Welcome to Costa del Sol DFAS

aol50The Costa del Sol Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Dfas) was established in 1988, the first Society of its kind in Spain. We are one of more than 350 Societies worldwide that are members of the National Association of Fine & Decorative Arts Society (NADFAS in the UK).

Our objective is to further the enjoyment, knowledge and awareness of the Arts internationally and to stimulate interest in the cultural heritage of Spain.

Our society is friendly, active and thriving with our members representing 15 nationalities and who are passionate about fine and decorative Arts. Our art lectures run from October through to May and cover a wide range of artistic and cultural interests. Everyone is welcome, come and join us!


About Us

Our society is friendly, active and thriving with our members representing 15 nationalities and who are passionate about the Arts.

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One of the best reasons to join us is the opportunity to meet and share experiences with likeminded people.

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Full Programme

A cultural journey from gritty Manchester to the Mughal Empire, discover our full programme of events for this coming season.

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Our 2016/2017 Programme of Art Lectures

We’re delighted to introduce you to our 2016/2017 Programme of art lectures, travel and social activities. This year we embark on a cultural journey that crosses cultures, seas and time – including magnificant mosaics from the Roman Empire, the sacred spaces of early societies in Mesopotamia and the Far East – before hurtling through to the 20th Century in Spain, the UK and US featuring Hemingway, Lowry and Hockney. Make sure you get on board and join us this season.

This Season’s Art Lectures, October to May, double click on the image for more information

Extra Lectures, Events, Travel and Members’ Forum Illustrated Talks, October to May, click on the image for more information

Thank you to Our Patrons

We give a heartfelt thank you to all our Patrons. We are fortunate to have their generous support, making it possible for us to attract high quality lecturers – experts in their chosen subjects – to our Society.

We’re Really Sociable!

… both at our meetings and online. Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep abreast of all our news, and interesting cultural and social events here on the Costa del Sol – and beyond!

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Costa del Sol DFAS shared The Guardian's Yayoi Kusama: 'My mind is full of paintings'.

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87-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is celebrated as an avant-garde visionary, known for her iconic polka dot spectacles and immersive environments. She has a history of mental illness and has us...

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Art Gaucín 2017 Poster realizado por María Gandarillas. Poster made by Maria Gandarillas

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'MUGHAL EMPIRE' - Illustrated lecture
Venue: Salón Varités Theatre Fuengirola
Date: 10th April 2017. Time: 16;30 Visitor fee: 10€
Discover the lavish arts of the Mughal Empire from the courts of the Mughal emperors Akbar the Great, Jahangir and Shah Jahan, the ruler responsible for the creation of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Explore the masterpieces of Mughal Art from exquisite miniature paintings to precious jade daggers.
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‘Vincent in Arles’ Lecture Monday 13 March at 16:30 in the Salón Varietés Theater, Fuengirola. Visitors: 10€.

The eighteen months that Vincent Van Gogh spent in Provence are amongst the most turbulent and written about in the whole of art history, yet only recently have some of the most fascinating details surrounding his time there come to light. The lecture examines the background to Vincent’s fascination with the South where he hoped to find the light of Japan, and establish a studio of the South led by Paul Gaugin. Through close examination of the Arles paintings the lecture shows how over the course of just 18 months his unique style finally emerged, but only after an appalling act of self-mutilation. We will learn about the newly emerged theory about why van Gogh cut his ear off. The build up to the crisis is a fascinating story, rendered all the more poignant by its tragic aftermath and about which much controversy still remains.
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Illustrated Talk: ‘A Voyage around Australia’ + Buffet lunch
Venue: NH Hotel Andalucia Plaza, Puerto Banús
Date: Friday 24th February at 12:00 for 12:30
Ticket: 40€ including lunch

Come and discover the outstanding British navigator and explorer MATHEW FLINDERS, who was the first explorer to sail around Australia identifying it as a continent and giving it the name of Australia. James Taylor, curator of paintings at the National Maritime Museum, is coming from London to give the talk. It will be illustrated with lavish images of the works of two artists on board with Flinders, the botanical painter Robert Brown and the landscape artist William Westall. Also included are ten oils painted by William Westall once he was back in England from sketches he took on board. These show key parts of the voyage but have never been shown collectively to the public and can only be seen in this presentation. With Flinders’ added adventures in the small boat, Tom Thumb, his imprisonment in Mauritius and his affection for his cat Trim who accompanied him on his historic voyage this promises to be an enthralling lecture.
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Illustrated Lecture: 'The Secret language of Sacred Spaces'
Date: Monday 13th February at 16:30. Visitors: 10€
Venue: Salón Varités Theatre, Fuengirola
From Chartres cathedral to Angor Wat, religion has been the inspiration for many of the greatest buildings of the world. This lecture explains the architecture of each of the major faith traditions, revealing how it is shaped by their rituals and beliefs.
Lecturer: Jon Cannon Patron: Solar in Spain
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Art lecture Monday 9 February at 16:30. Visitors: 10€:
Venue: Salón Varietés Theatre Fuengirola
Topic: A maverick group of painters in NYC portraying scenes of daily life in New York in the early 20th century promoting 'art for life's sake' rather than the conventional idea of 'art for art's sake'.
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Jornadas de Poesía Rusa

Nov 17, 18:30

Colección del Museo Ruso de San Petersburgo, Málaga

De Pushkin a Tsvetáieva o de Blok a Brodski, la poesía rusa es un universo de una complejidad y riqueza abrumadoras, que sería ocioso querer abarcar en un par de jornadas. Lejos, pues, de cualquie...

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Colección del Museo Ruso de San Petersburgo, MálagaEl evento tiene una duración de dos días. Tanto el jueves 17 como el viernes 18 empieza a las 18.30 horas

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Costa del Sol DFAS shared International Theatre Studio Marbella's photo.

One for the diary ... Evening of Tuesday 18th October, the International Theatre Studio Marbella will be performing a series of four short staged play readings directed by Veronica del Cerro and Andrew Gommersall. Venue: Atalaya Park Hotel just outside San Pedro Marbella.Find all details via www.facebook.com/ITSMarbella/
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