Australian Decorative Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) is launching its eight part lecture series on Tuesday with Treasures of the Silk Road.
Christopher Bradley is visiting from Hampshire in the UK to deliver a talk on his travels through Central Asia and the Middle East.
“Over 40 years I’ve been leading groups to countries including Jordan, Syria, India, China, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan,” said Mr Bradley.
“Being able to share some of the positive news on how these places have developed is important.”
Mr Bradley said Iran in particular gets a bad wrap in the media.
“You never hear anything positive about Iran but it is a safe place which is full of decorative monuments,” he said.
“People are surprised when I tell them I lead two trips there a year but I enjoy showing people what an amazing, colourful, exotic country it is.”
Mr Bradley’s talk is the first of eight lectures for ADFAS on topics as diverse as plants, arts and Matthew Boulton.
Potential lecturers from around the world submit their topics to a committee in Sydney which decides who will embark on a tour of arts societies around Australia.
ADFAS secretary Nerralie Boulton said the lectures give members and guests the opportunity to experience exceptional quality lectures from professional curators, writers, art historians.
“ADFAS has been going on in Orange for 20 years – it’s a group of people who come together to listen to amazingly diverse topics,” she said.
Mr Bradley said while most people have heard of the Silk Road, not many understand its significance.
“It became the world’s first super-highway for the transportation of information,” he said.
The ADFAS lecture is taking place at the Orange Regional Conservatorium at 6pm on February 13.
Tickets are $25 per head or $130 for a subscription to all eight lectures. Contact: email@example.com