• The Arts Society Penang
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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


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

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.

Thursday 27th June at the Peranakan Mansion (Green Mansion) at 6:30pm

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 Saturday 29th June at the Ming Art Gallery from 10:30am

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 Postponed

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 Thursday 26th Sept at the Peranakan Mansion (Green Mansion) at 6:30pm

Lecturer/presenter: John Francis


Daphne Du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock had much in common. Du Maurier  is sometimes described as a romantic novelist, this is completely misleading.

Saturday 28th September, The Ming Fine Art Gallery, Straits Quay, 10.30am

Lecturer/presenter: John Francis


In this lecture we will look at the early beginnings of the advertising industry. Sir John Everett Millais’s painting of ‘Bubbles’ (1885) was sold for £2,200 to sell soap (Pears). It worked.

Thursday 23 January 2020 from 6.30pm at the Peranakan Mansion

Lecturer/presenter: Christopher Aslan Alexander


Exploring the revival of 15th Century Timurid Carpet Designs from Persian illuminated manuscripts

Saturday 25 January from 10:30am at 17 Armenian Street, George Town

Lecturer/presenter: Christopher Aslan Alexander

SILK ROAD - A Textile Journey

Wool, cotton and silk have each played a crucial role in the fortunes of Central Asia. Wool created the clothing and housing needed by the great nomadic cultures to dominate Middle Asia.

Agatha Christie book covers Tuesday 25 February 2020 at Ming Fine Arts Gallery, Straits Quay, from 6.30pm

Lecturer/presenter: Jane Tapley

Agatha Christie – Mistress of Crime

Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the world’s greatest crime writer, her books sell over four million copies worldwide every year and there is a continual demand for new adaptations to be made of her

Regency dining Thursday 27 February at The Peranakan Mansion, Church Street, George Town from 6:30pm

Lecturer/presenter: Jane Tapley

From Soup to Syllabub - A light hearted insight into food and eating habits of 18th Century England

“Invite him to dinner Emma, and help him to the fish and the chicken but leave him to choose his own wife” (Emma by Jane Austen) Peep into the dining room of the late eighteenth and early nineteent