Asia House was established in London in 1996.
To promote appreciation and understanding of Asian countries, their arts, religions and economies, and to foster closer communication between the peoples of Asia and Europe; to establish a centre for educational, corporate or cultural programmes; to offer these facilities to all organisations with an interest in or connection with Asia, including diplomatic missions, companies, arts organisations, societies and associations, and trade, economic, scientific and technological bodies; and to establish a strong relationship with the resident Asian communities and engage their knowledge and skills.
Association or society, Gallery, Historic house or home
Saturday Open during exhibitions only
Our headquarters, an elegant Grade II* listed building, can be privately hired.
The Fine Rooms, Library and Gallery of our Grade II* Listed headquarters are available for hire. They are ideal venues for symposia, lectures, presentations, product launches, conferences, lunches, dinners and receptions.
Surviving Eurocentrism for Artists: Nicole Coson
- 1 December 2015 6:45-8pm
Nicole Coson is a Filipino artist currently living and working in London. Born into the third generation of Chinese migrants to the Philippines, she is someone who has thrived in a nomadic state between nations all her life, she questions through her practice, the importance of exhibiting a definitive and authentic cultural identity in a world where cultures do not only clash, but also have the ability to overlap.
Her work revolves around the analogy of the ghost: a loose and phantom form that, though beyond our grasp, invades our tactile and physical world. The suggestion of movement—or rather, of momentum— is integral to her work. The singular impression of the monotype printmaking process captures the blur of fleeting signals in stasis, leaving behind a flurry of figures that appear almost recognisably and residually human in both her figurative and non-figurative works. Human-like yet alien, present yet spectral, for the viewer, these images might call to mind the unsettled nervousness of Sigmund Freud’s concept of The Uncanny. In her work, she seeks the contemplation of something caught mid-flight, captured for a brief moment in time when these forms become strangely perceptible but whose physical make-up and origin are impenetrable.
After graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins with a first class honours degree honours in July 2014, Nicole Coson had two solo exhibitions in Manila, as well as one in Rome and in London. Upcoming exhibitions include solo shows at Finale Art File Gallery in Manila in April 2016 and Display Gallery in London in June 2016.
Jeppe Ugelvig is a London-based freelance journalist who writes about art, lifestyle and culture across a variety of magazines.
This event has been organised in collaboration with the Display Gallery which represents Nicole Coson.
Film screening | Dive With You
- 8 December 2015 6:45-8pm
Besides narrating the story of Taiwan’s ban on whale shark hunting, this documentary goes further by depicting this easy-going animal’s continued struggle for survival against difficult odds.
Following the whale shark’s migratory path across the Asia-Pacific, the film also examines the development of whale shark tourism in other countries such as Japan and the Philippines and how such programmes reflect upon 21st-century efforts to protect our planet’s marine heritage. Examining the transnational habitat of whale sharks through the lens of the camera, Dive With You provides a window into how we treat the oceans and presents alternative ways to respect the sanctity of life.
- Mandarin with English subtitles
£8 General, £6 Concessions
Out of the Shadows: A Night in Myanmar
- 19 January 2016 6-9pm
To mark the launch of Ellen Wiles’ book Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition, the evening will commence with a book talk and reading and will proceed with Myanmar performance art, delicious finger food, film and art. It’ll be a wonderful snapshot of a fast-changing country.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD Party recently won a landslide victory in the 2015 Myanmar general election, the first free and open elections since 1990. Suu Kyi was kept under house arrest until 2010.
Saffron Shadows tells the story of a secret literary culture that has recently emerged in Myanmar. Until 2012, the country was ruled for fifty years by a repressive regime, which enforced strict reading and writing restrictions. Now these restrictions are being lifted, giving rise to a new era in the country’s literature and literary culture. While living in Myanmar in 2013, Ellen Wiles sought out the best of its contemporary writers and writing to begin uncovering the country’s remarkable literary life and history. This book contains the experiences and recent output of nine Myanmar writers spanning three generations, featuring interviews and English-language translations of their work, along with political, legal and artistic explorations. It includes men and women, fiction and poetry, reflecting the ripples of political and cultural change as they have moved across different groups and genres. The result is a rare portrait of a people and place in transition.
Ellen Wiles is a British writer, curator and scholar specialising in literary culture and ethnography. She lives in London and tweets @ellenwiles.
Don’t miss this fascinating event, which will also be the perfect antidote to those January blues.
£10 General, £8 Concessions
Sri Lanka’s River of Ink
- 28 January 2016 6:45-8:30pm
Cooper, who grew up in Cardiff, worked as an English teacher in Sri Lanka after university. There he returned again and again to the ruins of Polonnaruwa, learnt to speak Sinhala and to read Tamil. River of Ink grew out of these trips, a beautiful debut from a very promising young writer.
At the book’s heart is the story of Asanka, a court poet in the great island kingdom of Lanka. In the midst of a war, Asanka is tasked with the translation of an epic Sanskrit poem, The Shishupala Vadha, a tale of gods and nobles, love and revenge, which the king believes will have a civilising effect on his subjects. The book’s outcome and its context will be explored in this discussion.
River of Ink has already received advance praise from prominent names in the literary field, including Orange Prize winner Madeline Miller, who describes it as “potent, beautiful and wholly absorbing”.
Amit Chaudhuri, author of Odysseus Abroad, who says: “It isn’t easy to write about the past with both a hesitant watchfulness and a calm assurance, to make it vivid and strange and yet also, in a fundamental way, ours, but that’s exactly what Paul Cooper has achieved – with considerable aplomb – in River of Ink.”
Cooper will discuss the journey that led him to write the book, exploring different aspects of Sri Lanka yesterday and today, alongside talking about the book itself.
The event will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing.
Asia House Fair
- 3 March 2016 5-8:30pm
- 4 March 2016 11am-7pm
- 5 March 2016 11am-6pm
- 6 March 2016 11am-5pm
The eighth annual Asia House Fair will feature dozens of exhibitors that represent the best in arts, crafts, fashion and design from across the Asian region.
Throughout the four-day event Asia House’s magnificent London headquarters just north of Oxford Street will be transformed into a bustling bazaar where shoppers will have the chance to buy unique and unusual items not normally seen on the high street including unique jewellery, textiles, arts and crafts from Asia.
Similar to last year there will be a pop-up cafe serving refreshments which will be open throughout the duration of the Fair.
Don’t miss our special late-night shopping night shopping on Thursday 3 March, 2015 when you can enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink as you have a preview of our stalls from 17.00 until 20.30.
- Any age
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