Postal Address:

ADFAS Rockhampton
PO Box 8306
Rockhampton QLD 4700

ABN 549 638 445 18

Membership Enquiries:
or contact Janet Gentle –

The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Rockhampton welcomes members, guests and visitors to enjoy illustrated presentations on any and every aspect of the Arts by expert speakers.  Attendees enjoy a convivial morning tea with the speaker.  ADFAS Rockhampton will also be revealing an enticing programme of Covid safe excursions and more throughout 2021.​


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)


Janet Gentle     Mob:  0428 267 655      Email:

ADFAS Rockhampton Membership/Renewal for 2021:

Annual Membership      $125 single / $250 couple: (after 20.03.21)
Early bird special:          $100 single/$200 couple:  (by 20.03.21)
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


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

Programme for 2021

Due to the ongoing impacts of Covid 19 international lecturers will be unable to visit in 2021.  ADFAS Rockhampton will be holding live, venue specific Covid safe lectures with talented Australian speakers throughout 2021.  We ask those attending to arrive early to avoid queuing 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 2021.

27 February 2021
2021 Programme Launch and presentation: ‘The Rockhampton Garden Symphonies 1 & 2: Background and inspiration’
10.30am Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton (FREE)

An opportunity to meet the 2021 Committee and hear a little more about our 2021 programme.  Enjoy a presentation by a local speaker, Mark Svendsen, who will talk about his part in the creation of ‘The Rockhampton Garden Symphonies 1 & 2’ (2003). The Rockhampton Gardens Symphonies 1 & 2 were commissioned by Lyndon Terracini, Director of the Queensland Biennial Festival of Music and the symphonies had their world premiere in the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. At the time, they were the only symphonic works dedicated to an Australian city.

Mark Svendsen is a publisher and writer based in Emu Park.  As librettist for the choral component of the symphonies, Mark Svendsen will reflect on the creative process behind the scenes.

20 March 2021
The Tentmakers of Old Cairo
10.30am Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

View the stunning, intricate applique work of these Cairene artisans as you learn about the history and development of this traditional Egyptian dying art.

Jenny Bowker lived in Cairo as part of her travels with her diplomate husband.  She completed her BA in Visual Arts (ANU) and went on to become a highly respected textile artist exhibiting in Australia, the UK and the Middle East. Jenny lectures widely on textile arts.

17 April 2021
Visionairies & Trailblazers: Women in Australian Film
10.30am Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

This presentation will follow the rich development of the important roles of women in Australian film from the earliest days 120 years ago to the present.  This is a lively lecture, illustrated with clips and images from all your favourite Australian films.

Karen Pearlman is a highly talented and experienced speaker who started her career in dance before transitioning to the world of film and editing in particular.  Karen holds a BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of Dance, MAs from both UTS and AFTRS and a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UTS.  Karen is currently Senior Lecturer in Screen Production at Macquarie University and co-director of Physical TV.

29 May 2021
Symbols that Reveal and Conceal
10.30am Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Indigenous artists use traditional symbols in their works to communicate across cultural differences, symbols that can both reveal and conceal their cultural traditions.  The symbolism as explained to Geoffrey Bardon at Papunya in the 1970’s is explored and then we learn about the adaptations artists across the country have made to their own symbols, both to preserve traditions and to regenerate their relevance in contemporary life.

Sally Butler is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Queensland and Associate Editor/Writer for Art Collector magazine.  Sally is widely published and also curates exhibitions such as ‘ Capricornia, Between the Sublime and the Spectacular’.

12 June 2021
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know: Lord Byron, The Wicked Poet
10.30am Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Susannah will be reciting some of Byron’s best loved poems whilst she tells the extraordinary story of this both famous and infamous 19th century poet who shocked society with his scandalous love life and liberal ideals, then left England to fight for Greek independence – just why was he considered ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’?

