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Islamic tile with sophisticated plaited calligraphy
Islamic tile with sophisticated plaited calligraphy

Press Release - 17 October 2006

Free public lecture: the beauty of Islamic art

Local people have the opportunity to take a closer look at exquisite tilework and calligraphy in a free public lecture on Islamic Art at the University of Bath in Swindon on Wednesday 25 October.

Islamic tiles contain calligraphy, regarded in Islam as the supreme art because it carries the Word of God.

June Ward, who has lectured widely on the subject, working at the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, will explore the development of glazed tiles and their imagery and symbolism from the earliest examples of unglazed carved brickwork.

Mrs Ward’s interest in the subject began in the late 1960s when she completed a history of art qualification. She went on to lead tours abroad for a national arts organisation and travelled all over the Islamic world for the next 20 years. Slides from her travels will accompany her lecture.

Mrs Ward said: “Islamic Art slowly developed after the birth of Mohammed in the late sixth century. It is pan Islamic and still uses the same images now as when it started.”

Admission and parking for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. The lecture runs from 5.30pm until 6.30pm in the main hall at the Oakfield campus.

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