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Santy Saptari Art Consulting and Asialink Arts invite you to join us for Dekat-Dekat Jauh (So Close Yet So Far), a conversation series about Indonesia-Australia relations in visual arts, taking place on Saturdays from 27 February – 20 March 2021. Through the lens of visual arts the program aims to ask, ‘what can the arts do to build understanding and trust between nations?’ and, ‘can greater awareness and familiarity of the art produced in a place promote a deeper connection?’.
Join leading artists, representatives from public and private Australian and Indonesian art institutions, art collectors and gallerists to explore what the arts can do to build trust and understanding between two nations.


Artists Insights: Exhibit, Exchange, Co-Create

Saturday, 27 February 2021

1 pm WIB | 5 pm AEDT

The first conversation brings together prominent Indonesian and Australian artists to share their respective experiences in Indonesia and Australia exploring the professional, social and cultural contexts. The session will touch on the value of artistic exchange and residency programs as well as the experience as a member of a diaspora community exploring notions of identity and using various cultural references as a form of expression.


Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Febie Babyrose (Tromarama), Jumaadi, Tintin Wulia

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Scaffolding The Indonesian and Australian Visual Arts Sectors:
The Role of Institutions and The Structure of Advocacy

Saturday, 6 March 2021

1 pm WIB | 5 pm AEDT

The second conversation invites speakers who are involved in advocacy, governance and delivery of institutional programs that support cross-cultural understanding. They will discuss how, in their respective positions, they are advocating for increased support including policy change, development of strategic partnerships, the role of education and the importance of engaging the public.


Kate Ryan, Marcus Schutenko, Sally Smart, Farah Wardani

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Private Platforms and The Art Market:

Collecting, Connecting, Commissioning

Saturday, 13 March 2021

1 pm WIB | 5 pm AEDT

The third conversation explores the critical role of private collectors and organisations in promoting exchange and collaboration between Indonesia and Australia. The discussion will unpack motivations, incentives and experiences of operating in commercial contexts including the value of relationships with artists and differences between keeping collections private and making them public.


Konfir Kabo, Margaret Moore, Erastus Radjimin, Tom Tandio

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Relationship Building:

New Ways Forward in The Visual Arts Sectors of

Indonesia and Australia

Saturday, 20 March 2021

1 pm WIB | 5 pm AEDT

The last of the Dekat-Dekat Jauh conversations will focus on opportunities for strengthening the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia in the arts context. Future opportunities and strategies will be explored assessing what a successful relationship might look like and how we can learn from other sectors to enhance mutual understanding.

Topics arising in this session include key components of successful relationship building and what works in the Australian Indonesian context. Speakers will unpack the opportunities and challenges in public diplomacy, information dissemination, the role of the media and reaching markets and audiences as well as the lasting shifts and impacts as a result of COVID-19.


Penny Burtt, Hikmat Darmawan, M. Taufiqurrahman, Elena Williams, Chloé Wolifson

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