Lectures on the fine arts in centres throughout New Zealand

"Above all, NADFAS must be fun"
- Patricia Fay, Founder of NADFAS.

The Decorative and Fine Arts Societies of New Zealand (DFASNZ) provide cultural and aesthetic education. Regular lectures cover the arts, design, culture, archaeology, history, music, literature and architecture. Topics may also include the lives and influence of artists, musicians, craftspeople and patrons. The DFASNZ Societies are members of the UK-based National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS)

Lecturers are all professionals, experts in their field. Some will be familiar faces from The Antiques Road Show. Their presentations are lively, informative and entertaining. Lecturers are required to meet NADFAS’ stringent criteria to ensure lectures and images are of the highest quality.

Meeting format
Light refreshments and opportunities for members to mingle and meet the lecturers are part of the meeting format. Coming along to a DFAS lecture is a great way to learn and an enjoyable way to develop friendships. New Zealand’s societies are associated with the UK organisation, NADFAS, and base their activities on the NADFAS model. The first society in New Zealand was established in Christchurch in 2001.

NZ's Decorative and Fine Arts Societies

Art Deco Door PullWhile all Decorative and Fine Arts Societies in New Zealand come under the NADFAS umbrella and operate in a similar way, each is a separate entity. About eight or nine lectures are offered by each society every year. Some of the more established societies may have full membership and waiting lists. Newer societies may welcome new members. DFASNZ societies are not-for-profit and membership is by annual subscription. However, societies may be approached by those wishing to attend a lecture as a guest.

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We welcome your enquiry.
For information on lectures, study days and membership in your area, please click on the link to your closest centre:

Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury, Marlborough.