Lectures & Events

Day 6: Perth | Scholars Lecture Series 2015

9 Aug 2015
  • Perth

ASA in conjunction with Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia

This day is part of a rich lecture series that will immerse Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Australians Studying Abroad friends and travellers in educational and enjoyable stories of architecture, arts, gardens, travel and history delivered by Australian Studying Abroad (ASA) specialists. Please help us make this day a success and invite your friends to join you.

 Iain-ShearerAn Afternoon with Iain Shearer, Sunday 9 August 2015

Iain Shearer has worked on archaeological digs in North Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the Arab Middle East. A recent Sackler Scholar for Afghanistan and Iran at the British Museum, he is a Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Passionate about exploring and explaining the histories and cultures of the Arabic, Persian and Turkic peoples, he has written the Lonely Planet Saudi Arabia and Hajj guides, co-authored Lonely Planet’s Iran and updated the Bradt guide to Iran. He has also hosted an episode of National Geographic’s and Lonely Planet’s Roads Less Travelled to Kazakhstan.

Lecture 1 | 2.00 – 3.00pm

Iran & Central Asia: Glory of the Silk Road

Iain Shearer has travelled many times to Iran and Central Asia and has written much of the Lonely Planet guide to Iran. His illustrated lecture explores the place this region played in two millennia of Silk Road history, in a journey through vibrant trading cities like Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva, Esfahan and Shiraz. To these he will contrast the region’s broad empty deserts and awesome mountain ranges that merchants must cross on vast journeys. He’ll illustrate the glorious art and architecture of diverse powers like the ancient Persians, the Arabs and the Turks from grand Persepolis to lustrous blue-domed Samarkand and Esfahan

Afternoon Tea | 3.00 – 3.30pm

Lecture 2 | 3.30 – 4.30pm

Eastern Turkey: Beyond the Euphrates, Seedbed of Human Civilisation

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 civilization 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 Nemrut Dagh, high in the Taurus Mountains; Göbleki Teke, 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.

Bookings Essential

Please book online, or contact Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia
Tel       (08) 9492 6750
Email  friends@artgallery.wa.gov.au


Both Lectures – Members $50/ Non-members $60 (inc. afternoon tea)
One Lecture –    Members $30/ Non-members $40 (inc. afternoon tea)

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