Lunchtime Series


Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery




General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni

audience 250


Talking Allowed

‘Talking Allowed’ is a series of presentations offered by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

Each month, a UWA academic or invited guest will give a short presentation on a topic of current relevance to the arts and culture before inviting the audience to participate in discussion and debate.

‘Talking Allowed’ is designed to be thought-provoking, challenging, stimulating and engaging. Come along and join the dialogue on matters that are of great importance to our society.

Many of the talks are recorded and can be found on the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery YouTube Channel

Talks held in 2018

  • The Art of Surveillance with Dr David Glance, Director of the UWA Centre for Software Practice
  • Why Speak English?: Nationalism and the order(ing) of language in colonial Melbourne with Dr Nadia Rhook, School of Humanities, and Indigenous Studies, UWA
  • Thinking Aloud about Head Covering (and other relevant clothes) with Krishna Sen FAHA, Professor Emerita, Social Sciences, UWA
  • The Virgin, the Madame, and the Greenie Girlie-man: an art scholar’s tale with Dr Ann Schilo, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Curtin University.
  • A van Gogh, a toilet, and the trumping of Trump with Associate Professor Clarissa Ball, History of Art, UWA School of Design and Director, UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.

Talks held in 2017

  • Beauty in Unexpected Places: aesthetics and mathematics with Dr Sam Baron, Philosophy, UWA
  • Is it OK to remove statues? with Associate Professor Clarissa Ball, Discipline Chair, History of Art, UWA School of Design, Director, UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.
  • Art and Leadershipwith Robin McClellan, CEO Leadership WA
  • The Arts, the Law, and Freedom of Expression (with one eye on that cartoon)with Jani McCutcheon, UWA School of Law
  • Visual Influences on Legislation: Culture Jamming the Perth Modern School relocation proposal by Professor Camilla Baasch Andersen, UWA School of Law and Desmond Mah, artist
  • Seeing Allowed? Professor Jane Lydon (Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History) UWA