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'So That You Might Know Each Other'


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‘So That You Might Know Each Other’

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 12.30pm–1.30pm

Cloisonné brass vase
Cloisonné brass vase, 1100–1700 CE, China. Photo © Vatican Museums

This lecture traces the origins of the phrase, ‘So that you might know each other’. Taken from a verse of the Holy Qur’an, it is a source of inspiration and guidance for the Muslim world and beyond, reminding us of the value of respect and human equality.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

Presented by Muhammed Aksu and Dylan Esteban from the Bluestar Intercultural Centre, an organisation established by Muslims in Canberra to build relationships between communities, this is the first in a series of lectures supporting the exhibition, ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’: Faith and Culture in Islam.

Silk, gold and sublime artistry: The inimitable world of Islamic textiles

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 12.30–1.30pm

Christina Sumner
Christina Sumner

Textiles from across the Islamic world are renowned for their variety and beauty. These fine works of art reflect the enduring richness of Islamic cultures and the diverse societies within which they were produced.

Christina Sumner OAM, weaver, teacher and former curator at the Powerhouse Museum, will draw on artefacts displayed in the exhibition to explore the central role textiles play in Islamic societies and the cultural meanings inherent in and conveyed by them.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

Introduction to Islam

Thursday 14 June 2018, 12.30–1.30pm

Amin Saikal
Amin Saikal

Professor Amin Saikal AM FASSA, Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University, is a specialist in the politics, history, political economy and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia.

In this lecture, he will provide an introduction to Islam and the foundations of this global religion.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

A dialogue of objects: Implications of Islamic art

Thursday 5 July 2018, 12.30–1.30pm

Sam Bowker
Sam Bowker

Sam Bowker, lecturer in art history and visual culture at Charles Sturt University, shares his favourite things from the ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’ exhibition to reveal unexpected relationships with contemporary art and design.

Through innovative, audacious, intricate and unusual objects, this lecture will outline some of the complications that situate ‘Islamic’ art as a challenging and global field.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

The Inner Apartment: Contemporary Australian Muslim art

Thursday 19 July 2018, 12.30–1.30pm

Inner apartment lecture
Image courtesy Nishi Gallery

The Inner Apartment exhibition on show at the Nishi Gallery, New Acton, explores the fractured beauty of the sacred and the mundane.

Featuring works by Shireen Taweel, Hoda Afshar and Leila El Rayes, the exhibition examines the ways in which usually private, spiritual and deeply personal matters of the heart and mind have been turned inside-out and thrust into the public domain.

Join curator, Nur Shkembi, and the artists as they discuss their work and the ideas behind the exhibition.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia