PO Box 931
Hawthorn VIC 3122
ABN: 36 971 725 705
The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society of Melbourne Inc was established in 1987 and is the third oldest member of the Association of ADFAS. We are a non-profit organisation which aims to cultivate and study the decorative and fine arts, promote aesthetic education, and the preservation of our national artistic heritage.
ADFAS Melbourne presents a yearly programme of illustrated lectures on various aspects of The Arts designed to develop deeper understanding of art history and contemporary movements, all within a stimulating and friendly atmosphere. Topics range over: art history, architecture, ceramics, dance, drama, design, garden design, music, painting, textiles, and much more.
All lecturers are chosen for their outstanding communication skills, specialist knowledge and experience in their field. Each year we present six international NADFAS lecturers plus three Australian lecturers.
Published a week prior to each Lecture. Member contributions are most welcome! This could be in the form of information regarding a forthcoming event, a review, a travel log or critique of any aspect of The Arts.
Melbourne is a virtual treasure house of artistic gems. Three (or more) excursions for members are organised each year. Member suggestions for destinations (and/or guides/speakers) are most welcome. Any surplus funds raised through Excursion fees go towards our Young Arts projects..
Funds are raised to support noteworthy projects locally and nationally such as the Patricia Robinson Fund dedicated to the conservation of cultural and artistic materials. Funds are primarily raised through annual donation.
In 2019 ADFAS Melbourne is supporting two professionally administered endeavours fostering artistic and musical education for young people who otherwise might lack access to The Arts:
Pizzicato Effect https://www.mso.com.au/education/the-pizzicato-effect/
Polyglot Theatre https://www.polyglot.org.au/
Anne Prior 0402 240 354
Vice-Chairman & Catering
Judith Smith 0428 716 921
Julie Thompson 0408 008 236
Alastair Thompson 0418 295 897
Veronica Rickard 0408 113 669
Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme for 2019
Ms Hilary Kay *
Fakes & Forgeries
Be a witness to the devious world of the master forger as we examine objects that fooled the experts – from a Botticelli to a bottle of gin.
Mr Geoffrey Edwards
Eugene Von Guerard: the quest for his masterpiece
Just four years after this great Colonial artist arrived in Australia he painted ‘View of Geelong’ – a triumph of the German Romantic style. We trace its acquisition by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the hair-raising campaign to secure it for the Geelong Art Gallery.
Mr Martin Heard *
The Gardens of Impressionism
Monet’s love for painting and gardening were shared by his artist friends and fellow Impressionists:
Frédéric Bazille, Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and in particular, Gustave Caillebotte.
Dr Matthew Martin
The Politics of Porcelain in 18th Century France
The porcelain products of the Manufacture Royale de Sèvres as well as being objects of refined artistry and technical sophistication played an essential role in the statecraft of the Ancien Régime of France.
Ms Rosalind Whyte *
Breeches, Bonnets & Bags
From the Middle Ages, Sumptuary Laws in England prescribed what one could wear according to social status. We have fun exploring the wildest extremes of fashion through the ages.
Ms Sue Rollin *
Secrets of the Serail
We explore the secret court life and ceremony of the Serail within Ottoman Palaces along the Bosphorus. Here the Queen Mother reigned supreme over the harem within magical gardens, and amidst sumptuous costumes, jewels, ceramics and other treasures.
Mr Anthony Russell *
The Power & Glory of England’s Country Houses
This journey through history examines the origin and role of ‘living’ stately homes of England. Do these examples of grandeur and beauty have a new role in a changing society? How are they to survive and evolve?
Dr Tom Duncan *
Deadly Art Patron Rivals
Charles I wanted a court to rival the great courts of Europe and challenged the Duke of Buckingham and the Earl of Arundel to outmatch him, and each other, in pursuit of the finest in visual arts.
Ms Susannah Fullerton OAM
The Importance of Being Oscar
“Somehow or other I’ll be famous, and if not famous, I’ll be notorious” declared the young Oscar Wilde.
He proved to be both! We bring to life his extraordinary genius as raconteur, writer, and coiner of epigrams… and his fall from fame and tragic demise.
VENUE AND TIME
- University of Melbourne’s Hawthorn Campus – 442 Auburn Rd HAWTHORN VIC 3122
- During 2019 all Lectures will be held on a TUESDAY evening.
- Lectures commence at 8pm SHARP, are one hour, plus a short Q & A.
- Lectures are followed a generous light supper with a glass of well-chosen wine
- Ample covered parking (accessed via Robinson Rd) is located directly underneath the building
Drive all the way to the end. A short staircase leads up to Auburn Rd
- Disabled parking spaces are located midway along on the Left – next to an elevator into the building
- Wheelchair ramps into the building are located on both Auburn Rd and Woodburn Ave
- Guests are most welcome! Prior registration is required
- Guest fees: $30 per person / ADFAS Members (other Societies) $20 / Full-time Students $5 Secondary Students (in uniform) Free
- Membership is: $180 per person / $340 per couple. The once-off joining fee is $30 person
- Pro-rata discounted membership is available to New Members who join mid-year
- ‘New Members Welcome’ evenings are held each February and July
- Notices, Newsletters and AGM papers are sent to members is via email
- Excursions, tours and art classes are extra, and raise money towards our Philanthropy Fund
- Introduce a new member into the Society and receive a Free Guest Pass
NAME TAGS & PROGRAM CARDS
- Name Badges must be worn for entry into the lectures
- Name Badges plus Program Cards are available at the first meeting night of the year
- Signed Program Cards give entry as a visitor to other ADFAS societies throughout Australia, and The Arts Society lectures across the United Kingdom and Western Europe
VISIT OTHER SOCIETIES
- Each ADFAS Society in Australia has its own distinct lecture and activity program.
Members are encouraged to visit them – and other ADFAS societies across Australia.
Other ADFAS Societies in Victoria are:
- Central Victoria (Kyneton)
- Morning Peninsula
- Yarra (Caulfield)
- ADFAS Melbourne is ‘twinned’ with the Limpsfield Decorative & Fine Arts Society in Surrey, England. Exchange visits have been momentous and considerably enrich the experience of being an ADFAS member.