Gold Coast (Bundall)

Select Society

Postal Address:

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


ABN: 77 428 160 468


A warm and friendly welcome to our ADFAS Gold Coast Lecture Program for 2019!
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 August. Six of our lecturers are from the UK and are accredited by The Arts Society, formerly 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 HOTA, formerly 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 a delicious Afternoon Tea. They are also held at HOTA, in the afternoon following our usual morning lecture, and give attendees a further opportunity to speak with the lecturer in person as well as enjoying a second specialist lecture on a different topic from that of the morning. We’ve made these sessions more affordable for participants in 2019 by keeping the attendance costs very reasonable for both March and August, as happened last year.

We publish an informative Newsletter three times a year which is posted on this website.

Please direct your Enquiries to our email address:


Committee 2019

Mrs Sandi Fueloep
Ph: (0402 755 208)

Vice Chairman:
Mrs Patricia Ruzzene
Ph: (0408 480 833)

Mrs Ann McCallum
Ph: (0408 818 255)

Mrs Carol Little
Ph: (0400 064 885)

Membership Secretary:
Mrs Maree Alexanderson
Ph: (0415 984 228)

Membership Enquiries: or

Programme for 2019

All lectures are held at 9:30am

Saturday 2 March  
Lecturer: Paul Bahn (NADFAS)  
The Shock of the Old: Discovering Britain’s Ice Age cave art   
Venue: The Paradise Showroom, HOTA

Paul Bahn led the team which, at his instigation, searched for and discovered the first Ice Age cave art in Britain at Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire  in 2003. The lecture describes this momentous archaeological find which, he says, meant that his ‘30-year dream was fulfilled in a single morning!’ The engravings and bas-reliefs he and his team discovered there have been dated to around 13,000 years ago and are therefore, by far, the oldest known artistic depictions by humans ever found in Britain.

Saturday 6 April   
Lecturer: Adrian Dickens (Independent)  
The Queen’s Private Diamond Collection
Venue: The Paradise Showroom, HOTA

Adrian, having viewed The Queen’s Private Diamond Collection Exhibition, was inspired to create a presentation that tells us about the history and craftsmanship of these diamonds from a jeweller’s point of view.   The lecture discusses how diamonds are reworked to reflect changes in fashion. You’ll hear the stories behind the Russian tiaras, necklaces from India and the great South African diamonds.  You will learn the political role of Queen Victoria’s diadem and understand how Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla and now Kate use diamonds to express political power.

Saturday 11 May   
Lecturer: Chloe Sayer (NADFAS)  
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting   
Venue: The Paradise Showroom, HOTA

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957) have iconic status in Mexico. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 swept away the old régime and banished European influence in the arts. Kahlo and Rivera, in their different ways, helped to shape the cultural identity of twentieth-century Mexico. Together they made Mexico a magnet for the rest of the movement, born during the 1920s, which was destined to produce some of the greatest public art of the last century. Diego Rivera’s panoramic images adorn the walls of public buildings, combining social criticism with a faith in human progress. Inspired by early Italian fresco painting, as well as by Aztec and Mayan  imagery, his intricate visual narratives incorporate allegory and symbolism.

Compared with the monumental scale of Rivera’s work, Kahlo’s work is small in format. Arguably Mexico’s most original painter, she made herself the principal theme of her art. Her paintings reflect her experiences, dreams, hopes and fears. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were married in 1929. Their volatile marriage and the turbulent times they lived through are the subject of the film ‘Frida’ (USA, 2002). They are key figures in ‘The Lacuna’, a historical novel published in 2009 by Barbara Kingsolver.

Saturday 15 June   
Lecturer: Michael Marendy (Independent)
Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour and Gwen Gillam    
Venue: The Paradise Showroom, HOTA          

Gwen Gillam became one of the most popular fashion designers in Brisbane during the 1950s and 60s. Many of her clients referred to her as ‘iconic’, due not only to the innovative designs and fabrics she used, but also for  the personalised service provided in each of her salons. Gwen successfully operated her business for forty-seven years, retiring in June 1983.

