Postal Address:

ADFAS Rockhampton
PO Box 8306
Rockhampton QLD 4700

ABN 549 638 445 18

Membership Enquiries:

The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Rockhampton Inc has been active serving Central Queensland for 27 years. The Society provides 8 monthly lectures by expert speakers who come to Rockhampton to give lively, beautifully illustrated, highly informed presentations on a truly eclectic range of all arts.  Members and visitors are welcome to attend and enjoy a legendary morning tea with the lecturer.  In addition, ADFAS Rockhampton hosts a local speaker to speak on a local arts subject annually.  Members, guests and visitors also benefit from excursions, opportunities to support local arts through the Arts in the Community programme, special events and most importantly a very friendly, welcoming group of like minded locals.


10.30am Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton (other than September lecture which is held at the B Griffin Cultural Centre, St Ursula’s, Yeppoon 10.30am) – ample parking available at both venues.


Enquiries: Glenda Wilson     M: 0400 958 108     E:

ADFAS Rockhampton Membership/Renewal for 2022:

Annual Membership:                               $125 single / $250 couple: (after 05.03.22)
Early bird special:                                     $100 single / $200 couple: (by 05.03.22)
Visitors:                                                      $25 per lecture ($15 child/other ADFAS society members)

Method of Payment:
Cheque/Money Order to:                        Direct Debit:
ADFAS Rockhampton,                              BSB 813 049
PO Box 8306                                              Account Number  10 000 0088
Rockhampton, Q, 4700                            (surname/initial to identify)

Cash at any event/lecture/cards accepted at lectures and online


Visitors are always welcome within Covid social distancing provisions.  Members may use their guest passes to bring a guest to a lecture for free.
Casual visitors are welcome to attend lectures for $25 per lecture which includes morning tea with the lecturer. Visitors from other ADFAS societies/child  $15 per lecture


Due to the ongoing impacts of Covid 19 international lecturers will be unable to visit in 2022.  ADFAS Rockhampton will be holding live, Covid safe lectures with talented expert Australian speakers throughout 2022.  We ask those attending to arrive early to avoid queueing (doors open 9.15am) and, once at the venue, to use sanitiser and practise social distancing.  Please do not attend a lecture if you are feeling unwell.  Due to the ever-changing nature of the Covid 19 pandemic, circumstances may change at short notice.  ADFAS Rockhampton will always endeavour to keep members and friends informed via email and asks that you also check this webpage and the ADFAS Rockhampton Facebook page regularly for updates throughout 2022.

12 February 2022
2022 Programme Launch & Local Speaker TBC (FREE to attend)
10.30am, 1st Floor, Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

An opportunity for members, guests and those new to ADFAS Rockhampton to hear about the 2022 committee, lecture programme and our visiting speakers.  Find out what ADFAS Rockhampton offers and the parent organisation The Arts’ Society (UK).  As always all with our delicious morning tea. Presentation: TBA

5 March 2022
Where East Meets West: Istanbul
Kenneth Park
10.30am, 1st Floor, Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Istanbul where East meets West, once called Constantinople, is an ancient city with a rich history that is blessed with a tremendous ensemble of architecture and monuments. Founded in 660 BCE, renamed Constantinople in 330 CE, Istanbul grew in influence on the Silk Road and is one of the most important cities in history. As an imperial capital for fifteen centuries, during the Romano/Byzantine (330–1204), Latin (1204–1261), Byzantine (1261–1453), and Ottoman (1453–1922) empires it is replete with treasures – Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, the Grand Bazaar, Pera Palace Hotel, Theodosian Walls. Join this stunning visual tour of Istanbul.

Kenneth has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for over thirty years with responsibility for the school’s extensive art and archival collections. Kenneth also consults in both the corporate and public sectors in all aspects of philanthropic fundraising. An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works across the globe. He lives by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’.


9 April 2022
Working from Life: Puppets, Lay Figures and Strange Studios
Dr Bill Platz
10.30am,  1st Floor, Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Until quite recently, it was commonplace for artists to populate their working spaces with odd studio puppets called ‘lay figures’. These disconcerting figures were beautiful pieces of ingenuity and craftsmanship and they enabled artists to pose and study the body when bodies were otherwise unavailable or inconvenient. Lay figures allowed artists to work ‘from life’ without the living. In this lecture, Dr William Platz will use his artwork and his research into studio puppets to shine light into this obscure corner of art practice and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of studio puppets in contemporary art.

Dr William Platz is an American-Australian artist, teacher and researcher with a disciplinary focus on Drawing who exhibits and publishes regularly in the US, Europe and Australia. With research concentrations in life drawing, portraiture and pedagogies of drawing, his recent work confects drawing, the body and puppets. Dr Platz resides in Brisbane and is Head of Drawing at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Dr Platz completed his BFA and MA in New York and his PhD in Australia.


7 May 2022
Peter Indans: From Donny to Rocky
Gavin Fry
10.30am,  1st Floor, Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Peter Indans had a long, satisfying, and successful artistic career, one that in many ways was the opposite to what many might have predicted. Arriving in Melbourne as a small refugee child from Europe, he made the most of every opportunity that came his way. As a promising young artist, he then chose to turn his back on Australia’s ‘art capital’ to build a career in the North. Along the way he made a considerable contribution to art in Rockhampton, both as a teacher and working artist.

