Join us as we follow the alluring Scheherazade in telling some of the magnificent stories of the Near East in order to entertain, beguile and inspire. The Near East, more usually called the Middle East today, is a region that many associate with either its ancient archaeological past or its contemporary reputation for conflict and insecurity. However, beyond these Western preoccupations about the region, and our own orientalist and romantic fantasies, lies a rich and complex world with many stories to tell.
Over six weeks we travel the lands of the Near East, from Egypt and Arabia, to the Silk Roads and Indian Ocean, and explore some of the great artistic and religious themes that have animated these lands for centuries. Travelling back and forward in time, we will linger in the world of medieval Classical Islam, the time of the 1001 Nights, Harun al-Rashid, and Sinbad the Sailor; an era of magnificent architecture, sublime poetry, rich mysticism, and 1001 untold stories.
22/06/2019 The melancholic pleasure of ruins
6/07/2019 Earthly paradises
13/07/2019 Of poets and mystics
20/07/2019 Frankincense routes
27/07/2019 Silken roads
3/08/2019 Lost enlightenment?
*Please note - The first lecture will now take place on 22 June not 29 June as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.
Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia