Brunei Gallery, SOAS

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The Brunei Gallery is an exciting modern venue situated in the heart of London, a five minute walk from the British Museum. Opposite the main entrance to the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University), Europe's leading centre for the study of Asia and Africa, the gallery is dedicated to showing work of and from Asia and Africa, of both a historical and contemporary nature, through a programme of changing exhibitions.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

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Opening hours

10.30 - 17.00 Tuesday - Saturday.
Open until 20:00 Thursday.
Closed: Sun and Mon.
please check for additional weekend opening times for certain exhibitions

Admission charges


Getting there

Nearest underground: Russell Square

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Photography, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
textiles IKAT

WORLD IKAT TEXTILES...ties that bind A voyage of the World’s most celebrated Textile, IKAT

  • Until 25 June 2016 *on now
  • From 15 April 2016

The exhibition celebrates the rich legacy of Ikat, an age old textile technique stretching across the continents of the world. This unique collection brings together an array of some of the priceless pieces of “IKAT” with live demonstrations by master weavers, a Symposium, film screenings and a book display. This program reflects the World Crafts Council’s global commitment to nurture, promote and revive precious indigenous craft skills. It also serves to connect the skilled practitioners from across these diverse regions to contemporary society and promote greater awareness of the hand-woven tradition and its innovation.


The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections

  • 28 May 2014 — 2 July 2016 *on now

The objects displayed, many for the first time, have a wide chronological span, are diverse in nature, comprising manuscripts (written on bark, palm leaves, copper sheets and paper), textiles, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics and paintings, and reflect the variety of religions, cultures and languages to be found across this vast area. The objects come from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, and range in date from circa 1000 BCE to the twenty first century.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Hong Ling Dome Snow painting 2000

Hong Ling: A Retrospective

  • 14 July — 24 September 2016

Hong Ling, who has long been feted by students and peers as a teacher of painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, is one of China's premier contemporary landscape artists. Little of his work survives from the troubled political times before 1979, but since the 80s, he has had a prolific practice predominantly painting landscapes between his studios in the picturesque mountains of Huangshan in Anhui Province and in Beijing. Some very large, these works are executed in oil on canvas but Hong also paints gestures and employs Chinese media, working in parallel in two studios.

Since 1980, Hong Ling's work has been richly informed by his extensive travels in
China, Asia and elsewhere, journeys documented in his photo archive. The landscapes are technically very rich, in particular through the complex layering of paint and eeffects of opacity/transparency, but also embody human experience and values in the ways they echo the dramatic seasonal changes among high peaks. Hong Ling's is a dignified even solemn painting practice in China's scholar-painter tradition of self-cultivation, but it is also provocatively modern and reflexive.


100 Years of SOAS - Centenary Celebration Exhibition

  • 1 October — 31 December 2016

100 Years of SOAS - Centenary Celebration Exhibition. Curated by Stacey Pierson


SOAS Collections - Centenary Celebration Exhibition

  • 1 April — 30 June 2017

SOAS Collections - Centenary Celebration Exhibition. Curated by Anna Contadini


Getting there

Nearest underground: Russell Square

Brunei Gallery, SOAS
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
Greater London




Recorded Information

020 7898 4046


020 7898 4915


020 7898 4259

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