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

Free

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.

SOAS Collections - Centenary Celebration Exhibition

  • 1 April — 30 June 2017 *on now

SOAS Collections - Centenary Celebration Exhibition. Curated by Anna Contadini

Website

http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/forthcoming/

Hasko's Story

PositiveNegatives in partnership with SOAS presents: A Perilous Journey: Stories of Migration

  • 20 April — 24 June 2017 *on now

A Perilous Journey is an exhibition drawing upon a selection of PositiveNegatives rich ethnographic portfolio around refugee migration stories. Concentrating on contemporary real-life stories from Syria and Iraq, we follow two men and two women on their long difficult journeys fleeing conflict and persecution.
The exhibit includes Khalid’s, Hasko’s and Dana’s Stories detailing three separate harrowing journeys across Europe to reach safety from the conflict in Syria. Nadia’s Story tells of a pregnant Yazidi mother, fleeing ISIS controlled Iraq with her two young children. The literary comics explore the vulnerabilities and dangers men and women face while making these horrendous journeys. These vulnerabilities increase particularly with women travelling alone with young children, putting them at escalated risk of gender based violence.
About PositiveNegatives
Since 2012, the award-winning non-profit PositiveNegatives has been producing literary comics, animations and podcasts about contemporary social and human rights issues, including conflict, racism, migration, trafficking and asylum. Visual story-telling engages audiences of all ages, backgrounds and levels of literacy. Subsequently, Why Comics? Education Charity was set up in March 2016 to bring these vital humanitarian and social issues into schools across the globe. PositiveNegatives combine ethnographic research with illustration and photography, adapting personal testimonies into art, advocacy and education materials. Their work endeavours to combine literature, journalism, the arts and education. They have worked extensively with a range of international humanitarian, media and academic organisations and institutions.
About Why Comics? Education Charity
Based at SOAS Why Comics? are working with the University to humanise academic research to a wide audience. Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, Liv Tørres, Executive Director, Nobel Peace Centre and Peter Bouckaert, Director of Emergencies for Human Rights Watch are Patrons of Why Comics?
Why Comics? brings contemporary humanitarian and social issues into the classroom through interactive educational tools based on real-life testimony encouraging critical and reflective thinking on vital global themes, whilst encouraging learners to make connections between their own lives and lives of others throughout the world, promoting social change, and helping tackle racism and intolerance in schools. To date, over 550 schools in 27 countries have signed up to use their free interactive educational resources.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/staff/

Sokari Douglas Camp, Kissss Me, 2014_courtesy of the artist

Celebrating Art and Music: The SOAS Collections

  • 20 April — 24 June 2017 *on now

‘Celebrating Art and Music: The SOAS Collections’ is an exhibition which draws upon material from the SOAS collections to explore and acclaim the visual and sound arts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In focusing on the role of art and music in acts of celebration it showcases the rich histories and dynamic contemporary practices of art and music in SOAS’s specialist regions and enquires into connections between tangible and intangible cultural heritage. This dynamic exhibition combines manuscripts, books, paintings, photographs and 3D objects with sound recordings, films and other audio-visual displays, many being shown to the public for the first time. A multisensory experience, it evokes the full richness of Asian, African and Middle Eastern visual and sound arts, bringing the SOAS collections to life in a new and vivid way. “I am delighted that the centenary of SOAS, which for many years has played a leading role in the study of Asian, African and Middle Eastern art and music, will be celebrated with this exhibition”, says the curator, Anna Contadini, Head of the School of Arts. “The exhibits range widely across subject, time and place, from the transmission of Sufism into Central Asia in the sixteenth century to present-day African music and sculpture, reflecting the diverse interests and expertise of SOAS scholars.” Celebrating Art and Music is accompanied by a catalogue of the same name that includes twelve essays exploring the context and significance of the diverse exhibits on display.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery//celebrating-art-and-music/

Getting there

Nearest underground: Russell Square

Brunei Gallery, SOAS
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London
Greater London
WC1H 0XG
England

Website

www.soas.ac.uk/gallery

E-mail

gallery@soas.ac.uk

Telephone

Recorded Information

020 7898 4046

Reception

020 7898 4915

Fax

020 7898 4259

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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