“Locked down” on the Paradise island Bali?

When the Visa-on-Arrival into Bali was suspended 20 March at Denpasar airport, this confirmed how serious the Indonesian authorities considered the threat of Covid19 to health and safety of the island’s inhabitants. Seemingly, after weeks of speculation, they took severe measures which have destroyed the tourism economy and impacted on the Balinese, Indonesian and expatriate … Continue reading “Locked down” on the Paradise island Bali?

Overview of the Bali art infrastructure 2019

Overshadowed by the creative hubs of Java, Bandung, Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Bali is often disregarded by international art lovers and this may be due to the tourism-led commodification of art and culture.  However, in the past six years, there has been significant development in the fascinating and distinct Bali art infrastructure. Bali was not immune … Continue reading Overview of the Bali art infrastructure 2019

New guidebook highlights artistic & design events in Bali throughout October – December 2019

The first Bali Art+Design Guide X Bali Arts Road, a pocket guidebook that charts a plethora of events around the island, ranging over three months beginning in October, until the end of December 2019.   The Balinese Pawukon calendar is not used to measure time; it encompasses smaller cycles within larger ones. Its purpose is … Continue reading New guidebook highlights artistic & design events in Bali throughout October – December 2019

Images of Bali fuse with Old Masters paintings to create landmark pictorials

                              After the Harvest, 2019 – Joel Singer   “I approach every magical day here in Bali with gratitude and wonder. Gratitude for having the joyful privilege of living on the gorgeous rice fields north of Ubud,” says Canadian avant-garde filmmaker and photographer Joel Singer who first visited Bali in 1979 and has lived here … Continue reading Images of Bali fuse with Old Masters paintings to create landmark pictorials

Smart’s cutting parade of choreography

Chout Ballet Curtain, (The Choreography of Cutting) at Tony Raka Art Gallery, Ubud – Image Courtesy of Honold Fine Art & Evelyn Pritt   Australian contemporary artist Sally Smart has a long and enduring bond with Indonesia, having first exhibited in 2005 at the Jogja Biennale. “I have a special fascination in the shadow theatre, … Continue reading Smart’s cutting parade of choreography

“Dipping in the Kool Aid” highlights collaborations between contemporary artists & inmates of Bali prisons

                                           Pixel Buddha – Rodney Glick   What is the value of human life? How does our society appraise personal endeavour, imagination and creativity when the priority of doctors and medical staff in hospitals is the preservation of life? Governments and penal systems assess prisoners as having little to contribute to community, some electing to … Continue reading “Dipping in the Kool Aid” highlights collaborations between contemporary artists & inmates of Bali prisons

Upcoming exhibition highlights the collaborations between contemporary artists and inmates of Bali prison

              Inmates participating in art making workshop at Klungkung jail.   In early April this year Australian contemporary artist, Mary Lou Pavlovic, was advised by the apexart gallery New York that the proposal she’d written in response to their open call Apex Franchise Exhibition, offering four funded exhibition opportunities, had been successful. Pavlovic ranked third … Continue reading Upcoming exhibition highlights the collaborations between contemporary artists and inmates of Bali prison

The Cosmic Worlds of Visionary Balinese Artist Putu Wirantawan

  Rarely in Bali does the observer have the opportunity to experience art of such a unique and “other worldly” quality as created Balinese contemporary artist Putu Wirantawan. The fundamental key to Balinese traditional art is drawing, for Wirantawan, however, it serves a different function to that of his artistic forefathers. About 15 years ago … Continue reading The Cosmic Worlds of Visionary Balinese Artist Putu Wirantawan

The Bali Art Scene 2016: The Final Six Months Overview

Budi Agung Kuswara with patient from Rumah Berdaya, a community based psycho-social rehabilitation center utilizing art as a tool for creative solutions.   The concluding six months of events on the 2016 Bali art calendar were exceptionally busy; the following are some of the highlights of the closing half of the year: In late May … Continue reading The Bali Art Scene 2016: The Final Six Months Overview

ABAD FOTOGRAFI: the Age of Photography #2

                Tapestry of Buddhist Monks Hands – Installation by Yasu Suzuka The origins of the ABAD FOTOGRAFI – The Age of Photography exhibition that opened at the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta 15 November may be traced back to 2013, and the artistic and cultural heartland of Bali, Ubud. A small group of senior … Continue reading ABAD FOTOGRAFI: the Age of Photography #2