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Post Office Box 481


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Committee 2022

Gail Thoms

Jenny Reeve

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

Listed as an official Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, Noosa Heads, the ‘jewel’ of the Sunshine Coast SE Queensland is renowned for its iconic bush fringed beaches, national parks, surf, water sports and of course the stylish restaurants and shopping of the famous Hastings Street.

Noosaville a short distance away has the Noosa River winding through its heart with its world-famous everglade system, six lakes and 40 species of migratory birds, it is a perfect river destination and has something on offer for every age and stage.

The regions kaleidoscope of colours, landscapes, textures, and relaxed spaces has inspired an active dynamic arts community with a wide range of artistic skills which can be seen in the studios, art galleries, markets and theatres around the town and region showcasing all their talents.

ADFAS Noosa has been bringing world class art related talks to the local cultural scene for over 10 years. Join us in 2022 and come and discover the arts with likeminded people in a friendly and welcoming environment. Enjoy new friendships over a glass of wine and finger food. Meet and chat with the lecturers. Join our day tours to places of artistic and cultural interest. Contribute to our local young arts development projects. We look forward to welcoming you.


12 March 2022
‘Tale of two Cities’: Moscow and St Petersburg

This beautifully illustrated lecture profiles the contrasting cities of Moscow, the Russian capital with its impressive and world-famous landmarks like St Basil’s, the Kremlin, and the Red Square – and Saint Petersburg, the artfully planned statement city of European sophistication that is a celebration of art and architecture. Saint Petersburg is home to the incredible Winter Palace, the Imperial Hermitage Museum with its fabulous architecture and art collection as well as a list of other key monuments of Russian history including the Peterhof and Peter and Paul Fortress.

KENNETH W PARK has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for over thirty years where he is responsible for the school’s extensive art and archival collections. Kenneth also consults in both the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising (especially in planned giving) as well as marketing, sponsorship, art, membership / loyalty and public relations. An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe. He lives by the motto: – ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’.

2 April 2022
‘High Heel Heaven’

Shoes convey a wide range of meanings associated with fashion, style, personality, sexuality, class, and gender. New studies have given us awareness of the personal, social, and sexual connotations attributed to footwear and created by footwear. Different shapes and colours for men’s and women’s shoes today revolve primarily around the construction of gender difference. Many of these gendered distinctions developed in the so-called ‘long eighteenth century’. Why do men and women’s shoes look so very different today? Learn about shoes, mobility and history, from Renaissance platform chopines to ‘Sex and the City’ limousine shoes.

PETER McNeil is Distinguished Professor of Design History at UTS. From 2008-18 he lived and worked in three countries, being Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies in Sweden and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor, Helsinki. His much-acclaimed book ‘Pretty Gentlemen’, on Macaroni Men and the 18th century fashion world, was published with Yale University Press in 2018. He was the main writer for Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s travelling exhibition ‘Reigning Men’ (2016-18) and has worked with communities and museums around the world: the award-winning shows include ‘Dressing Sydney’ (2012-13) with the Sydney Jewish Museum. Past President (2006-10) of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, representing Art History in the region. Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

14 May 2022
‘The Cape to the Derwent’: Kenneth Jack, a lost master of the Australian Landscape.

Kenneth Jack was one of Australia’s most popular and successful artists of the second half of the 20th century, yet to today his name is missing from the art record and creates no interest in academic circles. Can you be too popular and too successful? Take a journey around Australia with an artist of vision, integrity, and technical virtuosity. A child prodigy who took to art at an early age, Kenneth Jack excelled as a painter, printmaker, and teacher for more than sixty years.

GAVIN FRY is a writer, artist and museum professional with fifty years’ experience working in curatorial and management positions in Australian museums, galleries and educational institutions. He is the author of twenty-five books on Australian art and history and many catalogue and journal essays. In retirement Gavin has returned to his art training and exhibits as a painter in Newcastle and Melbourne. As well as working as a professional writer, he also designs and publishes books on behalf of other writers and artists. Gavin holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts [Hons] and Master of Arts from Monash University and Master of Philosophy from Leicester University.

25 June 2022
‘Napoleon’s Parvenu Princesses’: a tale of beauty and betrayal

Of the eight Bonaparte siblings, it was Napoleon’s stunning younger sisters, Pauline and Caroline who resembled him most in ambition, drive, and eccentricity. Pauline survived the slave uprising on Saint Domingue which killed her first husband to become the Princess Borghese famous for her jewels, naked sculptures and scandalous sex life which even included the Duke of Wellington. Caroline, married off to Murat, Napoleon’s charismatic cavalry general, became Queen of Naples and betrayed her brother to keep her crown. His sisters’ tantrums unnerved the conqueror of Europe.

