Making the Art of Everywhere Else accessible to everyone

19 JULY 2022

Making the Art of Everywhere Else accessible to everyone

Public lectures to be presented in Wagga Wagga aims to provide 'entertaining discussions about beautiful objects'.

  • Series of public lectures by Charles Sturt University academic is making global art history accessible to all

The beauty and complexity of international art history is being revealed as a Charles Sturt University academic makes his 12-part lecture series available to the public at the CSU Riverina Playhouse in Wagga Wagga.

Senior Lecturer in Art History and Sub Dean Graduate Studies Dr Sam Bowker is presenting The Art of Everywhere Else as public lectures dedicated to preserving and understanding the treasures of humanity far beyond Australia.

These lectures follow the sold-out success Encounters with Islamic Art (2016), Renaissance Art and Song (2017), and Australian Art (2019).

“I believe art history should be accessible to everyone,” he said.

“I designed these public lectures for everyone to enjoy, as they are entertaining discussions about beautiful objects and valuable ideas.

“In this lecture series, European art gets exactly one week; and so does everybody else.

“We started with the challenges of dating and interpreting ancient rock art and the gradual formation of museums and current efforts to decolonise them. From there, we’ll travel across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania, revealing extraordinary objects and discussing important concepts that inform the work of artists, curators, storytellers and educators around the world.

“It doesn’t matter if you miss a week. You can start at any point and always learn something new.”

Remaining sessions for The Art of Everywhere Else in 2022 include:

  • Tuesday 26 July – European Renaissances: Centre of Periphery?
  • Tuesday 2 August – The Americas: Beyond ‘Manifest Destiny’
  • Tuesday 9 August – African Art: Textiles, Power and Museums
  • Tuesday 16 August – Maghreb: Across the Sahel and Sahara
  • Tuesday 23 August – The Middle East (South West Asia)
  • Tuesday 30 August – Silk Roads – Turkey, Iran and Central Asia
  • Tuesday 6 September – South Asia: India, Pakistan and the Himalaya
  • Tuesday 13 September – Nusantara: South East Asian Art
  • Tuesday 20 September – East Asia: China, Korea, Japan
  • Tuesday 27 September – Oceania: A Third of the World

Tickets are $15 adults or $10 concession, and can be purchased through the Civic Theatre Box Office.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Dr Sam Bowker, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on 0429 217 026 or

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