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 2019, complete and send it with your payment according to the directions of the form.

Membership is limited to 125. If numbers exceed 125, 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.

The annual fee is $130 per person or $230 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 welcome to attend a maximum of two lectures a year. If you would like to attend as a guest please email prior to the lecture –  Membership Secretary, Jacqui Dickson at otagodfas@gmail.com. A $25 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 lectures 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


2019 Lectures

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

Steven Desmond

The Odd Couple: Lutyens & Jekyll in the Garden

Wednesday 6 March 2019

Dr James Grant

Medical Gold – From Ancient Egypt to the Nobel Prize

Wednesday 10 April 2019

Ian Swankie

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

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Hilary Williams

A Fest for the Eyes – The Frick Collection, New York

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Toby Faber

Faber & Faber – 90 Years of Excellence in Cover Design

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Dr Mark Spencer

Murder Most Florid

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Ghislaine Howard

 Woman Artist Looks at Women Painters

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Dr Susan Whitfield

Discovering Lost Cities of the Silk Road

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Contact OtagoDFAS


Acting Chair  :  Joanna-Salmond Chang
Membership Secretary  :  Jacqui Dickson / otagodfas@gmail.com
Committee  :  Adrienne Salmond, Julie Jopp, Judith Stevenson, Cecylia Klobukowska, Anna McCreath Munro, Jenny Ross, Julie Butler