Postal Address:

PO Box 7072
Shenton Park WA 6008


ABN: 33 564 259 095

ADFAS Perth is a not-for-profit member-based organisation run by a dedicated committee of volunteers offering stimulating lectures on adiverse range of subjects covering visual arts, architecture, fashion, music, literature and more. Due to international border closures at the time of planning the 2022 schedule, this year’s lecture programme will be delivered by local and interstate lecturers chosen for expert knowledge in their respective fields.

Members are kept up-to-date with regular electronic newsletters and our more expansive newsletters that are housed atthe bottom of this page along with regular updates on our Facebook group and Instagram pages.

ADFAS Perth lectures during 2022 will be run in accordance with Western Australia’s public health determinations. With or without capacity restrictions, members are required to register their attendance on for each lecture at no charge. Members will be notified of any relevant health mandates. 

If face-to-face lectures are unable to be held, we will deliver a digital alternative, details of which will be advised.


Most lectures are held at the State Library of WA theatrette, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge usually on a Saturday afternoon. Please refer to the lecture programme below for lecture details.


Membership single – $200
Membership couple – $390


Guests are welcome to buy tickets at $25 per lecture.

All ticket purchases and member registration can be done at
Enter ADFAS Perth into the search bar, date of lecture, and postcode 6003



19 February 2022
Modernism – a viewpoint from Australian Women Artists
Carl Altmann
Theatre -State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
2.00 – 3.30 pm

This lecture examines the role of Australian Women artists in the modernist art movement. Histories of Australian Art claim that Modernism came to Australia with Drysdale and Nolan in the 1940’s. These histories usually mention the women, but only as ‘also rans’, not as contributors to modernist ideas or practices. It is now clear that women like Norah Simpson, Grace Cossington Smith, Grace Crowley, Thea Proctor, and Dorrit Black produced Modernist works before the men! These women promoted the ideas and the practices of Modernism, which led to male curators and critics dismissing them as mere ‘feminine sensibilities,’ ‘weak’, ‘decorative’ and amateurish. It was described as ‘lipstick art’, ‘grotesque’, ‘decadent’ and subversive because of its egalitarianism, and everyday subject matter. In short, women were denigrated rather than praised for introducing abstraction, and thereby corrupting the purity of the traditional styles and genres. Our women were powerhouses for Art.

19 March 2022
Dusty Rabble? A street artist can fix that!
Stephanie Watson
Theatre -State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
2.00 – 3.30 pm

Examining the beginnings of street art through to it becoming an international movement which has shaken the traditional art establishment to its core. Mayors of New York have denounced its exponents as ‘Dusty Rabble’; declared “War on Graffiti”; spent $20million cleaning the city’s trains; put dogs and razor wire around subway yards to discourage graffitists, complaining that such vandalism “destroyed our lifestyle.”  But none of this has stopped graffiti and its progeny, street art, grow into the acclaimed genre it is today.

Stephanie Watson has been a Voluntary Guide at the Art Gallery of Western Australia since 2008. She has served in various capacities including President of AGWA Guides and the AGWA Representative at the Association of Australian Gallery Guiding Organisation.  She has supported the Regional Touring Exhibitions and workshops in guiding techniques in regional WA and been instrumental in establishing an Affiliation Program for AGWA Guides to support regional galleries.

ENTRIES for the ADFAS Perth Youth Arts Award open 30 April 2022

30 April 2022
Ten novels that changed the world
Susannah Fullerton
Theatre -State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
Lecture 1- 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Literature has always had the power to change –think of the impact of the King James Bible, Darwin’s The Origin of Species, Dr Johnson’sDictionary, Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, Marx’s The Communist Manifesto and Betty Friedan’s The Feminist Mystique.  Fiction too has the power to change – to evoke sympathy, to make us take on different opinions, and even to bring about change. This lecture examines ten novels which altered our world. Discover which novels have had universal impact. And think about which books you would select as having in some way brought about enormous change.

Susannah brings to life the lives and writings of great writers in her fascinating lectures. Having built a stellar career as a lecturer giving talks about famous writers, Susannah always presents in a unique style. Immensely entertaining, yet truly informative, you’ll love listening to her talk about her favourite writers. Susannah is President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, the largest literary society in the country, Patron of the Kipling Society of Australia and Lady Patroness of the International Heyer Society

30 April 2022
Vita Sackville-West: Novelist, poet and creator of Sissinghurst
Susannah Fullerton
Theatre -State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
Lecture 2. Time: 3.00 – 4:30 pm

Vita Sackville-West never really recovered from the fact that she had been born a girl and so could not inherit Knole, the house she adored. Her life was controversial. She married Harold Nicolson, but eloped with Violet Keppel; she wanted to be a famous poet, but is remembered today for creating Sissinghurst, one of the loveliest gardens in England; she was loved by men and women and had an astonishing variety of sexual partners, but she remained happily married to one man. Susannah Fullerton depicts the creation of Sissinghurst’s wonderful garden and discusses the intriguing life story of Vita herself.

