Postal Address:

ADFAS Brisbane
PO Box 441
Red Hill QLD 4059

ABN: 79 787 315 013

ADFAS Brisbane is a dynamic and friendly society where members and guests gather to hear experts in the Arts talk on a wide range of topics. We are a non-profit organisation which aims to cultivate and study the decorative and fine arts, promote aesthetic education and the preservation of our national artistic heritage.

The annual subscription for renewing members in 2021 is $100 and for NEW members it is $180. This fee includes entry to eight interesting and informative lectures.  We hope to be able to offer Special Interest Days where topics are explored in more depth. The lectures range across the decorative and fine arts (sculpture, painting), craftsmanship (jewellery, furnishings), design (architecture, gardens, interiors), and performing arts (music, dance, film). These are always very popular with our members and guests. Throughout the year, we also offer several other events, including new members’ lunch, bus trips, gallery tours, etc.

Our monthly newsletters keep members up to date with what’s happening. Member contributions about events, reviews or critiques of any aspect of the Arts are most welcome.

We support the philosophy of philanthropy to the community and contribute financial support to the Young Arts. We sponsor the Young Instrumentalist Award and the Young Composer’s Award at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and we support a young ballet student with the Queensland Ballet Youth Academy. We also support the Patricia Robertson Foundation.

Committee 2021

Susie Craig
M: 0467 556 659

Janelle Taylor
M: 0411 488 755

Secretary Minutes:
Jan McDonald


Jacqui Kelly

Membership Secretary:
Jane Reasbeck

Membership Enquiries:


11 March 2021
Egypt from the Tentmaker’s Khan to the City of the Dead
Jenny Bowker

This is an exploration of Egyptian textiles through the skill of the Cairo tentmakers, the Wissa Wassef tapestries, domestic embroideries, and the silk industry.

15 April 2021
Telling our Stories: Images and Ideas in Three Waves of Australian Film
Karen Pearlman 

Telling our Stories: Images and Ideas in Three Waves of Australian Film – Explores how Australian filmmakers projects the Australian image to the world as represented through films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Mystery Road as well as Indigenous filmmakers.

20 May 2021
Aboriginal Art from Rock Art to Today
Sally Butler

Dipping into art from the Central Desert, North Queensland, the Kimberley and Arnhem Land, Sally Butler explores how indigenous art is being reinvigorated and reinvented while based on cultural traditions.

10 June 2021
And so to Bed: The Diary of Samuel Pepys & Restoration London
Susannah Fullerton

This timely lecture examines the vicissitudes and joys of life through the writing and reflections of one of England’s most delightful diarists.

15 July 2021
Cartier: Jeweller of Kings and King of Jewellers
Charlotte Nattey

This lecture reveals the story behind the creation of a beautiful piece of jewellery whether it was for a Head of State, a wealthy suitor, or a socialite.

19 August 2021
The Australian Landscape from Glover to Olsen
Nick Gordon

Following our Australian Identity theme, this lecture examines how landscape painters crafted ideas of Australianness from the early 19th century to the cosmopolitan 1960s.

9 September 2021
Four Women: Australian Artists at the Venice Biennale
Julie Ewington

 This lecture looks at the most recent four Australian Artists to exhibit in the Australian Pavilion: Simryn Gil (2013), Fiona Hall (2015), Tracey Moffatt (2017) and Angelica Mesiti (2019). The Venice Biennale is famous for the International Film Festival, for the International Art Exhibition and for the International Architecture Exhibition, and will not be held again until 2022.

7 October 2021
The Book of Kells
Gemma Black 

This lecture delves into the past, examining book history and calligraphy; unravelling the mystery of Ireland’s national treasure which was last seen in Australia in 2000.


ADFAS Brisbane lectures are held on Thursday mornings at 10.30am at the Queensland State Library, Auditorium 1Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD.  Each lecture is repeated on the Thursday evening at 7.00pm at The United Service Club, 183 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD.  Members nominate which lecture they wish to attend but are most welcome to change times if the need arises.

Interest Days are held at the Queensland State Library, Auditorium 2 Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD from 10.15am-2.30pm approx.


2021 ADFAS Brisbane Membership at the Covid Discounted rate of $100 for rejoining members & $180 for new members

There are three ways to join ADFAS Brisbane:

  1. Go to Try Booking where we offer a combination of membership and or Interest Days: This is quick, easy to do and you get a confirmation email for your records. 
  1. You can access the Interactive Membership Form here.
  2. Email us at for a membership form. Fees can be paid directly into our account or by posting a cheque.  Details are on the Membership Form.


All visitors and guests of members are welcome.  Lecture fees are $30 per guest/visitor and Interest Day fees are $80 per guest/visitor per day.  Visitors and guests must book online at Trybooking or by emaiingl at least one week in advance.


Jane Reasbeack
Address: The Membership Secretary / ADFAS Brisbane Inc. PO Box 441 Red Hill QLD 4059

Due to Qld Covid regulations, we ask everyone to rejoin before the first lecture as we will not be able to take membership subscriptions on that day. 


Gift Cards are available. Give one to a friend, relative, teacher, or neighbour.

New Membership ($180);
One hour lecture ($30);
Interest Days (to be advised when arranged) ($80).

Please email to order. These can be posted to the recipient.