18 February 2021

Late lunch talk: Highlights of the Chinese collection

From carved glass candlesticks to earthenware storage jars, silk gowns to finely painted porcelain, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has one of the best regional collections of Chinese art in the UK.

The collection spans over 4,000 years – from Neolithic times to the present day. The objects come from all across China, a vast country as large as the continent of Europe. They reveal aspects of Chinese culture from eating and drinking to belief systems, from stories and poetry to the imperial civil service.

The collection also allows us to trace interactions between China and the rest of the world.

This talk will introduce some of the highlights of the collection and how the pieces came to be in Bristol through collectors such as Ferdinand and Max Schiller and Henry Burrows Abbey.

Speaker: Kate Newnham, Senior Curator, Visual Arts

Kate Newnham curates the Eastern Art collection at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and heads the Visual Arts team. Prior to taking up her role in Bristol, she worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

This event is part of our Lunar New Year Festival – Year of the Ox online celebration.

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 18 February.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.


With thanks to our Lunar New Year festival sponsors: University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.

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