ADFAS Sunshine Coast

Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Sunshine Coast Inc.

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What is ADFAS?

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 35 Australian Societies in five states.

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

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.

 Download our Membership Form

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

Committee 2016

Alison Bennett
(07) 5326 1856

Membership Secretary
Karin Woollatt
(07) 5479 0550

Correspondence: PO Box 1592, BUDERIM QLD 4556


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: $25 members $30 visitors


Listed with each lecture & the Special Interest Afternoon

Programme 2016

St Valentine’s Day SPECIAL LECTURE

The Art of Love in Renaissance Italy

Maroochy Arts & Ecology Centre, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha – 1:30PM

Please note that as seating is limited, bookings are essential for both members and visitors for this event!

RSVP 11th February.

A Valentine’s Day Special about love, betrothal and marriage in Renaissance Italy, this lecture will examine how customs varied throughout the city states, the importance of these events to the families, and how the different aspects of love were represented in art from the 15th century Ferrarese School of Verona through to the allegory and symbolism of Titian and Veronese in the sixteenth century.



The Best Photographs of the 20th Century

Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College Stringybark Road, Buderim – 6:45PM

Paul Harris presents his favourite photographs of the 20th century and explains why they are significant images. He tells the stories that lie behind them and includes pictures by internationally acclaimed photographers such as Henri Cartier Bresson, Youssef Karsh, Robert Capa and Don McCullin. Many of the photographs will be familiar to his audience, but others may come as a surprise.



Australian Film: Defining moments in a national cinema

Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College Stringybark Road, Buderim – 6:45PM

A look at some key moments in Australian film history from the early 1900s to the present. Enjoy clips and images revealing defining moments - the 1911 banning of bushranger films, the 60s legislation requiring ads on Australian TV to be made here, and government policy changes that brought us the lyrical and bittersweet Australian New Wave, the crass but entertaining genre films of the 70s, 80s and 90s and the current wave of indigenous filmmaking.



Gustav Klimt

Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College Stringybark Road, Buderim – 6:45PM

Viennese artist Gustav Klimt’s images of the femme fatale are definitive encapsulations of turn of the 19th century decadence and sensuality, and have retained an enduring fascination. Klimt’s works are gloriously decorative, exuberantly anticipating Art Deco. This lecture seeks to locate Klimt within the social background of Vienna in the early 20th century and investigates his charming personality and idiosyncratic art.



Modernism’s Antipodean Migration: The Australian house from the 1930s to the present day

Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College Stringybark Road, Buderim – 6:45PM

In the 1930s architects Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright were at the forefront of the architectural revolution that became known as Modernism. Uncluttered sculptural forms, open plans, new industrial materials and systems were their essential palette; light, ventilation and outdoor-living their common characteristics.

This presentation examines the influence of these ideas on Australian domestic architecture and concludes with an analysis of examples of the contemporary Australian house.



Telling the Time throughout the Ages

Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College Stringybark Road, Buderim - 6:45PM

This lecture looks at how people have measured time: when events should happen, how long they should take and how we are alerted to the ‘now’. As civilization has progressed, who needed to tell the time - civic leaders, the church, merchants, or individuals - has varied dramatically. Equally, there has been a continuing drive towards greater accuracy, driven by the needs of navigators, commerce and scientists. This lecture discusses many time-telling devices, many produced with exceptional intricacy, craftsmanship and beauty.



Ruins and Romance: Early women travellers in the Middle East

Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College Stringybark Road, Buderim – 6:45PM

The story of four extraordinary women who ventured to the Near East when travelling beyond Europe was still largely a male preserve: Lady Mary Wortley Montague who scandalised London society by joining her husband on his post to Turkey in 1716; Lady Hester Stanhope, the first European woman to visit Palmyra, Syria; Isabel Burton wife of famous archaeologist Richard; and Jane Digby who married an Arab sheikh and is buried in Damascus.



Paris in the Naughty Nineties: Concepts and perceptions of the Belle Époque

Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College Stringybark Road, Buderim – 6:45PM

This lecture leads us on a journey through the colour and excitement of the evolving, bohemian city of Paris in the 1890s. It looks at paintings, prints and satirical cartoons of the Belle Époque, the glamorous, yet politically turbulent and fast changing world of Paris at that time. This era is typified by the paintings and posters of Toulouse Lautrec and the emergence of highly talented and inventive artists such as the young Picasso.



Special Interest Afternoon

A King’s Mistress, a Queen, and an Empress: Cultural consorts and courtesans in 18th century French art Kawana Island Meeting Place

5 Grande Parade, Parrearra - 1:30PM

Please note that as seating is limited, bookings are essential for both members and visitors for this event!
RSVP 13th September.


This Special Interest Afternoon will cover the lives of Madame du Pompadour, Marie Antoinette and Josephine Bonaparte who were arguably the most important figures of their times in the patronage of the arts and as arbiters of fashion and taste.

Their individual and diverse influence spanned a period of over sixty years from the reigns of Louis XV and XVI until the end of the Napoleonic era.

A considerable number of artists, architects and designers, and makers of ceramics and furniture produced some of their finest works and gained celebrity through their patronage.  



Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown & Humphry Repton: English landscape design in changing times 1738 to 1816

Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College Stringybark Road, Buderim – 6:45PM

Using images of plans, paintings and drawings, as well as modern photographs, Keir Davidson explores the very different backgrounds of Capability Brown and Humphry Repton, the two most important designers of the English school of landscaping. 

He explains their sources of inspiration, how their different styles reflected the fast-moving times in which they lived, and what the renewed popularity of their work during the late 20th and early 21st centuries tells us about its importance.


6:45pm - Monday 5th December 2016

Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders Anglican College Stringybark Road, Buderim

Our Lecturers in 2016

14 FEBRUARY Dennis Panchaud (Aust) was born and educated in the UK and has worked as an architect, therapist, lecturer and teacher. For the past five years he has delivered courses on art history, art appreciation and an introduction to philosophy and comparative religion for U3A Sunshine Coast.

14 MARCH Paul Harris (UK) is a professional writer and lecturer, and has worked as a conflict analyst. His work took him to eighteen war zones throughout the world.   He has lectured on a fully professional basis for the past eight years.

18 APRIL Dr Karen Pearlman (Aust) lecturer in Screen Production at Macquarie University, has developed and produced numerous highly acclaimed and award winning dance-films, documentaries and dramas.

23 MAY Tim Stimson (UK) has been a freelance cultural/art historian, specialising in 17th and 19th century art and society for the past 30 years. He lectures at the University of Cambridge and for WEA, the Art Fund and NADFAS in the UK.

20 JUNE Adrian Boddy (Aust) holds the degrees of Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Applied Science and is an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at the Sydney University of Technology where he was Director of the Architecture Program.

18 JULY Kevin Karney (UK) is a member of both the British Sundial Society and the North American Sundial Society. He has lectured extensively on the subject of time telling and cosmology to both specialist and general audiences in the UK, France, USA and Australia.

29 AUGUST Sue Rollin (UK) has published travel books and is a tour guide in India and the Middle East. She is a freelance interpreter for the European Union and the UN. She has also worked as an archaeologist and has lectured on Assyriology and Ancient History at London and Cambridge Universities.

18 & 19 SEPTEMBER Martin Heard (UK) studied History of Art at Manchester University and then worked in the editorial department of a fine art publishing company. His later career was in information technology working and living for several years in Europe and North America. Martin now researches 18th English art and late 19th century French art and architecture.

24 OCTOBER Keir Davidson (UK) became a landscape designer after graduating from the University of Leeds. He has lectured in Asian horticultural Studies in the UK and the USA.