NADFAS (the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) is an arts-based charity founded in the UK in 1968 by Patricia Fay. There are now over 340 local societies throughout the UK and Mainland Europe, three of which reside in Southern Spain, with several other societies situated in New Zealand and Australia. There is also a society in Gibraltar, GibDFAS, now in its second year. The main objective of the organization is the advancement of arts education and the appreciation and preservation of artistic heritage, but without doubt making friends, socialising with like-minded people, and having fun are top of the agenda.
Through a diverse range of illustrated lectures on the fine and decorative arts in their widest sense, visitors and members of the local societies are enthralled and informed by the lecturers, the finest in their respective fields, many of them art historians and authors of books. NADFAS lecturers have to go through stringent selection procedures to become accredited. Sometimes controversial, constantly stimulating, but always backed by meticulous research, they never fail to deliver a worthwhile experience and even the most devout sceptic should become an enthusiast of at least one aspect of the arts after attending a lecture.
Lecture topics have ranged from ‘Plastics in Art and Design’ to ‘The Hazards of Medieval Pilgrimage’. ‘The Challenge of British Art’ unravelled some of the mysteries behind contemporary art and imparted a new means of comprehension to appreciative audiences who will now be able to look and understand works of the 21st century in a fresh way. One of the most experienced and popular NADFAS lecturers is Douglas Skeggs who has enlightened several of the societies with his lectures on ‘Picasso, Braque and the Cubist Movement’, and his study day on ‘Bankrolling the Medici’ which imparted snippets of scandalous information about this once great dynasty.
This season’s Programme 2011/2012 features lectures that include DREAMTIME TO MACHINE TIME – AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL ART (GibDFAS), GUSTAV KLIMT: FIN DE SIÉCLE SENSUALIST (DFAS de la Frontera), ART & ARCHITECTURE OF CUBA (Nerja DFAS) and THE DOLLAR PRINCESSES – AMERICAN HEIRESSES (Costa del Sol DFAS).
The full Lecture Programmes and more information about the societies in Southern Spain and Gibraltar can be found through their websites:
DFAS de la Frontera –the San Roque Golf and Country Club, Cadiz (near Sotogrande) www.nadfas-delafrontera.org
GibDFAS – The Eliott Hotel, Gibraltar – www.nadfas.org/gibraltar
Costa del Sol DFAS – Salón Varièties, Fuengirola – www.nadfascostadelsol.org
Nerja DFAS – Centro Cultural, Calle Granada, Nerja – www.nerjanadfas.org