During the late 1930s Gwen established her business in a room in the Colonial Mutual Building at 289 Queen Street but due to the shortage of office space during WWII, Gwen moved the business to The Brisbane Arcade where she established a retail outlet on the ground floor and the workrooms on the second level. As the business continued to grow, Gwen established another store in Albert Street in 1958.  Seven years later, this business was transferred to the prestigious Grand Central Arcade at 205 Queen Street. This lecture will focus on Gwen’s career, her clients and the garments she designed for them.

Saturday 13 July   
Lecturer:  Vivienne Lawes (NADFAS)  
The Honourable East India Company: East – West trade 1600-1800, Chinese exports and Chinoiserie  
Venue:  Cinema 1, HOTA

This lecture explores the way in which the British East India Company developed its methods of trade and facilitated the increasingly sophisticated and profound exchange of ideas between East and West. It focuses on textile design as the vehicle for this analysis, but also includes variables such as wallpaper, porcelain and furniture, as well as the vast commercial trade in spices and tea.

Concentrating at first on the 17th century textile trade with India, the East India Company established a methodology for sending out textile patterns to be copied by the local weavers and dyers, paving the way for the production of chintz – now considered to be a classic expression of English style.

The lecture then focuses on the 18th century and European trade with Imperial China,  predominantly in Chinese painted silks, furniture and porcelain. We will look at the distinction drawn between Chinese export wares and the Western practice of Chinoiserie, looking at how both fitted with the prevailing styles of Baroque and Rococo in the West. Discussion of the trade in tea at this time will conclude the lecture.

Saturday 17 August  
Lecturer: Leslie Primo (NADFAS)  
Gender and the Body: Kept Behind Curtains, the Story of the Nude.
Venue: Cinema 1, HOTA

The nude is still seen in our modern age as the pinnacle of creative artistic perfection.  However, throughout the course of Art History the notion of the perfect body and, consequently gender, has been constantly reshaped and redefined.

The lecture looks at the continuing fascination with representation of the body in sculpture and in painting across the ages, with sculpture from the 4th century BC, paintings from the Renaissance, and the modern age with paintings from the Impressionists.  This span of time encompasses iconic works by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Bernini, Degas, Renoir and Velazquez, to name but a few.

We will also look at the reasons that lay behind the commissioning of such images.  What were their purposes, who were the patrons behind these images, and what, if any, hidden riddles; signs and symbols are hidden within these seemingly enigmatic and flawless images of perfection?  We will also look at the treatment of nudes by collectors and museums in the 19th century to set the scene and chart the many and varied approaches to this subject which  has become synonymous with the very idea of Art itself. How did it become so and why?

Saturday 14 September  
Lecturer: Christopher Bradley (NADFAS)  
: Abyssinia- 3000 Years of Ethiopian Art and History  
Venue:  The Paradise Showroom,  HOTA

In a series of vibrantly colourful images the Kebra Nagast  holy book tells us of the union of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon and how their son, Menelik, founded the Solomonic dynasty at the capital Axum, of which Haile Selassie was the last ruling emperor.

The Hidden Land of Ethiopia retains many of its ancient traditions, such as in gold and silver work, with crowns and religious regalia often kept in small treasuries near to its 30,000 churches. Frescoes and murals bring even the smallest highland church to brilliant life, and there are an estimated 3,000 varieties of Oriental Orthodox crosses, paraded each year at Timkat, Ethiopian Epiphany. Traditional art forms, found in manuscripts and church murals, have developed into a body of more recent artwork.

In such a dramatic landscape, the most spectacular structures are the incredible rock-cut churches of Lalibela, the fabled castles of Gondar, and of course, there is also the Ark of the Covenant

Saturday 12 October  
Lecturer: Marilyn Elm  (Independent)
For the Love of Flowers
Venue: Cinema 1,  HOTA

Flowers, with their infinite variety of perfume, colour and form, have always provided such joy for the human soul and an inspiration for art and design over the centuries.  Their inclusion in pagan and Christian rituals, the perfumed varieties valued by the Medieval and Tudor gardeners, and the madness of Tulipmania which followed, will all be considered.  

