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Past Lectures & Bookings

The Great Tea Robbery Thursday 25 October 2018. 6.30pm registration, talk starts at 7.15pm. The Two Frenchies Café Bistro, 36 Lebuh Bishop, George Town. Glass of wine and tapas. Members RM70, non-members and guests RM120.

Lecturer/presenter: SANDY LEONG


The Great Tea Robbery

Perhaps the greatest theft of trade secrets in the history of mankind. Robert Fortune, a young Scotsman went to China to steal their secrets of tea.

Thursday 22 November 2018. Perenakan Mansion 36 Church Street George Town. 6.30pm

Lecturer/presenter: LARS BROHOLM THARP


"The Dragon's Fifth Claw" Signs, Puns and Hidden Meanings in Chinese Ceramics

Nothing in Chinese art is just what it appears to be: five bats are not just bats; bamboo not just bamboo; a peach not merely a peach, nor a vase just a vase.

The foundling hospital Tuesday 20 November 2018. Ming Fine Art Gallery, Straits Quay. Registration 18:30. Talk approximately 19.15.

Lecturer/presenter: LARS BROHOLM THARP


The Captain, The Duchess and their 23,000 children

In the 1700s, as London's population doubled, so did the horrors of poverty.  Increasing numbers of abandoned and unwanted babies were left dying or dead in London's streets. If handed to the paris

9 December 2018 – join us for a Fashion and Art Benefit at Macalister Mansion

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Phoenix Rising - A Fashion & Art Benefit

Join Penang Passion and The Arts & Cultural Society Penang for a fashion and art benefit at the stunning Macalister Mansion on 9th December 2018 at 10am.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh - House for an Art Lover Saturday 9th February at The Ming Fine Art Gallery, Straits Quay (next to Coffee Bean) from 10:30am

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 Thursday 7 February 2019 at The Peranakan Mansion from 18:30

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. The Ming Fine Art Gallery, Straits Quay from 6:30pm.

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. The Ming Fine Art Gallery, Straits Quay from 11:00am.

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

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