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Travel talks Art and culture across the globe

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan, photo: Robert Evans

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan, photo: Robert Evans

Make 2023 a year full of travel and adventure! Explore the globe in this series of travel talks presented by experts in art, culture and history.

From our own backyard to the Caucasus, Japan and England, these diverse destinations will capture your imagination and may inspire you to plan your next travel adventure.

Travel talks Art and culture across the globe

Various Saturdays, 25 February – 22 April 2023

Art Gallery of New South Wales

South Building

Lower level 1, Centenary Auditorium

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  • Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan, photo: Robert Evans

    Traditional architecture and contemporary museums: JapanWith Ann MacArthur

    Japanese architecture today often references the surrounding natural environment while also echoing traditional spaces. Starting with the Art Gallery of New South Wales' new SANAA-designed building, in this talk by Anne MacArthur we’ll visit contemporary museums designed by Japanese architects, including Nezu Museum by Kengo Kuma, and Japan’s National Art Center by Kisho Kurokawa. To understand the historical influences on these buildings, we’ll view some of Kyoto’s iconic structures, from the grand wooden home of the shogun at Nijō Castle to the enigmatic Zen rock garden at Ryōan-ji. 

    Ann MacArthur holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and a master’s degree in international management. For more than two decades she was a leader in audience engagement at the Art Gallery and has since worked with The University of Sydney, Powerhouse Museum and Buddhist Council of New South Wales.


    Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan, photo: Robert Evans

    Saturday 25 February 2023 10.30–11.30am

  • William Morris collection of Carrick Hill Trust, Adelaide, Hayward Bequest

    The British dreamers: Oxfordshire, the Lake District and ScotlandWith Joyce Morgan

    The arts and crafts movement revolutionised visual arts and material culture in Britain at the turn of the 20th century. Inspired by the radical vision of artist and designer William Morris, the movement was more than a style. Its proponents dreamed of a better world and left a legacy of elegant art, architecture and design across the country. In this talk, take an enchanting journey with Joyce Morgan through Oxfordshire, the Lake District to Scotland, to see how a desire for art and beauty in all aspects of life was realised.

    Journalist and author Joyce Morgan has written on arts and culture for 30 years. She has worked as a journalist in London, Hong Kong and Sydney, and is a former arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and a Getty Arts Journalism fellow.

    William Morris collection of Carrick Hill Trust, Adelaide, Hayward Bequest

    Saturday 4 March 2023 10.30–11.30am

  • Sunset at Tbilisi, Georgia

    Landscapes of literature, myth and song: Armenia, Georgia and AzerbaijanWith Iain Shearer

    Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan: squabbling siblings divided by millennia of shared history. All three countries are ancient nations but modern political states, painfully birthed in the collapse of the USSR. Long dominated by Iran, Russia and Turkey, local cultures, religions and languages successfully nurtured viscerally independent identities. In this talk, Iain Shearer explores a world of staggeringly beautiful landscapes, epic literature, myth and legend, saints and sinners, the first winemakers, glorious music, monasteries, mosques and temples, and grand art-nouveau mansions in the world’s original oil-boom town.

    Iain Shearer FRAS is an archaeologist who has worked in the UK, Afghanistan, Caucasus, North Africa, Balkans, Israel/Palestine, Central Asia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, China, Italy, Pakistan, India, and the Middle East over the last 25 years. Educated at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology, he is the former Sackler Scholar for Afghanistan and Iran at The British Museum and was appointed a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2008.


    Sunset at Tbilisi, Georgia

    Saturday 25 March 2023 10.30–11.30am

  • Tiwi Islands coastline © Tourism NT/Elise Cook

    Indigenous art in the Top End: Darwin, Tiwi Islands and YirrkalaWith Djon Mundine

    Join Djon Mundine as he takes us eastwards from the Tiwi Islands, adjoining the Timor Sea north of Darwin, to Yirrkala, north-east Arnhem Land, bordering the Arafura Sea. In this talk, he will share his first-hand account of the continuing cultural practices that have led to the creation of significant works of art, including many now in the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ collection.

    Bundjalung man Djon Mundine OAM FAHA is a curator, writer, artist and activist. He is a former arts advisor in Milingimbi and Ramingining in Arnhem Land and Indigenous consultant curator to the Art Gallery, and has been a judge of the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.


    Tiwi Islands coastline © Tourism NT/Elise Cook

    Saturday 22 April 2023 10.30–11.30am

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