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EAAF Members Event:
The South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection

  • 4 April 2016 9.00pm - 12.00am
  • Castle Museum, Norwich
  • Free for EAAF Members - if you're not a member and would like to attend this event Join Now.

Since the 1970s Philip and Jeannie Millward have amassed a very large collection of extraordinary objects and artworks during their travels to buy for their much loved store, Country & Eastern.

In recent years a Trust has been founded to look after this magnificent collection which is based alongside their Emporium at the Old Skating Rink, Bethel Street, where the works are housed, documented, researched and displayed. Philip and Jeannie have supported the East Anglia Art Fund for many years and have offered our members an exclusive evening event where they will talk about the development of the South Asian collection and their plans for the future.

The South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection focuses primarily on India and Pakistan with works also included from neighbouring countries such as Afghanistan, Burma, Thailand and Indonesia. From the 18th century to the present, the collection includes textiles, furniture, architectural features, domestic wooden and metal objects, and works on paper. Focussing on the vernacular, the everyday, these marvellous, beautifully crafted objects were intended to be used in the home or to be worn.

The works on paper include paintings and prints by European artists who travelled through India in the 18th to early 20th centuries, ‘Company School’ paintings, Indian religious lithographs, modern miniature paintings in the traditional style, and contemporary religious and tribal paintings.

5.00pmArrival at Country & Eastern, Old Skating Rink, Bethel Street, Norwich
5.30pmPhilip and Jeannie Millward talk about the development of their collection
6.30pmA glass of wine and an opportunity to look at works and shop!
7.00pmPhilip Millward and Laura Williams, Director, Art 18/21, will talk on the collection of paintings and prints, and how it was built up. Laura has assisted SADACC in acquiring good examples of tribal paintings and will talk about these and Company School paintings.

Tickets will not be issued for this event, but the names of those requesting a place will be on a list on the door at Country & Eastern and a £5 contribution to the East Anglia Art Fund will be requested for entry.

Flyers for this event have been sent to all members. If you need a replacement or are a non-member please apply via the EAAF office 01603 493668 or info@eastangliaartfund.org.uk

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