Art Lovers Unite!




Feel like learning more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment?

Perhaps it’s time to join the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, writes Leanne Casellas.

Run entirely by volunteers, the ADFAS delivers superbly illustrated presentations on a diverse range of arts topics. The 2023 ADFAS arts lecture series programme, featuring 12 local, national, and international events, is now live online here.

Access to all lectures is included in an annual membership, though members’ guests and visitors are always welcome with the purchase of individual event guest tickets.

After two years of curating a local and national speakers lecture program,  ADFAS is thrilled to be welcoming back our Arts Society UK lecturers back in 2023.



These high-calibre speakers are recognised authorities in their respective fields. For those with more than a passing interest in the arts, their presentation events are not to be missed!



2023 Program

This kicks off on 25 February, with former AGWA director Alan Dodge presenting on the 1950s and 60s New York arts scene. Alan lived through these two culturally dynamic decades at their epi-centre, the Big Apple.



He promises to take us on a heady journey through movement after movement: abstract expressionism evolving out of Dada and surrealism, only to be overtaken by the colour field movement, pop art, minimalism, and conceptualism, all following each other in dizzying succession.

Also in this year’s program are scintillating topics ranging from Art Nouveau architecture to the age of jazz and the sculptures of Antony Gormley from six UK lecturers.



Our local talent includes former Radio National arts and music broadcaster, Robyn Johnston who delves into the work of Daisy Rossi, a renowned portraitist, landscapist, flower painter, teacher, and critic in early 1900s  Perth.



Plus, former AGWA curator Andrew Gaynor, now based in Melbourne, will be presenting on Roy de Maistre, one of Australia’s first modernists, and Guy Grey-Smith, one of WA’s most influential modernist artists.

ADFAS Perth also offers a variety of add-on events like private studio visits and exclusive partner events with other arts organisations like the WA Ballet. Membership also includes a range of discounts from local businesses including cafes, Luna Palace Cinemas and Oxlades.

A terrific benefit is the opportunity to mix with like-minded people and the ensuing camaraderie.



ADFAS Perth prides itself in embracing the arts and enriching Australia. Check out the full  2023 program online, with full lecture descriptions and ticketing links.

These lectures are very popular, so bookings are recommended to manage capacity at our primary lecture venue at the State Library of Western Australia in Northbridge.

See you there!