PO Box 931
Hawthorn VIC 3122
Contact & Membership Enquiries:
ABN: 36 971 725 705
The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society of Melbourne Inc was established in 1987 and is the third oldest member of the Association of ADFAS. 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.
ADFAS Melbourne presents a yearly programme of illustrated lectures on various aspects of The Arts designed to develop deeper understanding of art history and contemporary movements, all within a stimulating and friendly atmosphere. Topics range over: art history, architecture, ceramics, dance, drama, design, garden design, music, painting, textiles, and much more.
All lecturers are chosen for their outstanding communication skills, specialist knowledge and experience in their field. Each year we present six international lecturers from The Arts Society plus three Australian lecturers.
Published a week prior to each Lecture. Member contributions are most welcome! This could be in the form of information regarding a forthcoming event, a review, a travel log or crituque of any aspect of The Arts. Members are encouraged to submit articles and ideas for the newsletter.
Melbourne is a virtual treasurehouse of artistic gems. Three (or more) excursions for members are organised each year. Member suggestions for destinations (and/or guides/speakers) are most welcome. Any surplus funds raised through Excursion fees go towards our Young Arts projects.
Funds are raised to support noteworthy projects locally and nationally such as the Patricia Robinson Fund dedicated to the conservation of cultural and artistic materials. Funds are primarily raised through annual donations from members and from Society excursion fees.
ADFAS Melbourne supports two professionally administered endeavours fostering artistic and musical education for young people who other wise might lack access to The Arts:
Pizzicato Effect https://www.mso.com.au/education/the-pizzicato-effect/
Polyglot Theatre https://www.polyglot.org.au/
VISIT OTHER SOCIETIES
Each ADFAS Society in Australia has its own distinct lecture and activity program.
Members are encouraged to visit them. Other ADFAS Societies in Victoria are:
Central Victoria (Kyneton) / Geelong / Mornington Peninsula / Yarra (Caulfield)
Richard King 0414 306 025
Jane Sims 0429 611 567
Allison Waddell 0409 499 729
Julie Thompson (03) 9429 0550
Veronica Rickard 0408 113 669
Venue & Raffles
PROGRAMME FOR 2021
Due to uncertainty of planning due to COVID 19, all ADFAS Melbourne lectures for 2021 will be presented online.
PAINTING THE SPANISH LIGHT: JOAQUIN SOROLLA
Lecturer: Jacqueline Cockburn
One of the most extraordinary Spanish artists from Valencia; Joaquin Sorolla has become better known more recently. He lived from 1863 to 1923 and created a world full of light and colour which delights the senses. Some times a social painter he was more concerned with capturing light falling on bodies and sea-scapes and his wonderful technique will be considered in this colourful lecture.
Jacqueline Cockburn: A well known Arts Society Lecturer, and is Managing Director of Art and Culture Anda- lucía. She runs residen- tial courses in Andalu- cía, Southern Spain in the art and culture of the region, specialising in Spanish Art.
FOUR WHO WENT TO WAR: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST FOUR OFFICAL WAR ARTISTS OF WORLD WAR II
Lecturer: Gavin Fry
Ivor Hele, William Dargie, Harold Herbert & Murray Griffin: they could not have been more different, yet shared a common goal of bringing home artistic evidence of the service of their fighting troops. Each had a very different experience of war that profoundly affected the rest of their lives.
Gavin Fry: A writer, artist and mu- seum professional with fifty years experience working in curatorial and management roles in Australian museums, galleries and education- al institutions. He has authored twenty-four books on Australian art.
GOLDEN AGE OF VENETIAN GLASS
Lecturer: Jane Gardiner
This lecture looks at the early history of glassmaking in Venice and the wonderful techniques in forming and decorating will be consid- ered in this colourful lecture. There was a desire for luxury objects in the Renaissance, for clear glass or cristallo and the fashion for fine glass drinking vessels spread through Europe. The resulting trade gradually diseminated glassmaking skills in Europe.
Jane Gardiner: MA History of Art, University of London. Lectures at V&A; was Senior Lecturer and Dep- uty Director at Sotheby’s Institute of Art; has lectured for the National Trust, London University, Buckingham University, and numerous others internationally.
CLOTHED IN MEANING: THE TEXTILES OF THE AMERICAS
Lecturer: Dr. Sophia Errey
The lecture examines simple equipment pre-Columbian cultures used which produced astonishingly complex and sophisticated textiles. With the coming of Europeans to the continent new shape patterns were evolved and blended with the earlier forms. Fortunately we can gain detailed knowledge of early examples from both painting and the survival of text.
Dr. Sophia Errey: Artist & Art Historian, she combines these roles with research complementing and informing her practice as teacher and maker. Among the many subjects she wrote and taught in Fine Art at RMIT was Latin American art, including textiles.
ADFAS Melbourne will present 9 monthly lectures from February to November 2021 for members. We will advise members of the link & password for each lecture in our monthly newsletter
We regret visitors are not possible for 2021 lectures
ALL MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES
Membership enquiries can be made to the Membership Secretary Veronica Rickard mob: 0408 113 669
We welcome enquiries although we are unable to accept new members in 2021 However we are happy to take details from prospective members for membership in 2022.