Gold Coast (Bundall)

Postal Address:

ADFAS Gold Coast Inc.
PO Box 7737
Gold Coast Mail Centre QLD 9726


ABN: 77 428 160 468

Committee 2022

Ms Patricia Ruzzene

Mrs Ann McCallum

Mrs Carol Little

Membership Secretary
Ms Caroline Gordon

Programme Secretary
Ms Wendy Spencer


Normally ADFAS Gold Coast Saturday Morning Lectures are held at the Home of the Arts (HOTA),
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217 Parking is available

Members are required to book attendance at lectures through the Trybooking link which is circulated to members prior to lectures. Visitors and guests may attend lectures at a cost of $30 per lecture with a maximum of three lectures attended in any one year. They are also required to book through the Trybooking link.

We ask members to be seated 5 minutes prior to the commencement of the Lecture. For Morning Lectures, members should be seated in the Lakeside Room by 9.25 am. The Lecture commences at 9.30 am.

Our ADFAS Gold Coast Banner is displayed at all our lectures and events at HOTA in order to attract new members to ADFAS.

We publish informative Newsletters three times a year which are emailed to all members and posted on this website. We also publish regular monthly Keeping in Touch Bulletins to our Members. Any last minute changes (of which during Covid, we have had a few) are emailed directly to all our members. Also on our website is information about our Young Arts Projects, Schools of Arts/Mechanical Institutes and Church Recording Reports.


We are a group of 200-250 who enjoy socialising after lectures in pleasant surroundings in the HOTA complex. Morning tea/coffee and freshly-baked biscuits are served while we chat with friends and wait for the drawing of Julie’s fabulous raffles. We can sit either inside or outside on the terrace where there is a lovely view of Surfers Paradise and the HOTA parklands and lake.

We organize Art Coach Tours to exhibitions and places of cultural and historic interest during the year as well as group entry to a selection of live theatre productions and films at HOTA. Wendy’s Coach Trips are always well planned, interesting and fun. We’ve travelled to museums, art galleries and other venues on the Gold Coast, the Tweed, Brisbane, Redcliffe, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Toowoomba. Many members expressed an interest in attending hands-on workshops and we are looking into possibilities for this.

To get a better idea of the variety of interests we have, activities we do, community projects ADFAS Gold Coast supports and what our tours and events are like, please take a look at the many reports written by our members in our Summer, Winter and Spring ADFAS Gold Coast Newsletters. Because some of our projects have been suspended during Covid lockdown, we have added an extended selection of newsletters highlighting our usual range of projects and awards. As many of us are regular travellers, we also include reports and photos of events and travel with an arty twist in Australia and overseas – as well as achievable destinations and events as Covid restrictions change.

Apart from world famous beaches, surfing, theme parks, the GC hinterland, national parks, and the new HOTA Art Gallery, the Gold Coast hosts a number of annual events. Links for up-to-date information on these:

Part of our south east Queensland region and only 30 min from the Gold Coast is the Scenic Rim. Lonely Planet has recently awarded it 8th out of the 10 of the most desirable regions in the world to visit. No other Australian regions were included. For things to see and do there, please follow these links:


AGM and CHRISTMAS High Tea for 2022
Date: Wednesday 30th November 2022
Time: 2.30 – 5.00 p.m.

19 March 2022
Topic: “The creative genius of the Bugatti Family – from Art to automobiles”
Touring Lecturer: Kenneth Park
Venue: HOTA, Lakeside Room
Time: Lecture: 9.30 a.m. Morning Tea: 10.30 a.m.

In this lecture we examine the incredibly talented Bugatti family, well known for their extraordinary contributions in art and design. Carlo was an important Art Nouveau artist, designer and decorator. His two sons were just as talented; Ettore would establish a reputation as an automobile designer and manufacturer, and Rembrandt was a renowned sculptor. Today the world is richer in so many ways through the efforts of generations of the Bugatti family who excelled in creating brilliant art and design.

Lecturer Biography
For over thirty years Kenneth Park served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne, and regularly consults in corporate and public sectors. An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe. He has a passion for travel, food, wine, arts, architecture, history and good conversation … living by the motto, ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’.

30 April 2022
Topic: “Working From Life: Puppets, Lay Figures and Strange Studios”
Australian Lecturer: Dr Bill Platz
Venue: HOTA, Lakeside Room
Time: Lecture: 9.30 a.m. Morning Tea: 10.30 a.m.

