We are hoping that the days of special interest in 2021 can be held in Broadwell Village Hall GL56 0TL to start at 10 am. The dates and prices (which include morning coffee and a cooked lunch) are still to be confirmed. Booking is essential and forms will be available later.

Cambodian statue


Denise Heywood

The art of Cambodia and Vietnam


From the ancient temples of Angkor and Champa to the French colonial cities of Hanoi and Phnom Penh to traditions of Vietnamese painting and the revival of Cambodian dance.  

Cambodia: Built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the biggest religious monument in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mystical temple is a recreation on earth of the Hindu cosmos. We will explore the historical background and show the evolution of the Khmer empire and its flowering of sculptural art and architecture.

Ancient Vietnam: The Hindu art of Champa was the finest Vietnam ever produced. We study the sacred centre of Mi Son and the radiant sculpture of the Cham Museum in Danang. We touch on the later Nguyen 19th century dynasty at Hué, replicas of the palace of Beijing and their emperors who were patrons of the arts.  

French Indochina and modern Cambodia and Vietnam: The artistic legacy of the French colonial regime of Indochina, with its elegant colonial architecture, Phnom Penh and Hanoi were graced with opera houses, belle époque villas and elegant offices built along wide tree lined boulevards.

For more information please contact Pamela Taylor
4 William Emes Gardens, Northwick Park, Blockley GL56 9RL
01386 701956   davidandpamelataylor@gmail.com

Denise Heywood worked in Cambodia in the 1990s and has been a scholar of Southeast Asian art ever since. She lectures extensively and writes for many art, literary and travel publications.