CENDANA, in partnership with Visual Art Programme, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya, will be hosting a public symposium featuring cultural practitioners and tutors from the US, Hong Kong and Singapore. The public symposium called A Country for Outliers is a one-day session for all the arts and cultural practitioners to explore imaginative story-telling as approaches for research.

If you are a community-organiser, independent curator, performance-maker, art / cultural historian, archivist, cultural geographer, festival coordinator and organiser, placemaker, writer, editor, blogger, artist, researcher, critic, museum curator, heritage worker, arts programmer, historian or game designer, this is a symposium you should never miss.

Save the date, join us for a day to be inspired and learn together:-

Date: 3 August 2019, Saturday
Time: 11.00am to 4.00pm
Venue: Ilham Gallery


  • Jo Kukathas, Malaysia’s pre-eminent writer, director and actress
  • Dr Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art, South and Southeast Asian Art in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Sugata Ray, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian art in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director and Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong
  • Inti Guerrero, an art critic and curator based in Hong Kong
  • Michelle Kuek, Manager of Education and Outreach in NUS Museum
  • Kate Pocklington, a conservator at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
  • Grace Samboh, curator, researcher for Hyphen, an artist collective based in Jakarta.


11.00AM - 1.00PM: Session 1: Roundtable - Learning Through Exhibitions and Collections
  • Michelle Kuek - Connecting curiosities through the university museum
  • Inti Guerrero - Ideas about culture in the Philippines
  • Cosmin Costinas - Knowledge and politics of textiles
  • Grace Samboh - Curating, archiving and Indonesian social memory

1.00PM - 2.00PM: Lunch

2.00PM - 4.00PM: Session 2: Presentations - Epics, Stories, Myths, Histories
  • Jo Kukathas - Stories for New Malaysia
  • Kate Pocklington - Buaya: Making of a Non-Myth
  • Atreyee Gupta - Chandigarh: Dwelling in Abstraction
  • Sugata Ray - Eco-cultural History of the Indian Ocean

4.00PM: End of programme

Admission is FREE. To reserve your seat, please register here

A Country for Outliers is made possible by Visual Art Programme, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya, Ilham Gallery and Malaysia Design Archive.

*Disclaimer: Topics and speakers are subject to change. All information is correct at the time of printing.

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