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ADFAS Perth 
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-for–profit member-based organisation run by a committee of volunteers that offers high–quality lectures on a wide range of subjects including; art, history, architecture, fashion and more. ADFAS Perth delivers an annual programme of illustrated lectures given by overseas lecturers chosen for expert knowledge in their respective fields.


Due to COVID-19, our 2020 lecture programme has been altered because of our international lecturers inability to travel. As the circumstances in Western Australia are changing we are now able to offer 3 face to face lectures by W.A Art experts. Information on these lectures and booking information is below.

To bridge the gap, we have curated a truly engaging and wide-ranging series of online lectures and arts-focused content for our members’ enjoyment, which we are circulating via email. Some of our international lecturers that were to visit Perth in 2020 are providing lectures online. We have also spent time populating our Facebook page with loads of great content to while away those ISO days for both members and non-members access.


Adult Member             $200.00  
Couple Membership   $350.00


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Facebook: Join the ADFAS Perth Facebook group by clicking here and forward the link to your Facebook friends to join.

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2020 Programme

The ADFAS Perth committee is delighted to announce the return of live lectures from August. We have created a mini lecture series with three well known figures from the Western Australian arts community:

1 August: Sue Geddes Page, Principal Lecturer at North Metropolitan TAFE
29 August: Alan R Dodge AM, former Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia
3 October: Darryn Ansted, Head of Painting at Curtin University

All lectures are being held in the State Library of WA, Francis Street, Northbridge NOT North Metropolitan TAFE.
ADFAS Perth 2020 members entry is free but are required to book online on the trybooking address listed with each lecture. Alternatively Members can email ADFAS Perth their intention to attend.
Guests tickets are also available at $20 each and guests are also required to book online on the trybooking address listed below.

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 2.00 -3.00pm
Theatrette, State Library of WA, Francis Street, Northbridge.
By Sue Geddes Page, Principal Lecturer at North Metropolitan TAFE

In the arid lands of the Mediterranean, water and shade are seen as gestures of divine mercy and a glimpse of Paradise. Bubble fountains, pavilions, trees and air scented with fruit and flowers, were all emblems of tranquillity and celestial perfection. Mediterranean gardens have been shaped by rich cultural influences, from Ancient Egypt and Persia to Hispano-Moresque and Modernist design. Classical Roman and Renaissance concepts aligned the garden with the villa, adding rills, pools, topiary and sculpture to make an architectonic whole. Resilient plants and rational adaptations to climate and terrain have provided a blueprint for Modern designers to interpret in winter rainfall zones across the world. The structural forms, design elements, colours, scents and the presence of water continue to have a living impact on our gardens today.

Saturday, 29 August 2020, 2.00 -3.00pm
Theatrette, State Library of WA, Francis Street, Northbridge.
By Alan R Dodge AM, former Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia

The size and magnificence of Russia is hard to grasp.  Its major cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg wear their grand and sometimes tortured histories on their sleeves.  Each of these cities tells the story of old and new Russia intriguingly.  There is no better way to understand the complex history of Russia than to see it through its artworks, palaces, magnificent Orthodox churches and ancient monasteries.  Best of all is to consider how theatre was a reflection of the various courts of Russia as well as the harbinger of the new world of the 20th century.  Alan R Dodge AM, former Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, will take you through a journey, looking at Russia from the 18th Century to the era of Revolution from a cultural perspective.

Saturday, 3 October 2020, 2.00-3.00pm
Theatrette, State Library of WA, Francis Street, Northbridge.
GERHARD RICHTER: Painting, in theory and practice 
By Dr Darryn Ansted

By uniquely treating Gerhard Richter’s entire oeuvre as a single subject, Darryn Ansted combines research into Richter’s first art career as a socialist realist with study of his subsequent decisions as a significant contemporary artist. Analysis of Richter’s East German murals, early work, lesser known paintings, and destroyed and unfinished pieces buttress this major re-evaluation of Richter’s other well known but little understood paintings.

Dr Darryn Ansted has been Head of Painting at Curtin University since 2009. He has a Masters in Painting from the Royal Academy in Antwerp and has had over thirty art exhibitions in various cities such as Leipzig, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Amman, Istanbul, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Campobasso. He is also the author of several texts including the academic book The Artwork of Gerhard Richter: Painting, Critical Theory and Cultural Transformation.

ADFAS Perth Youth Arts Award – postponed until 2021

Committee 2020

Fiona Johnson
Ph: 0457 076 268

Vice Chair:
Kay Campbell
Ph: 0408 477 227

Peter Farr
Ph: 0419 905 864


Leanne Casellas
Mariana Atkins
Phillida Preston

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