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Cultural Irrigation

Subak Art Festival Through January 28 at Subak Museum in Tabanan, West Bali

(1/15/2012) The Subak Art Festival runs from January 14 – 28, 2012 in Tabanan, West Bali in a collaborative effort involving four Balinese artists, three Australian artists, and 210 primary school children from the Tabanan Regency in Bali.

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Combining forces for a common cause, Balinese and Australian artists will exhibit work to raises awareness of the importance of the Subak –the tradition irrigation and water rights system that has sustained the growing of rice in Bali over the centuries.

Artists I Gede Made Surya Darma (Bali), Made Ngurah Sadnyana (Bali), I Gede Putu Setiawan (Bali), Gede Suanda aka Sayur (Bali), Christine McMillan (Australia), Margaret Brooks (Australia) and Adrian Symes (Australia) will work with photography, installation art, video, painting, sculpture and printmaking to create a dynamic visual arts exhibition.

Rotary Denpasar, working through their [Bali School Kids Project]  are coordinating the participation of 210 primary school students in the Festival. The children have created 210 hand-made coconut bowls to promotes the sustainable use of traditional materials.

The Festival organizers said, “We are thrilled to work with children who are so keen to participate in arts activities like drawing, installations, photography, painting, story telling, kulkul, okokan music and games that celebrate and honor the Subak.”

Serving as project leader for the Festival, Christine McMillan is an artist, arts educator and project manager with community arts projects. Christine has exhibited in solo shows in regional art galleries in Australia, and participated in artist in residences in Australia, France and Indonesia. She has developed and delivered arts education programs for the National Gallery of Australia, regional galleries and museums in Australia and the Subak Museum in Indonesia. Her work in hospitals and the health sector has seen her develop and manage programs with community groups, schools, hospital clients, staff and volunteers.

Also assisting in bringing the Subak Festival to reality are Dr. Margaret Brooks, Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, University of New England, Australia. Margaret teaches the Creative Arts, researches how drawing can assist young children’s learning and is a practicing artist.

Invaluable local support and participation is provided by I Gede Made Surya Darma, an Internationally recognized artist who has worked collaboratively with other artists and communities to raise

Subak with Art Festival
January 14 – 28, 2012

Subak Museum
Jl Gatot Subroto
Tabanan, Bali, Telephone +62-(0)361 810315