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Postal Address:

Post Office Box 481

ABN: 88 077 121 951

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, Joan Trusler, will happily respond to all enquiries.

Special Events, tours to galleries, exhibitions and places of interest are also arranged throughout the year.

During the year we raise funds for our Young Arts development program through events, donations and raffles. We also offer popular excursions to exhibitions and cultural and historic places of interest.

February – Special Celebration 10 Years of ADFAS Noosa, Saturday 15th February 2020 


Committee 2020

Denise Turkington
Ph: 0420 907 900

Erika Hackett                       
Ph: 0409 300 007 

Jan Collins                                      
Ph: 0417 497 021 


Sharon Ramsay-Luck   
Ph: 0417 451 295 

Membership Secretary
Joan Trusler 
Ph: 0436 323 776 

Membership Enquiries:  
Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Noosa Inc 
PO Box 481 
Noosa Heads QLD 4567 

Programme for 2020

7 March 2020  
Paul Atterbury (The Arts Society) 

Posters surround our lives and we take them and their messages for granted but they are a relatively recent phenomenon. This lecture looks at the history of the poster, covering artists and designers, the emergence of famous brands and household names and the brands and household names and the power of propaganda and politics. 

Paul Atterbury is a writer, lecturer, curator and broadcaster, and a familiar face on the BBC Television’s Antiques Roadshow, where he has been a member of the team of experts for over 25 years. He specialises in the art, architecture and design of the 19th and 20th centuries.

18 April 2020 
Columbus, Indiana: The Unsung Home of American Modernist Architecture
Matthew Laing (Australian)  

In the southern reaches of Indiana lies a town with an extraordinary architectural legacy of some 60 buildings listed as national landmarks of modernist American architecture. This fortunate occurrence is due to the vision and passion of J. Irwin Miller, the long-time CEO of the Cummins corporation, who had a desire to transform his hometown into a modernist utopia. This lecture gives a virtual tour of the town and the modernist architectural vision that underpins it. 

Matthew Laing is a lecturer and research fellow in politics at Monash University. He graduated with his Doctorate of Philosophy in political history at the Australian National University. He previously held positions with Boston College in the United States and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His particular specialty is American history and culture from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression.

23 May 2020  
The Golden Age of Dubrovnik 
Nirvana Romell (The Arts Society) 

The lecture focuses on the history of the making of the Dubrovnik Republic during its political and cultural heights during the 15th and 16th century. Majestic altarpieces, churches and civic buildings serve as perfect examples of the Mediterranean Renaissance, combining Italian influences with local medieval tradition although the importance of Dubrovnik in European history stretches beyond its untouched walls and numerous bell towers. The talk explains the complex historical heritage of this truly unique city. 

Nirvana Romell holds a BA in History of Art and an MA in English Language & Literature. She has 17 years of lecturing experience on three continents. Nirvana has presented art history courses and lectures, and has trained staff and volunteers at the Manchester Art Gallery, the University of Manchester, the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, and other art and educational institutions.

27 June 2020 
The Tentmakers of Old Cairo
Jennifer Bowker (Australian) 

Jenny lived for four years in Cairo and worked closely with the Egyptian Tentmakers –the men who do superb fine appliqué panels that were originally used for lining tents. This talent is dying and the Tentmaker’s Street which had 247 skilled masters in 1979 is now down to 45. Jenny has taken exhibitions to Australia, France, and Spain and in 2020 will talk about the history and development of the Tentmakers’ appliqué work. 

Jennifer Bowker has been working with textiles since receiving her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from ANU, Canberra. Married to a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and living for eleven years in Arab and Islamic countries, Jenny’s knowledge of Middle Eastern culture informs the subject matter of her lectures.

18 July 2020
Summer Palaces of the Tsars
Alexey Makhrov (Independent)  

The royal estates in St Petersburg impress with their splendour and also provide fascinating insights into the private life of the Romanovs. During the 18th century inhospitable terrain was transformed into idyllic locations. Alexey gives an account of past and present palaces and gardens in the environs of St. Petersburg. 

Dr Alexey Makhrov studied art history at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg and obtained a PhD in architectural history at the University of St Andrews, Scotland in 1998. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher of Russian art criticism of the nineteenth century at the University of Exeter, England before moving to Switzerland in 2003. Alexey has lead cultural tours to Russia and Switzerland since 1998.

22 August 2020  
John Peter Russell: Australian artist and friend of the Impressionists
Lucrezia Walker (The Arts Society) 

Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, rated Russell’s work highly and Matisse claimed that Russell taught him everything he knew about colour. His extraordinary story, rarely told, is of a life devoted to adventure, love, tragedy and art. 

Lucrezia Walker studied in Venice and Perugia, lived and worked in Rome and has twenty years’ experience leading cultural tours in major European cities. She is a regular speaker in London at the Royal Academy, Tate Britain and Tate Modern and is the author of several books on 19th and 20th century artists and art movements.

19 September 2020
And So, To Bed…… ‘Pepys’s Diary 20th April 1660’ 
Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski (The Arts Society) 

This lecture traces the significance construction and use of beds from the medieval period through to the 18th century in terms of their association with the highest level of society as expressed through the great ‘State Beds’ concept. 

The significance of beds through the ages can be judged by the prominence given to them in wills and inventories: for instance, Shakespeare, in his will, left his wife Anne ‘my second- best bed’. 

Janusz’s lectures seek to explain furniture in terms of the skills and materials employed in its design and construction and also its socio-economic significance. He has lectured on antique furniture since 1975 and has been in The Arts Society Directory since 1982.

17 October 2020
Lost on the Titanic: The Making of the Great Omar Binding 
Dominic Riley (The Arts Society) 

When it was completed in 1912, the Great Omar was the most elaborate and opulent binding ever created. It was embellished with over one thousand jewels, five thousand leather inlays and a hundred square feet of gold leaf, and took a team of craftsmen over two and a half years to complete. It went down with the Titanic. This lecture tells the story of the Great Omar and the bookbinders Sangorski and Sutcliffe, who were known for their fabulous jewelled bindings. 

Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned bookbinder, artist, lecturer and teacher. He specialises in the restoration of antiquarian books and the creation of contemporary fine bindings. His work is in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Library of Wales, the Grolier Club in New York and the San Francisco Public Library.

Special Event  

on Saturday 15 February 2020 @ 2.30pm 

Champagne and High Tea 
an afternoon with 
Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde 

Jane Austen: Her Life and Works & The Importance of Being Oscar: The Life and Works of Oscar Wilde 

Susannah Fullerton  
President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia shares her passion for Austen’s novels and her interest in her life and times. Illustrations bring the Regency world to life. “Somehow or other I’ll be famous, and if not famous, I’ll be notorious” declared the young Oscar Wilde: he proved to be both! Susannah will discuss Wilde’s extraordinary life story, his fall from fame and the creation of his great works of literature. 

Members Guests and Visitors $35.00 
Bookings are essential. 
Please contact the treasurer  
Sharon Ramsay – Luck:  0417 451 295 or email  

21 November 2020 


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?

  • Experience world-class lectures in a welcoming environment
  • Enjoy new friendships and fellowship
  • Join excursions to places and events of artistic or architectural interest
  • Join tours with ADFAS lecturers
  • Contribute to local Young Arts projects and artists
  • Receive the annual national magazine Artlife


Annual Membership Subscription

$155 per person

$275 per couple


Visitors are always welcome by pre-arrangement with the Membership Secretary 0436 323 776