Gold Coast  (Bundall)

Gold Coast (Bundall)

Gold Coast (Bundall)

ADFAS Gold Coast welcomes you.

You are warmly invited to join us at ADFAS Gold Coast to explore the fascinating world of the Arts.

Visual and performing arts, design, history and literature form the basis for our eight lectures that are presented by international and local experts. These experts are chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. There is something for everyone!

In addition to our lectures, we also organise Special Events throughout the year, including visits to galleries, museums, exhibitions and places of cultural and historical interest.

Our Members and Friends receive our popular triannual ADFAS Gold Coast Newsletter (click here) and monthly updates from the Chairman through “Keeping in Touch”.

 ADFAS Gold Coast has a 20 year successful history (click here) on the Gold Coast providing intellectual and social interaction for its 200+ members. Members also help to support young artists in our region by raising funds to support our Young Arts Programmes.

We meet on the lands of the Kombamerri clan of the Yungambeh people.

We are a not-for-profit volunteer organisation and encourage those interested to join our organising committee.


Lectures are held at Lakeside Room, Home of the Arts (HOTA), 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, QLD. Metered parking is available on site.

Lectures are held on Saturday mornings.
Lecture commences at 9.30am and we ask Members and Guests to be seated by 9.15am.

Lectures run for approximately one hour. Morning Tea is served immediately after the lecture which provides Members and Guests the opportunity to ask questions and meet lecturers after each talk. The cost of Morning Tea is included in the membership or guest ticket fee.

Find full details of the 2023 program here

Annual membership
$200 Single
$390 Double
Click here to join or email:

Guests welcome:
$30 per lecture

For all enquiries please email:
Postal Address: PO Box 7737 Gold Coast Mail Centre QLD 9726
ABN: 77 428 160 468

Committee 2023
Chair: Patricia Ruzzene
Vice Chair: Gordon Wright
Treasurer: Carol Little
Secretary:  Ann McCallum
Membership Secretary: Caroline Gordon
Programme Secretary: Wendy Spencer


Saturday 18 March 2023
Presented by Nigel Bates
Venue & Time: Lakeside Room, HOTA. 9.30 am – Morning Tea: 10.30 am

This lecture is primarily an exploration of the music chosen by ballet choreographers through the years, proving that the right piece with the right moves and design can create modern masterpieces and timeless classics.  We transition through the grandness of Imperial Russia with Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty into the current modern repertoire of The Royal Ballet.  Includes historical and recent videoclips

Nigel Bates is the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House (ROH), including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra. He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC’s Maestro at the Opera and Pappano’s Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the printed and online content of the ROH. For over twenty years, Nigel has given lectures to arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.

Saturday, 15 April 2023
Presented by Claudia Chan Shaw
Venue & Time: Lakeside Room, HOTA. 9.30 am – Morning Tea: 10.30 am

Popular in Europe and the United States from 1890 – 1910, Art Nouveau was a decorative style that influenced architecture, fine art, illustration, advertising, jewellery, glass and furniture design. It was a new style for the coming century, rejecting the dated, historic references of the past – a “new art”. While a rather short-lived movement, Art Nouveau has left a lasting impression on design. Visitors to Paris continue to marvel at the graceful, organic iron and glass structures by Hector Guimard, at the entrance to the Paris metro underground. Or Victor Horta’s definitive examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Brussels with their abstracted vines, stained glass and mosaics. Join Claudia Chan Shaw for an absorbing look at this most elegant of design movements, celebrating the work of Alphonse Mucha, Louis Comfort Tiffany, René Lalique, Victor Horta, Hector Guimard and more.

Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multi-faceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist, photo artist, and curator. She is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw, with the designs represented in the permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Perhaps best known for her role as co-host on ABC’s Collectors and her subsequent book Collectomania: From objects of desire to magnificent obsession, Claudia presents and produces Arts Friday on 89.7fm Eastside Radio, and co-hosts a new television series – Antiques DownUnder on 9Gem and 9Now. She is a cultural tour leader for the Art Gallery Society NSW (Renaissance Tours) and leads the “Art Deco to Art Now” tours around the world, sharing her love of Art Deco, history, art and design.

Saturday 20 May 2023
Presented by Dr Tom Flynn
Venue & Time: Lakeside Room, HOTA. 9.30 am – Morning Tea: 10.30 am

Unlike the widely publicised looting of Jewish collections by the Nazis during the Second World War, the wholesale dispersal of Russia’s cultural heritage during the inter-war period is rarely discussed. This lecture looks at the process by which the Russian Revolutionary authorities sold off vast quantities of their country’s valuable art treasures following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to raise valuable hard currency. Sometimes referred to as the conversion of “Treasures into Tractors,” the process effectively confiscated and sold off the contents of Russia’s churches, libraries, monasteries, museums, and aristocratic private collections, thereby dispersing much of the country’s cultural treasures to the far corners of the world. Dr Flynn lifts the lid on the extraordinary events that unfolded after the Revolution.

Dr Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer, and art consultant. He holds a BA Honours degree (First Class) in Art History (University of Sussex), a Masters in Design History (Royal College of Art), and a doctorate from the University of Sussex. A former Henry Moore Foundation post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex, he has written for numerous international art publications and is the author of The Body in Sculpture (Everyman Art Library, 1998). Interests: contemporary art; sculpture history; museology and history of museums; art crime; issues in cultural heritage; historical development and professional practice of the European art markets.

