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 New Members Subscription 2019. For members renewing for 2019, please download and completed the Waikato Returning Members Subscription 2019. 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 2019.  Please use the 2019 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.

2019 Lectures

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

Steven Desmond

The Historic Gardens of the Italian Lakes

Thursday 21 February 2019

Dr James Grant

Doctoring – A Very Fine Art

Thursday 28 March 2019

Ian Swankie

Pots & Frocks – the World of Grayson Perry

Thursday 9 May 2019

Hilary Williams

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

Thursday 13 June 2019

Toby Faber

The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Fabergé – Before the Revolution

Thursday 1 August 2019

Dr Mark Spencer

The International Legacy of Banks and Solander

Thursday 5 September 2019

Ghislaine Howard

The Cuisine of Art and the Art of Cuisine

Thursday 10 October 2019

Dr Susan Whitfield

Discovering Lost Cities of the Silk Road

Thursday 21 November 2019

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