Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices promises to take students of all ages on a voyage of discovery into far-ranging areas of learning.

The exhibition offers opportunities to explore through art, the themes of trade and exploration, maritime history, the role of Asian spices in Europe, the development of mapping on a global scale, the integration of Christianity into Asian contexts, and the impact of the ‘Age of Spices’ on Australia.

Students use historical objects and works of art to develop an understanding of significant explorers, to investigate the positive and negative impacts of exploration from different perspectives, and to identify the motivating factors that led to exploration. Learning support for this exhibition includes:

– A Teachers’ Briefing
– Guided and Self Guided Exhibition Visits
– Art Activities in The Studio
– Teacher Professional Learning Workshop
– An Online Education Resource

Download the Online Education Resource

F–12 teachers are invited to explore Treasure ships: Art in the Age of Spices and discover the curriculum connections for students.

Join curators James Bennett and Russell Kelty as they trace the impact of Europe’s search for spices and the mercantile expansion in Asia from the late-15th to the mid-19th centuries – a period of trade and cultural exchange that established the global world we live in today.

Discover how this exhibition provides learning opportunities for your school. Professional Learning certificates supplied.

When Wednesday 17 June, 4.30pm for a 5pm start-7pm
Where Meet at The Studio
Cost $12, please book but pay at the door
Bookings Email

Take a guided session with one of our Guides, or experience the exhibition through independent self-guided group learning.

Limited guided sessions available.

When Weekdays during school term
Cost $30 per class. Equity Schools free
Bookings Limited to 30 students. Please fill out the registration form


Following a visit to the exhibition, students respond to learning experiences designed to encourage students to take a closer look at selected works of art through the strands of ‘ Responding’ and ‘Making’.
Presented by The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation.

When Weekdays during school term, 11am-12pm, and 1-2pm following a booked exhibition viewing
Where The Studio, Lower Ground Floor
Cost Free, facilitator and all materials supplied
Bookings Limited to 30 students. Please fill out the registration form


The Art of Spices
Join Gilbert Dashorst, former botanical illustrator at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens for a two day workshop exploring the world of spices.

Experience and learn first-hand the techniques of a skilled botanical artist and create your own work of art.

When 15 & 16 August, 10am – 4pm
Where Function Room
Cost $150, Gallery Members $125
Bookings essential Limited to 15 participants, recommend bringing a camera or mobile device. Call 08 82077035 or Book online