Sunshine Coast (Buderim)

Postal Address:

ADFAS Sunshine Coast
PO Box 1592

2022 Membership & Visitor Bookings:
Merle O’Rourke      
0419 795 625

ABN: 91 792 901 750

ADFAS Sunshine Coast 2022– Lectures for Lovers of the Arts

ADFAS Sunshine Coast is thriving, not just surviving, despite the many challenges of the current Pandemic.

The Covid pandemic has forced us to reimagine how ADFAS Sunshine Coast could continue. In 2021 We had a new venue and all Australian lecturers, including a couple of excellent local lecturers when lockdowns made travelling to the Sunshine Coast impossible for some.

ADSFAS Sunshine Coast is part of the ADFAS Cook Lecture Circuit. All lecturers are recognised experts in their fields and come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Our 2022 all Australian Lecture series runs monthly from February to October on Sundays at 3.00pm. Members enjoy a relaxed refreshment with wine and tea & coffee following the lectures.

Monthly at Gregson & Weight Auditorium, 159 Wises Road, Buderim, Qld 4556. Excellent onsite parking.

Membership Enquiries:
Merle O’Rourke       M:        0419 795 625     E:

Membership Subscription for 2022 is $125.00.
Visitors are welcome to attend up to three (3) lectures in the 2022 Programme. Cost per lecture is $25.00 which includes light refreshments served with wine

ADFAS Sunshine Coast conforms with the Queensland State Government’s Covid Rules and Requirements. Pre-Booking for lectures is essential.

Committee 2022

Dawne Clark:

Anne Lyons:

Jacqui Hollis:


Membership Enquiries:

Merle O’Rourke: 0419 795 625


6 February 2022
Art in our own back yard: The USC Art Gallery & Art Collection
Megan Williams

In 1995, USC- or the Sunshine Coast University College as it was then known – purchased its first artwork, establishing the beginnings of what would become the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Art Collection. Twenty-seven years on, USC is now home to the largest and most professional art gallery and the most significant public collection of art in the region.

Megan Williams is a curator and manager of programming across the university art museum sector. Since 2016, she has fulfilled this role at the USC Art Gallery.

13 March 2022
Where East meets West: Istanbul
Kenneth Park

Join this stunning visual tour of Istanbul, where East meets West. Istanbul, once called Byzantium and later Constantinople, is an ancient city with a rich history that today is blessed with a tremendous ensemble of architecture and monuments.

Kenneth Park, Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for over thirty years, is responsible for the College’s extensive art and archival collections. An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe.

3 April 2022
High Heel Heaven
Professor Peter McNeil

Why do men and women’s shoes look so very different today? Learn about shoes, mobility and history, from Renaissance platform chopines to Sex and the City ‘limousine’ shoes.

Professor Peter McNeil is Distinguished Professor of Design History at University of Technology Sydney. From 2008-18 he was the Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies in Sweden, and at the Academy of Finland in Helsinki as Distinguished Professor. Dr McNeil was the main writer for Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s travelling Exhibition ‘Reigning Men’ (2016-18) and has worked with communities and museums around the world.

15 May 2022
Paint on the Tracks: The Railway in Australian Art
Gavin Fry

This lecture looks at how the railway has been portrayed in Australian art. From Conrad Martens on the Great Zig-Zag and Arthur Streeton at the Lapstone Tunnel, to war artists Russell Drysdale and Donald Friend on the troop trains of WW2, through to Fred Williams and the quirky vision of Noel McKenna, trains and their stories have always found a fascinating place in Australian Art.

Gavin Fry has fifty years of curatorial and management experience in museums, galleries and educational institutions. He has written twenty-five books on Australian art and history and many catalogue and journal essays. He designs and publishes books on behalf of other writers and artists.

26 June 2022
Napoleon’s Parvenu Princesses: A tale of beauty and betrayal
Sylvia Sagona

Of the eight Bonaparte siblings, it was Napoleon’s stunning younger sisters, Pauline and Caroline, who resembled him most in ambition, drive and eccentricity, and whose tantrums unnerved the conqueror of Europe.

Sylvia Sagona studied Classics and French at Melbourne University and then gained her Maitrise-ès-Letttres in Comparative Art and Literature, and qualifications in Sociology in Aix-en-Provence. In Provence, she taught at the Université de Pro- vence and the Ecole Nationale des Étrangers d’Aix en Provence. After living in Italy and Spain, she returned to Melbourne University lecturing in 19th century French art and literature, and Italian Romanticism.


24 July 2022
Australiana in a changing context: An infrastructure for contemporary crafts practice
Dr Grace Cochrane

Dr Grace Cochrane is an independent curator and writer. Author of ‘The Crafts Movement in Australia: A History” (1992), Grace has spoken about crafts and design at many conferences, written for a range of publications and been a board member of several professional organisations. Born in New Zealand, she has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, and a D.Litt. (UNSW). Grace received the Australia Council’s VACB Emeritus Medal in 2001 and was awarded an Australian Medal (AM) in 2013.  

21 August 2022
Fakes and Forgeries in Silver and how to avoid them
Jolyon Warwick James

To avoid forgeries, we need to know what form they can take. This lecture examines why people fake silver and what forms of faking there are.

Jolyon Warwick James is a professional consultant on antique silver. Now based in Sydney, he was educated at London University. He has been a lecturer, valuer and appraiser, as well as an adviser on English, European, Colonial and other silverware with museums, auction houses, government bodies, collectors, and educational organisations in Australia and over- seas. Jolyon is a widely published author on international silver collections and practices. His publications include a reference manual on Australian gold and silver hallmarks.

18 September 2022
Madame la Veuve Clicquot: A Toast to the ‘Champagne Widow’
John Broadley

This lecture traces the hectic and complex life of Madame la Veuve Clicquot, one of France’s most celebrated women, being responsible for the development of the French champagne industry. Widowed young, she showed ingenuity and pluck, despite often overwhelming obstacles, to find a market for her champagne which is highly esteemed today.

John Broadley is an historian of Australian colonial architecture, French culture, and relationships between Australia and Europe.  He has been chairman of ADFAS Mudgee and served on the ADFAS national executive. John was editor of the final edition of the ADFAS magazine, ArtLife, in 2019.

16 October 2022
Recent Events: Design for International Events
Professor Michael Scott-Mitchell

Michael Scott-Mitchell discusses his designs for some of the world’s largest international events. These include the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the Asian Games 2006 Opening Ceremony, World Youth Day 2008, the opening of CHOGUM, and most recently the UAE 48th National Day Celebrations in Abu Dhabi and others.

Professor Michael Scott-Mitchell, lecturer in Design at the University of NSW, was a founding member of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Creative Team that designed and created the Opening and Closing ceremonies.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 3 pm followed by our Christmas Party on Sunday 4 December 2022 at the Education Centre Hibiscus Retirement Village University Drive, Sippy Downs.

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.