Understanding Art: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia
Discover the art of South East Asia
At a Glance
- Live online course
- 1 hour a week
- Saturdays 10:30 - 11:30
- 10 weeks: October to December
- Tutor: Viv Lawes
- Fees from £65 to £110
- Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
South-east Asia has been a centre for the production of astonishing art for thousands of years and that tradition continues today in the work of the artists of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and their neighbours. In the increasingly globalised world of the late twentieth century and now these ancient artistic traditions have fused with Western art practises creating unique and fascinating forms of art in this part of the world.
We invite you to join us in the company of the art historian Viv Lawes (Sky Arts, Sotherby's Institute) on an exploration into the history of the arts of south-east Asia as this ten-week course looking at the practice of fine art and the decorative arts in south-east asia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The course traces the unfolding history of artistic self-identity in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and also looks at the intersection between East and West in China and Japan since the late nineteenth-century. As well as the impact of modern global communication in the art world, we will see the rapid changes that occurred in the art practices of south-east Asia during and after the periods of Western colonisation.
This course is aimed at complete beginners and so no previous knowledge of art or design history or practice is necessary. It is also suitable for those who have some background in art and design history or practice.
Online access to course
This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course Delivery'.
Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.
The following programme may be subject to minor modification
Japan and China
- Week 1: Japan: Isolationism, the Meiji Restoration and the Fight for National Identity
- Week 2: China: International Discourse from the Fall of the Qing Dynasty to Modern Ink Painting
- Week 3: British Art in the Powerhouse of Southeast Asia
- Week 4: The Nanyang Ethos in Singapore and the Birth of an Independent Art World
- Week 5: Finding the Modern
- Week 6: The Contemporary World of Malaysian Art
From the East Indies to Indonesia
- Week 7: Raden Saleh and the Mooi Indies
- Week 8: From the East Indies to Indonesia: Independence, Politics and International Discourse
- Week 9: The Jesuits, the Salon and Uncle Sam
- Week 10: The Marcos Era and Moving into the Global Arena
There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text, but if you would like to read more on the subject we suggest:
Viv Lawes (Sky Arts/Sotherby's Institute/etc) is an author, journalist, lecturer and curator with over 25 years’ experience in the art market.
Viv studied History at York University and graduated with an MA in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute in 1997, where her thesis focused on the textile trade between England and India/ China in the 17th and 18th centuries. She is Senior UK Consultant for Singapore-based gallery One East Asia and has curated numerous exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London since 2011. She has written catalogue essays for many Southeast Asian contemporary artists, including Chang Fee Ming (Malaysia), Jane Lee (Singapore) and Andres Barrioquinto (Philippines). She recently co-authored a forthcoming book on the late Singaporean artist Teng Nee Cheong (1951-2013).
As well as teching at the Sotheby’s Institute Viv lectures at the City & Guilds of London Art School, L'Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts (IESA) and the University of the Arts, London. She is also a NADFAS-accredited lecturer, travelling widely in the UK, Europe and Asia.
As a journalist she has written for many national and international arts publications, including The Art Newspaper, Antiques Trade Gazette, The Guardian, Art + Auction, Country Life, The Royal Academy Magazine and the British Antiques Dealers Association annual handbook. She is currently in the finishing stages of writing a book, Horse: A History of Equine Bronze Sculpture, for the Sladmore Gallery, London.
Course Delivery: Live Online Taught Courses
All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.
All times stated are British Standard Time.
To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.
This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.
Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.
We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|* There is no Early Bird rate available for one-term courses starting in October|
Rate Categories and Discounts
- Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
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Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term||Summer School|
|10||10||11 Oct - 18 Dec 2021 (10 weeks)*||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|* This is a one-term course|
Web enrolment starts 2nd August 2021
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