Sunshine Coast (Buderim)

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS Sunshine Coast
PO Box 1592

We are a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.

We provide superbly illustrated monthly presentations on diverse topics within the arts and related disciplines.

Our members come from many and varied backgrounds but we are all interested in learning about a wide range of the arts.

There are 37 Australian Societies in five states.

ADFAS was founded in the United Kingdom and started in Australia in 1985.


Committee 2018

Audrey Raymond
(07) 5456 2012

Membership Secretary:

Janine de la Begassiere
(07) 5452 6643

Programme for 2018

Monday 19th February 
New Horizons 
Paul Atterbury

In Victorian times, 11 million people left Britain to seek a new life in distant lands. Mass emigration, some voluntary and some
forced, was crucial in the development of Australia. Some were successful in their quest for a new life, many failed, but for the majority
the result of emigration was a complete break from all back home. Among the most poignant reminders of these people are remarkable paintings and drawings documenting the experience of emigration, from leaving home to the often painful experience of settling in a new world. They tell extraordinary stories and offer a remarkable insight into the making of modern Australia.

Monday 12th March
Medieval Illuminated Bestiaries 
Christopher de Hamel 

Bestiaries are illustrated encyclopaedias of all the known animals of the world, domestic and exotic, real and mythological. Manuscripts of Bestiaries were mostly made in England, between about 1150 and 1300 and all are richly illuminated. They are among the most
beautiful and enchanting of all medieval manuscripts, often engagingly quaint and credulous and sometimes startlingly well-informed. They offer an extraordinary insight into the medieval imagination and humour. The lecture looks at how Bestiaries were used in medieval monasteries by monks whose experience of wild animals was negligible. It considers how the ancient Bestiaries and their tales have survived into modern times.

Monday 23rd April
The Possessions of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor – Art or Obsession 
Adrian Dickens 

In 2013 Adrian visited Paris in search of insight into the story of the Abdication of King Edward VIII, and the purpose of
the legendary jewellery and art collection of the Duchess of Windsor. Find out why a man who didn’t want the British throne
spent the rest of his life trying to replicate it. Hear about the Duchess’s obsession with fashion and displays of jewels.
Understand how the Windsors used their collections and possessions to undermine the occupants of Buckingham Palace.
You will discover who ‘Cookie’ and ‘Shirley Temple’ are and why the Windsors loathed them.

Monday 21st May
William Hogarth: ‘A Terrier Snapping at the Heels of the Great’
Rosalind Whyte

This lecture looks at the life, times and work of William Hogarth. Hogarth’s work reflected the social and political issues of his times,
and the sometimes scathing and satirical nature of his responses to current issues. His relationship with some of the important personalities of the time will be explored. The variety of forms he worked in, his ‘Modern Moral Subjects’ and Conversation Pieces
to his portraiture and attempts at history painting will be discussed. No exploration of Hogarth’s work would be complete without looking at his cutting and often bawdy sense of humour and the wealth of detail in his work.


Monday 18th June 
Everyday Life in Ancient Egyptian Wall Paintings 
Dr Rodna Siebels 

The ancient Egyptians decorated their tombs with wonderful scenes of daily life, with themes ranging from such activities as the annual agricultural cycle, animal husbandry, boat building, ball games and even the excesses of dinner parties. The extraordinary detail in these paintings provides modern viewers with an opportunity to glimpse how people lived along the Nile Valley some 4000 years ago and examines a range of themes from Egyptian tomb paintings that illustrate not only the way the Egyptians went about their daily business but also the skill of the Ancient Egyptian artist in bringing this world to life.

Monday 23rd July 
The Ultimate Renaissance Ruler & Fine Art collector: Emperor Qianlong (1736 – 1795)
David Rosier

Qianlong guided China through a period of unquestionable political, economic and cultural prosperity. He increased the size of China
through military campaigns and astute diplomacy. He travelled his Empire regularly but it is in the fields of art and culture that Qianlong
made the greatest contribution to China’s heritage. Qianlong was a noted scholar and also amassed a treasure trove of works of art
from previous dynasties. His immense collection included paintings, porcelain, jade, textiles, ivory carvings and more. We will look at Qianlong as a successful Emperor of China but also as a scholar and collector of fine art.

Monday 27th August
Indians, Buffalo and Storms: The american West in 19th Century Art 
Toby Faber 

Artists were never far behind the explorers who opened up the West of America in the 19th century. They have left us a powerful, if
romanticised, record of the country. Their pictures can be used to chart the history of the opening of America’s west – the arrival of the railroad, the extermination of the buffalo and more. This lecture tells a story on a big scale with grandiloquent pictures. After a period of neglect, they are back in vogue, but whatever one thinks of their artistic merits, it is hoped that audiences will agree that they are
great fun.


Monday 17th September
Who done it? Hitchcock, Master of Suspense
Dr John Francis 

Alfred Hitchcock, film director and ‘the Master of Darkness’, made over fifty feature films where innocent people are often caught up in circumstances beyond their control. His Catholic upbringing and uneasy relationship with femininity will be discussed in his early work of the Silent Era. London based dramas, Blackmail (1929) and Dial M for Murder (1954) will be closely analysed. After moving to Hollywood, Hitchcock created several masterpieces of cinema including Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960). Although often regarded as a skilled entertainer, cinema critics have argued that Hitchcock’s films should be regarded as artistic masterworks. He remains by far the most studied film director of all time.

Monday 29th October 
Miniature Adults? Imagers of Childhood in Western Art 
Dr Sophie Oosterwijk

When we look at early child portraits we often see miniature adults dressed stiffly in adult clothing. What can artists such as Rembrandt, Van Dyck or Velázquez tell us about children in the past? Recognising the artistic and social conventions behind such images may help to learn about childhood throughout history and social expectations. So how did adults see children in the past, and how were they presented in art from antiquity to the present? The findings might be very different from what you expect, and you will never look at images of children in quite the same way.

