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Burrell Collection & Lyon and Turnbull to Host Fundraiser

​​​​​The Burrell Collection and Lyon & Turnbull Collaborate to Host Chinese Art Event in Burrell Collection Fundraiser

Auction house Lyon & Turnbull have partnered with The Burrell Collection for the first time to raise money for Glasgow Museums. The collaboration will see a fundraising event, China Insight, held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April to celebrate Chinese art, some of which features prominently in Sir William Burrell’s extensive collection.

For the first time in their long histories, Scotland’s oldest auction house Lyon & Turnbull is to collaborate with The Burrell Collection, one of the Scotland’s most loved and internationally revered institutions. The two day fundraising event on April 25th and 26th will centre on the art and marketplace of the 21st Century’s most rapidly developing sector: Chinese art. A subject area close to the heart of Sir William Burrell, proceeds from the events will be donated to support Glasgow Museum’s, in particular the valuable work at The Burrell Collection, preserving this legacy for future generations.

The weekend’s activity is tailored to suit appreciators of Chinese art, as well as owners and collectors; Saturday will feature specialist lectures and guided gallery tours, while on Sunday there’s an opportunity to get your own artwork or antique appraised by experts including top specialists as seen on The Antiques Roadshow.

Councillor Archie Graham, the Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “This promises to be a fascinating weekend, where not only can you find out more about Chinese art – one of Sir William’s greatest interests – but there will be special tours and an opportunity to find out if that old painting or trinket in the attic is actually a lost treasure. We’re delighted to be working with Lyon & Turnbull on this event at a time when the city has just committed to the next step in transforming the Burrell Collection with a major refurbishment and redisplay of the gallery – creating a home worthy of the world-class status of Sir William’s incredible gift.”

Perhaps the biggest coup is the opportunity to win a one-off guided tour of the Burrell Collection stores with Dr Yupin Chung Curator of Chinese & Far Eastern Civilisations. Taking you beneath the award-winning Burrell Collection building, the lucky few will benefit from Dr Chung’s unique insight into Sir William Burrell’s commercial success and meticulous method of collecting.  There are 12 places to be won, and anyone that buys a ticket to China Insight will automatically be entered into the ‘store tour’ raffle announced at the event’s opening at 11am on Saturday 25th April. 

The lecture programme on Saturday will feature leading specialists from the Chinese Art world. Jacqueline Simcox, published author and world authority on Chinese textiles will speak on Chinese Imperial and court costume. Jacqueline has previously lectured at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Academy and the British Museum and will be making her debut in Glasgow. Joining Jacqueline will be Nixi Cura co-founder of the Arts of China Consortium at New York University who will speak on Chinese painting. Nixi is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. Lee Young, Head of the Asian Art department at Lyon & Turnbull and Dr Yupin Chung, Curator of Chinese & Far Eastern Civilisations at The Burrell Collection will represent their respective institutions on stage.

On Sunday, the Burrell Collection main atrium will be buzzing around valuation tables where members of the public can bring in their own art and antiques to be valued and appraised. Lee Young & Steven Moore as seen on the Antiques Roadshow will head the team of specialists from Lyon & Turnbull with expertise including – Chinese & Japanese works of art, as well as items of other origin from jewellery & silver, to paintings and ceramics. All items will be seen. This type of event often throws up hidden treasures.

Lee Young, Head of Asian Art Deparmtment at Lyon & Turnbull, said: “It’s always an exciting day for us as we never know what we are going to see, and the discoveries we are going to make. While the weekend will celebrate Chinese art, our expertise on Sunday will not be limited to this one discipline and we are delighted to be able to offer valuations for all manner of art and antiques.”

China Insight opening times:
Saturday 11am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

Entry fees:
Saturday Talks & Tours
Day ticket £10*, call 0141 287 2591 to book or visit the Burrell Collection. All proceeds go to The Burrell Collection

*Purchase of a Saturday day ticket will automatically enter you into the ‘store tour’ raffle announced at the event’s opening at 11am on Saturday. Lucky winners will take the tour at 4pm that day.

Sunday Valuation day:

£5 for first item and £1 for items thereafter. All proceeds go to The Burrell Collection















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