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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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Charles IV and the Rise of the Golden City of Prague

in the Fourteenth Century

With Dr Iva Rosario


From 1333 to 1378, Charles IV of Bohemia established himself as one of the most influential rulers in Europe. Early in his reign, Charles began transforming Bohemia and its capital Prague into a fitting seat for his empire. As an erudite and well-travelled individual with exceptional sensitivity for the visual arts, Charles transformed Prague into one of the most important and splendidcities in fourteenth century Europe. Charles IV’s fascinating personality, a mixture of pragmatism and piety, left an indelible stamp on the city. In this lecture,I trace the rise of Prague and simultaneously explore the personality of Charles IV, without whose vision and patronage we would not have the magnificent city of Prague today.

Date: Tuesday 10 March
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 F1501 CLICK HERE to buy online.

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Siena-Duomo-Libreria_Piccolomini

The Hidden Renaissance: Forgotten Masterpieces of Tuscany

With Professor Bernard Hoffert

With the focus of the Renaissance on Florence and its major attractions, many other important art, design and architectural works receive little or no attention, both in Florence and in other Tuscan cities. Many major developments in art and architecture occurred in various other locations around Tuscany: the magnificent frescoes and architecture in Prato, the monuments of Pistoia, the Piccolomini Library in Siena, the House museum, the Spanish Chapel and Dominican Pharmacy in Florence. This lecture uses these and other examples to explore the broader legacy of the Renaissance.


Date: Sunday 19 April
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 F1502 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image: Siena-Duomo-Libreria_Piccolomini

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Canoletto – Piazza San Marco with the Basilica

Mosaics and Magnificence:

The Spectacle of Colour in Venetian Art, Architecture and Design

With Professor Bernard Hoffert

It is the brilliance of colour which marks out Venice and its visual culture. This lecture argues that Venice developed this identity from the impact of trade and the vast commercial network it established through Byzantium, China, India, the Middle East and Europe. Examples of mosaic, textiles, glass and painting will be used to demonstrate how the rich and extravagant colour spectacle of Venice came about. Textiles from the imperial workshops of Constantinople, from China and from the Middle East traded through Venice led to a European expansion into silk manufacture centred on Lucca and eventually dominated by Venice. Glass skills from ancient Rome preserved in the Arab, world found their greatest expression in the furnaces of Murano. Mosaic skills preserved and developed by the Byzantines became the first and clearest manifestation of a truly Venetian art form, and it was in Venice that oil painting from the north, with its rich glazed colour, found its large scale development using the colour brilliance of the lagoon.


Date: Sunday 19 April
Time: 3-4.30pm (inc. refreshments. Doors open 3pm. Lecture 3.30pm).
Location: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street Mall
Price: 1 lecture Members $30/Guests $40


Price: both lectures Members $50/Guests $70 2-4.30pm.

(inc. refreshments. Doors open 1.45 pm. Lecture 2pm).
Booking Code: reference F1503 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image: Canoletto – Piazza San Marco with the Basilica, by Canaletto, 1730. Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge.

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Spain, Galicia, Santiago Square and Cathedral Façade

Travelling to Santiago DeCompostela:
Art and Architecture on the Pilgrim Route

With visiting lecturer Chris Wood, Director of ASA – Art Historian

This illustrated lecture first addresses the visual culture of the medieval pilgrim route to the shrine of the Apostle James at Compostela. We begin with the distinctive architecture of great churches like St Sernin, Toulouse, and St Foi, Conques, and then explore the sculptural decoration of pilgrim churches, including the sublime Last Judgement images of Autun, Moissac, Conques and Santiago de Compostela. We then ask the fascinating question: What prompted pilgrims to make this dangerous six-month journey to the northwest corner of Spain? We end by analysing who stood to gain from this medieval version of mass tourism.


Date: Thursday 7 May
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 F1504 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image: Spain, Galicia, Santiago Square and Cathedral Façade


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Bucovina Voronets Monastery, Romania

Romania: A Treasure Trove of Artistic Diversity

With visiting lecturer Chris Wood, Director of ASA – Art Historian

Explore Romania’s fascinating cultural complexity, arguably the most diverse in Europe. Redolent with mystery Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania, separated from each other by the densely forested arc of the Carpathian Mountains, harbour an extraordinary medieval, Renaissance and Baroque visual culture. This illustrated lecture will demonstrate how ideas and forms from ancient Greek colonists, nomadicScythians, Rome, Byzantium, Hungary, Austria, Poland, and the Ottoman and Russian Empires interacted with the indigenous culture to create a fascinating assortment of Eastern Orthodox churches and monasteries, German medieval towns, great castles and caravanserai that sit alongside one of Europe’s most vital folk cultures.

Date: Monday 11 May
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 F1505 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image: Bucovina Voronets Monastery, Romania


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Palatine Chapel,  Palermo

Exploring the development of Art & Architecture in Sicily

With visiting lecturer Emeritus Professor Frank Sear

Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans, Angevins, Aragonese, and Bourbons have in turn dominated Sicily. Today Sicily’s towns and cities remain relatively unspoilt and we can enjoy the serenity of its Greek temples; the well-preserved mosaics of Piazza Armerina; its 12th century Norman churches, palaces and cathedrals; and architectural gems like the perfectly preserved city of Noto with its Baroque churches and palaces. Sicily’s riches also extend to its museums and art galleries, and there are few finer sights than Mount Etna rising behind the Roman theatre at Taormina or the giant, smoking volcano of Stromboli seen across a smooth, dark sea.

Date: Tuesday 16 June
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 F1506 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image: Palatine Chapel, Palermo


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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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