Southeast Asia: The Art of Collecting

The region of Southeast Asia has a long and important history of trade, cultural and intellectual development through regional exchange and export markets over many centuries. Moderated by Dr Siobhan Campbell, this symposium considers the role of material culture in understanding these histories.


  • Dr Natali Pearson, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, University of Sydney
  • Dr Ann Proctor, Art historian specialising in the arts of Southeast Asia
  • Dr Matt Cox, Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of NSW

The speakers will also discuss the vital role that private collectors play in the development of public collections. Speakers will discuss key works from the Dr John Yu AC collection and offer their perspectives on object research and the overlapping relationships between collectors, museums and the art market.

The symposium accompanies the exhibition, Upacara: Ceremonial art from Southeast Asia.

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Saturday 25 September 2021
1.00pm - 4.00pm


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