28 May 2022
Dante’s Divine Comedy: A medieval masterpiece and our modern search for meaning
Professor John Kinder
Theatre -State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
2.00 – 3.30 pm

Dante’s medieval masterpiece, Divine Comedy challenges many of the building blocks of modernity. He embodies contradictions that are different from the ones we usually live with. His vision of reality is unified, holistic and integrated at all levels. At the centre of the Comedy, and the centre of his world-view, is love, the force that moves the sun and the other stars. We experience love as desire and the dignity of the human person is our ability to respond to love and to direct our desires, in total freedom. Artists and writers continue to be challenged to respond to his vision.

John Kinder first read Dante while studying Italian at University of Wellington (NZ). His research in Italian Studies led him in 1988 to the University of Western Australia, where he is now Professor of Italian. He has published widely on the history of the Italian language and dialects, especially the role language has played in Italian history. Dante keeps returning as a travelling companion and in his last years teaching John has found himself accompanying students on this remarkable journey.

11 June 2022
Karl Faberge and his world
Alan Dodge AM
Theatre -State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
2.00 – 3.30 pm

The name Faberge is synonymous with exquisitely designed eggs, made primarily for the Russian royal families of Tsars Alexander III and Nikolas II, however, Faberge produced a wide range of jewellery, boxes, clocks, photographic frames, for the Russian nobility, and clients around the world.  Faberge himself never made a single piece but brought in great craftsmen from Europe to workshops in St. Petersburg, Moscow and elsewhere.  At the same time, Russia was going through an industrial revolution, which in consequence led to rapid changes and eventually revolution.  During this time art and theatre flourished as never before in Russia.

Alan R. Dodge AM CitWA, and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres was the first Senior Research Officer of the Australian National Gallery in 1975. The former Director AGWA, is an Honorary Fellow by Edith Cowan University; in 2008 was recognised with an honour in the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the arts; in 2011 WA Citizen of the Year, Culture, Arts and Entertainment and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Murdoch University and Curtin University.

2 July 2022
Florence Broadhurst: The enigmatic design legend
Claudia Chan Shaw
Beasley Auditorium, Perth Modern School, 90 Roberts Road, Subiaco 6008
2.00 – 3.30 pm   

With her designs gracing the walls of hip nightclubs, homewares, travel goods and fashion, Florence Broadhurst has become a global phenomenon. Her vibrant wallpaper designs had all but been forgotten until her original silk printing screens were rediscovered. During her life she was the queen of reinvention, hiding her humble beginnings and passing herself off as a French couturier and an English aristocrat. She returned to Australia to revolutionise the design industry of Sydney in the 60s and 70s, only to have it all come to a terrible end. This lecture looks at Florence Broadhurst’s fascinating life and her legacy.

Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multi-faceted career as a fashion designer, television, radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist, photo artist, and curator. Claudia is recognised for her TV presentations, publications, radio shows and as a cultural tour leader and regular speaker at the Art Gallery Society NSW. She leads the successful series of “Art Deco to Art Now” tours where she shares her love of Art Deco, history, art and design.

Sunday 17 July
The Lane Bookstore, Old Theatre Lane, off Bay View Terrace, Claremont

National treasure, Leon Pericles will discuss his art form and his various techniques of printing including a new technique he is experimenting with. His new book Retrospection – Leon Pericles, Just Scratching the Surface, which chronicles his pursuits over his long career, will be available for purchase and signing.

Wine and cheese included.

30 July 2022
The dark heart of Empire:  Picturing slavery and the movement for abolition
Professor Jos Hackforth-Jones
Theatre -State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
2.00 – 3.30 pm

The slave trade was seldom directly represented in art. However, many artists including Hogarth and Reynolds included slaves and slave owners in their portraits. This lecture examines the abolitionist sympathies of artists which had to be delicately negotiated with patrons whose interests may have been founded on slavery.  We then consider the ‘turn’ against slavery in England in the 1770s and 1780s leading to the Abolition of this trade in 1807 and the impact of this on the art of the period.

Professor Jos Hackforth-Jones is an Australian art historian who has worked mainly in the UK.  She spent 16 years at The American International University in London, completing her tenure as their first woman president.  In 2008 she became Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.  In November 2019, Jos returned to Australia where she has been teaching in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the University of Sydney, where she is an Honorary Professor

Wednesday 24 August
West Australian Ballet Centre, 134 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
5:15pm – 7:15pm

ADFAS Perth and West Australian Ballet (WAB) present an exclusive behind-the-scenes’ experience for Goldberg Variations. With its moving emotional narrative, artistic precision, and exquisite detail, you will be inspired by this intimate view of WAB’s new rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental keyboard work.

27 August 2022
Art across the ditch: New Zealand art now
Julie Ewington
Theatre -State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
2.00 – 3.30 pm

Contemporary art in New Zealand is rich, complex and fascinating. 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. Starting with the exceptional works of Colin McCahon (1919-1987) the lecture considers the remarkable work of contemporary artists, including Bill Culbert, Warwick Freeman, Anne Noble, Fiona Pardington, Michael Parekowhai, Lisa Reihana and Robin White.

