Lectures

Chinese Influences in the Gold Thread Embroidery of Southwest Aceh
Ixora Room, Peranakan Museum
13 Feb 2017
Cheah Cheang Lim, Straits Chinese reformer

Barbara Leigh examines some of the fine gold thread embroidered textiles, primarily from the second quarter of the 20th century from Southwest Aceh, with a view to expanding our understanding of historical aspects of this region of the northwest Sumatran coast.

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Metallic Thread Embroidery in Asia and Europe: Connections and Borrowings
The Ixora Room, Peranakan Museum
07 Jan 2017
Baba Malay, Wayang Peranakan, and Emily of Emerald Hill: Language and the Construction of Identity

Discover how nyonya embroiderers explored metal thread embroidery techniques used in other Asian and European traditions to develop a style that became recognizably their own with Mary Brown, author of Goldwork Embroidery: Projects and Designs (2007).

Free admission to programme.

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Great Patrons and Artists of Colonial Singapore: New research on Singapore art history
Ixora Room, Peranakan Museum
23 Mar 2016
Portrait of Tan Jiak Kim (1859-1917) by Low Kway Song

Recent work in art history establishes Singapore as a centre of art patronage and as an important port of call for artists travelling in the region during the early colonial period. This lecture by Daphne Ang is based on doctoral research on portraiture and local art patronage as a means of telling the story of Singapore’s history of art prior to the 1950s.

Free, no registration required

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Great Peranakans Lecture Series - In Life and in Death: The Peranakans and Bukit Brown Cemetery
Ixora Room, Peranakan Museum
30 Oct 2015
Great Peranakans Lecture Series (30 Oct 2015)

Bukit Brown Chinese Municipal Cemetery was opened in 1922, largely through the efforts of Peranakans, including Dr Lim Boon Keng and Tan Kheam Hock. In the half a century until it was closed to burial in 1973, many Peranakans – from Singapore, Malacca, Penang, and the Dutch East Indies – were buried (or reburied) at Bukit Brown. Based on archival sources and a survey of data related to the exhumed graves at Bukit Brown, this talk will explore the intricate relationship between the Peranakans and Bukit Brown, in life and in death.

Free admission

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