Marlborough Decorative & Fine Arts Society (MaDFAS)

Marlborough Decorative & Fine Arts Society (MaDFAS) welcomes enquiries about the Society, the seventh to be established in New Zealand.


Toby Faber out enjoying the sun in Marlborough with committee members Jo Grigg and Chris Borrie

To join Marlborough DFAS, please download the MADFAS Membership Application Form 2019, fill in your details and mail with your payment to the Membership Secretary, PO Box 296, Picton, 7250. 

Please note we are currently fully subscribed and new applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Annual membership is $150.00 per person or $270.00 for a couple living at the same address. The fee covers the cost of the membership fee, venue and equipment, travel and accommodation cost for the lecturer and refreshments following the lecture. The fee for visiting DFAS members is $15.00. Limited door sales are available at the cost of $30.00 per lecture. Members wishing to bring accompanying guests will be given priority for spare seats, provided we are notified by the Monday preceding the meeting date. After that date supporters and casuals will be accepted on a ‘first request’ basis. The cost per casual attendee is $30. Membership is not transferable.

For further information or to notify changes of contact details please email

2019 Lectures

Please click on the button to the right for biographies of lecturers, topic synopses and details of the optional Half Study Day.

Steven Desmond

The Historic Gardens of the Italian Lakes

Thursday 28 February 2019

Dr James Grant

Artists, Illness & Creativity

Thursday 4 April 2019

Ian Swankie

The Word’s Most Expensive Art – Where Leonardo Meets Picasso

Thursday 16 May 2019

Hilary Williams

A Feast for the Eyes : The Frick Collection, New York

Thursday 20 June 2019

Toby Faber

The Genius of Antonio Stradivari

Thursday 8 August 2019

Dr Mark Spencer

Exploration of the Caribbean’s Natural Wonders

Thursday 12 September 2019

Ghislaine Howard

The Cuisine of Art and the Art of Cuisine

Thursday 17 October 2019

Dr Susan Whitfield

Buddhist Archaeology along the Silk Road

Thursday 28 November 2019

MaDFAS in the Community

MaDFAS is a registered charity and supports a range of local arts-related projects. In 2015 we were delighted to make a donation to the Marlborough Museum for the restoration of five very early vessels by well-known potter Elizabeth Lissaman.  Along with all the other DFAS New Zealand Societies, we also contributed to the Frances Hodgkin’s project. In 2016, MaDAS funded the framing of  works by AA Deans and Graham Percy for the Millenium Public Art Gallery so that they could be displayed as part of their new Collection exhibition. In 2017 we have funded a $500 First Prize in the Annual Members’ Exhibition of the Marlborough Art Society.  Our MaDFAS Chair was one of the three judges, who selected ‘Beyond Measure’ by Danielle Yealands as a worthy winner.

Bowl by Elizabeth Lissaman, c 1927, Gift of Dame Alison Roxburgh

The Kiwi – Fourteen Aspects, Graham Percy, 2005

Farmland View to Water (Weld Pass, Marlborough), AA Deans





Contact MaDFAS


Chair : Pat O’Brien / /

027 281 2851

Membership Secretary : John Aldridge / / 021 162 2074

Committee : Chris Borrie, Jenny Tyney, Jo Grigg, Jenny Black, Christine Andrews, Maree Leonard, Louise McKenzie