About Sewon Art Space at -7.8426466, 110.3606817

Sewon Art Space is a non profit private arts organization. --- on TWITTER on INDONESIA<--- on FACEBOOK on INDONESIA< ---

Sewon Art Space hosts the annual AIR Program, artist in residency program of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Art, Culture and Education. Two times a year, 2 artist will work for 3 months in the SewonArtSpace and will be accommodated in the guest rooms.

Sewon Art Space mission statement:
Sewon Art Space has an special interest focus on the interplay between man and nature. Artworks dealing with this subject will be preferred. Subject areas may involve cooperation's with botanists, agriculture indoor and outdoor, plants and objects, Land art, integration of build and grown, man made and natural grown objects . We can imagine that nature is a friend of men, we use nature as food as nature sees men as food, men is part of nature. Still this relation is crucial and causes if misunderstood a lot of irritations, on the other hand nature stands also for an emotional and romantic view of beauty and purity. Nature can heal and also destroy, men vice verse. Sewon Art Space tries to address this process with artistic means and methods.


Sewon Art Space will hold general events, exhibitions, and special interest programming throughout the year. Sewon Art Space events programming, publications, and key objectives include: Showcasing recent Indonesian, Austrian and European works of art. Providing resources for interested international and local academics, students the general public in Indonesia, as well as for incoming European and Austrian artists. Producing on-going Austrian AIR Indonesia programming. Holding lectures and workshops.

Sewon Art Space regular programming will be in alignment with organizational goals and objectives. The members of the steering committee will oversee programming in the following areas: Artist in residence program shows and results. Book presentations on literature, philosophy, and theory Environmental studies. Textile design. Film and Video. Fine arts. Interdisciplinary arts. Media art. Music. Performance and installation art. Photography. Public art. Sculpting.

International Advisory Board
Sewon Art Space international advisory board consists of representatives from organizational partners, legal and finance professionals, and cultural ambassadors from Indonesia, Austria and Europe.

Steering Committee

Sewon Art Space is an artist-founded, artist-run, not-for-profit, proactive program. The founding members are Austrian and Indonesian artists with extensive experience in program management, events coordination, Indonesian culture, and Austrian contemporary art, with backgrounds in multiple art mediums. Sewon Art Space founding members believe in the importance of intercultural dialogue and cooperation. The steering committee is made up of Sewon Art Space founding members and is responsible for the development of Sewon Art Space mission, goals, and objectives.
 The members are: Dyah Someran,IND, Lukas Birk, AT, Karel Dudesek, AT.


Two members of the Sewon Art Space steering committee founded the Austro Sino Arts Program (ASAP), which is based in Beijing, in 2008. Since then ASAP has organized three annual exhibitions in 798 Art district with works by more than 60 contemporary artists from Austria.

Yogyakarta is one of the most important centers for contemporary art in South East Asia. Yogyakarta has a long-established art scene and is a historic center of Javanese and Indonesian culture – crafts, visual art, dance, music and architecture. Yogyakarta’s art scene is a grown and living community of artists, designers, street artists, galleries and museums, which is internationally well connected. The historical influence of Javanese culture is unique. From Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity up to modern living forms of society, enriching and influencing the local artists. The intensity of cultural space, people, climate, nature and existing production possibilities are rare to find in such constellation. Certainly this offers enrichment and inspiration for artistic processes.

Sewon Art Space programming will generate local and international interest; providing a comprehensive platform for the current contemporary community, and facilitate Indonesian, Austrian and European cultural dialogue.

Austrian Residency Program

The Austrian residency program in cooperation with Sewon Art Space is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Culture, Arts and Education and is supported by the Austrian Embassy in Jakarta. Every year, four Austrian artists will live and work in the SewonArtSpace, Yogyakarta, for 3 months, starting 2012 on an individual basis.

The Main Goals of Sewon Art Space:
Facilitating collaboration and discourse between Indonesian Austrian and European artists. Supporting the cultural activities of partner organizations within Indonesia, with the purpose of promoting contemporary art of various disciplines. Providing the Yogyakarta community with open access to Austrian and European contemporary arts and culture through a stable venue in which they may engage and build future relationships with Austrian and European artists.

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