TAASA Events

MARCH 2015 – MAY 2015


Archaeology in Asia
A series of TAASA lectures by eminent specialists
Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
All events 6 – 8pm. Drinks & light refreshments served.

The relics and monuments of Buddhist Kashgar
Marika Vicziany, Emeritus Professor, and Angelo Andrea Di Castro, Senior Lecturer, Monash Asia Institute, Melbourne. A comparison of the oasis environment of western China (c.100 -800 CE) with the monsoon civilisations of Bagan, Anuradhapura and Angkor.
Everybody hates the archaeology department
Bob Hudson, an archaeologist specialising in pre-modern Myanmar, reviews the successful Pyu Cities World Heritage campaign, exploring issues that may affect the bid to inscribe Bagan’s more than 3000 Buddhist monuments on the World Heritage list.
The Akchakhan-kala Wall Paintings: kingship and religion in ancient Khorezm
Alison Betts, Professor of Silk Road Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney. NB: This lecture will be held at UNSW Art and Design (COFA) Paddington in Lecture Theatre EG02
Casting for the King - The
Royal Palace Bronze Workshop of Angkor
Martin Polkinghorne, Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, University of Sydney describes how, for the first time in Southeast Asia, a multi-disciplinary project has identified a historic bronze workshop where both statues and objects were crafted.
Archaeology in China
Speaker to be confirmed
Members $20 per lecture; $25 non-members
By email to Jillian: taasabookings@gmail.com or phone: Jillian Kennedy 02 9958 7378
Bookings and payment in advance essential. No refunds.
Payment methods: EFT or credit card.

TAASA Member Talk & Auction Preview – Bonhams
76 Paddington St, Paddington, Sydney
Wednesday 18 March 2015, 6 -7.30pm
Bonhams will be holding (on 22 March) both a general Asian Art auction and an auction of a major collection of Chinese snuff bottles collected over 20 years in HK and covering more than 360 bottles of various material: inside painted glass, ivory, rock crystal, horn, cloisonné, ceramics, lacquer and hardstones, mostly late 19th century to 20th century. Bonham’s Asian Art Specialist, Yvett Klein, will walk TAASA members through the collections on offer, pointing out highlights and providing background information.
Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members.
Refreshments provided. RSVP to Jillian Kennedy at: taasabookings@gmail.com essential by Monday 16 March. Payment at door.

Member viewing of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney’s Asian jewellery exhibition & collection - repeat event Thursday 19 March 2015, 2- 3.30pm
Offered a second time due to heavy demand, TAASA members will enjoy expert guidance of the Asian jewellery component of the exhibition A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity by Min-Jung Kim, Curator of Asian Arts and Design, plus a trip to the basement to see a selection of the PHM’s extensive Asian jewellery holdings.
TAASA members only and limited to 20.
Only a few places left. Cost: $15. RSVP to Jillian Kennedy at: taasabookings@gmail.com. Meet at main entry.

Lecture: Bhutan – the Kingdom of the
Thunder Dragon
30 April, 6-8 pm
SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Zara Fleming, British-based independent art consultant and exhibition curator will explore the history, art and culture of Bhutan.
$20 members, $25 non-members.
RSVP: taasabookings@gmail.com


The TSG is changing venue this year, meeting in the Annie Wyatt Room at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill in Millers Point from 6.30 – 8.30pm. Light refreshments provided. $15 members, $20 non-members. The venue is in close proximity to Wynyard Station and parking is available on site. Email enquiries to Helen Perry at helenperry@optushome.com.au.

Mnēmonikos Oikogéneias (A Family Remembered)
10 March 2015
Marianne Hulsbosch will explore a selection of the Asian-inspired textile sculptures she made, that formed part of a larger body of objects entitled ‘Family’ exhibited in Australia, the Netherlands and the US.

Asian Influences in Australian
Indigenous Textiles
14 April 2015
Di Stevens, owner/curator of the Tali Gallery in Rozelle, discusses how Asian inspirations have influenced traditional and modern Australian Indigenous artefacts and textiles.

Indigo: A Universal Obsession
12 May 2015
In this illustrated talk, Margaret White introduces us to the magic of Indigo dye and why its shades engender cult status.


The Greenware Ceramic Tradition
Tuesday 3 March, 6 – 8pm
COFA, Oxford St, Paddington, Sydney (Elwyn Lynn Meeting Room –Block G, level 1)
We explore the various greenware ceramic traditions across Asia with Merran Esson, Head of Ceramics at the National Art School, Sydney who will provide an outline of the materials and processes involved in their production. Members are invited to bring along an example from their collection (historic or contemporary) to discuss with the group.
Light refreshments. $15 members; $20 non-members. Payment at the door.
Bookings to Gill Green at: gillians@ozemail.com.au or 0466 977 313.
Please advise when booking if you intend to bring along ceramic pieces. Brief guidelines to assist in presenting these pieces can be obtained from Gill Green.


Visit to the Islamic Museum of Australia, 15A Anderson Road, Thornbury, Victoria 3071, and lunch at Samira’s Modern Middle Eastern Café.
Saturday 21 March 2015. Lunch: 12.00 - 1.30pm. Tour: 1.30pm - 3.00pm.
Cost: $12 ($10 concession) per person for the tour, payable at the door on arrival. Lunch as ordered a la carte.
RSVP: vic.taasa@gmail.com by 13 March 2015. Further information: Boris Kaspiev on 0421 038 491.

Walk through of the Qianlong exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria
Tuesday 7 April 2015, 2-3.30pm.
Senior Curator of Asian Art, Dr Mae Anna Pang will provide an expert guided visit to this exhibition from the Palace Museum, Beijing.
Cost: $18 ($16 concession). Book online or purchase ticket at door. Maximum of 20.
RSVP: vic.taasa@gmail.com by 31 March.

Walk through of the Gods, Heroes and Clowns: Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Sunday 3 May, 2015, 2- 3pm
Join Carol Cains, Curator, Asian Art NGV at this free event.
RSVP: vic.taasa@gmail.com by 24 April 2015.


TAASA QLD Ceramics Interest Group Meets 7-9pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month -Commencing Tuesday 7 April.
In 2015, TAASA QLD invites members to our new monthly Asian Ceramics interest group. The events - to be held in members’ homes - will include light refreshments, a themed presentation each month, show and tell, history corner and book review.
RSVP for 7 April meeting to James MacKean at taasa.qld@gmail.com. Venue advised when booking.

TAASA QLD Textile Interest Group

The Queensland events committee hopes to announce the launch of a textile interest group at our International lunch in March. More information will be provided as details are finalised.
Register your interest with Mandy Ridley at taasa.qld@gmail.com.

Detail of man’s ikat sarong, Trengganu, Malaysia c.1900.


Woman’s embroidered dress, Afghanistan 1965-75

Ceremonial textile, Toraja people, Celebes (Indonesia) c.1900-1920

 Palempore, Made for Export Market, India C. 1800

Collection Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

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