Until quite recently, it was commonplace for artists to populate their working spaces with odd studio puppets called ‘lay figures’. These disconcerting figures were beautiful pieces of ingenuity and craftsmanship and they enabled artists to pose and study the body when people were unavailable. Lay figures allowed artists to work ‘from life’ without the living. In this lecture, Dr William Platz will use his artwork and his research into studio puppets to shine light into this obscure corner of art practice and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of studio puppets in contemporary art.

Lecturer Biography
American-Australian artist, teacher and researcher, Dr William Platz, exhibits and publishes regularly in the US, Europe and Australia. With research concentrating on life drawing, portraiture and teaching techniques, his most recent work combines realistic drawing and puppets. Dr Platz resides in Brisbane and is currently Head of Drawing at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Dr Platz completed his BFA and MA degrees in New York and his PhD in Australia.

21 May 2022
Topic: “War and Peace: Ben Quilty and George Gittoes”
Touring Lecturer: Gavin Fry
Venue: HOTA, Lakeside Room
Time: Lecture: 9.30 a.m. Morning Tea: 10.30 a.m. 

Since the end of the Vietnam War more than forty years ago, Australians have served in many parts of the world in the role of peacekeepers. While the title might sound benign, the conflicts and experiences of those at the front can be as dramatic and dangerous as any world war. Ben Quilty and George Gittoes have both worked as war artists with the armed forces, bringing home a truly human story, filled with the high emotion and drama befitting artists of deep feeling and conscience.

Lecturer Biography
Writer, artist and museum professional, Gavin Fry, has fifty years’ experience working in curatorial and management positions in Australian museums, galleries, and educational institutions. Author of twenty-five books on Australian art and history, catalogues and journal essays; he now exhibits his paintings in Newcastle and Melbourne. He writes professionally and designs and publishes books. Gavin holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Arts (Monash University) and Master of Philosophy (Leicester University).

18 June 2022
Topic: “Turner – the Explorer”
Australian Lecturer: Robert Ketton
Venue: HOTA, Lakeside Room
Time: Lecture: 9.30 a.m. Morning Tea: 10.30 a.m. 

Whilst Robert talks about the life and times of JMW Turner, Catherine demonstrates Turner’s style and technique. Turner lived at a time of great social change and scientific invention. Thousands of his works record Britain’s transition from a rural to an industrial society. He is regarded as one of the greatest 19th century painters, with works exhibited in galleries worldwide. He was a fascinating character: secretive, driven, penny pinching and generous, chaotic in his private life and fiercely patriotic. His likeness on the twenty pound note would have appealed to his vanity but contradicted his need for anonymity.

Lecturer Biography
After being appointed Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Southern Queensland in 1976, Robert taught acting and directed dozens of plays before retiring as senior lecturer in acting in 2009. Since then he worked for GP Connections and Medicare local, and established “Floodlight” a federal government-funded organisation aimed at helping flood victims. He has a number of published books and plays and is working on an illustrated children’s book with his artist wife, Catherine.

16 July 2022
Topic: “Overview Downunder: Australian glass.”
Touring Lecturer: Dr Grace Cochrane
Venue: HOTA, Lakeside Room
Time: Lecture: 9.30 a.m. Morning Tea: 10.30 

This talk was prepared for a glass conference in Adelaide in 2005 which brought together the Australian Ausglass and the American Glass Art Society (GAS) conferences for that year. It considers the origins of Australian studio glass (flat glass, blowing and casting), significant people along the way, important international influences and events and current examples of studio glass. It was also extended for presentation at the Californian College of Arts, San Francisco, in 2006.

Lecturer Biography
Author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History, professional speaker and writer of many craft and design publications, Grace Cochrane was until 2005, senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Born in New Zealand, she has an impressive list of qualifications and honorary titles from the University of Tasmania; the UNSW; Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga; the Australia Council’s VACB Emeritus medal (2001) and honorary AM in 2013.

13 August 2022
Topic: “History of Hallmarking in England”
Lecturer: Jolyon Warwick James
Venue: HOTA, Lakeside Room Time: Lecture:9.30a.m. Morning tea:10.30a.m. 

This presentation provides an in-depth look at hallmarking. Why was it needed, how did it develop, how was it implemented and what is its relevance today? Whilst looking at English hallmarking we examine English provincial, Scottish and Irish marks and make comparative reference to hallmarking in other countries. Historically interesting, it is also very practical in learning how to “decode” those strange looking symbols.

