The exhibition “Khayamiya: Khedival to Contemporary” is part of an international project to recognize the living heritage of the Egyptian Tentmakers. Dr Sam Bowker, an Art Historian at Charles Sturt University, is one of several Australians supporting this collaborative project. His research seeks to reveal the art history of Khayamiya.
Visitors will see how the Tentmakers found new audiences as Egyptian society changed between 1890 and 2010. Dramatic suspended tent panels, some covering entire walls, contrast with charming Egyptian souvenirs from the 1930s. A preview of the documentary by Kim Beamish, “The Tentmakers of Chareh el-Khiamiah” (to be launched in 2014) will also be featured.
The exhibition will run between August 26 - September 12, with a formal opening on Wednesday August 28. Sam Bowker will host a free seminar at 1pm on Tuesday August 27, followed by a lecturing tour of the UK. His book, “Khayamiya: The Art of the Egyptian Tentmakers”, will be published in 2014.
Dr Sam Bowker
PO Box 588
Charles Sturt University
School of Communication and Cultural Inquiry
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2678
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