SOAS University of London

Statement on the SOAS Brunei Gallery

29 March 2019

As a School we are vigorous in our support for LGBQT+ rights. We host major events such as the annual Queer Asia conference and we offer degree programmes that range from Queer Cinema to Gender and Sexuality and Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The Sultan of Brunei made a donation to SOAS in 1995 to build the gallery and the gift was received before any introduction of Sharia Law in that country.  The donor has no role, influence or involvement in the policy or operation of the gallery or the wider School.

Since 2011 SOAS has had in place a due diligence procedure for the acceptance of philanthropic gifts which is in accordance with the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) guidelines, CASE Europe: Ethical Principles Behind the Acceptance of Gifts. All philanthropic gifts are considered in accordance with these guidelines.

A review is currently underway of the gallery which will examine a range of areas.