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.  Julie is currently the Chair of the Board of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney and a member of the Board of the Samstag Museum of Art. In 2014 she received the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Award.

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September
Margaret River region
10am – 5pm each day

Join ADFAS Perth as we explore some of the artists’ studios in the Margaret River Open Studios event. Two days where we will bus around the region visiting some of the premier studios to discover some hidden gems. ADFAS Perth will provide a bus to and from Margaret River, lunch on Saturday, and a tour of The Farm, Margaret River.

It is your responsibility to make your own way to Margaret River and book your accommodation.

30th SEPTEMBER: ADFAS Perth Youth Arts Award applications close

 8 October 2022
Pearls: Dewdrops from the ocean – Charlotte Nattey – CANCELLED and replaced

Art And The Third Reich – ADFAS Perth Replacement lecture
Leigh Capel
Theatre -State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
2.00 – 3.30 pm

Hitler’s rejection at art college fuelled his need to eradicate the Modern movement when the Third Reich came into power. Leigh follows Hitler’s attempt to influence trends through his conquest to acquire some of the most famous examples of Classical Art for his self-curated ‘Führermuseum’ in Linz,and takes a closer look at the plundering and destruction of a generation’s worth of art Hitler deemed ‘degenerate’. Leigh will analyse some of the most important artworks and artists lost in Hitler’s war on Modern Art, the search for the stolen art, and the aftermath & impact on Post War art.

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 & Antiques. He has recently become an accredited valuer of the Austioneers & Valuers Association of Australia. Capel’s experience within the auction industry and outside as an art dealer provides a rounded perspective of the art market and art history.

Saturday 15 October
Windsor Cinema, 98 Stirling Highway, Nedlands

Luna Palace Cinemas’ Tony Bective will introduce the new Exhibition on Screen series, and this exclusive preview of Hopper. Enjoy a glass of wine, cheese and biscuits in the foyer before the film. Director, Phil Grabsky will virtually welcome us before seeing his film that combines expert interviews, diaries, and a startling visual reflection of American life. Hopper brings to life arguably America’s most influential artist with a deep look into Hopper’s art, his life, and his relationships.

30 October 2022
Books and Art – Mark Norval at the Lane Bookshop
Lane Book Shop, Claremont
12.30 – 2.00 pm

Join acclaimed Kimberley artist, gallery owner and writer Mark Norval as he discusses his artistic practice and career highlights in the intimate setting of The Lane Bookshop. Drawing from his inspiration of the Kimberley, Mark has a diverse art practice and has exhibited widely. He has also given generously of his talents, energies and time to his students and the Mowanjum Art Centre. More recently, he has assisted to transform the Derby tidal mudflats into a tourist destination where his sculptures are a mainstay for Sculptures On The Marsh.   CLICK HERE

Guests are welcome but require a ticket. CLICK HERE

19 November 2022
Jennifer Bowker BVA (Hons)
State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
2.00 – 3.30 pm

Journey through some of the lesser-known textile traditions of Egypt: patchwork projects with the wives and daughters of the garbage collectors of Cairo; the magical tapestries of the Wissa Wassef Project; the men who dye silken thread in the old buildings in the Khan; the weavers in the City of the Dead who spin the same silk for decoration on traditional clothing; the women embroiderers of Akmeem; and the Tentmakers of Old Cairo and their beautiful appliqué.

19 November 2022
ADFAS Perth Christmas Party
Brass Monkey Hotel, William Street, Northbridge
4.00 -5.30 pm

The ADFAS Perth Christmas party is a great opportunity to mix with fellow members, celebrate the festive season and discuss the exciting programme in the 2023 ADFAS Perth lecture series. This year the event will be held at the recently renovated heritage room, William’s Bar, at the Brass Monkey Hotel in Northbridge (cnr of William St and James St), after the 2023 ADFAS Perth lecture launch. Come and celebrate the festive season with ADFAS Perth. Refreshments and canapes will be served.

There is no charge for ADFAS Perth members but members need to register for catering purposes. CLICK HERE

Guests are welcome but require a ticket. CLICK HERE

Wednesday 23 November                                   ADFAS PERTH MEMBERS ONLY
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth 
6:30pm – 9:30pm

ADFAS Perth and West Australian Ballet are delighted to invite you to a performance of Swan Lake! Experience the magic of this classic ballet, reimagined in uniquely West Australian context. Including A reserve seating, one programme per couple, and access to the Patrons’ Lounge before the show and during the interval.

ADFAS Perth Christmas Party and ADFAS Perth lecture 2023 launch TBA

Committee 2022

Kay Campbell

Fiona Johnson

Sankari Sivaramalingam

Elvina Florenca


Leanne Casellas

Youth Awards Convenor:
Mariana Atkins

Committee Members:
Ellie Flowers Collins
Kevin Jackson

Membership Enquiries: