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Encounters With Bali: A Collector's Journey at Mosman Art Gallery

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Get ready to feast your eyes on something unique
Head to the Mosman Art Gallery between Saturday 3 May and Sunday 13 July for their exclusive textile exhibition - Encounters With Bali: a collector's journey.

Curated by an expert in Indonesian art and textiles, Dr. Siobhan Campbell, the exhibition features Indonesian textiles from the collection of Dr. John Yu AC and the late Dr. George Soutter AM.

Textiles play an important role in the lives of the Indonesian people socially, spiritually and economically. They symbolise its rich cultural heritage and come in various forms. The designs are complex featuring intricate motifs connected with ancestors, fertility, social status and fabulous wealth.

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Image: Mosman Art Gallery


It all began in the late 1970s, when a blue cloth from Eastern Indonesia caught John Yu's eye in a Sydney gallery. This is followed by a thirty year period of travelling to and from Indonesia visiting various antique and art shops. Bali became Yu and Soutter's annual holiday destination as it is the heart for cloth trading and the Balinese fabric traditions are so rich and diverse there. They were drawn to Bali, its art and culture of the people and in time, have developed an appreciation for the astounding Indonesian textile traditions.

The exhibition showcases both Ikat and Batik cloths and several objects, some of which are very old and scarce. It will be a splendid sight with many cloths dating back two hundred years and others fresh from the looms. The pieces have been carefully chosen for this exhibition and represent characteristics of textile production from different provinces in Indonesia.

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Image: Mosman Art Gallery


Visitors will also gain an understanding of Indonesia's arts, get a glimpse of Yu and Soutter's thirty year journey, and explore the tastes of two individuals. Furthermore, the exhibition also shows Yu and Soutter's passion and enthusiasm for Indonesian textiles, many of which have never been publicly exhibited.

This is your unique opportunity to get up close and personal with what is arguably Indonesia's most significant form of artistic expression. Who knows? It might ignite your passion for art traditions of our Asia pacific neighbours, but will definitely inspire, fascinate, and captivate.

Important Information
  • When: Saturday 3 May - Sunday 13 July 2014

  • Open: 7 days, 10am - 5pm. Closed public holidays.

  • Where: Mosman Art Gallery, cnr Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road, Mosman, 2088

  • Cost: Free


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Image: Mosman Art Gallery


In addition, there are special events to accompany this exhibition. These are all free, however booking is required.

The Art of Collecting Indonesian Textiles takes a look at the main textiles from Yu and Soutter's collection. Dr. Robyn Maxwell (National Gallery of Australia), Dr. Chris Reid (Australian Museum) and Ross Langlands (Nomadic Rug Traders) will share their viewpoint on textile research and authenticity.


In Conversation, an Exhibition Floortalk with Collector Dr. John Yu AC and Curator Dr. Siobhan Campbell will be fascinating. This insightful event explores how Dr. Yu's journey into the world of Indonesian textiles started and the cultural and historic representations of different textiles.


A Background to Indonesian Textiles, An Exhibition Floortalk with Curator Dr. Siobhan Campbell delves into Indonesian material culture. Take a look at the visual archives and understand the ways these textiles were made and worn.


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Image: Mosman Art Gallery
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Why? To feast your eyes on the collection of Indonesian textiles
When: Saturday 3 May - Sunday 13 July
Phone: 02 9978 4178
Where: Mosman Art Gallery Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd Mosman 2088 Australia
Cost: Free
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