Maybank Foundation presents a travelling exhibition on contemporary artworks by six established Southeast Asian artists who were inspired by the cultural history and art of the region’s weaving heritage. Displayed at The Concourse of the National Museum of Singapore, the exhibition has been curated by Singapore’s Chan + Hori Contemporary and will run from August 21 to September 8.
Traditional textile weaving is an ancient art form and today, it provides a source of income for a diminishing number of women weavers regionally. The Maybank Women Eco-Weavers is an economic empowerment programme designed to support traditional weaving practices in a sustainable manner whilst creating economic independence and financial inclusion for women weavers across the ASEAN region. The programme showcases Maybank’s role towards a more inclusive ASEAN, by strengthening women’s empowerment and gender equality in the region to support the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.
Through the exhibition entitled “Entwine: Maybank Women Eco-Weavers meets Southeast Asian Artists”, the public will have a glimpse into the livelihood and artistic talents of traditional weavers living in rural parts of Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia, who have been supported by the Maybank Women Eco-Weavers programme.
Mr. Shahril Azuar Jimin, CEO of Maybank Foundation, said, “Since 2016, the Maybank Women Eco-Weavers programme has partnered local social enterprises and NGOs to provide an ecosystem for the sustained development of weaving crafts and environmentally-friendly production practices within the region. Six contemporary artists visited our weavers in their natural environment and responded to their experiences after meeting artisans of different weaving communities, and hence, we put together this exhibition to showcase the art creations alongside naturally-dyed and handwoven fabrics from the eco-weavers, in celebration of ASEAN’s arts and culture.”
Maybank Women Eco-Weavers meets Southeast Asian Artists Exhibition
Date: 21 August to 8 September 2019
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, The Concourse (Level 1)
Time: 10am to 7pm (Monday to Sunday, with extended hours during the Singapore Night Festival from 23 – 31 August)
Artists’ works by: Sheryo (Singapore), Sharon Chin (Malaysia), Lugas Syllabus (Indonesia), Lyle Buencamino (The Philippines), Shahrul Jamili (Malaysia), Ubatsat Sutta (Thailand).
Curator: Khairuddin Hori