NATURE IN JAPAN TAASA Monday Night Sydney Lecture Series 2018 Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney All events 6-8pm Drinks and refreshments served. Cost: Members $20, Non-Members $30. Payment in advance essential. No refunds. booking confirmation to Jillian Kennedy. Email:, tel: 02 9958 7378. Payment by EFT: The Asian Arts Society of Australia BSB: 012-003, Account No.2185-28414. Please provide name. Pay by credit card via TAASA website Please visit TAASA’s website for further details. – TAASA Review March 2018


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Monday 5 March 2018 The an amazing experience’ ­ and will accompany his talk with images taken there last year. Monday 9 April 2018 The rising clouds of spring, the whitened mountains of winter: Sesson, Zen and painting the natural world Russell Kelty, Associate Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia and a specialist in Japanese art, will focus on the brush and ink master Sesson Shkei (c.1492-1589).

Sesson lived during the turbulent Muromachi period (1392- 1573) which was defined by the rise of the military classes and the profound impact of Zen Buddhism on the art and culture of Japan.

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