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adfas-art-of-livingADFAS Noosa offers a monthly Saturday afternoon program of eight illustrated lectures from March to October for its members and guests.  The lectures are presented by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. After the lectures members and guests meet for a glass of wine, finger food and good company.

New members are always welcome.  Our Membership Secretary, Sharon Hyde, will happily respond to all enquiries.

Tours to galleries, exhibitions and places of interest are also arranged throughout the year.


Committee 2017

Felicity Mauger
0408 244 120

Membership Secretary:
Sharon Hyde
(07) 5448 2394

Programme for 2016

Saturday, 11 March
Anthony Russell (NADFAS)
Blenheim Palace:  the Agony and the Ecstasy

Possibly the most admired historic English building outside London, Blenheim Palace is an uncompromising World Heritage monument to English military ambition and one family’s self importance. The story of its construction is a fascinating catalogue of excess and outrage, while the result is both monstrous and utterly sublime. But it is the effect that its perceived spirit has had on consecutive generations of Marlborough’s that is most revealing.  It is also, of course, from within this ‘cauldron’ that Sir Winston Churchill was born, recently voted the ‘The greatest Britain of all time’. This lecture explores these themes and the characters involved, the genius of Vanbrugh and the impact the palace has left on the nation.

Saturday, 22 April
Dr Michael Marendy (Australian)
Romance and Glamour:  150 Years of Dressing in Brisbane

During the past 150 years the production of clothing underwent massive changes due to advances in technology and changes in work practices. These changes lead to what historians refer to as the ‘democratisation of clothing’, mass-produced clothing for all who could afford it.  The so called important aspects of the industry – manufacture, wholesale buying, distribution, and retailing – remained predominantly in the hands of men, while production, over the counter selling and consumption remained predominantly with women.  This lecture will unpack the story of how Brisbane women have dressed over the past 150 years.

Saturday, 20 May
Sandra Mowry (Independent USA)
Frankly Speaking:  the Works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank O Gehry

Frank Lloyd Wright, leader of the Prairie School movement and creator of the Usonian home, had a vision to change the landscape of the US.  Canadian-American Frank O Gehry forged his own architectural language with complex shapes and non-traditional materials, leaving the creative impact of his astonishing buildings all around the world.  This lecture will contrast the very different ways they challenged academic standards, and will include personal profiles and biographical information that focus on the influences and inspirations that spawned their creativity and personal styles.  Methods, concepts, creative processes and elements of style, form and function will be illustrated with examples from their bodies of works.

Saturday, 24 June
Professor Heath Lees (New Zealand)
Impressionism – Music – Debussy

Like the French Impressionist painters who painted with paint, and poets who painted with words, the composer Claude Debussy painted with sounds.  For all of them, the aim was one of suggestion.  This lecture aims to seek out and demonstrate ways in which the Impressionist composer Debussy transferred the Impressionists’ suggestive effects into melody, harmony and rhythm.

Saturday, 15 July
Kate Strasdin (NADFAS)
The Foundations of Fashion:  the History of Underwear

Christian Dior said that “Without foundations there can be no fashion”. For centuries, the clothed silhouette was determined not so much by what the outer garments looked like but how they were shaped by the foundation garments.  From corsets to farthingales, busks to camisoles, crinolines to bustles, this is a lecture that considers how these foundations shaped our ancestors’ approach to dress. It also debunks some of the long held myths about the dangers of the corset and asks what we really think about comfortable dress.

Sunday, 16 July

Kate Strasdin (NADFAS)
Clothing the Classes: the Fashions of Downton Abbey and Early Fashion Retailing

To be held at the Eumundi School of Arts in conjunction with ADFAS Sunshine Coast.

This special interest afternoon looks at the beginnings of fashion retailing for all the classes drawing on examples from the world famous television series Downton Abbey.  It will provide an analysis of traditions in the methods of production and the retailing of clothing over a long period.

Join other members in making it a Downton Abbey day by dressing Downton style!

Cost:  $35 members, $40 non-members – includes high tea and glass of champagne.

Optional extras include a visit to the Eumundi Museum (no charge) and lunch at the Bohemian Bungalow ($35 per person, two courses).

Bookings required 0408 244 120

Saturday, 26 August
Shauna Isaac (NADFAS)
The Art of the Steal:  Nazi Looting During World War II

The Nazis looted over 20% of western art during World War II and the effects of their looting are still evident today.  Learn about the Fuhrer museum, Nazi art repositories, post war restitution and the Monuments Men, contemporary restitution issues and current international recovery efforts.  Several landmark, international cases 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, 16 September
Michael Howard (NADFAS)
Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot: an Extraordinary Relationship

The Impressionists were all in love with her.  Berthe Morisot was a great painter who, through hard-work and application, carved for herself a career within the art world of 19th century Paris and with Mary Cassatt saved Impressionism from self-destruction. Her work, shown at the Salon and the Impressionist exhibitions, was highly influential and innovative.  Her relationship with Edouard Manet, the so-called father of Impressionism, was as intense as it was mysterious. His extraordinary paintings of her document this – perhaps they tell the story that history has denied us.

Saturday, 21 October
Brian MacDonald (NADFAS)
Adventures Amongst the Nomadic Tribes of Iran and Afghanistan

Unforgettable stories and adventures experienced when living and travelling with the tribes as they moved over the lands they have travelled for centuries.  A fascinating insight into their woven art produced on basic ground looms and the hunt for their exquisite 19th century rugs – now very hard to find, even amongst the tribes.

Saturday, 25 November
AGM and Christmas Party


February         Matilda the Musical
April                 New Members’ Morning Tea
May                 Queensland Art Gallery Making Modernism
June                Lunch at Secrets on the Lake at Montville followed by The Magic Flute performed by The Maleny Singers
August             Noosa Open Studios
September      Overnight excursion to Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
October           Members’ Lunch

When and where do we meet?

3.45 pm for a 4.00 pm start

St Mary’s Church, 17 William Street, Tewantin

Who can join?

Anyone is welcome.  You do not have to be an art expert, few of us are!

Why should I join?

To enjoy world-class lectures in a welcoming environment
To enjoy new friendships
To join excursions to places and events of artistic or architectural interest
To join tours with ADFAS lecturers
To support local Young Arts projects and artists
To receive the annual national magazine Artlife


Annual Membership Subscription
$140 per person
$250 per couple


Visitors are always welcome by pre-arrangement with the Membership Secretary (07) 5448 2394.

Fee for non-members $25 visiting ADFAS members $20.

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