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The Lecture Series continues in WA this winter, presented by ADFAS Perth.

ADFAS Perth is all about the arts and in 2019 members and guests will enjoy a series of enjoyable and informative lectures across a broad spectrum of topics including, fashion, architecture, history and contemporary and creative art forms. Click here to join now!


Upcoming events in the exciting 2019 lectures series include:

Saturday, 29 June with Rosalind Whyte

1:00pm 2:00pm:

BREECHES BONNETS AND BAGS: British Fashion in Art through the Centuries

Portraits provide a fascinating insight into the changing styles of dress over the centuries. This lecture follows the different fashions as revealed in paintings, looking at dress and accessories, and some of the more ridiculous styles of fashion from the 16th century to the 19th century. It focuses particularly on fashion in England, but looks also at some contrasting Continental fashions. Have fun exploring the wildest extremes of fashion through the ages. Book here.


3:00pm 4:00pm:


In 2018, the Royal Academy celebrated 250 years since its foundation. Marking that anniversary, this lecture looks at some of the artists involved at the very beginning, including the first President, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and brings us right up to date, to a Royal Academy that numbers contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin and Cornelia Parker among its members. Along the way, we look at some of the colourful characters connected with the RA, from staunch supporters to artistic rebels, and some of the controversies the institution has been involved in, as well as at the Summer Exhibition, always central to its role. Book here.


Visiting lecturer ROSALIND WHYTE has a BA and MA from Goldsmith's College, and an MA (distinction) from Birkbeck College. She is also an experienced guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Royal Academy and Greenwich. She lectures at Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, to independent art societies and on cruises plus leads art appreciation holidays.


July 25: special add-on lecture with Dr. Nick Gordon


Venice is one of the world's great art cities, with its medieval mosaics, Renaissance masterpieces and wonderful collections of modern art. It also has a rolling series of biennales - of art, cinema, architecture, dance and theatre - which take up half of each year, and which have expanded phenomenally since the biennale was invented in Venice in the 1890s.

Join us as Dr. Nick Gordon explores how Venice reinvented itself as the Art's playground and how the Biennale has grown and reshaping why people keep coming back to this remarkable city. Book here.


If you are interested in attending these events, please click here. Membership includes the 10 lectures listed on our brochure in 2019. Additional lectures will be presented by ADFAS Perth - keep a look out for these amazing lectures. You can view the full line up of events here.

Alternatively, you can also purchase individual lecture tickets. Please contact if you have an enquiry.

ADFAS Societies in Australia are associated with The Arts Society United Kingdom. ADFAS is a not-for-profit organisation run by a committee of volunteers.

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When: Jun 29 & July 25
Where: Central TAFE Theatrette, 25 Aberdeen Street, Perth, 6000
Cost: Various
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