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by stapletonm
posted 01/05/2014

Encountering Bali on Arts Thursday

Detail, Shrine Hanging, Bali, mid 20th century.

Detail, Shrine Hanging, Bali, mid 20th century.

Dr John Yu is a distinguished Australian – a former Chancellor of the University of NSW and Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospital at both Westmead and Camperdown, Australian of the Year in 1996 and appointed AC in 1998, he has been awarded many honours and has taken many roles in medicine, the arts and community service.

At heart however, he is a collector.

Over many years, with Dr George Soutter, Dr Yu assembled a remarkable collection of Asian textiles, ceramics and metalwork. A selection of Indonesian textiles forms the basis of a new exhibition, Encounters with Bali – a Collector’s Journey, opening at Mosman Art Gallery on 3 May, revealing the sophistication, beauty and use of textiles across the Archipelago.

Maisy Stapleton spoke to John Yu on Arts Thursday 24th April 2014, about his collections and memories and about the genesis of this fascinating exhibition.

Listen to the interview here:

part 1:

part 2:

part 3:

Also see http://mosmanartgallery.org.au/exhibitions/encounters-with-bali-a-collector-s-journey-indonesian-textiles-from-the-collection-of-dr-john-yu-ac-and-dr-george-soutter-am

Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton – in depth interviews and inspirational music, from 10:30 till noon every fortnight.

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