more ridiculous styles of fashion from the 16th century to the 19th century. Whilst the ordinary working folk might have longed for a wardrobe full of reds, purples and golds (or, indeed, for a wardrobe at all!), their ‘superiors’ may well have envied them their ability to move freely in their clothes, without ruffs, stuffed sleeves, enormous petticoats, or headdresses the size of small animals …. sometimes also containing small animals! Have fun exploring the wildest extremes of fashion through the ages.

Rosalind Whyte holds a BA and MA from Goldsmith’s College, and an MA (distinction) from Birkbeck College. An experienced guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Royal Academy and Greenwich, she also lectures on cruises and at the Tate to independent art societies.

Monday 21 October 2024
Presented by Paul Chapman
Venue & Time: The Crossing Theatre, arrivals from 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Matisse is regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century. His intense use of colour in his paintings between 1900 and 1905 brought him notoriety. In later age he had a second flourish as an avant-garde artist and developed his cut-out style, using collage techniques with coloured paper. A critically acclaimed artist of the 20th century and an inspiration to countless generations of painters that followed.

Paul Chapman is a writer, art historian and a National Gallery trained guide with many years of experience working in education. Paul has a long-standing commitment in conjunction with the National Gallery as a tour guide at the Longford Castle art collection, and he is also a visiting tutor at Marlborough College and a tutor at MCSS.

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