Welcome to ARTSEA, New Mandala’s new platform dedicated to art, design and architecture in Southeast Asia. This page is home to diverse collection of articles, videos, seminars, photo essays and reviews that look at contemporary, modern and historical art and architecture, and its place in society in Southeast Asia. Penned by artists, historians, curators, architects, auteurs scholars and other practitioners in the field, these articles will expand your vision of what happens—and what has happened—in art and architecture in Southeast Asia.

In collaboration with members of the Asia Research Hub at the ANU School of Art and Design, and with contributions from our colleagues at other universities, museums and galleries, and independent initiatives in Australia and the region, ARTSEA will serve our readers a veritable feast of analysis, imagery, opinion and anecdote.

Would you like to contribute to ARTSEA? We’d love to hear from you! You can read more about how to contribute to New Mandala here. Please bear in mind that all our articles are Creative Commons Licensed, so images used must also be freely available to share.

History and Art History in Southeast Asia

How to track art history as the history of styles deriving from influences, and the history of modernism and its relationship to modernity? Is there art that links Southeast Asia as a region?

Launching ARTSEA: art, design and architecture in Southeast Asia

A platform for diverse collection of articles, videos, seminars, photo essays and reviews on art, design and architecture, and its place in society and history in Southeast Asia.

Art and artists in society in Indonesia: future tense

After two decades of enormous social change on global and local scales, what role will art and artists play in Indonesia’s future?

Revolution from the kitchen: women and ecological responses to COVID-19

The kitchen has become a centre of social solidarity from which women are making invaluable contributions to the COVID-response.