Support and Awards
The Society benefits from the support of sponsorship, donations and bequests. Our lecture sponsors include: Bonhams, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Dreweatts, Duke’s, Lyon & Turnbull and Woolley & Wallis. The Society also has several awards supporting students and scholars alike in their study of Asian art.
Our annual lecture programme is an opportunity to focus on special subjects. Each year the Sonia Lightfoot lecture explores Chinese and East Asian painting. The lecture of the Woolf Charitable Trust is an opportunity to discuss the history and aesthetics of jade. The Dr. Mok Hing Yiu Charitable Foundation lecture focuses on export art. The Sir Michael Butler lecture examines topics in ceramic history. We are very grateful to all these loyal sponsors.
Our Role in Supporting Scholars
The R.C. Hills Gold Medal is the most prestigious award given by the OCS. It was first given in 1971 as part of an endowment started by Mr. Robert C. Hills of New Orleans to mark the Society’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. It is still awarded once every several years to a distinguished scholar, who has made a lifelong impact on the field of Asian art. The recipient is invited to deliver a lecture to the Society, which is later published in our scholarly journal, Transactions.
Every five years, through the George de Menasce Memorial Trust Fund, the OCS awards a bursary to support important research in the field of Asian art. The trust was established by Pierre de Menasce in memory of his father. The recipient of the de Menasce bursary gives a lecture to the Society, which is also published in Transactions.
A History of OCS Scholarship
Our belief in supporting scholars has been a thread throughout the history of the Society. In 1988, a Chinese Scholars Fund was launched to give Chinese scholars an opportunity to visit the west. Later, this Fund was expanded to support scholars from all over the globe.
The Society would also like to give special thanks to Sir Joseph Hotung, who established a fund to support specific projects of the OCS.
Members of the Society, who remember us in their will or make gifts to our on-going programmes, are warmly thanked. We appreciate each and every one.