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Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia


Replacing the successful ADFAS lecture series, Friends of AGWA are delighted to announce the inaugural 2014 ASA Lecture Series. The rich program will immerse Friends in educational and enjoyable stories of architecture, arts, gardens, travel and history delivered by Australian Studying Abroad (ASA) specialists. Join the Friends in patronising and welcoming these outstanding, learned and entertaining lecturers to Perth.


2014 ASA Lecture Series

Detailed below are the nine fascinating topics and lecturers’ mini biographies. Ttake advantage of the savings offered by the Series Pass – this also means that you won’t miss out and dates will be firm in your diaries. Help make these events as successful as the ADFAS series and invite your friends to join you. If they're not already a member, they can join when booking their Series Pass. All evening events during the week will be held at the Central Institute of Technology, while the two Sunday events in March and August are hosted at the Art Gallery of WA’s theatrette.

ASA Lecture Series Pass: All nine events: Members $200 / Non-Members $280 (Booking reference: F1400) CLICK HERE to book online



Patrick is familiar to many as a television presenter on ABC's Gardening Australia. He has published books, lectured and led gardening tours across the globe.

John Patrick has written extensively on gardens throughout the world, published 12 books, lectured widely in Britain, Australia and New Zealand and has worked as a consultant and judge for garden shows and events. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of plants and his understanding of European history, gardens are presented in a fascinating context. Patrick leads garden tours to a variety of destinations including Italy, France, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Japan, California and New Zealand. For more details


The English have always looked to their country’s landscapes as quintessential to their identity. These landscapes include delightful rural countryside but also the manicured ‘natural’ landscapes of the country’s great estates, a paradise of great avenues of trees, lawns, lakes and architectural follies.

English landscape gardeners like Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton, inspired by the paintings of Claude Lorraine, broke with the continental tradition of the grand formal garden. Later, Arts and Crafts movement gardeners such as Gertrude Jekyll created more organised, intimate masterpieces. John Patrick’s illustrated lecture will chart the relationship between English landscape and gardening as shown in Sezingcote and Hidcote Manor in the Cotswolds, the Nicholsons’ Sissinghurst and Great Dixter House and gardens.


Spend an afternoon immersed in the inspiring gardens of Italy. Explore the northern lake district where strikingly beautiful masterpieces ‘swim’ in the scintillating azure of Lake Garda and Lake Orta and are framed by the dramatic profile of the Alps. Encounter the genesis of the Renaissance garden in Tuscany’s lovely villas dotted along the Arno Valley. Discover the powerful Baroque of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli and be enchanted by what is arguably Italy’s greatest masterpiece, the Villa Lante. John Patrick will show how architecture, carefully managed water features and highly organised plantings are orchestrated in the Italian garden tradition.

Date: Sunday 31 August

Time: 2 - 4.30pm

Location: State Library of WA Theatrette. Entry through main entrance of State Library,
25 Francis Street, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

Price: one lecture Members $30 /Guests $35 (inc. afternoon tea)

both lectures Members $50/Guests $60 (inc. afternoon tea)

Lecture 1: 2-3.pm (Booking reference: F1415) CLICK HERE to book online

Lecture 2: 3.30 - 4.30pm (Booking reference: F1416) CLICK HERE to book online

Both lectures: 2 - 4.30pm (Booking reference: F1417) CLICK HERE to book online



This richly illustrated lecture examines some of Europe's finest palace museums and great royal collections. Come and learn of Kenneth Park’s favourites.

We will crisscross Europe from London to Saint Petersburg and Prague to Paris on a grand journey highlighting some of the finest palace museums including the Château de Versailles; the Belvedere, Vienna; and Peterhof, St Petersburg. Park will introduce extraordinary royal collections including the Royal Collection, UK; the Hermitage, St Petersburg; the Prado, Madrid; the Louvre, Paris; and many more.

Kenneth W. Park, Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne, is an arts consultant and inveterate traveller, living by the motto: ‘life is a grand tour, make the most of it’. With tertiary qualifications in fine arts, museum studies, history and international relations, Kenneth lectures across Australia at universities, museums, conferences and for cultural organisations. He first joined ASA in 2004 and has since led over 30 tours including England, Ireland, Berlin, France, Prague, Vienna, Canada, USA and the Channel Islands.

Date: Tuesday 11 November
Time: 6 - 8pm

Location: Central Institute of Technology, Lecture Theatre Building 1 (Museum Street Entrance)

Price: Member $30 / Guest $40 (inc. refreshments. Doors open 6pm. Lecture 6:45pm)

Booking: Booking reference: F1418 CLICK HERE to book online


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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