Susannah is passionate about all literature and holds a BA from the University of Auckland and a post graduate degree in Victorian Literature from Edinburgh University.  Currently she teaches literature in Sydney and lectures at both the State Library of NSW and the Art Gallery of NSW.  Susannah was awarded the OAM for Services to Literature and has been the President of The Jane Austen Society of Australia for the last 19 years.

24 July 2021
Dirt Dust & Discovery: Australian Goldfields Jewellery
Charlotte NATTEY
10.30am Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Not long after the penal colony in Australia was established, gold was discovered in the 19th century which led to prosperity and great wealth for some.  In part this wealth was spent on distinct and often unique jewels which are now fascinating and much sought after as a record of our history.  The lecture will describe these jewels and their stories, jewels from both the East and the West Coasts of Australia.

Charlotte Nattey was educated in the UK where she graduated in Fashion and Dress from the St Martins School of Art.  She went on to design for Roman fashion houses such as Fernanda Gattinori, Pucci and Simonetta; later designing in both London and Sydney.  She then developed a business importing antique jewellery and sterling silver.  Charlotte has a keen interest in all arts and has been involved with ADFAS Canberra for many years.

21 August 2021
The Pigment Revolution: Chemistry and the Birth of Modern Art
10.30am Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

This lecture explores the extraordinary chemistry of the modern painter’s palette.  Whilst we are used to understanding the developments in art history through changes in styles, this presentation will offer a different view, exploring why those changes became possible due to the impact of new technologies in creating pigments.

Dr Nick Gordon is an historian who holds a University Medal (2003) and PhD (2009) from the University of Sydney.  He began his career teaching European history at his alma mater and more recently began teaching architectural history in 2014.  He lectures widely and leads cultural tours.  Nick is also an accomplished artist with a deep understanding of materials and techniques and his unique ‘artist’s eye’ gives extra insight in the analysis of the art works presented in his lectures.

18 September 2021
Jewellery Today: Ancient Art in Modern Hands
10.30am B Griffin Cultural Centre, St Ursula’s, Yeppoon

Globally, jewellery is one of the oldest art forms practised by most human cultures and is continually evolving.  Julie will explore which jewellery is ‘contemporary’ and how it fits in to the contemporary art scene, sustained by the same social settings and issues that influence other art forms.  The lecture will focus on the flourishing contemporary art of Australian creators and their contributions to our contemporary culture: see the works of Robert Baines, Susan Cohn, Bin Dixon-Ward amongst many others.

Julie Ewington is a nationally and internationally recognised authority on contemporary Australian art and South East Asian art across a wide range of media.  She has worked as a writer, curator and broadcaster for over four decades. Julie was a founding member of the Women’s Art movement and the Art Worker’s Union.  She is a member of many art boards and in 2014 received the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Award to honour her achievements as a curator and writer and as an advocate for the visual arts.

16 October 2021
The Book of Kells: its History, Mystery and Wonder
10.30am Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

The Book of Kells is Ireland’s national treasure and in 2000 Gemma Black was invited by the National Gallery of Australia to prepare and present a lecture on the calligraphy and illumination, pigments and tools used in the creation of this masterpiece.  This is a highly polished and entertaining lecture which delves into the past and offers an opportunity to learn not just about the history of the Book of Kells but, also, about the arts involved in creating this astonishing manuscript.

Gemma Black is an artist and calligraphic designer based in Tasmania.  She received a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to travel to Europe to research, observe and learn the practice of calligraphy.  Gemma is a Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, UK, and has taught calligraphy and bookbinding for 25 years both in Australia and around the world. Her works are held in collections such as at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, the European Parliament and Parliament House, Canberra.


27 November 2021
Annual General Meeting & Local CQ Speaker TBC
10.30am Centacare, 16 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Committee 2021

Bernadette Hunt
Ph: 0438 642 778

Secretary/Membership Secretary:
Janet Gentle
Ph: 0428 267 655

Sarah McCosker

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