Saturday 10 June 2023
Presented by Leigh Capel
Venue & Time: Lakeside Room, HOTA. 9.30 am – Morning Tea: 10.30 am

This lecture analyses some of the world’s greatest art crimes and heists in history. Leigh delves into the murky world of fakes and forgeries, using his comprehensive, personal experience as both an auction assistant for some of Australia’s most reputable Fine Art auction rooms, and as a successful secondary market art dealer, to expose the deceit, immorality and dark secrets of the art industry, from the Crown to the underground, in Australia and abroad! (Will include Hitler’s art purge, the questionable Da Vinci, the Mona Lisa, Munch’s The Scream, Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum heist, Australia’s greatest forger, Australia’s stolen Picasso.)

Leigh Capel has been working in the auction industry as a valuer and specialist since 2013, working for Menzies, Mossgreen and Sotheby’s. In 2018 he became Director of Belle Epoque Fine Art and Antiques, his mother’s business known for supplying art and furniture to the Australian Film and Television industry, particularly Baz Luhrmann’s films. In 2019, he replaced the late, great art dealer Lauraine Diggins at The Sydney Fair at Royal Randwick and The Melbourne Fair at Caulfield. His projects have featured in Vogue Australia, FilmInk magazine and The Daily Telegraph. He has recently become an accredited valuer of the Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia. His experience within the auction industry and outside as an art dealer provides a rounded perspective of the art market and art history.

Saturday, 15 July 2023
Presented by Lucrezia Walker
Venue & Time: Lakeside Room, HOTA. 9.30 am – Morning Tea: 10.30 am

Modestly successful during his lifetime, almost entirely forgotten for two centuries, Vermeer is now one of the best-loved artists of all time. We will look at the quiet interiors of this artist of the Golden Age of Dutch art, and consider what makes great artists and how posterity treats them. Voted by the Dutch the most beautiful painting in the Netherlands, the sitter’s true identity is unknown, and has been the subject of much speculation and several books.

Painted by Jan Vermeer in 1665, it is possibly the most famous of the relatively few works we have of this great artist of the Dutch Golden Age whose reputation disappeared in the decade after his death, and whose fame rests on its 19thC revival. Join us to look at this painting, its artist and the dramatic changes in art during the Dutch Golden Age.

Lucrezia Walker is a lecturer and gallery guide at the National Gallery in London. She liaises with the Gallery’s corporate sponsors and with the Tate Gallery and the Tate Modern. She teaches US undergraduates on their Study Abroad semesters in London and was Lay Canon for the Visual Arts at St Paul’s Cathedral 2010-2014.

Saturday, 19 August 2023
Presented by Nirvana Rommell
Venue & Time: Lakeside Room, HOTA. 9.30 am – Morning Tea: 10.30 am

The small Italian city of Ravenna is well known for its mesmerising mosaics. However, the Northern Adriatic coast has two more World Heritage Sites, and many smaller places showcasing incredible mosaics. For centuries, Aquileia hid the largest early Christian mosaic in Europe, used to explain the basics of the new religion to neophytes. In Poreč mosaics, one of the first times in the history of Christianity and art, a Byzantine Madonna triumphantly sits on the throne above the altar. These mosaics have great aesthetic beauty and story-telling powers. They also bear witness to the centuries of people and culture mixing, and power struggles in the first Christian millennium. The lecture explains their main themes (cockerel vs. tortoise; Noah in the shade of the courgette plant; Mary among female martyrs, etc). It also explains their function within their socio-political background. It is not a coincidence that they appear in one of the most multicultural areas of Europe!

Nirvana Romell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Masters of Arts in English Language and Literature. She has 20 years of lecturing experience on three continents. Since her arrival in the UK in 2003, Nirvana has been working as a freelance lecturer, public programmes consultant and tour director, organising and presenting tours of permanent and temporary exhibitions across the UK and Europe, and study tours to the Balkans, Italy, France, Switzerland, Sweden and South Africa. She has regularly presented art history courses and lectures as well as trained staff and volunteers at the Manchester Art Gallery, the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, University of Manchester and other art and learning institutions.

Saturday, 23 September 2023
Presented by John Ericson
Venue & Time: Lakeside Room, HOTA. 9.30 am – Morning Tea: 10.30 am

This lecture is an exploration of the fascinating world of colour. It is built on the premise that our appreciation of colour and how we see it is at the very core of our common interest in art and the arts. Sometimes colour is referred to as ‘the secret influence’ as we are often unaware of how it significantly affects the choices we make every day. But what is colour? Do we all experience colour similarly? What is a colour scheme and why do some colours go well together and others not?

Formerly Director of Studies in the School of Education and lecturer at the University of Bath, lecturer John Ericson had responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant and in this role has given lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world. In 2008 and 2011 John undertook extensive lecture tours in Australia and he has been a popular speaker for The Arts Society in the UK for many years. In his professional life, John has developed a particular interest in presentation skills, including the role of pictures in learning and the appropriate use of the PowerPoint program.

Saturday 21 October 2023
Presented by Ian Swankie
Venue & Time: Lakeside Room, HOTA. 9.30 am – Morning Tea: 10.30 am

Tate Modern originally opened in 2000 but in June 2016 opened its doors to the stunning new Blavatnik Building immediately setting the new gold standard for museum design. This talk looks at the sleek new architecture and its engagement with the local environment and then follows the highlights of the collection, starting with Monet, Matisse and Picasso, continuing through the 20th century artists such as Bacon, Freud, and Epstein and on to some international recent works. Some are easy to explain and some are quite challenging. Some are profound, some witty, some whacky, but they all have a place. This armchair tour explores the artworks of Tate Modern, the most visited modern art museum in the world, without the crowds.

Ian Swankie is a Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral and gives tours at each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and leads regular tours for various corporations and organisations. Since 2012 he has led a popular weekly independent art lecture group in his hometown of Richmond in West London and he gives talks on a variety of subjects. He is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City Livery Companies.