Sunshine Coast (Buderim)

Postal Address:

ADFAS Sunshine Coast
PO Box 1592

2021 Membership & Visitor Bookings:
Brian Smith
Phone: 07 5445 4439

ABN: 91 792 901 750

ADFAS Sunshine Coast is a member of the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (ADFAS). We provide superbly illustrated monthly presentations by experts on a wide range of subjects, such as art, history, architecture, fashion, literature, theatre and more. Our Members are all interested in improving their knowledge of the arts and we fund a Young Arts Program supporting young people in the arts on the Sunshine Coast.

The ADFAS Sunshine Coast society is thriving, despite the many challenges of the current Covid-19 Pandemic. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced our Committee to reimagine how ADFAS Sunshine Coast could continue. By November, 2020, we had set up an all-local Australian speaker Programme for 2021, which runs from March to October. We have a new venue, Gregson & Weight Buderim, at a new day and time, Sundays at 3.00pm.



Membership for 2021 has opened. The annual membership for this year is $125.00 for eight (8) lectures plus refreshments.

Visitors are very welcome to attend three (3) lectures of the 2021 Programme for just $25.00 per lecture.

Committee 2021

Dawne Clark:

Secretary/Membership Secretary:
Brian Smith:

Jacqui Hollis:


Membership Enquiries:

Brian Smith:
Dawne Clark: 


14 March 2021 3.00 pm
Contemporary Textile Arts in Egypt from the Tentmaker’s Khan to the City of the Dead
Jennifer Bowker

Jennifer explores fascinating contemporary textile arts from all over Egypt. Her lecture covers the tentmakers of Cairo who stitch intricate appliqué hangings, and the ground-breaking work of the Wissa Wassef tapestry school. She discusses amazing patchwork projects undertaken by the wives and daughters of the garbage collectors of the huge city of Cairo, as well as the embroiderers of Upper Egypt who sew their stories into fabric. Jennifer’s presentation extends to silk dyers in the khans and explains how this silk is spun and used in the long alleys of the City of the Dead.

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, Jennifer lived for eleven years in Arab and Islamic countries. The influence of the Middle East can be seen in the subject matter of her work and in her lectures. She has held solo exhibitions of her work as a textile artist in the UK, Australia, and the Middle East. Jennifer has lectured in countries where she has travelled and is a sought- after lecturer at Quilt Conventions and in a sessional capacity for other university faculties

11 April 2021 3.00 pm
The Art of Competition and Victory in Ancient Greece
Dr Alastair Blanshard

Using objects from the British Museum’s major exhibition Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes touring Australia in 2021, Alastair shows how competition and victory were celebrated and commemorated in Greek art. He explores the theme of competition in sport, politics, drama, music, and warfare in Ancient Greece. From the idealisation of athletes in magnificent marble and bronze statues to the erection of elaborate monuments to successful poets, the Greek world loved to celebrate victory. This lecture provides an insight into some of the finest masterpieces of Greek art.

Dr Alastair Blanshard is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland. Alastair grew up in Brisbane and as an undergraduate moved to Cambridge UK where he undertook his doctoral studies. He lectured at Merton College, Oxford and taught at the University of Reading. He held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Hellenic Studies in Washington and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge before returning to Australia in 2005 to take up a position at the University of Sydney. Alastair has written several books on classical antiquity and hosts a weekly radio slot on Sydney’s 2GB discussing the relationship between the ancient and modern worlds.

23 May 2021 3.00 pm
Ian Fairweather: an artist and scholar before his time
Dr Sally Butler

Ian Fairweather (1891-1974) is a much-loved Australian artist who created a distinct style of modern art. His life as a so-called hermit has overshadowed his scholarly background. He studied art at London’s Slade School and Japanese and Chinese at the University of London. A world traveller, Fairweather learned Mandarin and calligraphy while living in China and became enthralled by Aboriginal rock art while living in northern Australia. Sally’s lecture examines Fairweather’s life for an understanding of how this ‘international intelligence’ informs his style and argues that his international perspective was well before its time.

Dr Sally Butler is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Queensland, formerly a Senior Education Officer at the Queensland Art Gallery, and an Associate Editor and feature writer for ‘Art Collector’ magazine. She has published widely in Australian and international journals and in several books. Sally has curated many exhibitions including the 2007 international touring exhibition titled Our Way, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Lockhart River. She is one of the editors of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art.

13 June 2021 3.00 pm
William Turner – the artist explorer
Robert Ketton with Catherine Ketton

While Robert talks about the life and times of William Turner, Catherine will take to the easel with oil paint, rags, scrapers, and brush to give us a glimpse of William Turner’s painting style and technique. Turner, a fascinating character, secretive, driven, penny-pinching and generous, chaotic in his private life and fiercely patriotic, lived at a time of great social change and scientific invention. He is regarded as one of the greatest 19th century painters. His image appears on the British £20 note, a tribute that would have appealed to his vanity but contradicted his need for anonymity.

Robert Ketton was a lecturer in theatre at the University of Southern Queensland from 1976 until his retirement in 2009. During this time, he taught acting and directed dozens of plays for the university’s Performance Centre. He has published several books and plays and is currently working on an illustrated children’s book with artist wife, Catherine.

Catherine Ketton took her first adult art lesson in 2004 and quickly became obsessed with new ways of looking. She has studied classical painting techniques at the Florence Academy of Art, taught oil painting both freelance and for U3A and has held many exhibitions. Catherine has received several art prizes.

