Postal Address:

Post Office Box 481


ABN: 88 077 121 951

ADFAS Noosa will offer eight illustrated lectures from March to October during 2021. This year the lectures will be presented by professional Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. After the lectures members and guests can meet with the lecturer over a glass of wine and canapes.

Please note all lectures will be conducted in accordance with Queensland Health Covid Safe requirements.

New members are always welcome.
Membership Secretary Joan Trusler will happily respond to all enquiries.
Tours to galleries, exhibitions and places of interest will be arranged this year whenever possible.
Noosa actively supports the Young Arts development program through donations and raffles throughout the year.

Committee 2021

Denise Turkington
Ph: 0420 907 900

Erika Hackett                    
Ph: 0409 300 007

Jan Collins                                    
Ph: 0417 497 021

Robert Brooks
Ph: 0417 631 046

Membership Secretary:
Joan Trusler
Ph: 0436 323 776

Membership Enquiries:
Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Noosa Inc
PO Box 481
Noosa Heads QLD 4567 


13 March 2021
‘The Tentmakers of Old Cairo’
Jennifer Bowker

Jennifer has been working with textiles since receiving her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from ANU, Canberra.   Married to a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Jennifer has been fortunate to live for a total of eleven years in Arab and Islamic countries.   The influence of the Middle East can be seen in her lectures and subject matter.

Jenny lived for four years in Cairo and worked closely with the Egyptian Tentmakers – men who do superb fine appliqué panels which were originally used for lining tents. The art is dying and the Tentmaker’s Street which had 247 skilled masters in 1979 is now down to 45.  Collections are not held anywhere in Egypt yet the work is stunning and beautiful.   Jenny has taken exhibitions to Australia, France, and Spain and will talk about the history and development of the Tentmakers’ appliqué.

10 April 2021
‘The Art of Competition & Victory in Ancient Greece’
Professor Alastair Blanshard

Alastair has held positions at Merton College, Oxford, the University of Reading and the University of Sydney. He is currently the Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland. His area of research interest is the Ancient Greek world and its legacy.

In his lecture he shows how the idea of competition and victory were celebrated and commemorated in Greek Art. He explores the theme of competition in sport, politics, drama, music and warfare in Ancient Greece.

22 May 2021
‘Aboriginal Art from Rock Art to Today’
Sally Butler

Sally is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Queensland and formerly a Senior Education Officer at the Queensland Art Gallery and an Associate Editor and feature writer for Art Collector magazine. She has published widely in Australian and international journals and several books.

This lecture explains how the modern Aboriginal art movement developed since the 1970s and how it maintains its connection to visual traditions going back to rock art created many thousands of years ago. The lecture focuses on how cultural traditions are reinvented and reinvigorated through innovative art of today. Examples include Indigenous art from the Central Desert, North Queensland, the Kimberley’s and Arnhem Land.

12 June 2021
‘William Turner’-Exploring Turner
Robert Ketton with Catherine Ketton

Robert was appointed in 1976 as a Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba, retiring as senior lecturer in acting in 2009. Since then  he has worked for GP Connections, established ‘Floodlight’ to help with flood relief in Toowoomba and is a communication Consultant. MC and public speaker and published author. His artist wife Catherine took her first adult art class in 2004 and quickly developed a new way of seeing the art around her. Going from being a drama teacher to a daily painter, Catherine’s style can be described as classical realism as she paints in thin layers. 

While Robert talks about the life and times of JMW Turner, Catherine will take to the easel with oil paint, rags, scrapers, and brush to give us a glimpse of William Turner’s painting style and technique. Turner, a fascinating character, secretive, driven, penny-pinching and generous, chaotic in his private life and fiercely patriotic, lived at a time of great social change and scientific invention. He is regarded as one of the greatest 19th century painters.

17 July 2020 – POSTPONED
‘From Gambling Chips to Imperial Jewels’
Charlotte Nattey

Charlotte is a graduate of St. Martins School of Art, London majoring in fashion and dress design. She lived in Rome and worked as a designer in the couture dress trade for “Fernanda Gattinoni” and as a freelance dress designer for Simonetta, Pucci and other couture houses. She has been a designer for London couture fashion houses as well as for major fashion houses in Sydney. Charlotte has developed and maintains her own business, importing antique jewellery and antique sterling silver between UK and Australia. She has been actively involved with ADFAS and was National Chairman 2008-2010.  

The Romanov dynasty ruled for 300 odd years and during this time amassed an incredible array of magnificent jewels.  After the revolution many were disposed of, some by the new communist government and others which had been saved by the aristocratic refugees were sold in order to be able to live in what were now straightened circumstances. The Bolsheviks kept some pieces that they considered historically important and these are on display today in the Diamond Repository on the Kremlin, Moscow. There are many incredible stories about these jewels and gemstones – from the Imperial Regalia to more personal items and we will look at some of these jewels and stories in this lecture.

14 August 2021
‘Jirga’ – filmed Secretly in Afghanistan
Benjamin Gilmour

Benjamin is an award – winning filmmaker and writer. He has produced three films with ‘Jirga’ being Australia’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2019 and was winner of the Best Independent Film at the AACTA Awards. He previously worked as a paramedic in inner Sydney for 20 years and as a teenager worked as a volunteer with Mother Theresa in Calcutta.

This film renders an image of Afghanistan not as a ravaged battleground but as an arrestingly rich land. It shows details of Afghan life, from marketplace stalls and local shops to teatime. It was filmed secretly over two months with actor Sam Smith. Benjamin will talk about the dangers they faced and their conviction to continue filming against many odds. After the film there will be a Q&A.

11 September 2021
‘Across the Ditch’ – Contemporary Art in New Zealand
Julie Ewington

Julie is a nationally and internationally recognised authority on contemporary Australian art across a wide range of media, and on contemporary art in Southeast Asia. She is currently working in Sydney as independent writer and curator. Over four decades Julie has contributed to Australian cultural life as a writer, curator and broadcaster, as well as through arts organisations including the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Board, the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane and the Experimental Art Foundation Adelaide.

There are many points of comparison between Australian and New Zealand art and culture, but also many differences. Contemporary art in New Zealand is rich, complex and fascinating, and deserves to be better known in this country. This lecture examines key themes in current art from our nearest English-speaking neighbour, from the brilliance of contemporary Māori expressions to the deep-seated love of landscape shared by Māori and Pakeha New Zealanders.

“River Valley” by Dick Frizzell – courtesy of the owner

9 October 2021
‘The Book of Kells’- its mystery and its wonder
Gemma Black

Gemma is a calligrapher, an artist and teacher with works housed in private and public collections including The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, The European Parliament, Letterform Archive San Francisco and Parliament House Canberra. Her love of calligraphy history, evolution of the western alphabet from the Roman period to the 21st century keeps her research interests ongoing.

The Book of Kells, circa 800 B.C. is Ireland’s National Treasure housed in Trinity College Dublin. It is said to be “the work of angels…..”Gemma will discuss the history, illuminations, calligraphy, pigments, tools and the background of the book that she researched for the NGA blockbuster “Art of Illumination” in 2000.



AGM & Christmas Party


3.45 pm for a 4.00pm start. St Mary’s Church,17 William Street, Tewantin


Anyone is welcome. You do not have to be an art expert, few of us are!


  • Experience professional illustrated lectures in a welcoming environment.
  • Enjoy new friendships and fellowship.
  • Join excursions to places and events of artistic interest.
  • Contribute to local Young Arts projects


Annual Membership Subscription
$140 per person
$250 per couple


ADFAS visitor $20


Membership Secretary Joan Trusler
M: 0436323776