Lecturer Biography
Jolyon James is a professional consultant on antique silver, based in Sydney. Educated at London University, he has acted as a lecturer, valuer/appraiser, and adviser on English, European, Colonial and other silver with museums, auction houses, Government bodies, collectors and educational organisations within Australia and overseas. He has published widely on international silver collections and practices, including a reference manual on Australian gold and silver hallmarks.


10 September 2022
Topic: “Madame la Veuve Clicquot: a toast to the ‘Champagne Widow’”
Touring Lecturer: John Broadley
Venue: HOTA, Lakeside Room
Time:9.30a.m. MorningTea:10.30a.m.

Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, née Ponsardin, is one of France’s most celebrated women and the most brilliant businesswoman of modern times. From modest beginnings, she developed a small champagne house into a mighty business. Widowed young (‘veuve’ is French for widow) she showed ingenuity and pluck, despite often overwhelming obstacles. Immensely successful and rich, she lived until 1866, dying at 88. Her descendants are among France’s grandest and most famous families. The complex lives of Madame la Veuve Clicquot and her family will be traced, and her legacy – Veuve Clicquot champagne – will be examined. Other famous ‘champagne widows’ will be briefly discussed.

Lecturer Biography
John Broadley is an historian of Australian colonial architecture, French culture, and relationships between Australia and Europe. He holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from Charles Sturt University. John has worked in conjunction with heritage architects on conservation management programs for numerous significant heritage properties in New South Wales and has published on the historic houses of New South Wales.

8 October 2022
Topic: “Art of the Infinite Sky
Touring Lecturer: Dr Sam Bowker
Venue: HOTA, Lakeside Room
Time: 9.30 a.m. Morning Tea 10.30 a.m.


Artists, architects and cartographers have worked with scientists to describe and predict the movements of celestial objects. Through their pursuit of knowledge they created extraordinary artworks. This lecture will survey some of the most remarkable astronomical artefacts from the early modern period, including Indigenous Australian, Indian, Islamic and Renaissance astrological charts, astrolabes, armillary spheres and orreries, as exquisite relics from the history of art and science.

Lecturer Biography

Dr Sam Bowker is the Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Charles Sturt University, where he is also the Sub Dean of Graduate Research. Apart from developing Australia’s leading ‘Islamic art and design’ subject for university students, he has curated diverse international exhibitions and published widely on the history of khayamiya (Egyptian tentmaker applique).


9 September 2022
Topic: “The Chateau of Chantilly”
Lecturer: John Broadley
Venue: HOTA to be advised
Time: 9:30am – 12pm
Cost (includes morning tea): Members $55, Guests $60

North-east of Paris and passed down from the powerful Montmorency family to the Duke of Aumale, the Château de Chantilly holds an art collection rivalling that of the Louvre. On returning from exile in England, the Duke refurbished the château and installed in it his massive collection of paintings, prints, books, furniture and objets d’art. The Institut de France now administers the château and no artwork can enter or leave the building. The lecture examines Chantilly from medieval times to present, the fabulous exterior, interior and the magnificent stables housing the Museum of the Horse, all financed by the Aga Khan.

7 October 2022
Lecturer: Dr Sam Bowker
Venue: HOTA Panorama Room
Time: 9.30am – 12 pm
Cost (includes morning tea): Members $55, Guests $60

Part 1 Blooming Marvels: The Global Art History of Flowers

This lecture travels the world in search of exquisite and compelling flowers. Along the way there will be drugs, erotica, jail, science, secret messages, economics, war, extinction and Instagram. Maybe we’ll also discuss Monet’s garden and Van Gogh’s sunflowers, but this is not going to be your usual walk in the park.

Image: Semper Augustus (pre-1640) Collection of the Norton Simon Museum / Wikimedia commons

Part 2 Beauty, Rich and Rare: Birds in Australian Art

This vibrant lecture explores the presence of native birds throughout Australian art. From the swooping emblems of our sporting teams to the beloved blue wren, we will observe how the abundant, the extinct, the magnificent and the suburban birds of Australia have informed artists, designers and scientists. This lecture will tell the stories of the birds I view as both a birdwatcher and an art historian.

Image: William T Cooper – Australian Parrots (Hooded, Golden-Shouldered, and Paradise Parrot) 1970 Collection of the National Library of Australia

Pre-booking is necessary. Please contact Programme Secretary, Wendy: 
Email: or phone: 0414 751831

Membership Enquiries:

Membership Fees 2022
2022 Membership Subscriptions:
Single: $190         Double (if both at same address): $370
Cost of Special Event Lectures: to be advised
Other Enquiries:

Visitors/ Guests: $30
Guest/visitor bookings: We use Trybooking or contact our Programme Secretary: