Sunshine Coast (Buderim)

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS Sunshine Coast
PO Box 1592

We are a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.

We provide superbly illustrated monthly presentations on diverse topics within the arts and related disciplines.

Our members come from many and varied backgrounds but we are all interested in learning about a wide range of the arts.

There are 37 Australian Societies in five states.

ADFAS was founded in the United Kingdom and started in Australia in 1985.


Committee 2017

Audrey Raymond
(07) 5456 2012

Membership Secretary:
Karin Woollatt
(07) 5479 0550

Programme for 2017

Venice, Canaletto and his rivals
Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College
Stringybark Road, Buderim 6:45 pm

This lecture gives a heady mixture of ‘superstar’ painter, Canaletto, and the ambitious and immensely rich Venetian patrons, some of whom were little better than modern hooligans. The highly sophisticated English ‘grand tourist’ had a lasting impact on Venice and how it is perceived today. The magical paintings by Canaletto and his cohort were greatly influenced by British taste. While these views
depict a serene dreamland of Venice and are highly prized, Venice now is in danger of sinking forever.

Romance and Glamour: 150 years of dressing in Brisbane
Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College
Stringybark Road, Buderim 6:45 pm

How have Brisbane women dressed over the past 150 years? During this time the production of clothing underwent massive changes due to advances in technology and changes in work practices leading to the ‘democratisation of clothing’ – mass-produced clothing
for all. The so-called important aspects of the industry (wholesale buying, distribution and retailing) remained and were almost
exclusively in the hands of men, while production, over the counter selling, and consumption remained predominantly with women.

Spain’s 20th century artists who challenged the art world
Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College
Stringybark Road, Buderim 6:45pm

This lecture focuses on art produced in the city of Barcelona, a city that defies convention. Barcelona spawned the artistic expression of Dali with his bizarre dreamlike images, the abstract shapes and forms of Miro, Picasso and architect Gaudi’s ‘drip castle’ structures. The city encouraged the freedom for Picasso to paint what he felt – not what he saw, creating his own abstract reality. The lecture delves into the artists’ creative worlds for an indepth look at their groundbreaking art.

More to music than meets the ear
Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College
Stringybark Road, Buderim 6:45pm

Music speaks to us through pictures and gestures in sound, all pre-arranged by talented composers. In this lecture, Professor Lees explores how western composers have created sound-based messages through gesture and pattern. En route, he travels through a wide variety of musical media – instrumental music, opera, sacred music, pop music and even the advertising jingle.

Special Interest Afternoon – SUNDAY 16TH JULY
Clothing the Classes: The Fashions of Downton Abbey and Early Fashion Retailing
Eumundi School of Arts – Memorial Drive, Eumundi
1:30 – 4:00pm

Ms Strasdin discusses the importance of dress across the social classes in the 19th and 20th centuries using the fashions from television series Downton Abbey. She also explains the effect on fashion of the emergence of the great department stores such as Selfridges.

The costumes of each member of the Downton Abbey household from patriarch Lord Grantham to Daisy the scullery maid will be examined along with the changes in dress that occurred during and after the Great War when life was never to be quite the same again.

Fashion became more accessible to people of all classes through department stores with their innovative design, new technology and outlandish publicity stunts, changing the face of shopping forever. For the first time ready to wear clothing meant that an entire new wardrobe of garments might be acquired under one roof, revolutionising the way we shopped.

Jointly hosted with ADFAS Noosa
Bookings are essential.
Contact Felicity Mauger –
Tel 0408 244 120

The Foundations of Fashion: the history of underwear
Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College
Stringybark Road, Buderim 6:45 pm

Christian Dior said, “Without foundations there can be no fashion.” For centuries, the clothed silhouette was determined not so much by what the outer garments looked like but how they were shaped by the foundation garments. From corsets to farthingales, busks to
camisoles, crinolines to bustles, this is a lecture that considers how these foundations shaped our ancestors’ approach to dress. It also debunks some of the long held myths about the dangers of the corset and asks what we really think about comfortable dress.

