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The Art of the Japanese Garden: Space and the senses

February 16, 2019 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Speaker: Dr Kathleen Olive

Academy Travel are proud to sponsor the Friends of Hazelhurst Regional Gallery’s Artz Talk 2019 program.

Expanses of raked white gravel. Iconic trees – pines, maples, gingko – carefully twisted and pruned into dynamic and sometimes torturous shapes. The soothing drip of water onto stone. The autumn light shining through richly coloured leaves. When you deconstruct them, the elements of a Japanese garden seem so simple that they’re almost banal, yet their combined effect is undeniably engaging and soothing. In this talk, Dr Kathleen Olive investigates the historic roots of Japanese garden design that, like much of the country’s art tradition, developed in isolation from European influence and thus preserves something quintessentially “Japanese”.

Dr Kathleen Olive holds a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Sydney, taught history and Italian at the University of Sydney and UTS for a number of years, and is a national ADFAS lecturer. Her research on the Codex Rustici, the commonplace book of a 15th-century Goldsmith, was presented to Pope Francis as the official gift of the City of Florence in 2015.

The cost for this lecture is:

  • Friends of Hazelhurst $5
  • Non-members $10

Book now on (02) 8536 5700 or at Art Centre Reception.


February 16, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
782 Kingsway
Gymea, NSW 2227 Australia
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(02) 8536 5700