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Lectures at Home


Enjoy the arts at home with a series of films by Arts Society Accredited Lecturers, published every fortnight. This week:​

The next and final film in this series of Lectures at Home features Arts Society Accredited Lecturer, Viv Lawes speaking on the topic of 18th century hand-painted Chinese export silks: trade and technique - with a live painting demonstration.

Viv Lawes is a lecturer, curator, author and journalist, with over twenty years’ experience in the art market. She works at several prestigious Higher Education institutions in London, leading the Modern and Contemporary unit of the Asian Art & Its Markets semester course at Sotheby’s Institute and the History of Decorative Style (c.1400-1970) course at the City & Guilds of London Art School. She also lectures for the University of the Arts and IESA (Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts), London.  As Senior UK Consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia since 2011, she has co-curated many exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London and Singapore. Her current project is a book is on themes in equine sculpture, commissioned by the Sladmore Gallery, London.

Please click on the video link below to watch the latest lecture






We believe that the arts have the potential to enrich peoples’ lives. That is why we create opportunities to discover and support the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow, wherever you are. Our grants support the development of skills in the arts and heritage. 



The Arts Society Tours offers a range of quality cultural and art holidays through carefully selected independent tour operators. These specialist tour operators often include some of our Accredited Lecturers, helping you get the most out of your holiday. Our Travel Affiliates offer specialist support for The Art Society Tours, as well as a personal and friendly service for those wanting to travel on their own or with family and friends.