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2016 ASA Lecture series

An enthralling series of lectures covering a wide range of topics designed to entertain and educate from esteemed Australians Studying Abroad (ASA) lecturers presented by the Friends of the Art Gallery of WA. Find out more here.

AGWA Director Dr Stefano Carboni

Lecture - Stories of Jinns and the Underworld in Islamic Art

With AGWA Director Dr Stefano Carboni

While man is made of flesh and bone, jinns (usually translated as genii) are regarded in Islam as being made of fire and smoke but they nonetheless belong to a category of the animal kingdom and are listed after man and before the mounts in medieval natural encyclopaedias. Like their human counterparts, they have a hierarchic society and families, they can be Muslim or non-Muslim, good or evil, helpful or hurtful to humans. A vast literature on this subject exists in Arabic, with an array of moving, amusing, scary, farfetched, romantic stories involving characters ranging from Iblis (the Devil) to the jinns submitting to the will of King Solomon, to those who bring illnesses, and much more. Sometimes, the extant manuscripts including these stories are illustrated and the lecture will focus in particular on three such codices from the 14th century, which are housed today in London, Oxford and Paris.

Date: Tuesday 3 May
Time: 6pm for drinks, 6.30pm lecture commences
Location: AGWA theatrette, James Street entrance
Price: $20 Member / $30 Non Member
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Mikaela Castledine The Mango Seller

Studio Visit - Mikaela and Stephen Castledine

Join Friends for a visit to the tree top studio of the multi-talented artists Mikaela and Stephen Castledine. Mikaela is an award winning artist with an interest in paper collage and sculpture. Her crotched “Tokyo Crows” was awarded the Sculpture Scholarship at Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe in 2013. This funded a tour of Burma that has inspired her more recent work. In 2014 her life-sized rhinoceros made the trip east to be part of the exhibition at Bondi Beach. Mikaela was again chosen to exhibit in 2016 Sculpture by the Sea. Stephen is an award-winning artist and graphic designer. His watercolour landscapes contrast strongly with the techinques used in graphics. “Castledine & Castledine: Where art and design meets” is located in the hills and promises to be a visit to remember.

Date: Saturday 14 May

Time: 2.30-4.30pm

Location: Address to be advised closer to the event

Price: $30 Member / $40 Non Member (includes afternoon tea)
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Image credit - Mikaela Castledine The Mango Seller (detail). Paper collage (40.5cm x 50.5cm). Private Collection.


Premium Event - Members Only Trevor Eastwood Car Collection

Friends of AGWA patron, Trevor Eastwood is hosting a special afternoon to view his car collection The cars you will see are the result of 35 years of collecting by Trevor. It is an eclectic collection reflecting his changing interests and economic circumstances. There will be approximately 20 cars ranging in age from 1914 to the 1960s. There are majestic sedans, sports cars and pre-war racing cars. This is an operating workshop for restoration and maintenance of the cars and appropriate clothing is recommended. Trevor is a keen rally driver and the cars that he races form part of the collection.

Date: Saturday 28 May
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: $50 Member

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Pippin Drysdale

Studio Visit - Pippin Drysdale

The exquisite porcelain pieces crafted by acclaimed artist Pippin Drysdale evoke the vivid desert landscapes of Australia. Her love of the landscape has taken her across continents and into the Great Sandy Desert and has been the catalyst for her distinctive work. Pippin’s career as a ceramic artist spans over 30 years during which time she has developed artistic skill in both form and colour that is widely recognised. Her contribution to the arts and culture in WA was acknowledged in 2015 when she was awarded the title of a State Living Treasure. We are fortunate, indeed, to be able to visit Pippin’s studio that also serves as a gallery containing a catalogue of her life’s work. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with this distinguished artist!

Date: Sunday 26 June
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Location: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: $30 Member / $40 Non Member (includes afternoon tea)

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Photo Credit: Frances Andrijich (detail)

World Map 1650 Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus 1650, c.1650

The Kerry Stokes Collection

Friends of AGWA present an exciting opportunity to visit one of Australia's most valuable collections. The Kerry Stokes Collection features maps, manuscripts, shipwreck material, and eclectic works of art. The tour will provide the Friends of AGWA with an opportunity to see the diversity of the prestigious Kerry Stokes Collection led by Curator and Executive Administrator of the Kerry Stokes Collection, Erica Persak. Australian paintings, indigenous works of art and examples of minimalist art, form part of the Collection. Friends of AGWA will also have the opportunity to view the Rothschild prayer book along with other illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, paintings and sculptures from c.1280 – 1685. Other works on view include the recently acquired Thomas Baines collection which documents the Augustus Gregory the North Australian Expedition of 1855-56.

There is a new display of Dutch works being exhibited to commemorate 400 years since the landing of Dirk Hartog off the coast of Western Australia. This exhibition features maps, manuscripts, shipwreck material, and works of art.

This unique visit is a Premium Event and only available for Friends of the Art Gallery of WA and a Members' Guest.

Date: Wednesday 6 July
Time: 5.30-7.30pm.
Location: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: $80 Member/ $100 Member’s Guest
Dress Code: Lounge Suit

Ticket price includes raffle ticket, canapes and refreshments.

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Image credit - World Map 1650 Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus 1650, c.1650 (detail)
cartographer: Hugo Allard (Dutch, 1628 – 1691), after Petrus Plancius (Dutch, 1552 – 1622)
hand coloured copperplate engraving, 41.3 x 55.2 cm, Sheet (irreg.): 43.5 x 55.2 cm
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth


Booking events


• Tickets for any of the Friends events can be purchased by going online to, calling the Friends office on +61 8 9492 6750 during normal business hours or email:
• Tickets are limited and subject to availability. Bookings are essential.
• A confirmation email serves as a ticket. Your name will be recorded on the door list. A reminder email will be sent 48 hours ahead of the event.

Booking Conditions:

The right is reserved to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute artists / lecturers and / or vary advertised programs, prices, venues, seating arrangements and audience capacity. Ticket holders must comply with the security arrangements for the event and venue.


Seven (7) full days notice is required to qualify for a refund.


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