Gold Coast (Bundall)

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS Gold Coast Inc.
P O Box 7737
Gold Coast MC. QLD. 9726

goldcoast01A warm and friendly welcome to our ADFAS Gold Coast Lecture Program for 2017!
This year we have on offer eight sparkling and enriching lectures on a wide variety of topics, plus two additional ‘Special Interest Afternoon’ sessions in March and September. Six of our lecturers are from the UK and are accredited by NADFAS. Two are Australian lecturers accredited by ADFAS.  They are all acknowledged experts in their fields.

Our lectures are held at 9.30am on a Saturday Morning, in Cinema 1, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Following the lecture we adjourn to the Lakeside Terrace, overlooking the beautiful Gold Coast City skyline, for our Morning Tea.

Our ‘Special Interest Afternoon’ lectures include Afternoon Tea. They are also held at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in the afternoon following our usual morning lecture.  Our September SIA offers an interactive opportunity for members to fine – tune their drawing and painting skills.  We’ve also made these sessions more easily affordable for participants in 2017 by significantly reducing the attendance cost for both March and September.

During the year we have excursions to places of artistic and cultural interest and we publish an informative Newsletter three times a year.

Please direct your Enquiries to our email address:

Committee 2017

Carole Crowther
Tel: (07) 5532 4522

Wendy Spencer

Honorary Treasurer:
Peter Lloyd

Honorary Secretary:
Ann McCallum

Membership Secretary:
Maree Alexanderson
Tel: (07) 5526 7440

Programme for 2017

Saturday 4 March
Anthony Russell (NADFAS)
Venice, Canaletto and his Rivals

Following the National Gallery of London’s exhibition of the same title, this lecture gives a heady mixture of ‘superstar’ painter, immensely rich patrons on the move and a city whose modern face hides behind a romantic mask. Though some were little better than modern hooligans, many a grand tourist was highly sophisticated and had a lasting impact on Venice and how it is perceived today. These are magical paintings by an Italian artist greatly influenced by British taste and Britain boasts the greatest collection of his works, both in public and private hands. While these views depict a serene dreamland and have always been highly prized, modern Venice is in danger of being lost and needs a truly global cooperation to save it from sinking forever.

Saturday 1 April
Julie Ewington (Aust)
The Wonderful World of International Art Exhibitions

Every year, the great museums of both hemispheres mount elaborate exhibitions designed to attract huge audiences. Many of these spectacular exhibitions feature Old Masters, or well-established living artists. Other major exhibitions, the increasingly influential biennale and triennials such as the Biennale of Sydney, the Venice Biennale and Brisbane’s Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, feature a wide variety of works by living artists, many specially commissioned, ephemeral and experimental.

All this activity provides today’s audiences with the greatest range of art experiences ever offered. It is dazzling. But it is also very big business indeed, attracting huge audiences to key sites such as Paris, London and New York, and putting Australian cities such as Sydney and Brisbane on the international art map.  This illustrated lecture will ask what new developments are emerging in art museums today, and what important trends are continuing across the globe.

Saturday 13 May
Sandra Mowrey [Independent]
Ancient Mayan Art and Architecture- Hidden Secrets of the Jungle

Buried deep in the jungles of Central America and Mexico are the remains of a sophisticated civilization with a rich and varied culture that produced remarkable artworks and architecture. These hidden treasures reveal a complex, highly intelligent, creative people who immortalised themselves with their art.  The lecture will include a discussion of various forms of Mayan art.   Materials and methods of Mayan art will also be included as well as their history, culture, concepts of beauty, and motivation for artistic expression.   The monumental art and architecture commissioned by kings in an attempt to memorialise themselves will be highlighted also. This lecture deals with the artistic expression of one of the world’s most enigmatic and highly advanced ancient civilisations.

Saturday 17 June
Charlotte Nattey (Aust)
“KING-BLING”: A look at some of the Special Jewels in the Royal Collection             

This lecture looks at some of the special pieces of jewellery handed down through the British Royal Family. It looks at some of the amazing gifts that they have been given and others that they have bought or acquired as Head–of – State of  a once mighty Empire.  Famous gems that they own such as the Timur ruby, the Koh–i–nor and Cullinan diamonds are included in this extraordinary and rich story of jewels and gemstones.

Saturday 8 July
Kate Strasdin (NADFAS)
Gilded Splendour – the History of Couture Embroidery from 1850 – now  

Tucked away in the attic workshops of Paris, a hidden trade has existed for the last 160 years with very little publicity.  Haute couture embroidery studios have produced stunning hand worked embellishment for high class dressmakers since the 1850s.  This lecture delves into the history of just some of these establishments, from the splendours of Maison Lesage and Maison Lemarie – embroidery and feather houses to the less well known art of the plisseur, pleating fabrics using traditional techniques. The lecture considers some of the older British embroiderers such as Hand & Lock and looks at how, through establishments such as the Royal School of Needlework, the art of embroidery still occupies an important place in industry today.                            

Saturday 19 August
Shauna Isaac (NADFAS)
The Art of Steal: Nazi Looting during World War II

The Nazis looted over 20% of Western Art during World War II and the effects of Nazi looting are still evident today. This lecture will cover the following topics: setting the scene in Germany, the Fuhrer museum, Nazi art repositories, Post War restitution and the Monuments Men, contemporary restitution issues and current international recovery efforts. There are several landmark international cases which will be discussed in detail, including Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer and the stash of looted art found in Cornelius Gurlitt’s flat.

