ADFAS Riverina

Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Riverina Inc.

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Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Riverina Inc.

In 2016 ADFAS Riverina will continue the cultural excellence of presenting world class lectures to the people of Wagga Wagga and surrounds. Our outstanding program has delighted members and non- members alike for nearly 24 years. The lectures are very well received by our members and their guests. It also provides the opportunity to interact with the speaker, in the beautiful surrounds of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery over drinks and nibbles -  an added bonus.


In 2016 two Half- Day Interest Days will be held in the beautiful surrounds of the gracious home and garden at 98 Gurwood Street, Wagga Wagga. The cost of $30.00 covers two lectures and morning tea. A great way to absorb fascinating facts.

Bookings essential for Interest Days 

RSVP: by Thursday before Special Interest Day to:
Helen Halloran - Phone 6921 2550
Email -


Committee 2016

Chairman: Sue McAlpin
Ph. (02) 6922 6138
Mob. 0408 228 932

Vice-Chairman: Jane Goddard:

Secretary: Pat Castine
Ph. (02) 6928 7486

Treasurer: Frank Austin
Ph. (02) 6944 7154

Programme for 2016

The year will begin on Friday 4th March with a presentation from ‘The Antiques Road Show’ presenter Lars Tharp. The topic of his lecture will be, ’The Captain and the Duchesse and their 23,000 children. London’s Great Founding Hospital’. The following day Lars will then share with us on one of the two half day study days, his experiences of 30 years on the Antiques Road Show.


April 15 - will introduce the first of the Australian lecturers Michael Turner, an antiquarian and art and garden historian. Michael Michael has been for the last decade Senior Curator of the Nicholson museum of Sydney University. Michael will take us through  through ‘Etruscan places:  travels through Tuscany with DH Lawrence.


On May 13 -  David Rosier will share the knowledge he gained through twenty five years working and living in South East Asia, on the Emperor Qianlong – the ultimate renaissance ruler.


June 17 - will see the second Australian Lecturer Gary Wilson, a Master Mariner will share with us the voyages of the Duyfken the first European ship to visit Australia in 1606. This voyage marks the beginning of Australia’s recorded history, and traces the original voyage and the re-enactment in 2006. 


July 15 - introduces Martin Ellis a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an accredited lecturer for the NADFAS. Martin is a curator, lecturer and broadcaster with wide-ranging expertise in the field of art and design.  Martin’s talk is titled  ‘Art, Power and Money: the Life and World of  Matthew Boulton’.  The man was described as one of the extraordinary figures of the 18th century, an entrepreneur and industrialist of brilliance who changed the nature of manufacturing.


August 19 - Leslie Primo a graduate of Art History and MA in Renaissance Studies, his lecture trace the beginnings of the abolition of slavery through the eyes of Dido Elizabeth Lindsay Belle. She was a black woman living in Kenwood House in the late 18th century. The lecture will present images of artists such Joshua Reynolds and Joseph Turner, and their paintings will be seen in the context of abolition and changing social images to slavery.


September 16 - Jane Vial will present "Tom Roberts' Adventures in New Zealand".


October 14 - will be the final lecture for the year by Mary Alexander again on art and artists titled ‘Riviera Paradise: the fusion of art design and pleasure of the Cote d’Azur’. Mary is an art historian who has a life- long passion for contemporary design. Mary will present the second half day- study day on 15 October, which will be sure to delight the seasoned traveller and those yet to visit New York, titled ’New York, New York: a time travel virtual tour’

ADFAS are supported by the Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, to hold our  lectures in the Council Meeting Room of the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga on a Friday evening with a 6.15p.m. for 6.30p.m. start.

How do I join & how does it work?

You can become a member by paying a yearly subscription, which covers all lectures and evening suppers. Contact the Chair for a membership flier.

Non-members can come to any lecture as a visitor for a $25 fee.

2016 Membership Subscriptions

ADFAS membership is $140

Couples $260