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ADFAS Cairns
PO Box 807
Bungalow Qld 4870

ADFAS Cairns is a vibrant society dedicated to a broader understanding of fine arts.  We are a not for profit organisation that is run entirely by volunteers.  We offer eight lectures per year. Two lectures are presented by ADFAS lecturers, the remaining six by NADFAS UK lecturers; all experts in their field.  Our 2018 lectures inform and illustrate artworks, jewelry, Egyptology, Chinese history and culture, Faberge Eggs and cinematography; the usual to the unusual and more. In the last twenty years Cairns has proudly hosted many world renowned experts, showcasing their passion for their dedicated subjects. Our members are delighted to welcome such diversity to the tropics. In addition to the monthly lectures we offer a Special Interest Half Day Study Tutorial.

Everyone is welcome to attend the lectures, but better still, why not become a member and enjoy the benefits.


Monthly lectures are conducted at:

The Boland Centre
14 Spence Street,
Cairns, Queensland

Time: 7.30pm sharp – doors open at 7pm.
Tickets available at the door.
Off street parking available.

A light supper with the opportunity to meet the lecturer is enjoyed at the end of each lecture


Annual Membership Fee (includes 8 lectures) $135
Non-member (per lecture) $30
Student (per lecture) $25



Committee 2018

Lynn Caskey

Jo Hodgson

Vicki Jones (temporary)

Membership Secretary:
Leeanne Pogorzelski

General Committee members: Merril Coppin, Isabella Dean, Andrea Oribin, Sabrina Paterson

Please contact us on or call Membership Secretary Leeanne Pogorzelski on 0409 067 491

2018 lecture series begins on Monday 19th March.

NADFAS Lecturer, Dr Christopher De Hamel, DPHIL PhD DLitt FSA
Presents a lecture on “Medieval Illuminated Beastiaries”

Enquiries should be directed to Lynn Caskey, Chairwoman mob: 0414 125 100

For quick reference here is our 2018 programme:

Monday 19th March
Medieval Illuminated Bestiaries
Dr Christopher de Hamel DPhil PhD NADFAS

Beastiaries” are medieval illustrated encyclopaedias of all known animals of the world, both real and mythological (people in medieval times had no way of knowing the difference). These richly illuminated manuscripts were mostly made in England between 1150 and 1300AD. They offer an insight into the humour and imagination of people during those times. This lecture looks at what Bestiaries contain, how monks during medieval times used them within their monasteries and how their tales have survived into modern times.

Monday 30th April
Elizabeth Taylor’s Greatest Love Affair – with Jewels
Adrian Dickens

Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor is well remembered for her love of jewels – diamonds in particular. At her death Elizabeth’s collection was thought to be worth over $200 million dollars and, like Elizabeth herself, many of her pieces have become legendary, as well as the person who bought most of them for her – the late Richard Burton. This lecture includes fascinating stories behind some of her magnificent pieces such as: the Mike Todd tiara, Taj Mahal pendant and the unforgettable Taylor-Burton diamond.

Monday 28th May
From Corot to Monet – Developments in French Landscape Painting
Rosalind Whyte

This lecture will trace the development of French Landscape painting, from its humble beginnings when it was not even considered by many to be a worthy subject for painting, to the gradual acceptance of landscape by the art establishment. The story covers the battles landscape painters fought and won to gain acceptance and recognition for their subject, culminating in the highpoint of landscape’s popularity, with the acceptance of the work of the Impressionists, whose artwork now attracts universal plaudits and commands huge sums on the art market.


Monday 25th June
Everyday Life in Ancient Egyptian Wall Paintings
Rodna Siebels

The Ancient Egyptians decorated their tombs with scenes reminiscent of their daily life. Boat building, agricultural cycles, dining, animal husbandry and sporting events were depicted in detail by highly skilled Egyptian artists. The details in these paintings allow the modern viewer to glimpse what life may have been like for people living along the Nile Valley 4000 years ago. The lecture examines a range of themes from Egyptian tomb paintings that illustrate not only the way the Egyptians went about their daily business, but also the skill of the Ancient Egyptian artist in bringing this world to life.

Monday 30th July
‘Dowager Empress Cixi (1862-1908), Ruling From Behind the Silk Screen’
David Rosier, NADFAS

This lecture seeks to provide a balanced insight into the life and achievements of one of the most important women in Chinese Imperial history. From relative obscurity as a low-ranking consort we explore the events that led to her confirmation as Dowager Empress Cixi in 1861 and her strategy to preserve, then revitalise, imperial rule after a series of humiliating military defeats by Western Colonial Powers plus several brutal ethnic uprisings. This lecture will give an insight into her life within her beloved Summer Palace, a location where Cixi forged some extraordinarily close relationships with leading Western women as she sought to understand the culture, politics and the role of women in the West.


Monday 3rd September
The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Faberge after the Revolution
Toby Faber, NADFAS

After their disappearance in the Revolution, most of the Faberge Eggs re- emerged in the storerooms of the Kremlin, where they were immediately identified as a source of much needed foreign exchange. Their subsequent history holds up a mirror to the Twentieth Century and encompasses Bolsheviks, entrepreneurs, tycoons, heiresses, con-men and queens. This lecture is illustrated with pictures of the eggs today and their owners, and with archival material showing some of the missing eggs.

Monday 24th September
How to Read a Film: The Art and Science of Film Analysis
Mr John Francis

This lecture looks at film from many different vantage points such as art, craft, traditions, conventions, language and technology. We all see films in different ways. How do Directors create an audience for their work? How meaning conveyed and what is the Director attempting to communicate? This lecture looks at breaking down films into their component parts. The image building blocks of the close-up, continuity editing, camera operations as well as the key cinema concepts such as stage settings and the male gaze will be explored. Films from the classic era of Hollywood, such as Singing in the Rain and Public Enemy will be compared to the Russian montage classics Battleship Potemkin and Strike. You may never watch a film in the same way again.

Monday 5th November
Miniature Adults- Images of Childhood in Western Art
Dr Sophie Oosterwijk MA MA PhD PhD FSA, NADFAS

When we look at early child portraits we see miniature adults dressed stiffly in adult clothes. Yet, what can portraits by Rembrandt, Van Dyck or Velázquez tell us about children in the past? Recognising the artistic and social conventions behind such images in paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings may help to discover more on the history and social expectations of childhood from antiquity to the present.

Special Interest Events:

Sunday 29th July 2018 – Half Day Study Tutorial
(Timings, fee and venue to be advised)

A special half day interest tutorial will be held in Cairns followed by high tea.
Tickets are limited, therefore bookings are essential.
Contact: Lynn Caskey on 0414 125 100

A Journey Through the Imperial Wardrobe
(Qing Dynasty 1644 – 1911)
David Rosier, NADFAS

This lecture provides an insight into mandated Court Costume, plus dress accessories, which would have been worn by both men and women on both formal and semi-formal occasions whilst at Court or positioned within Central or Provincial Government during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The lecture will include coverage of the highly decorative costume worn by high ranking Chinese ladies covering items such as informal robes, outerwear, headwear and ornamental accessories.

August 2018 – (Date and timings to be advised)
Visit to the Master Printers workshop of Theo Tremblay,
155 Greenslopes Street, North Cairns, Queensland

  • Entry by gold coin donation – limited tickets  

Master Printer Theo Tremblay is a pioneer of collaborative printmaking and publishing, mentoring Aboriginal and Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) artists in a range of print mediums. He specialises in etching, lithography, relief printing, monoprint and screen printing. Theo will be demonstrating several printmaking techniques.