Saturday 9 September
Michael Howard  (NADFAS)
Murder, Mayhem and Paint – The disturbing Story of Walter Sickert

Walter Sickert, one of the most celebrated of English artists working at the turn of the last century, is often considered to be ‘a painter’s painter’. The well-known crime writer Patricia Cornwell has claimed this much-loved artist was responsible for the murders attributed to the infamous Jack the Ripper. This lecture will attempt untangle the truth of this claim following a trail of murder, mystery, mayhem and paint.  Was this much-loved, colourful and enigmatic painter Jack the Ripper? – Come and judge the evidence for yourselves!

Saturday 14 October
Brian W McDonald (NADFAS)
Adventures amongst the Nomadic Tribes of Iran and Afghanistan

A fascinating insight into Brian’s travels searching for the woven art of the Nomads.  For many years, Brian has been asked by numerous NADFAS societies to talk about his travels and the experiences that he encountered,  living and travelling amongst the nomadic tribes, whilst in search of their woven art. “My time spent in Iran and Afghanistan during the 1970s, began to foster a passion for the wonderful woven art produced by nomads on basic ground looms. My subsequent visits were spent travelling and searching amongst nomadic tribes for these exquisite 19th century weavings, which have become harder to find and have now virtually disappeared amongst the tribes themselves.”

This lecture illustrates the woven art of the nomads as they moved over the lands they have travelled for generations.

Special Interest Afternoons

Saturday 4 March
Anthony Russell [NADFAS]
The Power and the Glory of British Country Houses – their Evolution and Changing Role

It is often argued that Britain possesses the finest collection of ‘living’ stately homes in the world. It is harder to deny that they represent one of the country’s greatest assets and its greatest contribution to the decorative arts worldwide.  This lecture goes back in time to explain their origins in British history, the changing nature of society and the way country houses have evolved. This journey through their history illustrates the most magnificent examples in all their grandeur and beauty, while considering the impact they have had on society and its development. Consideration is given to changing roles and if they can still exert a powerful hold on society. How should we look on them today and how are they to survive and evolve in the future? 

Saturday 9 September
Michael Howard [NADFAS]
A Marriage made in Heaven: Drawing and Painting

An introduction to the essential elements of drawing, at once the most simple yet complex of human activities, introduces the afternoon. This is followed by a celebration of the emotive and expressive power of colour and paint: like music it can transport us to a place beyond language.  The final session is an informal one which will give an insight into a particular artist’s [Ghislaine Howard’s or another – perhaps some work by members of the audience]  working methods  to really see how paintings and drawing weave together to form a dynamic emotional package.

The format of the afternoon can include some audience engagement – Michael will gauge the nature of this as the session progresses. He will also bring examples of his own work- tiny sketchbooks and some more finished work to give a real insider’s look into the secrets of art.

In a practical sense, the afternoon will provide a practical toolkit, a way of looking and thinking about painting that can be used to appreciate paintings or drawings by ourselves and others.

Venue and Time of Lectures

Lectures are held in Cinema 1, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Bundall Road, Bundall.
All lectures are held on Saturday mornings at 9.30am, so please be seated by 9.15 am to ensure a prompt start. The Special Interest Afternoon lectures commence at 2pm in a comfortable venue in the Arts Centre also.


We welcome guests to our Lectures, but conditions apply. The fee for members of other ADFAS Societies is $15. Non ADFAS members are invited to attend lectures at a cost of $25 per person. Guests may attend three times in any one year. For catering purposes guests are asked to please register their attendance by the Friday am prior to the lecture by contacting Peggy McKeon 0424 894 667 or

New members are allocated a Complimentary Gift Voucher on joining. Members who renew their membership before 15 December also receive a Complimentary Gift Voucher for their invited guest to attend a lecture selected from the 2017 Program and Morning Tea.


Annual Subscription:
Single: $140.00
Double: $265.00

Membership includes Lecture and Morning Tea, as well as our special ‘Welcome to New Members Morning Tea’ following our first lecture on Saturday 28 February. The cost of the Special Interest Afternoon lecture is $35 per person. Guests are welcome to attend Special Interest Afternoons at the same cost as Members.

Name badges are collected prior to each lecture and returned at the conclusion of Morning Tea. Programme/Membership Cards are distributed at the first lecture of the year.

Young Arts and ADFAS in the Community Sponsorships and Donations

Our ADFAS Gold Coast Young Arts and ADFAS in the Community Projects support students in our community in the fields of Education, Music, Theatre, Singing and Visual Arts/Painting. Our projects are funded by donations from members and the proceeds from our monthly Raffle, so please buy Raffle Tickets when you attend our lectures. It is for a very worthy cause!  We’re excited to report that some of our sponsored recipients have already achieved international acclaim and widespread local recognition in 2016 thanks to our programs and your ongoing generosity.

Heritage projects

We have finalised the Recording of the St Alban’s Chapel at The Southport School and the published record of this will be presented to the National Committee in March 2017.  We continue to be involved in researching the history of the Schools of Arts/Mechanics Institutes in the Gold Coast area and to date have five of these posted on the national website.