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Featuring the BBC's Antiques Roadshow presenter, Hilary Kay

The Australian Design and Fine Arts Societies (ADFAS) is coming back to Perth after an all-too-long absence. Members of the former Friends of the Art Gallery of WA council have re-grouped to bring the ADFAS lecture series back to WA in 2019!

ADFAS is all about the arts and in 2019 members will enjoy a series of enjoyable and informative lectures across a broad spectrum of fine, decorative, contemporary and creative art forms. Click here to join now!

The exciting 2019 lectures series kicks off on February 9 with two engaging events presented by Hilary Kay, a British antiques expert, author and lecturer, who is best known for her many appearances on BBC TVs Antiques Roadshow.


Saturday February 9, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Fakes and Forgeries

Mrs Hilary Kay

Be a witness to the devious world of the master forger. Objects, that fooled the experts, from a Botticelli to a bottle of gin.


Saturday February 9, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Behind the Scenes on Antiques Roadshow

Mrs Hilary Kay

A jewel in the crown: Antiques Roadshow has been BBC's most successful and longest running hit show. Hilary Kay joined the Roadshow in 1978 and she gives a fascinating insight, recreating the dramas, the disasters, the hilarious exploits, the public at large and life on the Roadshow circuit


The 2019 lectures series continues with British historian Guy de la Bédoyère, who has published widely on Roman Britain and other subjects and appeared regularly on the Channel 4 archaeological television series Time Team.

Saturday February 16, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

The strange story of Peter Paul Rubens, a magnificent late Roman cameo, and the wreck Dutch East Indiaman Batavia in 1629

Mr Guy de la Bédoyère

The notorious shipwreck of the Batavia in 1629 involved a vicious mutiny that resulted in over one hundred survivors being massacred on the Abrolhos islands. Amongst the ship's treasure was a magnificent late Roman cameo, destined to be sold to the Mogul of India – or that had been the plan. Amazingly, the cameo survived. This lecture traces the cameo's journey through these epic events looking at why it was there, who took it, why it survived and the events it witnessed.


If you are interested in attending these events, please click here. Membership entitles you to all 10 lectures in 2019. 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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