Gavin Fry is a writer, artist and museum professional with fifty years’ experience working in curatorial and management positions in Australian museums, galleries, and educational institutions. He is the author of twenty-five books on Australian art and history. In retirement, Gavin exhibits as a painter in Newcastle and Melbourne. Gavin is a professional writer who also designs and publishes books for other writers and artists. Gavin holds the degrees of BA[Hons] and MA from Monash University and MPhil from Leicester University.


25 June 2022
Turner – The Explorer
Robert Ketton
10.30am,  1st Floor, Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Whilst Robert talks about the life and times of JMW Turner RA, Catherine will take to the easel with oil paint, rags, scrapers and brush to give us a glimpse of Turner’s style and technique.  Turner lived at a time of great social change and scientific invention. He recorded, in thousands of works of art, the transition of Britain from a rural to an industrial society.  He is regarded as one of the greatest nineteenth century painters.

In 1976 Robert was appointed as a Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Southern Queensland where he taught acting and directed dozens of plays for the university’s Performance Centre until he retired as senior lecturer in acting in 2009.  Robert has published books and plays and is currently working on an illustrated children’s book with his artist wife, Catherine.  Robert and Catherine have lived in Toowoomba for over forty year have two children and two grandchildren.




30 July 2022
Australiana in a Changing Context: an Infrastructure for Contemporary Craft Practice
Dr Grace Cochrane AM
10.30am, 1st Floor, Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

This lecture discusses and illustrates the evolving changes in crafting practices, education, museums and galleries, organisations and events relating to Australiana: art, decorative arts, antiques, historic items, collectables, buildings and sites, and portable heritage made in, or relating to, Australia. It reviews the history of the Australiana Society, an incorporated association of collectors, researchers, dealers and auctioneers devoted to collecting, studying and preserving Australiana, and its role in the development of contemporary crafts and design in Australia.

Now an independent curator and writer, until 2005 Grace Cochrane was a senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. For over 45 years Grace has spoken about crafts and design, written for a range of publications, been a board member of a number of professional organisations and spoken at many conferences.
In 2010 she was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. She received the Australia Council’s VACB Emeritus medal in 2001 and was awarded an AM in 2013.


27 August 2022
The Origins of Hallmarking and the Assay Office in Australia
Jolyon Warwick James
10.30am, 1 Floor, Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

This lecture traces the development of hallmarking in England (and Europe) and explains both what hallmarking is, and what makes it effective. We ask: who would want hallmarking and why? and then explore the history of the gold and silversmithing industry in Australia, and how hallmarking eventuated. Where did the impetus for its implementation come from and what form did it take?

Jolyon Jones is a professional consultant on antique silver, based in Sydney. Educated at London University, he has acted as a lecturer, valuer/appraiser, and adviser on English, European, Colonial and other silver with museums, auction houses, Government bodies, collectors, and educational organisations within Australia and overseas. He has published widely on international silver collections and practices, including a reference manual on Australian gold and silver hallmarks.


24 September 2022
Little Irene: A Portrait by Renoir, the story of a painting and its subject
John Broadley
St Theresa’s Church, corner of Bolsover and Albert Street, Rockhampton​ – note change of venue

In 1880 Pierre Renoir was commissioned to paint a portrait of the young Irène Cahen d’Anvers, eldest daughter of wealthy Jewish bankers. Neither the parents nor the sitter liked the portrait, and it was passed among family members until WWII, when it was coveted by Goering, the Nazis’ second-in-command. The painting became part of the greatest art plunder in world history. Great wealth could not prevent a tragic fate for two of her children, with her daughter and grandchildren perishing in Auschwitz.

John Broadley is a historian of Australian colonial architecture, French culture, and relationships between Australia and Europe.  He holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from Charles Sturt University.  John has worked in conjunction with heritage architects on conservation management programs for numerous significant heritage properties in New South Wales and has published on the historic houses of New South Wales.


22 October 2022
All you wanted to know about Sets, but were afraid to ask
Prof Michael Scott-Mitchell
10.30am,  1st Floor, Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

This lecture will focus on a selection from about 200 stage shows, musicals and operas Michael has designed over a 38-year career. Forty of these have been for the Sydney Theatre Company, twelve for Opera Australia, eleven for the Bell Shakespeare Company, and the rest scatter gunned across Australia and the globe. Michael’s stage designs for the Sydney Theatre Company include Suddenly Last Summer, King of Country, Storm Boy, As You Like It and Pygmalion. As set designer for Opera Australia since 1996, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, and Tosca are among some of his work.

For thirty years Michael Scott-Mitchell has been a formidable force within the performing arts making a major contribution both within Australia and internationally. Musicals have been an ongoing part of Michael’s body of work, and these include theatrical productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and the Johnny O’Keefe musical Shout! Michael has designed an impressive number of world-renowned productions including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Cauldron. He found himself at the forefront of digital explorations in design for performance. He designed Madame Butterfly the first fully fledged digital design for Opera Australia.  Michael is Professor of Practice, UNSW Art and Design.


26 November 2022
AGM and Local Presentation TBC (FREE to attend)
10.30am,  1st Floor, Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Committee 2022

Bernadette Hunt
Ph: 0438 642 778

Janet Gentle
Ph: 0428 267 655



Peter Wilson
Ph: 0400 958 108

Membership Secretary:
Glenda Wilson
Ph: 0437 180 662