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2016 ASA Lecture Series with Friends of the Art Gallery of WA

Eleven enthralling 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. Ensure you don’t miss out on any of the 2016 series by purchasing the Members’ Series Pass, which includes the 11 lecture series for $250 – a substantial saving on the individual cost per lecture.

The ASA Series Pass is available for Friends Members only. Free car parking at AGWA at the time of the lecture is available to ASA 2016 Series Pass Holders. The ASA Series Pass is only available for purchase up until the first lecture on 15 March 2016.


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Lecture 7: Crossroads of the Caucasus

With Chris Wood

Khor-Virap, Armenia - Supplied by ASA (detail)
From Jason and the Argonauts, to White Russian emigres fleeing Revolution, the Caucasus has always seemed to outsiders as a place of mystery and escape, on the edge of civilisation, of fog-bound, looming mountains, gnomic prophecies, and secretive, verdant valleys. In reality, this world has been a cockpit of human development for millennia - a place of deep, syncretic, and antagonistic faiths, warring empires, and powerful indigenous medieval kingdoms. This lecture will examine the variegated peoples and societies of the Caucasus, whose histories are fundamental to our understanding of the geopolitics of the modern world.

Date: Thursday 4 August
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Central Institute of Technology – Lecture Theatre, Building 1 (Museum Street Entrance)
Price: $30 Member /$40 Non Member (includes refreshments. Doors open 6pm. Lecture 6:30pm)

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Image credit - Khor-Virap, Armenia - Supplied by ASA (detail)

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Lecture 8: Knightly Crusaders: The Templar, The Hospitaller and The Teutonic Orders

With Chris Wood

Knights paying homage to Saladin. Supplied by ASA (detail)

The Crusading Orders have typically been presented in the 21st century as paladins of a particularly vengeful, mystical, and muscular European Christianity, by authors as varied and uninformed as Dan Brown, to George Bush. All three orders did share a specific Christian impetus in their creation, but their histories and development across the centuries formed very different institutions. This lecture will examine the commonalities and specifics of three Crusading Orders and how their relationships with their historical contemporaries has fed and nurtured the mythologies that surround them today.


Date: Monday 8 August
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Central Institute of Technology – Lecture Theatre, Building 1 (Museum Street Entrance)
Price: $30 Member /$40 Non Member (includes refreshments. Doors open 6pm. Lecture 6:30pm)

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Image credit - Knights paying homage to Saladin. Supplied by ASA (detail)

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Lecture 9: Persepolis: Imperial power, colour, decoration and sculpture

With Iain Shearer

Persepolis Reconstruction Apadana by Chipiez - Supplied by ASA (detail)

"All the World's a stage, And all the men and women merely players..." William Shakespeare 'As You Like it' Act II Scene VII


An aphorism that Darius the Great instinctively understood 2000 years before Shakespeare wrote a truth that's today but a misunderstood newspaper cliche. After seizing the Achaemenid throne and largest land empire of the ancient world in 521 BC, under somewhat murky circumstances, the new King of Kings began construction of an imperial capital befitting the glory of the Chosen of Ahura Mazda. This lecture will examine the inherent theatricality of Darius's palace-city of Persepolis - added to by all his successors until the site's destruction in 329 BC at the hands of Alexander the Great. The glorious utilisation of sculpture, colour and luxury at Persepolis was designed to convey the Achaemenid's own sense of themselves as saviours of the world and this lecture will bring some of their unseen splendour back to vivid life.


Date: Sunday 4 September
Time: 2-3.30pm
Location: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street
Price: $30 Member/$40 Non Member (includes refreshments. Doors open 1.45 pm. Lecture 2pm)
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Image credit - Persepolis Reconstruction Apadana by Chipiez - Supplied by ASA (detail)

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Lecture 10: The M’Zab Valley: Sanctuary in the Sahara, Berber identity, Islam and Algeria

With Iain Shearer

Skyline of Ghardaia, Algeria. By J.Kaman - Supplied by ASA (detail)

A hidden valley-sanctuary of a persecuted Islamic sect located in the deep Sahara of southern Algeria, the M'Zab valley is the location of 5 fortress towns that until the beginning of the 20th century were entirely closed to outsiders: Islamic Algerians and French Christians alike. Today, the "Moazabites" or M'Zab Ibadi muslims are a dynamic minority community with a reputation for hard work and strict religious and social custom. This lecture will examine the extraordinary history of the M'Zab peoples through the prism of their equally extraordinary and beautiful artistic traditions.


Date: Sunday 4 September
Time: 3-4.30pm (includes refreshments. Doors open 3pm. Lecture 3.30pm.)
Location: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street
Price: $30 Members/ $40 Non Member
2-4.30pm (includes refreshments. Doors open 1.45 pm. Lecture 2pm)
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Image credit - Skyline of Ghardaia, Algeria. By J.Kaman - Supplied by ASA (detail)

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Lecture 11: Troy – “Imaginary Ilium, a fabled city in myth, art and literature”

With Dr Heather Sebo

Embassy to Achilles (detail)

The city of Troy is a famous archaeological site in North Western Turkey, but it is also, perhaps more importantly, a place in the "county of the mind", an important site in the modern, as well as the ancient, imaginary. Troy's beginnings stretch back to the time of origins, to the Great Flood, its very walls were built by Poseidon and Apollo. The ancients describe it as a place of untold wealth, of gold and fabulous luxury. But Troy was always a tragic city, loved and hated by the gods and beset by a fatal disposition to renege on its obligations. Emblematic of this weakness is the story of Cassandra who accepted Apollo's gift of prophecy, who foresaw Troy's destruction, but was fated never to be believed when she withdrew her favours. This lecture will explore the engagement of ancient poets and vase painters with the myth of Troy.

Date: Tuesday 18 October
Time: 6 8pm
Location: Central Institute of Technology – Lecture Theatre, Building 1 (Museum Street Entrance)
Price: $30 Member /$40 Non Member (includes refreshments. Doors open 6pm. Lecture 6:30pm)

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Image credit - Embassy to Achilles - Supplied by ASA (detail)

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Tickets for any of the Friends events can be purchased online through Trybooking

You can also call the Friends office on +61 8 9492 6750 during normal business hours or by email: friends@artgallery.wa.gov.au

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