AGM & Christmas Party
Members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Monday, 3rd December at 6:30pm in the Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College followed by the End of Year Party.

Who are our lecturers?

All are recognised experts in their fields.
They are drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds.
Six lecturers come from the UK and this year three are from Australia.

19th February: Paul Atterbury (UK) is a writer, lecturer, curator and broadcaster, and a familiar face on the BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow, having been a team expert for over 25 years. He specialises in the art, architecture and design of the 19th and 20th centuries, but has many interests and enthusiasms outside this area of expertise. He and his wife are regular visitors to Australia, Paul  having lectured to every ADFAS society in Australia and New Zealand, He is a very popular speaker.

12th March: Dr Christopher de Hamel (UK) is probably the best-known writer and lecturer of illuminated manuscripts in the world. He was responsible for catalogues and sales of illuminated manuscripts at Sotheby’s in London for twenty-five years after which he was Librarian of the Parker Library in Cambridge University, one of the finest small collections of medieval manuscripts worldwide.
Christopher has doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge and has written numerous books on illuminated manuscripts. He was winner of the Duff Cooper Prize for the best non-fiction book of 2016.

23rd April: Adrian Dickens (Aust) emigrated to Australia from the UK in 1988 and has been a fixture on the Australian jewellery scene for the last 27 years, as manager of a number of jewellery companies in Melbourne and Sydney. Adrian created CIRCA AD Jewels to provide a genuinely unique personal jewellery service where the jeweller visits his clients or they visit him in his small private home in Toorak Village.  His company specialises in collecting selected items of fine jewellery, and rare pieces from around the world as well as contemporary items and innovative jewellery designs. “Re-inventing” jewels from unwearable pieces of the 19th and 20th century into wearable 21st century designs is his speciality.

21st May: Rosalind Whyte (UK) has a Masters degree in Art History from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is a guide and lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy and leads art appreciation holidays to various places of interest. Rosalind has been a guest speaker on many cruises, both as an individual and as part of a team from the Tate Gallery.

18th June: Dr Rodna Siebels (Aust) became interested in Egyptology while studying for a BA at Macquarie University in Ancient History. In her final year she spent 10 weeks excavating and recording the Old Kingdom tombs at El-Hawawish, in Middle Egypt and later gained an MA in Egyptology and a PhD, her doctoral thesis topic being Agriculture in Old Kingdom Tomb Decoration: An Analysis of Wall Paintings & Inscriptions. Rodna has provided courses in various aspects of Egyptology and for 14 years worked as a tour guide in Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Tunisia, Cyprus and others. Her recent publications include Egyptian Art: Principles and Themes in Wall Scenes and Egypt: Land & Lives of the Pharaohs Revisited.

23rd July: David Rosier (UK) has over 25 years’ experience of working and living in East Asia. While living in Hong Kong he assembled a collection of approximately 700 predominantly Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), imperial and related textiles/costume and dress accessories. Past Committee Member of the Hong Kong Textile Society, David is a frequent speaker on Chinese imperial insignia of rank, court costume and dress accessories and the mechanics of the imperial government and the emperors of the Qing Dynasty.

27th August: Toby Faber (UK) has written two works of narrative history, Stradivarius, and Fabergé’s Eggs, and has given lectures at venues including The Victoria and Albert Museum, Hay Literary Festival, the Library of Congress and the Huntington Library in California. He has been Managing Director of the publishing company Faber and Faber, founded by his grandfather. He is nonexecutive chairman of Faber Music and a director of the Copyright Licensing Agency and Liverpool University Press.

17th September: Mr John Francis (UK) is an inspirational speaker who has delivered lectures and workshops in the US (Texas, California, Massachusetts), Beijing, Malaysia and the UK. Initially trained as a painter, John was awarded the Max Beckmann Memorial Scholarship in painting in Brooklyn, New York and went on to be artist in resident for the state of Texas.  Later in his career John produced and directed several short films and animations. He has taught film, art and pedagogy at the University of Exeter, Arts University Bournemouth, University Sains Malaysia, Southwestern College, California, Brunel University and Kingston University London.

29th October: Dr Sophie Oosterwijk (UK) was born in the Netherlands and undertook Medieval Studies at York before obtaining two doctorates in Art History and English Literature. She taught art history at three UK universities and is actively involved in the Church Monuments Society. Sophie’s many publications include Mixed Metaphors: The Danse Macabre in medieval and early modern
Europe, and Monumental Industry: The production of tomb sculpture in England and Wales in the fourteenth century. Sophie is a free-lance lecturer for the University of Cambridge, NADFAS, the V&A Museum in London and others, and is an Honorary Research Fellow in Art History at the University of St Andrews (Scotland).

Where do we meet?

In the Drama Theatre
Matthew Flinders Anglican College
Stringybark Road, Buderim
(unless otherwise specified in the Programme)

Who can join ADFAS?

Anyone with an interest in the arts or who wishes to develop an interest in the arts is very welcome.

No prior knowledge of any of the arts is needed.

Lectures are pitched at a very accessible level.

New members are very welcome.

2018 Annual Membership Fees

2018 Annual ADFAS Membership $148
Full time student $40

Why join us?

To learn more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment over a glass of wine and supper

To enjoy cultural and social opportunities

To join overseas tours with ADFAS lecturers

To receive our annual national magazine ArtLife

To support local young arts and local cultural heritage projects

When do we meet?

Monthly from February to October


Visitors are very welcome. We regret that visitors may attend a maximum of three lecture evenings a year.
Cost: $25 per visitor.
Bookings are required for visitors.


Listed with each lecture & the Special Interest Afternoon