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ADFAS Melbourne
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 lecturers from The Arts Society 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 crituque of any aspect of The Arts. Members are encouraged to submit articles and ideas for the newsletter.

Melbourne is a virtual treasurehouse 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 donations from members and from Society excursion fees.

ADFAS Melbourne  supports two professionally administered endeavours fostering artistic and musical education for young people who other wise might lack access to The Arts:

Pizzicato Effect

Polyglot Theatre

Each ADFAS Society in Australia has its own distinct lecture and activity program.
Members are encouraged to visit them. Other ADFAS Societies in Victoria are:
Central Victoria (Kyneton) / Geelong / Mornington Peninsula / Yarra (Caulfield)

Committee 2020

Richard King 0414 306 025

Julie Thompson (03) 9429 0550

Membership Secretary
Veronica Rickard 0408 113 669

Membership Enquiries:

ABN # 36 971 725 705

General Committee

Allison Waddell

Deborah Unkles

Newsletter Editor
Jenny MacPherson

Young Arts
Maggie Milson

Programme for 2020

26 February 2020
Romancing the Rails: British Railway Posters
Charles Harris

The Flying Scotsman, Golden Arrows, Bells and Pullmans: this lecture celebrates the most romantic period of British travel history.

1 April 2020
Clothed in Meaning: the Textiles of the Americas
Dr Sophia Errey

Using simple equipment pre-Columbian cultures produced sophisticated textiles. Europeans introduced new shapes and patterns and new forms evolved.

13 May 2020
Young Victoria’s Watercolours and Diaries
Karin Fernald

Taught from childhood by artists including Edward Lear, Queen Victoria continued to paint and sketch throughout her life, including revealing self-portraits.

10 June 2020
Four Who Went to War
Dr Gavin Fry

Ivor Hele, William Dargie, Harold Herbert & Murray Griffin. Each of Australia’s first four official war artists of WWII had a very different experience of war that profoundly affected the rest of their lives.

15 July 2020
Christopher Marlowe: Poet and Spy]
Giles Ramsay

During an age when men were prepared to murder and be martyred for their religious faith, Christopher Marlowe was instrumental in the fostering of a Golden Age of Theatre.

12 August 2020
Art Nouveau Architecture around the World
Ian Gledhill

The emergence of iron as a building material allowed for Art Nouveau to arise – initially in Belgium and France – as a reaction against Victorian historicism.

9 September 2020
Edvard Munch: The Man behind the Madness
Brian Healey

Central to the European expressionism and symbolist movements, Edvard Munch’s tortuous backstory is filled with disease, death and romantic obsessions which ended in catastrophie.

7 October 2020
The French Jewel Houses from 1900
Patricia Law

A survey of the stylistic developments and trends of Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and Boucheron, including designs, manufacture, gemstones and the influence of 20thC events.

11 November 2020
Historic Houses of the Western District of Victoria
Richard Allen

The great wealth of Western District squatters during the 1870s enabled them to build elaborate mansions and employ the best landscape architects – and thereby create a virtual antipodean England.

Beginning 2020 ADFAS Melbourne Lectures move to a new venue:
Cinema 1, Lido Cinemas, 675 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, 3122
This means that Lectures can again be held on WEDNESDAY evenings.
Lectures commence at 8pm SHARP.
Lectures are one hour, plus a short Q & A.
They are followed by a generous light supper with a glass of wine

The Lido Cinemas complex is accessed via both a staircase and a lift from the short arcade linking Glenferrie Rd with the large off-street carpark behind the shops on Glenferrie Rd.
Parking is free after 6pm.
Cinema 1 is located on Level 2.
A number of good cafes and restaurants are located nearby.

Annual 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 year.
Notices, Newsletters and AGM papers are sent to members 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 MUST be worn/displayed for entry into the lectures.
There will be NO Admittance without either a Name Tag or a Guest Badge.
Name Tags plus Program Cards are available for collection at the first two meeting nights of the year, after which they are mailed out to members.
When Program Cards are signed they give the member entry as a ‘visitor’ to other ADFAS societies throughout Australia as well as to The Arts Society lectures across the United Kingdom and Western Europe

Guests are most welcome – but prior registration is necessary.
Guest fees: $30 per person.
ADFAS Members (from other Societies) $20

We currently have a membership waiting list and prospective members should contact Veronica Rickard by phone or email to discuss availability of membership.
Veronica Rickard         0408 113 669