Otago Decorative & Fine Arts Society (OtagoDFAS)

Established in 2016, Otago Decorative & Fine Arts Society (OtagoDFAS) promotes and advances the cultivation, appreciation and study of decorative and fine arts. The Otago Society provides its membership with eight very interesting and insightful lectures per year.  Lecturers undergo a stringent selection process to qualify as lecturers for The Arts Society (based in the UK), of which OtagoDFAS is a member society.  They have a reputation as being excellent international speakers who deliver well researched and illustrated talks.

OtagoDFAS Programme Details


Venue: Auditorium, 1st Floor, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon, Dunedin.


Lectures begin promptly at 7.30pm. Please be seated by 7.20pm. Light refreshments with a glass of wine are served after each lecture. Members and guests have the opportunity to talk with the lecturer, meet other members and chat with friends.




To apply for membership, please download the OtagoDFAS Membership Application Form 2018, complete and send it with your payment according to the directions of the form.


Membership is limited to 150. If numbers exceed 150, your name will be placed on our waiting list and you will be given the opportunity to become a member at the beginning of the next calendar year. Subscription notices are mailed in December are are payable by February 1st.


The annual fee is $120 per person or $210 for two people living at the same address. This covers the cost of the venue and equipment, the lecturer fees plus their travel and accommodation, and refreshments after the lecture. As an incorporated charitable trust we are a non profit organisation.


Guests are wlcome to attend a maximum of two lectures a year. Please send notice of their attendance prior to the lecture to the Membership Secretary, Jacqui Dickson at otagodfas@gmail.com. A $20 guest fee per lecture is payable on the night. The fee for visiting DFAS members is $15.


We regret no guest may attend more than two meets per year. Membership is not transferable. For further information or to notify changes of contact details, please contact our Membership Secretary, Jacquie Dickson, via email at otagodfas@gmail.com

2018 Lectures

Please click on the button to the right for biographies of lecturers and topic synopses.

Helen Rufus-Ward

Buried Treasures: Spectacular Hoards of Late Roman Silver

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Sarah Cove

The Materials & Techniques of British Portrait Painting, c.1530 to 1950

Wednesday 28 March 2018

Simon Rees

The Violin in Art & Craft

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Jacquline Cockburn

Gaudi & Catalan Architecture

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Julian Richards

A Potted History of Britain

Wednesday 8 August 2018

Gavin Plumley

Cultural Experiments in the Weimar Republic

Wednesday 12 September 2018

John Benjamin

The Life & Works of Harry Murphy

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Chloë Sayer

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Contact OtagoDFAS





Chair  :  Ashley Day / ashley.day@otago.ac.nz
Membership Secretary  :  Jacqui Dickson / otagodfas@gmail.com
Committee  :  Adrienne Salmond (Immediate Past Chair), Julie Jopp, Judith Stevenson, Cecylia Klobukowska, Joanna Salmond-Chang, Anna McCreath Munro, Jenny Ross, Julie Butler