Perth (Steering Committee)

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Any queries, please contact:
ADFAS Perth Steering Committee
PO Box 7072
Shenton Park  WA 6008

ABN: 33564259095

ADFAS Societies in Australia are associated with The Arts Society United Kingdom. ADFAS is a not-forprofit organisation run by a committee of volunteers. We offer ten highquality lectures on a wide range of subjects, including art, history, architecture, fashion and more. ADFAS Perth provides its members with a yearly program of illustrated lectures given by overseas lecturers chosen for their expert knowledge in their fields.

All lectures are held in the Perth Cultural Centre at:

Central TAFE Theatrette, 25 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, 6000.

Venue is easily accessible by public transport, and there are parking facilities in the area.

We delight in welcoming new members.

Committee 2019

Fiona Johnson
Ph: 0451 055 373

Vice Chairperson:
Kevin Jackson
Ph: 0411 515 089

Co-Vice Chairperson/ Administration:
Kay Campbell
Ph: 0408 477 227

Denise Ellis Brice
Ph: 0451 055 373

Peter Farr
Ph: 0419 905 864

Vice Treasurer:
Lorna White
Ph: 0437 869 118

Leanne Casellas
Ph: 0449 020 536

Mariana Atkins
David Bliss
Lynda Blum
Allan Green


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Programme for 2019

Saturday February 9, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Fakes and Forgeries

Mrs Hilary KAY

Be a witness to the devious world of the master forger. Objects, that fooled the experts, from a Botticelli to a bottle of gin.

Saturday February 9, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Behind the Scenes on Antiques Roadshow

Mrs Hilary KAY

A jewel in the crown: Antiques Roadshow has been BBC’s most successful and longest running hit show. Hilary Kay joined the Roadshow in 1978 and she gives a fascinating insight, recreating the dramas, the disasters, the hilarious exploits, the public at large and life on the Roadshow circuit

Saturday February 16, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

The strange story of Peter Paul Rubens, a magnificent late Roman cameo, and the wreck Dutch East Indiaman Batavia in 1629


The notorious shipwreck of the Batavia in 1629 involved a vicious mutiny that resulted in over one hundred survivors being massacred on the Abrolhos islands. Amongst the ship’s treasure was a magnificent late Roman cameo, destined to be sold to the Mogul of India – or that had been the plan. Amazingly, the cameo survived. This lecture traces the cameo’s journey through these epic events looking at why it was there, who took it, why it survived and the events it witnessed.

Saturday May 4, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

1066 AND ALL THAT – The Bayeux Tapestry – What does it really depict?

Mr Martin HEARD

The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the events relating to the succession to the English throne culminating at the Battle of Hastings in October 1066. Embroidered on linen cloth 70 m (the end is missing) by 50 cm wide, and using woollen thread, containing well over a 1,000 human and animal figures together with numerous ships, buildings and other representations, it is monumental and highly intricate, its brilliant colours remain undimmed.

The lecture places the Tapestry within its historical and geographical context, followed by a sequential tour that explains the events shown and points out interesting incidentals and their significance within the narrative.

Saturday May 4, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Women Impressionists – The neglected modern mistresses

Mr Martin HEARD

This lecture evaluates the work and contribution to the Impressionist movement of four female artists: Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès, and Marie Bracquemond, in the context of the social strictures upon middle-class women in the late nineteenth century and the subsequent judgements of both ‘traditionally-minded’ male and also feminist art historians. These four female artists are not exceptional because they were women, but because of their brilliance as part of the Impressionist movement. Their work deserves to be evaluated on that basis alone.

Saturday June 29, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Breeches Bonnets and Bags: British Fashion in Art through the Centuries

Ms Rosalind WHYTE

Portraits provide a fascinating insight into the changing styles of dress over the centuries. This lecture follows the different fashions as revealed in paintings, looking at dress and accessories, and some of the more ridiculous styles of fashion from the 16th century to the 19th century. It focuses particularly on fashion in England, but looks also at some contrasting Continental fashions. Have fun exploring the wildest extremes of fashion through the ages.

Saturday June 29, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

The History of the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Ms Rosalind WHYTE

In 2018 The Royal Academy of Arts celebrated its 250th anniversary, so it is an opportune time to explore its history and the role it has played in the development of British art.  We will look at the position of artists in London before and after the formation of the Academy in 1768

Like any important institution, the Academy has been embroiled in intrigue and controversy over the course of its history and no scandal or outrage will remain unexposed as we trace the history of one of Britain’s most important cultural bodies, from inception to the present day.

Saturday August 3, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Constantinople and Istanbul: A Tale of Two Cities


Constantinople and Istanbul, two names for one city, which straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, Byzantine imperial capital for 1000 years then capital city of the Ottoman Turks.  Minarets and domes of Turkish mosques dominate the skyline, the waters of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus lap its shores.

In this lecture we explore the history and culture of Constantinople through its art and architecture and  look at trade and daily life and discover how first the Crusaders then the Ottomans conquered and changed the face of the city.

Saturday August 3, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Early Travellers at Petra


Petra, remote desert capital of the Nabateans, was lost to the Western world for over 600 years, from the time of the Crusades until the beginning of the 19C.  This lecture tells the story of how in 1812 the Swiss explorer Jean Louis Burckhardt rediscovered this extraordinary city with its beautiful coloured rocks and carved façades.  Other travellers and artists soon followed in Burckhardt’s footsteps, fascinated by the antiquities and spectacular scenery. Together with these early visitors we explore the lovely sandstone valleys of Petra, a city unique in the ancient world.

Thursday September 26, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Sleeping Beauties: The Irish Country House


Ireland has a great wealth of country houses dating from the Medieval to the Victorian periods. Their history is bound up with the long historic, and at times tragic, links between Ireland and England.  The lecture will recreate these houses and their often eccentrically arranged lifestyles in an entertaining recreation of Ireland’s past. Amongst the principal houses to be discussed will be Malahide Castle, Bellamont Forest, Castletown Conolly and Russborough.


Adult Member          $175.00  (incl. 10 lectures – 2019)

Couple Membership  $320.00  (incl. 10 lectures – 2019)


Under 30s        $10.00 (per lecture)

Non-members $25.00 (per lecture)

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