We’ve been recycling and reusing worn-out clothing pretty much since it was invented, but the Japanese turned it into an art form.
About Brunei Gallery, SOASThe Brunei Gallery hosts a programme of changing contemporary and historical exhibitions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The Gallery's aim is to present and promote cultures from these regions, both to the public, and to students at the local universities.
They tend to have a changing rotation of exhibitions every few months.
It's not always obvious, but when you go into an exhibition, it often continues downstairs as well.
Also check out the roof-garden while there, at the top of the same staircase.
Brunei Gallery, SOAS,
The gallery is free to visit.
Prices last checked August 2023.Link to Brunei Gallery, SOAS's website
The gallery is open when there are exhibitions -- and will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30am to 5pm, and late to 8pm on Thursdays.
The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays.
The Japanese Roof Garden is accessible through the exhibition galleries and follows the same opening hours.
Opening hours last checked August 2023.
Exhibitions open at the moment
An exhibition celebrating the Royal Asiatic Society’s bicentenary and its involvement in the study of science, literature, religion, and the arts of Asia since 1823.
10:30am to 5pm
Ends on Fri 15th December
Frequently asked questions
Is it free to visit the Brunei Gallery?
Yes, entry is free of charge to all their exhibitions.
What's on at the Brunei Gallery?
The gallery runs a number of exhibitions throughout the year covering Asian, African and Middle Eastern culture over two floors of the building.
Is there a Japanese Garden in the Brunei Gallery?
Yes, on the roof, go up the stairs/lift and follow the signs to the roof garden.
How long will a visit to the Brunei Gallery take?
It varies wildly depending on the exhibition, sometimes you can be in and out in 20 minutes, other times, a visit can last a couple of hours.
Is photography allowed in the Brunei Gallery?
Generally yes, although as exhibitions change regularly you may find some displays marked with notices that they can't be photographed.
What's the nearest railway station to Brunei Gallery, SOAS
The nearest station is Russell Square Tube Station which is 0.2 miles away.