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. Currently proof of vaccination must be presented on entry and face masks worn.

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
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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 2022 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: SAVE THE DATE for our AGM before Professor Kinder’s Lecture

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.

30 July 2022
The dark heart of Empire:  Picturing slavery and the movement for abolition
Professor Jos Hackworth-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

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.

 8 October 2022
Pearls: Dewdrops from the ocean
Charlotte Nattey
Theatre -State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, 6003
2.00 – 3.30 pm

A look at the many aspects of pearls; their myths and legends, uses throughout the ages in art, and the meanings bestowed upon on them. They have bewitched many cultures – Hindus considered them dewdrops from the ocean. Dangerous harvesting rendered pearls expensive and desirable. From Persia to Rome, Byzantium, Europe, India and China, pearls have been used in jewellery and objects to enhance and decorate the powerful and wealthy. This talk traces the history and romance of pearls through objects, jewellery and depiction in paintings.

Charlotte Nattey is a graduate of St. Martins School of Art, London in design, majoring in fashion and dress. 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.

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.

ADFAS Perth Christmas Party and ADFAS Perth lecture 2023 launch TBA

Committee 2022

Fiona Johnson
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Kay Campbell
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Sankari Sivaramalingam
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Elvina Florenca
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Leanne Casellas

Youth Awards Convenor:
Mariana Atkins

Committee Members:
Ellie Flowers Collins
Gillian Booth-Yudelman
Kevin Jackson
Peter Farr

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