18 July 2021 3.00 pm
Cartier: Jeweller of Kings, King of Jewellers
Charlotte Nattey

Charlotte delves into the stories behind some of the astounding jewels the House of Cartier created for kings, emperors and those who recognised excellence in jewellery design and making. The very name Cartier conjures up magical mind-images of fabulous jewels and objets d’art. The rich and famous, and heads of state have beaten a path to Cartier’s door to have amazing objects created by master craftsmen in a Master Design House for their own use or as unique gifts beyond compare. Some of the stories behind these jewels and their creation are as intriguing and fascinating as the objects themselves.

Charlotte Nattey was educated in the UK and graduated in design from St. Martins School of Art London, majoring in fashion and dress. She worked as a designer in the couture trade in prestigious fashion houses in Rome and London as well as in Sydney. Charlotte has developed and maintains her own business dealing in antique jewellery and antique sterling silver in the UK and Australia. Her interests encompass the fields of decorative and fine arts, antiques, gardens, music, and fashion, with a fascination for design and its influence on our lives. Charlotte was invited to present a talk ’Fashion and Fortune’ during the Gold and Civilization Exhibition at the National Museum of Australia in June 2001. She is an ADFAS member, having served as a committee member and chairman and she has been a regular lecturer for ADFAS over many years.

15 August 2021 3.00 pm
Benjamin Gilmour shows his film ‘Jirga’ followed by discussion and question time
Benjamin Gilmour

Benjamin Gilmour shows his award-winning film Jirga and talks about filming it secretly in Afghanistan with actor Sam Smith, and the dangers they faced. In two months in Afghanistan, he and Sam filmed for roughly 20 days. A paramedic in inner Sydney for 20 years, Ben says there’s a lot of transferable skills and knowledge from the paramedic world to this kind of filmmaking – being able to read people and read situations, and having a really good instinct for when things are turning in the wrong direction. However, the film renders an image of Afghanistan not as a ravaged battleground but as an arrestingly rich land. It shows details of Afghan life, from marketplace stalls and local shops to teatime. Jirga was Australia’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2019 and won the Best Independent Film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

The film ‘Jirga’ was fuelled by the idealism shown when Ben volunteered with Mother Teresa as a teenager and he says he still has not given up on the world. “As terrible as the state of the world appears to be to most people, I’d like to think we have hope.” As he worked on the film back in Australia, Ben decided it was time to move out of the city and work part-time as a paramedic and to make films and write more books. He now lives in Bangalow, northern New South Wales with his wife and three young children.

12 September 2021 3.00 pm
Art Across the Ditch: Contemporary Art in New Zealand
Julie Ewington

There are many points of similarity between Australian and New Zealand art and culture, but also many differences. Contemporary art in New Zealand is rich, complex, and fascinating. This lecture examines key themes in current art from our nearest English-speaking neighbour, from the brilliance of contemporary Māori expressions to the deep-seated love of landscape shared by Māori and Pakeha New Zealanders. Starting with the exceptional works of Colin McCahon (1919-1987) New Zealand’s leading modern painter, the lecture considers the remarkable work of several celebrated New Zealand artists practising today.

Julie Ewington is an internationally recognised authority on Australian and Southeast Asian contemporary art. She is currently an independent writer and curator in Sydney. She was a founder member of the Women’s Art Movement, Adelaide in 1976, and the Artworkers Union, Sydney in 1979-80. She has held academic positions at the University of Sydney and the Canberra School of Art, as well as curatorial positions at the Canberra School of Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Julie has broadcast with ABC Radio National and in 2014 received the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Award for achievements as a curator and writer, and as an advocate for the visual arts.

10 October 2021 3.00 pm
Calligraphy – Looking Back, Looking Forward
Gemma Black

Beginning with the earliest writing systems, Gemma explains how man developed the art of communication through creating signs, symbols, and images, as well as the development of the tools and materials to produce them. She will show death and mortuary rolls, works on vellum and papyrus and eventually on paper, and finally digital writing. After looking back to common ancestors and following the evolution of writing to the current day, the focus will be on the western letterform at its pinnacle. This lecture is a complete visual and exciting overview of a skill every one of us shares and holds dear, writing!

Gemma Black is an artist and calligrapher based in Tasmania. She used her Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study the practice of calligraphy. For over 25 years Gemma has taught calligraphy around Australia and in Europe, South Africa, North America, and the UK. She was commissioned to transcribe the four ‘Apology to Indigenous People Statements’ for the Australian Parliament. Her work is housed in private and public collections including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge UK, the European Parliament and Parliament House Canberra. Gemma is a Fellow of the prestigious Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, UK.


Membership Fees (8 lectures)
2020 ADFAS Sunshine Coast Members: $125
2021 New Members:  $150
Full-time Students: $40


Visitors are very welcome to attend up to three (3) lectures on the annual programme.

Cost per lecture is $25 and for full-time students $15. This includes light refreshments served with wine. Students, please show current Student Card.

Members and visitors are asked to register at the Sign-In Desk by 2.30 on the afternoon of the lecture. 


Gregson and Weight Chapel Buderim, 159 Wises Road, Buderim
3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon
Parking is available at the venue.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, booking is essential for members and visitors.

ADFAS Sunshine Coast Young Arts Programme

ADFAS is passionate about bringing the arts to young people through encouragement, support and opportunity, thereby enriching their lives.  

We particularly support those who may be disadvantaged in some way. Raffles are held at every lecture and the proceeds play a large part in making our Young Arts Programme possible. 

We therefore hope that members and supporters may also like to contribute to this programme with a donation, however small.

Some recipients of the 2019 ADFAS Sunshine Coast Young Arts Programme Grants in 2019.