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Recent TAASA Events

The Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Mon, Sep 6, 2021

The Shahnama (Book of Kings) is an epic poem composed in Persian by the poet Firdausi in the early 11th century and ranks among the most widely copied and circulated literary works in the Persianate world.

 Sister Ships: Three 12th century Shipwrecks in Southeast Asia

Tue, Aug 10, 2021

Hear about the recent discovery of two lashed- lug shipwrecks, the Lingga and the Flying Fish which sank towards the end of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127 CE) while transporting Chinese ceramics and ironware to the Southeast Asian market. 

Sacred Love: The Gitgovinda of Jayadeva

Mon, Aug 2, 2021

The 12th century Indian Gitagovinda (Song to God) is an extended poem celebrating the love between Radha and Krishna

Dyeing in Rugs and Textiles with Ross Langlands 

Tue, Jul 13, 2021
National Trust Centre (Observatory Hill, NSW)


The Tale of Genji

Mon, Jul 5, 2021

This Japanese classic from the 11th century has been a constant source of inspiration for artists of different schools, all seeking to convey the emotional intensity of the inter-personal relations they describe.

TAASA'S 30th Anniversary Party

Wed, Jun 30, 2021
The Bond (Woollahra, NSW)

Unfortunately this event has had to be postponed due to the current Covid-19 restrictions.

Tour of the IRANZAMIN Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum

Thu, Jun 17, 2021
The Powerhouse Museum (Ultimo, NSW)

Iranzamin (Land of the Persians) is the first survey exhibition of the Powerhouse collection of Persian arts and crafts. The  tour is by the exhibition curator Dr Pedram Khosronejad.

Panji Stories in Southeast Asia

Mon, Jun 7, 2021

This lecture will describe the spread of these stories from Java as far as Myanmar and Cambodia, using illustrations from a range of artistic traditions, including the Javanese wayang beber scrolls, Balinese classical art, Thai temple murals and Burmese illustrated manuscripts.

Material Lineages: Chinese women artists in dialogue with Modernism

Mon, May 24, 2021
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (Sydney, NSW)

This talk focuses on the work of Chinese women artists of 3 generations, from those who studied abroad during the Republican era, to those who emerged after the Cultural Revolution, and to a younger generation. The TAASA AGM will be held prior to the talk.

More past events

Japanese Studio Ceramics of the Meiji Period

Sat, May 22, 2021 - Leonard Joel Auctions (South Yarra, VIC)

Chinese Wayang (Opera) in Singapore with Jeffrey Say & Laura Yung

Tue, May 11, 2021 - Online (, )

Objects of Adornment – Asian textiles, jewellery and amulets

Sat, May 8, 2021 - Private home (St Kilda, VIC)

Acquisition Stories

Tue, May 4, 2021 - Online (, )


Tue, Apr 20, 2021 - Online (, )

Asian Classics Through Art

Mon, Apr 5, 2021 - Online (, )

A Dish Best Served Cold: the Akō Incident and the Forty-seven Rōnin

Mon, Apr 5, 2021 - Online (, )

Exhibition Tour & Viewing: Korean Folk Paintings (Minhwa) Today

Wed, Mar 24, 2021 - Korean Cultural Centre (Sydney, NSW)

Batik Textiles: The Artifacts of Indonesia's Sociocultural Evolution

Tue, Mar 9, 2021 - Online (, )

Celebrate Lunar New Year with TAASA: A Yin Metal Ox Year

Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - Online (, )

Second Guided tour of Auspicious: Motifs in Chinese Art

Thu, Jan 14, 2021 - Chau Chak Wing Museum (Camperdown, NSW)

Exhibition Viewing of Indonesia Calling 2020  & a Thai Banquet

Thu, Nov 26, 2020 - 16albermarle Project Space (Newtown, NSW)

Islamic Art: Beyond Perception and Perspective

Mon, Nov 9, 2020 - Online (, )

Koo BohnchangThe light of the moon

Wed, Oct 28, 2020 - Korean Cultural Centre (Sydney, NSW)

Ceramic Artists to the Imperial Household of Japan

Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - Online (, )

India: Artist Responses to the Pandemic

Sun, Oct 18, 2020 - Online (, )

A Taste for the Exotic: The Samurai and a World of Commodities

Mon, Oct 5, 2020 - Online (, )

Conversations 3: Transnationalism in Porcelain Ceramics

Sun, Sep 20, 2020 - Online (, )

The New Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney and its Asian Collections

Mon, Sep 14, 2020 - Online (, )

Japanese Modernism: Between Earthquake and War

Mon, Aug 31, 2020 - Online (, )

Everything old is new again: The presentation of Asian art at the National Gallery of Australia 2019 - 2022

Mon, Aug 3, 2020 - Online (, )

CONVERSATIONS 2: Japan: Art & Life

Sun, Jul 19, 2020 - Online (, )

Into the LIght: Asian Textiles in the Powerhouse Museum Collection

Mon, Jul 6, 2020 - Online (, )

Japan's "Tale of the Heike"

Mon, Apr 6, 2020 - Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (Sydney, NSW)

The Trade in the Arts in Asia, from the Days of the Silk Road to Now

Thu, Mar 19, 2020 - Silk Road Asian Art (South Yarra, Victoria)

Rosanjin - Epicure and Potter

Tue, Mar 17, 2020 - Member's home (St Lucia, Queensland)

Creation with a Purpose

Tue, Mar 10, 2020 - National Trust Centre (Millers Point, NSW)

The Ramayana in Art: Princely Adventures and Other Stories

Mon, Mar 2, 2020 - Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (Sydney, NSW)

Jumaadi: House of Shadow

Sat, Feb 8, 2020 - Artisan Gallery (Bowen Hills, Queensland)


Thu, Jan 30, 2020 - Palace Restaurant (Sydney, NSW)

Japan Supernatural - Guided TAASA Tour

Tue, Nov 26, 2019 - Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney, NSW)

Bonhams Sydney Auction Preview and Talk

Thu, Nov 14, 2019 - Bonhams Sydney (Woollahra, NSW)

Silk Embroidery in Sumatra with Hwei- Fe’n Cheah

Tue, Nov 12, 2019 - National Trust Centre (Millers Point, NSW)

Bonhams Melbourne Grand Opening

Thu, Nov 7, 2019 - Bonhams Melbourne (Armadale, VIC)

AGSA Asian Arts Program

Fri, Nov 1, 2019 - Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide, SA)

Celebrate Diwali the Indian 'Festival of Lights'

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 - planet (Surry Hills, NSW)

Shades of Blue: the enduring appeal of blue and white ceramics

Tue, Oct 22, 2019 - Elwyn Lynn Conference Centre, COFA (Paddington, NSW)

WEFT: Textiles and Travels in Central Asia

Sun, Sep 22, 2019 - Leonard Joel Auctions (South Yarra, VIC)

"Viewing the New": A Curator-led Viewing of Recent Acquisitions by the Asian Art Department at the National Gallery of Victoria

Thu, Sep 19, 2019 - National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Victoria)

Big Day Out in Canberra: Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia and Savanhdary Vongpoothorn: All That Arises

Sat, Sep 14, 2019 - National Gallery of Australia (Parkes, ACT)