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ADFAS Rockhampton
Post Office Box 8306
Allenstown QLD 4700

The Rockhampton branch of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society has been serving our community for the last 21 years and is looking forward to another year of delving into an eclectic mix of the Arts in 2017 via our monthly lectures.

ADFAS Rockhampton has a lively following of those who are interested in the Arts, travel, history, social history …. In fact it is hard to typify an ADFAS Rockhampton aficionado as although each lecture has at its core an Art, or Arts, each presentation is different and transports those who attend all over the world to galleries, private collections and difficult to reach locations via the rich digital presentations which accompany each topic.  Recently we have enjoyed the dulcet tones of actual medieval harps, explored the rich history of sundials, been shown the intricacies of detecting a fake Chinese art work, learnt about the art of maps and their social importance via Australia’s early exemplars, wondered at the temples of Bhutan…the list is goes on and every one a truly fascinating experience.  In 2017 we will welcome six NADFAS lecturers including five expert speakers from the UK and one from the US.  There will also be presentations two Australian lecturers and one local – the details of their topics are available below.

ADFAS Rockhampton tries to encourage and support our local artists, performers and musicians, of any age, via our Arts in the Community programme.  We are also currently documenting the social history of the Rockhampton School of the Arts building as our contribution to the national AADFAS School of the Arts project.  In 2017 we hope to launch a Church Recording project and are looking for volunteers to lead and coordinate this initiative. ADFAS Rockhampton also organises excursions, gallery visits and fundraising events throughout the year which are always well supported.

If you love the arts, are planning some travel or merely curious, do join us in 2017 – you will learn things you never realised you didn’t know and make new friends.  ADFAS Rockhampton is one of our area’s hidden gems, do come along and see for yourself.  Each lecture is followed by morning tea with the lecturer.

ADFAS Rockhampton annual subscriptions represent extraordinary value:  9 expert speakers (6 overseas/2 Australian/1 local); 9 scrumptious morning teas on the ‘piazza’; a guest pass which can be used to bring a friend for free to any lecture in 2017; access to ADFAS Travel  tours; the annual ADFAS ArtLife magazine; reduced rate attendance at other ADFAS society lectures around Australia and overseas; excursions/events organised throughout the year.  Visitors are most welcome to all presentations.

Our venue is comfortable, modern and on one level.  There is ample, easily accessible parking on the doorstep.

With so much on offer, please do consider joining us in 2017!

Annual Subscription:
$140.00 per person  – discount of $10 if joining by 18 March 2017
$260 per couple – discount of $20 if joining by 18 March 2017
($70 single/$130 couple after the July lecture)

NB If you attend a lecture as a visitor and decide to join at the next lecture, your visitor fee will count towards your membership – valid for the first two lectures only.

Committee 2017

Chair: Jan Davison
Ph. (07) 4927 5229

Secretary: Sarah McCosker
Ph. (07) 4930 2586

Post Office Box 8306
Allenstown QLD 4700

Programme for 2017

February 25
Programme Launch / Morning Tea
All Welcome, No Cost

March 18
Blenheim Palace: the Agony and the Ecstasy
Anthony Russell*

April 8
Contemporary Australian Art in the Global World
Julie Ewington**
NB held at the McKeague Hall, RGGS

May 27
Ancient Mayan Art & Architecture – Hidden Secrets of the Jungle
Sandra Mowry***

June 24
Wallis’ Jewels: the Jewels of Wallis Simpson
Charlotte Nattey**

July 22
The Foundations of Fashion: the History of Underwear
Kate Strasdin*

September 2
The Art of the Steal: Nazi Looting during WWII
Shauna Isaac*

September 23
Edouard Manet & Berthe Morisot: an Extraordinary Relationship
Michael Howard*
NB at the BGCC, St Ursula’s, Yeppoon

October 28
Treasures of the Black Tent
Brian W MacDonald*

November 25
Annual General Meeting
Local Speaker to be Advised

*UK Lecturer, **AU Lecturer, **US Lecturer

All lectures are beautifully illustrated via digital presentations. Our speakers are recognized experts in their fields, often with many years of experience and publications to their name. Their enthusiasm for their topics is infectious.

Lectures are followed by our legendary, delicious morning teas with a chance to speak to the lecturer and/or win a Lucky Door prize.

Venue and Time of Lectures

Saturday mornings @ 10.30am
Fitzroy Room, Rockhampton Regional Library, Bolsover Street


Visitors and Guests most welcome – adults $25 per visit / young people $15

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