Waikato Decorative & Fine Arts Society (WaikatoDFAS)

WaikatoDFAS meets at 7:30pm at The Centre for Performing Arts, Southwell School, Peachgrove Road, Hamilton. The evening starts with a one-hour lecture followed by light refreshments with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.


To join WaikatoDFAS, please download and complete the Waikato DFAS New Members Subscription 2018. Please return your completed form to the Membership Secretary, PO Box 851, Hamilton, 3240.

Half year membership

A half year membership is available for $70 for new members who join any time after June.  This membership will cover the last four lectures for 2018.  Please use the 2018 New Members Subscription form on this page or contact our membership secretary, Lyn Jones.

Guests are welcome to attend a maximum of twice a year. Please send notice of their attendance prior to the lecture, to the Membership Secretary, Lyn Jones (07 849 7211 or 021 061 0716). A $20 per lecture guest fee is payable on the night. The fee for visiting DFAS members is $15.00.

For further information or to notify changes of contact details, please advise Lyn Jones our Membership Secretary, Phone 07 849 7211 or 021 061 0716 or email dfaswaikato@gmail.com.  Membership is non-transferable.

2018 Lectures

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

Helen Rufus-Ward

Glorious Things: Discovering Byzantium Through Its Art

Thursday 15 February 2018

Sarah Cove

A Day in the Life of a Picture Restorer

Thursday 15 March 2018

Simon Rees

Opera & Design

Thursday 3 May 2018

Jacqueline Cockburn

Gaudi & Catalan Modernista Architecture

Thursday 28 June 2018

Julian Richards

Inspired by Stonehenge

Thursday 26 July 2018

Gavin Plumley

The Art & Culture of Fin-de-Siecle Vienna

Thursday 30 August 2018

John Benjamin

The Life & Works of Harry Murphy

Thursday 4 October 2018

Chloë Sayer

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

Thursday 8 November 2018

WaikatoDFAS Supporting the Arts

Through its long-standing relationship with the Waikato Museum of Art and History, WaikatoDFAS is proudly supporting the second aim of the organisation – to preserve our cultural and artistic heritage.

The focus of WaikatoDFAS support is funding the restoration of key works in the Museum’s collection.

Completed restorations include: Seasons Series 12 by Louise Henderson; Ferry Bank, Hamilton by George Parr; Rainbow Girl by Ian Scott; Sam Hunt and Hills Across the Harbour, Otago by Robin White; The Sap Green Light by Ian Scott; and Sculptural Proposition Carpark by George Baloghy.

Currently under restoration : Portrait of Victorian Gentleman in uniform / Portrait of Ness (on reverse) by James Nairn.

Contact WaikatoDFAS


Chairperson  :  Sue Primrose / susanmprimrose@gmail.com

Treasurer  :  Aileen Gabelich / gabelich@xtra.co.nz

Secretary: Janet Sceats / pool.sceats@xtra.co.nz

Membership Secretary  :  Lyn Jones / dfaswaikato@gmail.com

Committee  :  Fran Connell, Wanda Marais-Buitendach, Mark Jones,  Julie Menzies, Barry Smith