Autumn Programme 2017

Wednesday 27th - Friday 29th September

ORTS Autumn Trip to Switzerland

Itinerary includes the Abegg Shiftung.

Details on request.

Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 7pm

“Suzani, Ikat and other Central Asian Textiles”

A talk by Ali Istalifi

Ali gave the successful lecture on Central Asian Ikat at the Brunei Gallery SOAS ‘World Ikat Textile Symposium’ in 2016. He was born in Afghanistan to a family of dealers for three generations on Kabul’s famous Chicken Street. He has a large collection, and unique access to the subject as a fluent speaker in Dari. He will bring textiles to show us.

Wednesday 22nd November at 7pm

“The James Henry Green Collection at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery”

A talk by Helen Mears

Colonel James Henry Green assembled a pre-eminent collection of textiles, photographs, notes, books and diaries from the northern hill states of Burma/Myanmar in the 1920s and 30s. In particular, Green’s documentation of life in Kachin State in northern Burma/Myanmar constitutes a rare if not unique visual record of life in this area at this time. In 1992, the James Henry Green Charitable Trust chose Brighton Museum & Art Gallery to be the long-term caretaker of the collection.

Helen is Keeper of World Art at Royal Pavilion & Museums and a lecturer and doctoral student at the University of Brighton. In this talk, she will introduce the Green collection and talk about its continuing relevance to Kachin people in and outside Burma/Myanmar.

Wednesday 13th December at 7pm

“Sumatran Songket Weaving”

A talk by Bernhard and Erika Bart

Bernhard and Erika from Switzerland have their own project to revitalise the art of silk brocade weaving “Songket”. They will talk about their work, research, and the culture in which they live.

Photos of them have been on the front page of the Jakarta Post with the headline “Bernhard Bart and Erika Dubler: Unconditional Love for Songket.”

They are bringing textiles to show us.


Talks are held at the St. James Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL London.

The Conference Room entrance is within the corner of Church Place and Piccadilly at a wrought iron gate signed “Church Hall Conference Room” leading down iron stairs below street level.

Doors open from 6pm. Drinks and snacks are served.

Both Green Park and Piccadilly tube stations are a short walk away. Free parking in St James Square and Jermyn Street after 6.30pm.

Non-members welcome to attend for £7 a single lecture. Students £5. Membership of one year for 11 events at £20.