• The Arts Society Penang
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Past Lectures & Bookings

Tuesday 29 November at 11am, Venue: The Small Theatre at Wawasan Open University, 54 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town Price: RM55 to include light refreshments

Lecturer/presenter: Lars Tharp

The Gate of Heroes - on the China Trail

The inaugural lecture on 29 November will be given by Lars Tharp  on the topic will be “The Gate of Heroes – on the China Trail.”

Wednesday 30 November at 7 for 7.30pm Venue: The Penang Club, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town Price: RM120 to include dinner

Lecturer/presenter: Lars Tharp

Hogarth: Harlots, Rakes & Crashing China

The eighteenth century artist Hogarth created scenes of everyday life shot through with social commentary.

Wednesday 25 January 2017 Starts at 10.30am (A & G) and finishes at 16.00 (TSG)

Lecturer/presenter: Fuan Wong

Gardens with Art, Spices and Poison

Live guided exploration of award-winning gardens set over 8 acres of secondary jungle. Join us for a fascinating tour including refreshments and lunch.

May 11th at 7 pm At the Penang Club

Lecturer/presenter: Sandy Burnett

Misshapen Pearl the Music of the Baroque Era

Starting in 1607 with Monteverdi’s astonishing opera Orfeo, and ending in 1759 with the death of that great “English” composer George Frederic Handel, the Baroque era produced music of great brilli

May 12th at 7.30 pm At the China House Beach Street, George Town, Penang Above the Canteen

Lecturer/presenter: Sandy Burnett

The Age of Jazz

One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them for the very first time one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: jazz, a fascinating bl

Monday July 3rd At The Mayfair Penang, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah Talk begins at 7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm) - Entrance fee for non members is RM120

Lecturer/presenter: Deborah Jenner

Unfolding the Art of Georgia O’Keeffe

Celebrating the centennial of O’Keeffe’s first solo show, this illustrated talk traces an often neglected, yet key figure of 20th century painter who dared to replace European influences with Asian

From moving words to Moving Pictures A chat between late bloomer Robin Hellaby author of The Last Fandango and Rod Manikam - Independent film maker - At the Art & Soul Cafe, Hotel Neo Plus Penang, 68 Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 Penang

Lecturer/presenter: Author Robin Hellaby & Film Maker Rod Manikam

Tea Talk: From Moving Words to Moving Pictures

How do you start to write a novel? When you have written your best seller how do you turn it into a film?

Marc Allum - Forty Years of Great Finds - The Objects Behind the Show Thursday October 19th - 7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm) - Entrance fee for non- members is RM100 (inc.buffet) - The Penang Institute, 10 Jalan Brown

Lecturer/presenter: Marc Allum

Forty Years of Great Finds - The Objects Behind the Show

Marc Allum takes a look at some of the landmark finds from four decades of Antiques Roadshow and brings to life the stories, the people and the objects.

Understanding Antiques with Marc Allum Thursday October 19th -2pm - Entrance fee for non- members is RM30 - The Penang Institute, 10 Jalan Brown

Lecturer/presenter: Marc Allum

'Understanding Antiques’

A spontaneous talk based on objects brought in by the audience and peppered with artefacts from Marc's own eclectic collection.

Penang Turf Club Saturday 11th November 2017 - further details to be advised

Lecturer/presenter: Penang Turf Club

A Day at the Races. Penang Turf Club

Come and enjoy a special day out at the Penang Turf Club.

Penang Turf Club was established in 1864 and today we will learn a little bit more about the history of this wonderful Club. 

Coffee Morning at The Arts Society Penang November: Date to be announced.

Lecturer/presenter: The Arts Society Penang

Coffee Morning

A chance to meet up with other members of The Arts Society and a chance for you to tell us who you would like to see as guest speakers.

Christmas Party - The Arts Society Penang Date, time and venue to be advised

Lecturer/presenter: The Arts Society Penang

Christmas Party

We will be having a Christmas party to celebrate the successes of 2017 and to formally announce speakers and events for 2018.

Friday 23 March 2018. Mutiara Art Gallery 118 Lebuh Armenian, George Town. 11:00 (doors open at 10:30)

Lecturer/presenter: Chris Bradley


This lecture covers aspects of decorative art in some of the most important cities, sites and museums in the world especially Cordoba, Cairo, Damascus, Isfahan and Samarkand.

Thursday 22 March 2018. 19:00 (doors open 18:45) Chambers Restaurant, 2 Penang Street (corner of Lebuh Light) George Town, Penang

Lecturer/presenter: Chris Bradley


She is one of the most intriguing and exotic figures in history.

Tuesday 16 January, 6.30pm. Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Light Street, George Town

Lecturer/presenter: Denise Heywood


Raffles, whose name is synonymous with a luxury hotel rather than the greatest Buddhist temple in the world, was the enlightened colonial administrator of Java, Indonesia.

Thursday 18 January 2018. China House, Beach Street, George Town. 6.30pm

Lecturer/presenter: Denise Heywood


Jim Thompson arrived in Bangkok as a US army officer in 1945, fell in love with it and stayed.