Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Newcastle
(02) 4927 8449


ADFAS Newcastle

ADFAS Newcastle provides for its members a yearly programme of nine illustrated early evening lectures given by accredited and expert Overseas and Australian lecturers, delivered in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Special Interest Mornings allow those members who wish, to take a more detailed look at a particular topic, and excursions to an exhibition or place of interest, often with privileged access, are part of the programme.

Everyone with an interest in the arts is welcome to join ADFAS or come to a lecture as a guest. Lectures are approximately of one hour duration and lecture topics cover a wide range of topics from all over the world: Fine Arts, Painting, Indigenous Art, Sculpture, Architecture, Archaeology, Photography, Literature, Garden design, Music, Silver, China, Rugs, Glassware, Mosaics and more. Whether you are an expert or a complete novice, you are sure to find that the lectures bring new information and a fresh perspective. An excursion to an exhibition or place of interest is also arranged during the year.

Lectures are held in the Hunter Theatre Hunter School of Performing Arts Lambton Road Broadmeadow at 6.30pm. Every lecture and Special Interest Morning occurs on a Monday. Each lecture is followed by light refreshments and a convivial social forum. Check out our 2019 lectures and learn more about us.

Patron: Mrs Patricia Robertson OAM
President: Mr Julian Bickersteth
Vice Presidents: Mrs Marlena Jeffery, Mr Geoffrey Edwards
National Chairman: Mrs Caroline Boehm

Newcastle Lecture 19th November 2018
Barry Maitland (Newcastle): The Secret Lives of Architects – Scandals and Crimes

Without giving away the plot of the lecture, we might guess that it will feature famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, his openly close relationship with Mamah Borthwick and the terrible fate that befell her.
Retired Emeritus Professor of Architecture, Barry Maitland has an international reputation as an author of crime fiction. He also draws and paints.

Next Lecture March 2019

ADFAS Pokolbin
Lectures are held at 7:00pm (please arrive by 6.45pm)
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St & Aberdare Rd
ph: Judy Wearne: 0409 986 565 e:

ADFAS members enjoy an annual program of illustrated lectures which promote deeper understanding of art history and explore contemporary art movements.

ADFAS encourages young people to develop their creativity through a range of grants, awards and scholarships.

ADFAS offers overseas travel with a cultural tours specialist.

ADFAS volunteers document and share the rich history of heritage buildings in the community.