Barry Till received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Far Eastern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and started a D. Phil at Oxford University. His studies were interrupted when he was awarded an exchange scholarship to China in 1977, where he spent three years studying and doing research work in Chinese archaeology at the University of Nanjing. He was selected as a model student (san hao xuesheng) by the Nanjing University professors. In 1980 he worked at the Far Eastern Department of the Royal Ontario Museum and in 1981 he became Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria until three months ago. Barry has lectured on numerous museum and university tours throughout China, Mongolia, Tibet, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Japan and other parts of Asia, and speaks fluent Chinese. He has well over a hundred publications, books, catalogues and articles.
Barry will talk about what inspired him to become an Asian Art Curator and what is involved in being a Curator of Asian Art for 36 years.