The Inside Stories: the real stories behind the most intriguing cases of stolen art
Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College
Stringybark Road, Buderim 6:45 pm

The Inside Stories is a ‘top 10 stolen art cases’ lecture. This lecture will examine the most famous works of art that were stolen and discuss whether the notoriety of being a stolen work of art increases or decreases the mystery around the work. Some examples
included in the discussion are Munch’s The Scream and the Leonardo’s da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Murder, Mayhem and Paint: the disturbing story of artist Walter Sickert
Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College
Stringybark Road, Buderim 6:45 pm

Walter Sickert, a most celebrated and enigmatic English artist, worked in London at the turn of the last century. One of his major works portrayed a well-known music hall singer, inciting more heated controversy than any other English painting at that time. In modern times books have been published claiming Sickert to be Jack the Ripper or his accomplice. This lecture will untangle the truth of these
claims following a trail of murder, mystery, mayhem and paint. Could this popular, colourful and enigmatic painter have been Jack the Ripper?

The Lost Language
Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College
Stringybark Road, Buderim 6:45 pm

Man is a symbol-making animal and this is seen in the art of the nomadic peoples of pre-Islamic Persia and Central Asia. This lecture explains many of the symbols woven into rugs and weavings from the 19th century and earlier. No rug was made purely for decoration: all had symbolic meaning and purpose. The weaver wove into the rugs, her own beliefs and interpretations of events in her
life. Today weavers may have forgotten the meanings but the magical and spiritual symbols remain part of the culture which has
linked countless nomadic women for millennia.

6:45pm – Monday 4th December 2017
Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders Anglican College Stringybark Road, Buderim

Who are our lecturers?

All are recognised experts in their fields.

They are drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Six lecturers come from the UK and three are from Australia.

Where do we meet?

In the Drama Theatre
Matthew Flinders Anglican College
Stringybark Road, Buderim
(unless otherwise specified in the Programme)

Who can join ADFAS?

Anyone with an interest in the arts or who wishes to develop an interest in the arts is very welcome.

No prior knowledge of any of the arts is needed.

Lectures are pitched at a very accessible level.

New members are very welcome.

2017 Annual Membership Fees

2017 Annual ADFAS Membership $148
Full time student $40

Why join us?

To learn more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment over a glass of wine and supper

To enjoy cultural and social opportunities

To join overseas tours with ADFAS lecturers

To receive our annual national magazine ArtLife

To support local young arts and local cultural heritage projects

When do we meet?

Monthly from February to October


Visitors are very welcome. We regret that visitors may attend a maximum of three lecture evenings a year.
Cost: $25 per visitor.
Bookings are required for visitors.

The Special Interest Afternoon is optional.
Cost: $35 members $40 visitors


Listed with each lecture & the Special Interest Afternoon

Our Lecturers in 2017

MARCH 13Mr Anthony Russell
Mr Russell, cultural historian, writer and artist, spent six years advising on the furniture needs of prestigious buildings throughout Britain, including museums, palaces, schools and cathedrals. He now lectures at the British Museum.

APRIL 24Dr Michael Marendy
Dr Michael Marendy, Textile Curator at QAGOMA, is Queensland’s most prominent fashion and textiles conservator. He has done pioneering research on significant local fashion designers.

MAY 22Mrs Sandra Mowry
Sandra Mowry studied world cultures majoring in Ancient Civilizations at Massachusetts University and did post graduate work at West Chester University. She has taught at numerous universities in the USA and has presented programs on ancient civilizations at Philadelphia Art Museum.

JUNE 26Professor Heath Lees
Professor Heath Lees was Professor of Music at Auckland University for 25 years and has presented around 400 Radio New Zealand Concert Programs. In 1994 he founded the Wagner society of New Zealand, where he has been president for 15 years.

JULY 16 & 17Ms Kate Strasdin
Ms Strasdin has undertaken curatorial roles in dress and textiles in museums for 20 years and has lectured in history, textiles and fashion at Falmouth University. She is a practitioner of the dying art of producing handmade Honiton lace.

AUGUST 28Ms Shauna Isaac
Ms Isaac, graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art and Birkbeck College, London, runs an art recovery company and serves on
the advisory board of the European Shoah Legacy Institute,

SEPTEMBER 18Mr Michael Howard
Mr Howard teaches at the School of Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist. He has published widely on European art of the 19th and 20th centuries and is President of Bolton DFAS.

OCTOBER 23Mr Brian MacDonald
Mr MacDonald worked on two university archaeological expeditions in southern Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey and he has lived and worked amongst two tribal groups in Iran making him one of the very few world carpet dealers to have spent ‘time in the field’. In 1990, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for his work amongst the Persian nomads.

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