Every Saturday in July, 2-4pm

Book your place on the Gallery’s latest short course offering Art and Spirituality in Asia. Designed for individuals with little or no prior knowledge of Asian art or religions, as well as for those who wish to further deepen their understanding, this course introduces the rich heritage of art created in the spiritual traditions of Asia which continue to resonate today.

Belief and religion have played defining roles in the history of art in Asia. This short course will explore the leading spiritual traditions – Ancestral beliefs, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity – which have influenced Asian art from prehistoric times to the modern era. By examining the interface between personal belief and creativity, the course will enable participants to gain a richer appreciation of both Asian art and these spiritual traditions. Each of the four sessions will feature compelling presentations by James Bennett, Curator of Asian Art, and guest lecturers from Indonesian, Chinese, Syrian and Australian backgrounds.

Full Guest speaker program:

Week 1 
Fabricating Textiles as Identity: Sasak Art in the Community Traditions of Lombok
Muchammadun is associate professor in the Department of Islamic Community Development, State Islamic University of Mataram in Lombok, Indonesia. He holds academic degrees from Van Hall Larenstein University, Netherlands, and Australian National University, Canberra, and is currently completing his doctorate at Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta. Muh’s focus area is Islam and community development in Indonesia about which he has published both in that country and Australia. Muh works extensively with local non-government organisations in Lombok promoting cultural and community resilience among indigenous Sasak people.

Week 2
Ritual and Iconography: Transformations of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra
Chiew Hui Ho is Lecturer in East Asian Buddhism at the University of Sydney. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Previously, he earned a B.A. (Honours) and an M.A. in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore, and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies (Distinction) from the University of Hong Kong. A former Chiang Ching-Kuo Doctoral Fellow, Chiew Hui is also a recipient of the China Times Young Scholar Award. Chiew Hui’s research focuses on medieval Chinese Buddhism, with an emphasis in Sinitic Buddhist narratives.

Week 3
Balinese temple paintings as Hindu legacy
Adrian Vickers researches and publishes on the cultural history and art of Southeast Asia. He is recognised as an international expert on the history of Balinese painting and has created a virtual museum, continuing previous pioneering work in eResearch and teaching. His books include the highly popular Bali: A Paradise Created (2012), A History of Modern Indonesia (2013) and Balinese Art: Paintings and Drawings of Bali, 1800-2010 (2012) and The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia's Northern Trading Network (2015, with Julia Martinez).

Week 4
The Dome of Rock: A Sufi Perspective
Samer Akkach is professor of architectural history and theory and Founding Director of the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) at the University of Adelaide. With his Middle Eastern heritage, Samer is a unique mix of expertise in the fields of Islamic art and architecture, mysticism and intellectual history. His major publications include the landmark Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam (2005), Islam and the Enlightenment (2007), Letters of a Sufi Scholar (2010), Intimate Invocations (2012), Damascene Diaries (2015), and, most recently, Istanbul Observatory (2017).

Members enjoy a 50 percent discount on course bookings. Join today

Course details:
4 sessions, every Saturday in July, 2-4pm,
Art Gallery of South Australia, Radford Auditorium
$250 Members / $500 Non-members
Bookings: Places are still available. Please arrive at the Radford Auditorium by 1.45pm on Saturday 7 July 2018 to register.

Photo: Nat Rogers


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