Wednesday 18 October: Sacred Art of Burma - Denise Heywood

The temples, iconography, sculptures, textiles, dance performances, literature, landscapes and people of Burma are infused with the spirit of Buddhism.

This gentle philosophy, preaching peace and serenity, has inspired some of the greatest art and architecture in the world, nowhere more so than in Burma, now known as Myanmar.

This lecture shows the artistic glories of temples throughout the country, their spires, statues, carvings, murals and rituals.

It illustrates the religious symbolism of exquisite textiles and compelling dance ceremonies, showing how Buddhism has been an inspiration and advocate for peace for so many.

about our lecturer:

Denise Heywood is an art historian, author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. She worked in Cambodia as a journalist for three years in the 1990s and has been a scholar of Southeast Asian art ever since. Her books include one on the Buddhist temples of Laos, Ancient Luang Prabang, (also in French), and another on Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods, with a foreword by Princess Buppha Devi.

Now based in London, she is a lecturer for NADFAS, The Art Fund, The School of Oriental and African Studies,and Madingley Hall in Cambridge. She has lectured extensively both in the UK and abroad at academic institutions as well as organisations such as the Royal Geographical Society, The British Museum, and The National Trust.
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.

Read more at her personal website