Friends ASA Lecture Series

Friends of AGWA

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

 

TWO SUNDAY LECTURES with KENNETH PARK

Park is undeniably an expert on 'the good life'. Enjoy a taste of it at these two entertaining and informative lectures! His wide range of interests include studies in fine arts, museum studies, history and international relations and interests in travel, food, wine, arts, architecture and history.

Lecture 1 | PARIS: A CULTURAL TREASURE HOUSE

While grand boulevards framed by magnificent monuments and some of the world’s greatest museums and art galleries define Paris it is also the Parisian identity, pride and culture that lure and entrance visitors time and time again. In this lecture the magic of Paris, both tangible and intangible, is brought to life. Explore the greatness of Paris through its streetscapes, architecture and museums, its café life and the savoir faire of Parisians.

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.

Lecture 2 | A WORLD OF GREAT MUSEUMS

The evolution of the museum from cabinet of curiosities to inspirational architectural edifices offering stunning exhibitions is the focus of this lecture. Kenneth Park will look at some of his favourite museums, noteworthy not only for their wonderful collections, but also for how they manage these collections to enrich the visitors’ experience.

The Frick Collection, New York; Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Getty Centre, Los Angeles; Gemäldegalerie, Berlin; National Portrait Gallery, London; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Hermitage, St Petersburg are some of the museums examined.

Date: Sunday 2 March
Time: 2-4.30pm

Location: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street Mall

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

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

Booking:

Lecture 1: 2 - 3pm (Booking reference: F1404) CLICK HERE to book online

Lecture 2: 3.30 - 4.30pm (Booking reference: F1405) CLICK HERE to book online

Both lectures: 2 - 4.30pm (Booking reference: F1406) CLICK HERE to book online

 

MYSTIC PARADISE: THE FRENCH RIVIERA with CHRIS WOOD

The list of artists who visited or lived on the Riviera is like a roll call of 20th Century art. Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gaugin, Seurat, Matisse, Jean Cocteau, Fernand Léger, Braque and Picasso; and foreign writers, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, Somerset Maugham, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Edith Wharton, Lawrence Durrell and Graham Greene are among the many who found solace and inspiration from this beautiful coastline.

Queen Victoria and the Russian royal family popularised it and the European elite built villas there with luxuriant gardens supported by its temperate climate. Explore why the beautiful and still popular French Riviera is the most culturally famous coastal area in the world.

Christopher Wood is and art historian and founder/director of ASA, leading over 120 tours to Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the USA and Asia. He has taught for six Australian universities and for the Rhode Island School of Design (USA) and assisted in designing post-graduate courses in cultural tourism and in the development of six Australian State cultural tourism policies. He has published books and articles on history and cultural tourism; and scripted and narrated documentary films on Tuscan history. His travel photographs have appeared in over 250 books and magazines worldwide.

Date: Thursday 3 April
Time: 6 - 8pm

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

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

Booking: Booking reference: F1409 CLICK HERE to book online

 

BEAUTY REDISCOVERED: THE EXQUISITE CITIES OF VILNIUS, RIGA AND TALLINN

Since the fall of the Soviet Union the enchanting capitals of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have emerged into our consciousness revealing beautiful medieval, Renaissance and Baroque churches, palaces, merchant houses and guildhalls.

Christopher Wood will explore the development of the art and architecture in cities of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius up to Riga’s Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) masterpieces of Mikhail Eisenstein, father of the famous Russian filmmaker Sergei. He will also look at their role in the construction of post-Soviet Baltic National identity. Join Friends and learn about the rich heritage of these lesser-known European cities.

Wood is an art historian and founder/director of ASA, leading over 120 tours to Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the USA and Asia. He has taught for six Australian universities and for the Rhode Island School of Design (USA) and assisted in designing post-graduate courses in cultural tourism and in the development of six Australian State cultural tourism policies. He has published books and articles on history and cultural tourism; and scripted and narrated documentary films on Tuscan history. His travel photographs have appeared in over 250 books and magazines worldwide. 

Date: Tuesday 8 April
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 6:45pm)

Booking: Booking reference: F1410 CLICK HERE to book online

 

HIDDEN TREASURES OF ROME

The eternal city is still as captivating today as it was in imperial times. Professor Dr Frank Sear, archaeologist and world expert on ancient Rome, takes you on a visual tour of ‘hidden’ sites of the city. Many of Rome’s most interesting sights are hidden from view, layered or accommodated into new buildings or uses. This is an afternoon of discovery to learn about the hidden antiquities of this impressive city.

Come and discover for yourself the ancient Rome you will not find in the guide books! On the journey discover some of the Rome’s more recent artworks with little known works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Bramante and Raphael revealed.

Emeritus Prof. Frank Sear, Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Melbourne, is a graduate of Cambridge University, a visiting scholar at the German Archaeological Institute (Berlin) and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. As a Hugh Last Fellow at the British School at Rome, he researched Roman wall and vault mosaics. As a Cotton Fellow, he excavated in Benghazi and Leptis Magna, Libya. He has led tours in many parts of the world, published several books including Roman Architecture and Roman Theatres and was tour lecturer for Wine Dark Sea: Southern Italy and Sicily.

Date: Tuesday 24 June
Time: 6 - 7.15pm

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

Price: Member $25 / Guest $35 (No refreshments provided. Doors open 6pm. Lecture starts 6:15pm)

Booking: Booking reference: F1413 CLICK HERE to book online

 

WOVEN TREASURES:
ORIENTAL CARPETS IN EUROPEAN PAINTINGS – FROM HENRY VIII TO MATISSE

The symbolism of oriental carpets in western art has conveyed opulence and influence. Already a high-status component of church and palace inventories in Europe, they played a powerful role from the early Romanesque period, to elegant portraits of European royalty and prosperous members of the emerging middle class of the sixteenth century.

This lecture looks at paintings and history through the vehicle of oriental carpets, from German artist, Hans Holbein the Younger’s paintings of Henry VIII standing astride an Ottoman carpet, through to nineteenth century paintings by Matisse.

Susan Scollay is an art historian, international lecturer, contributing editor of HALI: carpet, textile and Islamic art (London), Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and committee member of The Asian Arts Assoc. of Australia (TAASA). Her PhD researched the 15th Century Ottoman palace at Edirne, its ceremonies, spaces, art objects, textiles, gardens and poetic inspiration. Guest co-curator and catalogue editor of the exhibition Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond (State Library of Victoria and Bodleian Library, Oxford), she is an SLV Fellow editing its journal on the exhibition. She leads tours on Ottoman Palaces and Poetry to Istanbul, Edirne, Bursa and beyond. 

Date: Tuesday 29 July
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: F1414 CLICK HERE to book online

 

TWO SUNDAY LECTURES with JOHN PATRICK

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

Lecture 1 | GREAT HOUSES AND GARDENS OF ENGLAND

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.

Lecture 2 | GREAT VILLAS AND GORGEOUS GARDENS OF ITALY

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: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street Mall

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

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

Bookings:
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

 

GREAT ROYAL COLLECTIONS AND PALACE MUSEUMS OF EUROPE

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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