Canterbury Decorative & Fine Arts Society (CADFAS)
Founded in 2001, CADFAS (Canterbury Decorative and Fine Arts Society) was the first NZ overseas member society of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) in the UK.
The success of the Society is built on the high quality of the monthly lectures which are given by lecturers of proven ability who are specialists in their field and are endorsed by The Arts Society.
CADFAS is twinned with both the Harrogate and Brisbane River Societies, allowing for a regular exchange of programme details between the Societies.
CADFAS Programme Details
The lectures are held in the Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College, 12 Winchester Street, at 7.30 pm on a Monday evening. They last approximately one hour and wine and sandwiches are served afterwards.
Guests of current CADFAS members are most welcome ($25.00 per guest) and $15 for visiting members of other New Zealand DFAS Societies but we would appreciate their names in advance so name tags may be prepared. Please phone or text Jackie Watson 022 350 9547 or Libby Harrop 027 473 0028.
Members of CADFAS pay an annual subscription of $120 which enables the society to organise a programme of eight lectures a year which are chosen to inform, stimulate and entertain. Our membership is currently fully subscribed, but if you would like to join our waiting list, please email Jackie Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register your interest.
Please click on the button to the right for biographies of lecturers, topic synopses and details of the optional Half Study Day.
From Orangery to Conservatory : The Garden Under Glass
Monday 4 March 2019
Dr James Grant
The Plague – Art and the Ultimate Calamity
Monday 8 March 2019
Evening Lecture : Thomas Heatherwick – The Modern Leonardo?
Monday 20 May 2019
Special Interest Session : Pots and Frocks – the World of Grayson Perry
Tuesday 21 May 2019
A Feast for the Eyes : The Frick Collection, New York
Monday 24 June 2019
Evening Lecture : Faber & Faber – 90 Years of Excellence in Cover Design
Monday 12 August 2019
Special Interest Session : Fabergé’s Imperial Easter Eggs
Tuesday 13 August 2019
Dr Mark Spencer
Plants in Art and Culture – How Plants Created Society
Monday 16 September 2019
The Cuisine of Art and the Art of Cuisine
Tuesday 21 October 2019
Dr Susan Whitfield
Aurel Stein & Imperial Archaeology of the Silk Road
Monday 2 December 2019
CADFAS Supporting the Arts
New Zealand’s very first DFAS, the Canterbury Society continues to support a number of arts projects in the city.
YOUTH ARTS PROGRAMME : The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu delivers a Youth Arts Programme and CADFAS financially supports the transport for low decile school children to attend the programme, enabling school children to enjoy what is now one of the safest and most inspiring art museums in the world.
CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY MASTER CLASSES : In addition to the above programme Year 9-13 students are invited to take part in Master Classes at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu. Students participate in one or more day long workshops led by an artist who features in the Gallery’s collection and exhibition programme. Each workshop focusses on a different aspect of creating art and includes practical hands-on experience as well as looking at examples, discussions and activities to inspire ideas.
OBSERVATORY TOWER RESTORATION : CADFAS made a substantial donation in 2018 to the Christchurch Arts centre Observatory Tower Restoration Fund. Severely damaged in the 2011 earthquake, all major pieces of architectural masonry and other building materials were salvaged, documented and stored with the intention of restoration. A $10m fundraising campaign has been launched by the owners of the building, the University of Canterbury and CADFAS are pleased to contribute to the fund that will allow the complete restoration of the tower and star-gazing observatory.