KONNECT ASEAN Creative Futures Dialogue
The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the world, with the International Monetary Fund predicting the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Arts and creative industries have suffered immensely as creative jobs in the broader economy become increasingly scarce. Strategies to survive and pivot in a rapidly changing global economy are essential.
As national governments focus on internal issues, meaning greater emphasis on the well-being of domestic populations, artists and arts professionals play a key role in rebuilding the world post-pandemic. Artists and creatives are essential as advocates for healing the broken bonds severed by border lockdowns, cultural divisions, and the retreat from globalism.
As a response to this new reality facing artists and creatives, the ASEAN Foundation organised the KONNECT ASEAN Creative Futures Dialogue: Post-Pandemic Pathways for the Arts and Cultural Sector. Three webinars highlighted priority areas of focus for young artists and creatives to remain resilient in their careers, namely digital acceleration, social impact, and ecological resilience.
To better understand the decline in cultural and ecological diversity in the region, NTU CCA Singapore and KONNECT ASEAN proposed to look at how the endangerment of traditional cultures and knowledges in the face of ecological challenges affects the region of Southeast Asia. The three-day summit “Climate Futures #1: Cultures, Climate Crisis and Disappearing Ecologies” […]See details
Third Date is a multidisciplinary public program about the disenchantments of love, beauty, bodies, gender, and subjectivity. The program asks: Who gets to be their authentic, true self? And, more importantly, how do those for whom this universal promise remains unfulfilled go about creating and manifesting the most real versions of themselves? This program will […]See details
Res Artis hosted their first fully digital conference hosted by SAC Gallery Bangkok supported by ASEF culture360, KONNECT ASEAN | ASEAN Foundation; Goethe-Institut Thailand; Japan Foundation Bangkok, and Casa Asia. Titled Defining the Next Decade, the conference examined the tremendous impact of COVID-19 and the future of international arts residencies. The conference presented the results […]See details
In 2001, the late Ambassador Rodolfo C. Severino Jr., the 10th Secretary-General of ASEAN, proposed to dedicate a space to curate gifted artworks at the ASEAN Secretariat as testimony to the enduring friendship and cooperation between ASEAN and its partners from around the world. A wealth of paintings, sculptures and art objects are maintained and […]See details
In 2021 the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the ASEAN Gallery, established inside the ASEC heritage building. The ASEAN Gallery houses the ASEAN Collection which comprises paintings, sculptures, and other objects that have been gifted to ASEAN over more than 40 years. This collection of diplomatic gifts provides a visual narrative of human […]See details