• The Arts Society Penang
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Lectures & Bookings

Charles Rennie Mackintosh - House for an Art Lover February 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Lecturer/presenter: STELLA GRACE LYONS


Charles Rennie Mackintosh – more than just a tea room!

Did you know that when Charles Rennie Mackintosh died, his entire estate was valued at just £88?

Waterhouse - Hylas and the Nymphs 1896 February 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Lecturer/presenter: STELLA GRACE LYONS


The Naked Truth about the Victorians: The Nude in 19th Century Art

We think of the Victorians as prudish. But did they really cover their piano legs?

Petra and the Nabataeans Thursday 14 March 2019

Lecturer/presenter: MIKE CLEGG


The Rose Red City - Petra and the Nabataeans

Discover the Nabataeans and their amazing desert city of Petra, and learn how they made the transition from tent-dwelling nomads to sophisticated urbanites.

Saturday 16 March 2019

Lecturer/presenter: MIKE CLEGG


Two Snakes and a Fancy Frock - Who is the Bare Breasted Woman with Snakes?

In 1900 the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans arrived on the island of Crete in search of the source of intricately inscribed seal stones and strange inscriptions on clay tablets he’d seen as

Mondrian image Tuesday 28 May 2019 at Ming Gallery

Lecturer/presenter: ALEXANDRA DRYSDALE


Red Vibrations: The Aesthetic and Emotional Significance of Red in Western Art, From Angelic Pink to Demonic Scarlet

Colours are radiant energies that affect us positively and negatively, and red is the most forceful of all.

Sunrise, Blue Rigi - Turner Thursday 30 May 2019 at Green Mansion

Lecturer/presenter: ALEXANDRA DRYSDALE


Let there be Light: The Art and Science of Light in Painting

4.6 Billion years ago, a star was born and our sun started to shine. Soon after this the Earth and our other planets were formed and light began its eight minute flight to Earth.

June 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Lecturer/presenter: DAVID ROSIER


The Dowager Empress Cixi (1835–1908) Ruling from Behind the Yellow Silk Screen

This lecture seeks to provide a balanced insight into the life and achievements of one of the most important women in Chinese Imperial history.

David Rosier June 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Lecturer/presenter: DAVID ROSIER


"Heavens Embroidered Cloth" The history and Development of Chinese Imperial Silk

This lecture traces the origins of, plus myths that surround, Imperial Chinese Silk.

Ahmad Zakii Anwar - Seated Figure Thursday 1 August 2019

Lecturer/presenter: VIV LAWES


A Youthful World - Malaysian Fine Art in Half a Century

Malaysia has a rich and vibrant artistic heritage, yet the country’s first art school was founded only fifty years ago.

Alfred Hitchcock image September 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Lecturer/presenter: John Francis


Who Was Alfred Hitchcock?

Alfred Hitchcock was a film director and the ‘master of darkness’. He made over fifty feature films where we often see innocent people were caught up in circumstances beyond their control.