ADFAS Noosa welcomes you.

ADFAS Noosa has been bringing world class art related talks to the local cultural scene for over 10 years. Join us in 2023 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 speakers. 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.


Lectures are held at St Mary’s Church, 17 William Street, Tewantin. Additional parking in adjacent Butler Street

Lectures are on a Saturday, please arrive at 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start

Annual membership:
$150 Single              $260 Couple
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Guests welcome:
$25 per lecture            ADFAS Visitors: $20
Bookings are essential, contact: Jenny Reeve

For all enquiries please email:
Postal Address: PO Box 481 Noosa Heads QLD. 4567
ABN: 88 077 121 951

Committee 2023
Chair: Gail Thoms
Treasurer: Robert Brooks
Membership: Jenny Reeve


Saturday 18 February 2023
DEPARTMENT STORES: ‘A New Way to Shop in the 19th Century’
Presented by Michael Marendy
Venue & time: St. Mary’s Church,17 William Street, Tewantin. 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start

During the latter part of the nineteenth century retailing underwent enormous change. Small, overcrowded drapery stores were transformed into multi-storey department stores. In addition to dressmaking, millinery and tailoring services, many of these stores established specialised departments which stocked dress fabrics, gloves, lace, mantles, shoes, and underclothing, thus providing the total look for women, a service an individual dressmaker could not provide. This lecture will discuss the growth of the Australian department store and the services it offered.

Michael Marendy has a working background in clothing, design, fashion education, textile conservation and museum curatorship. He is currently a conservator and curatorial consultant in Queensland. Michael was awarded the 2022 Conservator of the Year through The Australian Institute of the Conservation of Cultural Material – the professional organization for conservators in Australia.

Saturday 11 March 2023
Presented by Nigel Bates
Venue & time: St. Mary’s Church,17 William Street, Tewantin. 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start

This talk looks at life backstage at London’s Royal Opera House and the tribulations and triumphs of working with The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet companies. We look at the way artistic inspirations, the people involved and the very special Victorian building, which all function together to create world-class opera and ballet in a unique environment.  The lecture includes several rare performance 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
WORKING FROM LIFE: ‘Puppets, Lay figures and Strange Studios’
Presented by Dr. William Platz 
Venue & time: St Mary’s Church ,17 William Street, Tewantin. 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start

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 bodies were otherwise unavailable or inconvenient. 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.

Dr William Platz has been part of the Queensland College of Art community since 2009. He is an American-Australian artist, teacher and researcher who exhibits and publishes regularly in the US, Australia and internationally. With a disciplinary focus on drawing and research concentrations in life drawing, portraiture and pedagogies of drawing, his recent work confects drawing, the body and puppets. Dr Platz is currently Deputy Director of QCA (Research) and Convenor of Drawing.

Saturday 13 May 2023
DEAD SHARKS AND OLIGARCHS: ‘Inside the Art Market of the 20th century’
Presented by Dr. Tom Flynn. 
Venue & time: St. Mary’s Church,17 William Street, Tewantin.  3.45pm for a 4.00pm start

After a painting purporting to be a work by Leonardo da Vinci sold for the staggering sum of $450.3 million dollars at an auction in New York, the world looked aghast at the art market and wondered whether it was out of control. This talk explores the dizzying prices paid for ‘blue-chip’ works of art and throws light on the secretive mechanisms and confidential ‘behind-the-scenes’ deals that help bring them about. To what extent might money-laundering be involved. Do they signify a shift in power and influence from West to East, from Europe to Asia and the Middle East, from the values of ‘Old World’ connoisseurship to those of the globalised world of high finance?

Dr Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer, and art consultant. He holds a BA Honours degree (First Class) in Art History from the University of Sussex, a Masters in Design History from the 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).

Saturday 17 June 2023
ART DECO STYLE: ‘Fashion and Jewellery’
Presented by Claudia Chan Shaw
Venue & time: St. Mary’s Church, 17 William Street, Tewantin. 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start

 The visual culture of Art Deco is defined not only through architecture, but through the decorative arts. It influenced fashion and jewellery design, emphasizing clean shapes and simplified lines to express the dynamism of the Machine Age. The well-dressed Deco woman was a study in style, from her gown and accessories, down to her cigarette case. Join Claudia Chan Shaw for an exploration of the Art Deco Style in fashion and jewellery from the textile designs of Sonia Delaunay to the poster girls of Shanghai and the luxury of Cartier.

Claudia Chan Shaw was born in Sydney and has a multifaceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist, photo artist, and curator. With a BA in Visual Communication Design from Sydney College of the Arts, she is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw. The label is renowned for its exquisite handmade knitwear and jewellery. The designs are represented in the permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. She is the co-host/producer of the new TV series ‘Antiques Downunder’ showing in late 2022.

Saturday 8 July 2023
ANDY WARHOL: ‘The Prince of Pop Art’
Presented by Lucrezia Walker 
Venue & time: St Mary’s Church,17 William Street,Tewantin. 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start

 Pioneer of Pop Art, his New York studio, The Factory, was the place to be in the 1960s and ‘70s. Illustrator, printer, filmmaker, manager of rock band ‘The Velvet Underground’, founder of Interview magazine, author of numerous books, creator of iconic pop images of Marilyn, Jackie and Elvis, soup can and coke bottle, and coiner of the expression ‘15 minutes of fame’ Warhol’s own fame continues long after his death, as Prince of Pop Art.

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 12 August 2023
VENICE: ‘Warts and All’
Presented by Nirvana Romell
Venue & time: St Mary’s Church,17 William Street, Tewantin. 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start

 The talk explores the causative connection between the political, social, and economic history of this famous city and its arts. The uniqueness of the city’s history and people reflect itself in the revolutionary and innovative character of Venetian arts – both in positive and negative ways. The lecture highlights the contribution that the Venetian colonies made to the famous school of art Venice has been highly romanticised in the past two centuries and the lecture separates facts from sentiment.

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. 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. She organises and presents tours of permanent and temporary exhibitions across the UK and Europe, and study tours to the Balkans, Italy, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and South Africa.

Saturday 16 September 2023
VISUAL ILLUSION: ‘Can you believe your eyes’
Presented by John Ericson 
Venue & time:St Mary’s Church,17 William Street, Tewantin. 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start

 Some of the images will amuse, some will confound and others will challenge your self-belief. Even those familiar with illusions may not have appreciated how they affect our appreciation of art or how much they influence our day-today lives. 

John Ericson 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 Power Point program.  

Saturday 14 October 2023
POTS AND FROCKS: ‘The world of Grayson Perry from Essex Punk Potter to Superstar National Treasure’
Presented by Ian Swankie 
Venue & time: St Mary’s Church,17 William Street, Tewantin. 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start

Best known for his outlandish appearances dressed as his feminine alter ego, Claire, Grayson Perry is now a core part of the art establishment, a Turner Prize winner, Royal Academician, popular broadcaster, and colourful character. He’s possibly one of the world’s best-known contemporary artists. His works of ceramics, textiles, tapestries, and prints are highly sought after. Often controversial, he tackles difficult subjects in a poignant yet witty way and holds a mirror up to society. This talk will examine Grayson Perry’s work, his exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions, and the unique character inside the flamboyant frocks.

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

Saturday 18 November 2023

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