Exhibition Events

Learn more about Islamic Art and the works on display in the exhibition at one of our special exhibition events. From introductory exhibition tours to family activities, there are events for everyone.

Introductory Exhibition Tours

3.30–4.15pm every Wednesday until 15 January 2016

Join an introductory tour of the exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world. Tours are free with the price of exhibition admission and no additional booking is necessary.

Free Family Fun

Islamic Ceramics: Colour and Pattern
Saturday 12 November, 2-2.45pm & 3.15-4pm, Meet in Gallery 21

Join our new, regular Saturday Ashventures: stories, gallery hunts, games, object handling and crafts. All ages welcome, particularly suitable for ages 4+.

Highlight Talk

With Professor Marcus du Sautoy, University of Oxford

Tuesday 29 November, 6-7pm, Lecture Theatre

Symmetry is a fundamental concept in both the sciences and the arts: from viruses to the Higgs boson, from the music of Bach to neolithic stone sculptures. But it is probably the tiles of the Islamic world that push the ideas of symmetry to their extremes. Professor du Sautoy offers a new way to read the walls of the palaces and mosques of the Islamic world. Booking is essential.

Event fully booked.

Exhibition Talks

Power and Protection Curator Talk
With Dr Francesca Leoni, Yousef Jameel Curator of Islamic Art

Thursday 27 October, 12-1pm, Lecture Theatre

Astrological charts, dream-books and talismanic clothing reflect the changing roles of divinatory practices in Islam from the medieval period to today. A perfect introduction to this autumn’s exhibition, this talk offers an overview of the themes and debates surrounding these widespread yet controversial arts. Booking is essential.

Heavenly Houses
With Dr Silke Ackermann, Director of Oxford University Museum of the History of Science

Wednesday 16 November, 6-7pm, Lecture Theatre

Astronomy is a very popular, if slightly disreputable, subject throughout the Islamic world. Constellations, planets and lunar mansions have been depicted on a wide variety of Islamic objects. Dr Silke Ackermann takes you on an illustrated journey across these heavenly houses and their representations on earth. Booking is essential.

Faith and Superstition from an Islamic Perspective
With Professor Tariq Ramadan, University of Oxford

Tuesday 22 November, 6-7pm, Lecture Theatre

In light of our exhibition, 'Power and Protection', this talk addresses the fundamental principles of faith, and how the Islamic tradition dealt with and defined superstition. Booking is essential.

Workshop for Young People

Mixed-media Design Workshop: for ages 14–18
With Kate Turnbull, Textile Artist

Saturday, 19 November 2016, 10am-3pm

Identify patterns, symbols and text in traditional Islamic art then deconstruct them into contemporary patterns. Using mono-printing with collage, ink and bleach, this mixed-media workshop is a creative introduction to this fascinating culture. At the end of the day, you will have a series of small prints to take home with you. The session includes an unsupervised lunch break (lunch is not provided). Suitable for ages 14-18.

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