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 NADFAS.
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.
One Half Study Day conducted by John Benjamin will be held in 2018 with the venue to be advised.The individual topics are covered in more detail than is possible in a lecture situation and in the past members have found the more interactive, small group setting both informative and enjoyable.
Members of CADFAS pay an annual subscription which enables the society to organise a programme of eight lectures a year which are chosen to inform, stimulate and entertain.
Please click on the button to the right for biographies of lecturers, topic synopses and details of the optional Half Study Day.
Glorious Things: Discovering Byzantium Through Its Art
Monday 26 February 2018
The Materials & Techniques of British Portrait Painting, c.1530-1950
Monday 26 March 2018
Opera & Design
Monday 14 May 2018
From Cubism to Surrealism: Dali, Lorca & Bunuel
Monday 9 July 2018
Art of the Prehistoric Potter
Monday 6 August 2018
The Two Gustavs: Mahler & Klimt
Monday 10 September 2018
The Life & Works of Harry Murphy
Tuesday 16 October 2018
Plus Half Study Day Tuesday 16 October
¡Fiesta! Festivals in Modern Mexico
Monday 19 November 2018
CADFAS Supporting the Arts
New Zealand’s very first DFAS, the Canterbury Society is now celebrating its 15th year.
As a further testament to the amazing resilience of the Christchurch community following the devastating earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011, the Canterbury DFAS programme has not missed hosting a single lecture.
Prior to the earthquakes, the Society had established a Youth Arts Programme which funded pupils from low-decile schools to visit the Christchurch Art Gallery and participate in the Schools Education Programme.
Happily, after a five year hiatus while the Christchurch Gallery was intensively restored and repaired, the Gallery was re-opened in December 2015 and the DFAS Youth Arts Programme is back in full swing, enabling school children to enjoy what is now one of the safest and most inspiring art museums in the world.