Wellington Decorative & Fine Arts Society (WeDFAS)
The Decorative & Fine Arts Society of Wellington (WeDFAS) offers the opportunity to hear eight top quality, diverse and interesting lectures each year, as well as one Half Study Day, covering a wide range of Decorative and Fine Arts subjects.
Recently our members have enjoyed hearing about architecture, glass, painting, fashion, porcelain, artists, sculpture, art history, design, craft, archaeology, literature, ceramics and even the history of the design of golf equipment.
Our lecturers primarily come from the UK where they have undergone a stringent selection process to qualify as lecturers for The Arts Society (based in the UK). The Arts Society lecturers have a reputation as excellent speakers who deliver well-researched and illustrated talks.
WeDFAS had its first lecture in August 2006 and was the third Society to be established in New Zealand. Our membership has grown to 235 since then.
WeDFAS Programme Details
Wellington DFAS hosts eight one-hour lectures per year. They take place on a Monday evening with a 6pm start, at The Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington, unless otherwise advised.
We round off the evening with a glass of wine and sandwiches, providing members with an opportunity to meet the lecturer and each other.
Our Half Study Days consist of two 60 minute lectures and include a break for refreshments. Their subject matter differs from the programmed evening lecture and they are a more in-depth and interactive event. There is a fee of $35 for all members and guests attending.
WeDFAS has a full membership and a waiting list. The waiting list operates in date order. Membership is not transferable. Waiting list members are invited to attend our Study Days.
To express an interest to join WeDFAS please download the WeDFAS Application Form 2018 and send it to the Membership Secretary at PO Box 19030, Courtenay Place, Wellington, 6149 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To enquire about lectures or have your name added to the waiting list please contact our Membership Secretary, Denise Almao, email@example.com or PO Box 19030, Courtenay Place, Wellington, 6149.
Annual membership is $130.00 or $230.00 for two living at the same address.
The membership subscription covers the cost of venue and equipment, travel and accommodation and fees for lecturers and refreshments after the lectures. As an incorporated charitable trust we are a non-profit organisation and support the arts within our community.
WeDFAS members are required to advise our Membership Secretary if they wish to bring a guest. We regret any one guest is restricted to attending just two lectures per year.
There is a charge of $20.00 per guest. Members of other DFASNZ Societies or international members of The Arts Society are welcome to attend our lectures at a charge of $15.00 on notification to our Membership Secretary.
Please click on the button to the right for biographies of lecturers, topic synopses and details of the optional Half Study Day.
Hagia Sophia: Constantinople’s Glorious Church of the Holy Wisdom
Monday 19 February 2018
Constable’s Great Landscapes
Monday 19 March 2018
The Violin in Art and Craft
Monday 7 May 2018
Velázquez: The Meaning of Las Meninas 1656
Monday 2 July 2018
Inspired by Stonehenge
Monday 30 July 2018
Cultural Experiments in the Weimar Republic
Monday 3 September 2018
The Life and Works of Harry Murphy
Monday 8 October 2018
Plus Half Study Day Sunday 7 October 2018
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting
Monday 12 November 2018
WedDFAS Supporting the Arts
WeDFAS is one of the sponsors of Artsplash, the annual Wellington Regional Young People’s Arts Festival, a week-long festival that brings together thousands of primary and intermediate school children from throughout Wellington to celebrate and perform dance, drama, music, visual arts and wearable art in one of the city’s premium venues.
We have also supported the Friends of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery to enable them to bring students from lower decile schools in the Wellington region to view the Gallery’s exhibitions.
In 2011 we contributed to a DFASNZ fund for restoration work in Christchurch after the earthquakes.