The British Library is showing an exhibition Buddhism, curated by Jana Igunma (Henry Ginsburg Curator of Thai, Lao and Cambodian) and San San May (Curator of Burmese) which will run until the 23rd of February, 2020.  It is a truly wonderful exhibition with a range of striking items, from illuminated manuscripts and palm leaf manuscripts to sutra incised in silver and gold, covering the whole development of Buddhism across Asia and the three main traditions of Buddhism, alongside items related to Buddhist practices, contemporary productions and evocative soundscapes. A beautiful catalogue accompanies the exhibition.


Burrell at Kelvingrove: Collecting Chinese Treasures. A selection of jades, ceramics and bronzes from the Burrell Collection is on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow from 27th September 2019 until 31 March 2020.  The 63 objects have been selected from around 1,800 pieces from China in the Collection. Collecting Chinese Treasures is the latest free, temporary exhibition to feature items from the Burrell Collection while the building undergoes a £66 million refurbishment.  The Burrell Collection will re-open to the public in Spring 2021. The objects for this exhibition have been chosen by Jorge Welsh, an internationally renowned collector, dealer and expert in Chinese art and Dr. Yupin Chung, curator of Chinese and East Asian Art for Glasgow Museums.


National Ceramics Museum Princessehof will be hosting an exhibition on shipwreck ceramics: https://www.princessehof.nl/en/see-and-do/exhibitions/sunken-treasures/

The Princessehof will present the exhibition Sunken Treasures from 7 September 2019 to 28 June 2020. The exhibition features ceramics and other objects found aboard eight shipwrecks dating from the ninth to the nineteenth century. The ceramic treasures tell fascinating stories about the Maritime Silk Road in Asia and reveal a hitherto unknown world of international trade and exchange.

Ships from all over the world sailed the Maritime Silk Road for centuries in search of pepper, silk and porcelain. Sometimes the ships that perished lie on the seabed for centuries as time capsules. The wrecks and certainly the well-preserved ceramics provide a trove of information.



The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong
Chinese Ceramics – A Hong Kong Perspective

Prof. Peter Lam
March 2020 – dates to be confirmed

The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong is excited to announce a series of lectures by Prof. Peter Y. K. Lam introducing the history of Chinese ceramics through archaeological sites in Hong Kong. This unique and informative series aims to introduce members to common terminology, vessel forms as well as to the connoisseurship of ceramics through artefacts excavated in Hong Kong.

1: Introduction to Chinese ceramics and early traditions
Prof. Peter Lam
7 February 2020

2: Han ceramics including the Li Cheng Uk Tomb finds and related issues
Prof. Peter Lam
14 February 2020

3: Late Song to Yuan Ceramic Finds in Kowloon Bay (To Kwa Wan MTR site)
Prof. Peter Lam
21 February 2020

4: Penny’s Bay Finds in Lantau Island (Ming finds at Disneyland site)
Prof. Peter Lam
28 February 2020

5: Made in Hong Kong – the Tai Po Wun Yiu kilnsite
Prof. Peter Lam
6 March 2020

6: Detecting the Fakes – Dating of Chinese Ceramics
Prof. Peter Lam
10 March 2020

To register please go to:-

The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong
G P O Box 6202
Hong Kong

Website: http://orientalceramics.org.hk/
Email: ocs@orientalceramics.org.hk
Tel: +852 6140 6742


East Asian Art and Archaeology Research Seminars at the Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, SOAS, University of London. Regular lectures to which all are welcome. For information contact Stacey Pierson on sp17@soas.ac.uk.


International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA), Institute of Archaeology, University College London holds regular lectures to which the public are warmly invited.  Lectures are held at the Archaeology Lecture Theatre (G6), Institute of Archaeology, UCL31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY.  Tel: 020 7679 1092.  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iccha.  iccha@ucl.ac.uk.


The Chinese and English speaking congregations of St Martin-in-the-Fields jointly organise an occasional series of art talks focusing on aspects of Chinese Art.

The fifth lecture in this series will be on ‘Picturing the Buddha’ and will be given by Beth McKillop on Thursday 16 January 2020, 6.30pm in St Martin’s Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields. This will be an illustrated talk (in English). Beth McKillop is a senior research fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum and President of the Oriental Ceramic Society.

The talk will be held in St Martin’s Hall, within the Crypt of St Martin’s, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ and will begin at 6.30pm for one hour. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the Bishop Ho Ming Wah Association and Community Centre.

All are very welcome – for further information contact the Revd. Jonathan Evens – t: 020 7766 1127, e: jonathan.evens@smitf.org. There will be a retiring collection for St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Tickets for the event are free by registering at the Eventbrite page for this talk: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/picturing-the-buddha-tickets-80587219543.


Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts & Cultures and Centre for Japanese Studies, UEA

Thursday Lecture Series supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.  Admission free, advance booking recommended by phone 01603 597507 or email: sisjac@sainsbury-institute.org.  Web site: www.sainsbury-institute.org.  Lectures start at 6:00 p.m.  Venue: Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH.


Islamic Art Circle at SOAS

Lectures are regularly held in the Khalili Lecture Theatre (Main School Lecture Theatre), Philips Building, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG.  For further information contact Rosalind Wade Haddon on 07714087480 or email to rosalindhaddon@gmail.com.


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Lecture Series in Chinese Buddhism

These lectures are held at SOAS, University of London.  For more information go to: https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/holectureseries/