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Sir Stamford Raffles – Art Collector and Founder of Singapore

Mon 15th May 2023 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

William Cho, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Raffles, whose name is synonymous with a luxury hotel rather than the greatest Buddhist temple in the world, was the enlightened colonal administrator of Java, Indonesia. He discovered the 8th century temple of Borobudur, hidden under volcanic ash, in 1814, acquired wondrous artefacts in Java, such as shadow puppets and textiles, which are now in the British Museum, and founded Singapore, the most important trading port in the East.

This lecture describes the scholar and polymath, reveals the temple and its radiant carvings, examines the art objects Raffles collected, and shows the architectural heritage of Singapore and its revival today as magnificent art galleries and museums.


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Lecturer: Denise Heywood

is an art historian, author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. She worked in Cambodia for three years in the 1990s and has been a scholar of Southeast Asian art ever since.

Her books include Ancient Luang Prabang, also in French, and another on Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods, with a foreword by Princess Buppha Devi, daughter of King Sihanouk.

Now based in London, she is a lecturer for The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), The Art Fund and The School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) on their post-graduate Asian Art Course. She has lectured all over Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, South Africa and Europe at universities, colleges, schools, travel societies and art institutions ranging from The Courtauld Institute to The British Museum, The National Trust and The Royal Geographical Society.

She writes for many art, literary and travel publications, has appeared on television and radio, leads art tours to Southeast Asia and Europe and lectures on cruise ships.


“You gifted us with STELLAR HOURS … we were transfixed by your marvellous photography and your elegant, eloquent language, your effortless use of beautiful words and phrases, all shimmering …” Voyages of Discovery Cruise

“Outstanding … wonderful talk, excellent illustrations, so inspiring, you have added immeasureably to our knowledge …” The Arts Society

“Your lecture was at the highest level of outstanding … with passion & mastery of subject” Arden Arts Society

“Your talk was hugely enjoyed by all with many favourable comments” Norfolk Arts Society

“Amazing lecture…superb illustrations…spellbound throughout …fantastic” West Wales Arts Society

Denise Heywood Tel: 020 7221 1553 Email: deniseheywood@btinternet.com

Website: www.deniseheywood.co.uk 

To down load an enrolment form TAS-DOSI-BOOKING-FORM-FOR-MEMBERS-May-2023


Mon 15th May 2023
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The Arts Society Blackmore Vale


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