The Friends of the Shepparton Art Museum will shine a list on using architecture to build community cohesion at a special event this month.
Organising committee member Megan Walker said the event would feature a talk from guest speaker the director of Melbourne-based design office Desypher, Issam Nabulsi.
She said the motivation to host the event came after an idea to explore the Islamic Museum of Australia, which Mr Nabulsi was responsible for designing.
‘‘We’d like to go and see the IMOA, but prior to going down we thought we’d get someone to talk about it,’’ Ms Walker said.
Also specialising in using arts to bring social cohesion, Mr Nabulsi will weave this topic into his talk.
Ms Walker said Islamic architecture and design was spread throughout the world, and reflected through different styles and cultures.
Organised through a planning committee, Ms Walker said they also got the Shepparton’s Ethnic Council on board.
‘‘They’ve made a terrific contribution,’’ she said.
‘‘The Interfaith Network also contributed some funding to support the event.’’
Ms Walker said they hoped the talk would attract not just those interested in the arts, but people from all walks of life.
‘‘There’ll be finger food available, too,’’ she said.
The event is open to all who wish to attend but bookings are essential and can be made at: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/friends-of-sam-event-exploring-islamic-architecture-multicultural-learning-and-sharing-through-art-tickets-35991615892
The cost is $10, which is to be paid on the night, Thursday, September 14, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Africa House, Poplar Ave, Shepparton.