Empress Josephine interrupted wars so her ‘rose ships’ could deliver to the gardens of Malmaison, and the Victorians sought flowery exotics, collecting from all corners of the world, in search of the rare and unusual. The herbaceous border provided a flowery extravaganza in the Arts and Crafts garden, with plant and flower forms key in several expressions of design, especially Art Nouveeau.  

In all, this talk is an exploration of our relationship with flowers.  They are intrinsically woven into the fabric of our lives, whether as statements of fashion or status, or simply as expressions of beauty to be enjoyed.

Special Interest Afternoons

Saturday 2 March  
Paul Bahn (NADFAS)  
Australian Aboriginal Rock Art – the World’s Longest Unbroken Art Tradition
Venue:  The Panorama Suite,  HOTA

Rock Art has been produced in Australia for at least 40,000 years and probably even longer.

It continues to be produced in some regions and major new discoveries of rock Art are still being made in remote areas. 

This afternoon session presents an outline of major regional variations in both rock paintings and rock engravings.  It also gives an overview of what is known of their many interpretations, particularly in relation to Aboriginal creation myths and creator-ancestor

Saturday 17 August  
: Leslie Primo (NADFAS)
The Cult of the South Pacific and the Cult of Celebrity  Venue: The Panorama Suite, HOTA

Part 1: The Cult of the South Pacific: The Voyages and Discoveries of Captain Cook

In this session, we will look at the enduring Western obsession with, and the invention of the so-called exotic or noble savage, starting with the first discovery of the Island of Tahiti in 1767 and charting the impact, through painted images, of the island and their people, on  other cultures. We will consider English and European influence in this part of the world through the eyes of not only Captain Cook and those who came before him, but also through the eyes of the artists that accompanied these pioneering voyages.  And to this end the lecture will look at how romanticised depictions of the island and its peoples by artists who helped to invent, bolster and perpetuate the Western notion of the exotic, with the associated myth of Paradise.

This background of England’s exploration abroad also saw the involvement of Royal Academicians such as its first Director, Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 1792), Johann Zoffany (1733 – 1810) and the botanist Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820).  This session explores artefacts and commodities that were found and brought back from the South Pacific Islands, the exquisite drawings and paintings created of them and how the writings and legacy of the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) impacted on the these voyages of discovery.  We will complete our survey with the voyages and death of Captain James Cook.

Part 2: The Cult of the Celebrity: Omai, the Exotic and Joshua Reynolds

The second session of the afternoon will look at the events that led  to Joshua Reynolds’s portrait of Omai (the first Tahitian to visit England)  becoming an emblematic and iconic image representing Britain at the very height of its imperial powers.  To explore this famous moment from history when two worlds collided we will explore the key players in Omai’s story, his origins in Tahiti, his background and motivation to come to England, followed by his time in England and English society and his interaction therein.  


We will then consider Sir Joshua Reynolds’s ideas regarding his self image, his influences and how this related to his image of Omai.  We’ll find out what this portrait of Omai by Joshua Reynolds can tell us about 18th century English society and its perception or preconception of the Other, or non-white,  European cultures.

To conclude, we’ll see what happened to Omai on his return to the South Seas and the legacy of the image we call Omai, which has become an enigma in its own right.


Ordinary Lectures are held at 9.30am on Saturdays.
Special Interest Afternoons are held on the same day at 1.30 pm.

Venues are: The Paradise Showroom [HOTA]
The Lakeside Terrace [HOTA]
Cinema 1 [HOTA]
The Panorama Suite [HOTA]
They are listed on the Programme for each Lecture, following the Lecture Topic.


Costs to join:
Single: $145
Double: $280
Costs to attend Lectures:
Guests: $25
Affiliated Members: $15
Full time Students: $5
SIAs: $40
Free Guest Passes are issued for use by members in 2019 who renew or join by 31/12/18.


Mrs Maree Alexanderson or

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 2017 thanks to our programs and your ongoing generosity.

Heritage projects

We have completed the Recording of the St Alban’s Chapel at The Southport School and the published record of this was 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 several of these posted on the national website.

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