Dr Sam Bowker

November 2019 – USA Lecture Tour: San Francisco and San Jose, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles. “Egyptian Applique in American Collections”. Click here for dates and venues.

Dr Sam Bowker with the Syme Panels, photograph by Kylie Esler (2015)


Dr Sam Bowker is the Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture for Charles Sturt University. The contents of this website are his own research projects and express his own opinions, unless otherwise cited.

His research focuses upon the history of Egyptian Tentmaker Appliqué or ‘Khayamiya’. Co-authored with Seif El Rashidi, this has been published as the book The Tentmakers of Cairo: Egypt’s Medieval and Modern Applique Craft through the American University in Cairo Press (2018). He is also a curator and educator across diverse fields in art history, notably Islamic art and design from Australian perspectives.

His work before academia was focused on museum and gallery education (or ‘learning and access’) for Australian cultural institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Australia, and National Library of Australia.