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.


To join Marlborough DFAS, please download the MADFAS Membership Application Form 2018, 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

2018 Lectures

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

Helen Rufus-Ward

Glorious Things: Discovering Byzantium Through Its Art

Thursday 22 February 2018

Sarah Cove

Constable’s Great Landscapes

Thursday 22 March 2018

Simon Rees

Theatre Illusions

Thursday 10 May 2018

Plus Half Study Day Friday 11 May 2018

Jaqueline Cockburn

From Cubism to Surrealsim: Dali, Lorca & Bunuel

Thursday 5 July 2018

Julian Richards

Inspired by Stonehenge

Thursday 2 August 2018

Gavin Plumley

The Art & Culture of Fin-de-Siecle Veinna

Thursday 6 September 2018

John Benjamin

The Life & Works of Harry Murphy

Thursday 11 October 2018

Chloë Sayer

The Aztec Legacy : Continuity & Change

Thursday 15 November 2018

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, Lin Randle, Maree Leonard, Louise McKenzie