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2015 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. Many of the 2014 lectures sold out so don’t miss out on any of the 2015 series by purchasing the Members’ Series Pass, which includes the 10 lecture series for $220 – a substantial saving on the individual cost per lecture.

The ASA Series Pass is only available for purchase until the first lecture on 10 March 2015.

The ASA Series Pass is available for Friends Members Only.


Booking Code: reference F1500 CLICK HERE to buy online.
Buy a Series Pass for all 10 lectures or purchase individually below.

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Nemrut-Dagi

Iran & Central Asia: Glory of the Silk Road

With Dr Iain Shearer

Iran and the Central Asian republics including Uzbekistan and mountainous Kyrgyzstan were key conduits in the world’s greatest trade network known as the Silk Route that reached its apogee from the first millennium to around 1500 AD. Archaeologist and author Iain Shearer’s illustrated lecture explores this extraordinary region of deserts, oases and towering mountains that saw the movement, not only of merchants and their goods, but of conquering imperial and nomadic armies and Zoroastrian Buddhist, Christian, Manichean and Muslim missionaries. He will chart the rise and fall of many empires, including the Persian Achaemenids, Parthians, Sasanians, Samanids and Safavids, the Greek Seleucids and Himalayan Kushans, the Arabs and the Turkic Ghaznavids and Seljuks. In wealthy cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Persepolis, Susa, Shiraz and Esfahan diverse rulers such as Darius the Great, Timur (Tamerlane) and Shah Abbas bequeathed a priceless patrimony of Zoroastrian fire temples, great fortress and palace complexes, giant blue-domed mosques and madrasas, exquisite tombs like the Samanid Mausoleum in Bukhara, observatories, bath houses and bazaars that still teem with merchants and their customers. Iain’s fascinating lecture will familiarise you with a great sweep of history, its heroes and villains, and its marvellous artworks and monuments.


Date: Sunday 9 August
Time: 2-3.30pm
Location: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street Mall
Price: 1 lecture Members $30/Guests $40 (inc. refreshments. Doors open 1.45 pm. Lecture 2pm).
Booking Code: reference F1507 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Price: both lectures Members $50/Guests $70 2-4.30pm (inc. refreshments. Doors open 1.45 pm).
Booking Code: reference F1507 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image: Nemrut-Dagi


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Eastern Turkey: Beyond the Euphrates, seedbed of human civilisation

With Dr Iain Shearer

In archaeologist and author Iain Shearer’s illustrated lecture you journey through rugged Eastern Turkey beyond the Euphrates past awesome Ararat. This seedbed of human civilisation was for millennia a strategic Imperial frontier with a rich, diverse history stretching back beyond 10,000 BC. Iain will introduce such wonders as ancient Zeugma’s magnificent Roman mosaics; Hellenistic Rumkale Fortress on the Euphrates; the huge statues of gods at NemrutDagh, high in the Taurus Mountains; GöblekiTeke, the world’s oldest stone temple; ancient Syriac and Armenian churches and monasteries, lovely medieval towns with houses, mosques, madrasas and caravanserai in golden stone and much, much more.


Date: Sunday 9 August
Time: 3.30-4.30pm
Location: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street Mall
Price: 1 lecture Members $30/Guests $40

(inc. refreshments. Doors open 3pm. Lecture commences 3pm).
Booking Code: reference F1508 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Price: both lectures Members $50/Guests $70 2-4.30pm (inc. refreshments. Doors open 1.45 pm).
Booking Code: reference F1508 CLICK HERE to buy online.

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The allure of Libraries and our ‘love affair’ with books

With Shane Carmody

Shane Carmody is a historian with a great love of Libraries and Archives. He is widely published on the history of Libraries and collections. In this lecture Shane Carmody will explore the history of the private library in England, and the remarkable stories of the great collections accumulated and their dispersal, with examples of some great books that have made their way to Australia.

Date: Tuesday 22 September
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Central Institute of Technology – Lecture Theatre,Building 1 (Museum Street Entrance)
Price: Members $30 /Guests $40 (inc. refreshments. Doors open 6pm. Lecture 6.30pm).
Booking Code: reference F1509 CLICK HERE to buy online.

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The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger

Inside Great Collections of Europe: Carpets, Textiles and Design

With visiting lecturer Dr Susan Scollay, Art Historian and Curator

This illustrated lecture ranges across selected European cities with renowned holdings of art from both East and West. Recent international exhibitions, such as Interwoven Globe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2013) and Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne and the University of Oxford (2012–13), have highlighted historic interaction between eastern and western cultures. Using examples of great works from collections in Istanbul, Budapest, Vienna and London, Dr Scollay will trace cultural exchanges that evolved from early medieval contacts to the major artistic developments of the Renaissance.

Date: Sunday 15 November
Time: 3-4.30pm
Location: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street Mall
Price: Members $30 /Guests $40 (inc. refreshments. Doors open 3pm Lecture 3.30pm).
Booking Code: reference F1510 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image: The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger


 
 

Venue Information

All evening events during the week are at the Central Institute of Technology, while the two Sunday events in March and August are at the Art Gallery of WA's theatrette.

Booking events

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

*Tickets are limited and subject to availability. Bookings are essential.

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.

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

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