After studying Classics and French at the University of Melbourne, Sylvia gained her Maitrise-ès-Lettres in Comparative Art and Literature and qualifications in Sociology in Aix-en-Provence. While in France, she lectured at the Université de Provence and at the Ecole Nationale des Etrangers d’Aix -en-Provence. After living in Italy and Spain, she returned to the University of Melbourne, where she specialised in nineteenth century French art and literature and Italian Romanticism. Sylvia has been commissioned by French television and SBS to write a documentary on the development of the first Parisian department stores and the invention of shopping in 19th century Paris. She is also working on a documentary on Josephine and the Australian flora at Malmaison.

23 July 2022
‘White Gums and Ramoxes’: the ceramics of Merric and Arthur Boyd

This is the story of the development of the touring 2009 exhibition, ‘White gums and ramoxes’, from the Bundanon Trust Collection, the property which Arthur and Yvonne Boyd gifted to the people of Australia in 1993. The exhibition takes its title from two characteristic motifs in the ceramic work of Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) and his father, Merric Boyd (1888-1959). The illustrated talk looks at considering the collection, deciding on a theme, discovering related paintings, drawings, and prints, and deciding that the exhibition was about the relationship between Arthur and his father, through their work. It also gives insights into the work behind the scenes, the fascinating mysteries that were unravelled and what the exhibition looked like in a range of different venues.

Now an independent curator and writer, until 2005 Grace Cochrane was a senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. She is the author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: a history (NSW University Press, 1992), and for over 45 years has spoken about the crafts and design, written for a range of publications, been a board member of several professional organisations and spoken at many conferences. Within the Powerhouse Museum she was co-ordinating curator for the collection-based gallery, Inspired! Design across time (2005); and external curator for Smart works: design and the handmade (2007). Later exhibitions include, among others, White gums and ramoxes: ceramics by Merric and Arthur Boyd from the Bundanon Trust Collection (2009-2012); Potters Cottage: a tribute, Manningham Art Gallery,2012; The Fuping Group, sharing the experience, Sturt Gallery, 2013.

20 August 2022
‘Fakes and Forgeries in Silver’: and how to avoid them

To avoid forgeries, we need to know what they are and what form they can take. In this lecture, Jolyon will examine why people fake silver and what forms of faking there are; what is not fake-but though legal, may still be highly undesirable. What part Hallmarking plays in preventing faking; and the weapons used in the war against fakers! While initially a British perspective is taken, coverage includes all countries. What may be considered a fake in one country may not be so regarded in another. Jolyon will use examples and discuss certain well -known cases and instances of forging and methods of detecting them.

Jolyon is a professional consultant on antique silver. Educated at London University, he has acted as 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.

17 September 2022
‘Madame la Veuve Clicquot’: a toast to the champagne widow

Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, née Ponsardin, is one of France’s most celebrated women. She was certainly the most brilliant business woman of modern times, and from modest beginnings developed a small champagne house into a mighty business concern. Widowed young (‘veuve’ is French for widow) she showed ingenuity and pluck, despite often overwhelming obstacles, to find a market for her champagne which is still a thriving going concern today. Immensely successful and rich, she lived on until 1866, dying at 88. Her descendants are numbered among France’s most famous and grandest families. In this lecture, the hectic and complex lives of Madame la Veuve Clicquot and of her family will be traced and her legacy – Veuve Clicquot champagne – will also be examined in detail, from a first-hand visit to the archives and cellars. Other famous ‘champagne widows’ will also be briefly discussed by contrast.

John Broadley is a retired teacher, a heritage consultant, historian and author. He studied and taught foreign languages (French, German and Japanese) from 1971 until 1999, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1978 and writing a post-graduate thesis on French novelist Marcel Proust for a Bachelor of Letters in 1980, both from the University of New England. In 2003 he graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Master of Arts (Cultural Heritage) with Distinction. A devoted Francophile, he is passionate about French architecture and culture, and in the relationships between France and Australia. He spent time in France in 2016 researching and taking photographs for French-based lecture topics. Since the mid-1990s he has undertaken extensive historical research on the colonial architecture of C19th New South Wales. In 2011 he published the acclaimed Historic Houses of Mudgee.

15 October 2022
‘Nightingales and Roses’ – The Art of Iran:

Dr Sam Bowker

Sam is the Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Charles Sturt University.

Beyond 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 Egyptian tentmaker applique, ‘khayamiya’.

This lecture will focus on the cultural legacies of the Safavid and Qajar dynasties and discuss the extent to which they have informed contemporary art in Iran and the Persian diaspora. Using remarkable case studies, we will review how Iranian art has made distinctive contributions to global art histories, including architecture, textiles, painting, photography and literature. The art of Iran is complex, vast and diverse, so this is designed to provide a compelling introduction for a lifetime of exploration.





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


ADFAS Noosa will be conducting all lectures in accordance with Queensland Health Covid Safe requirements in 2022