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Yogyakarta's newest art gallery Tembi Contemporary has emerged from one of the few buildings that survived the May 2006 earthquake. This initiative is a continuation of the ongoing effort to rebuild this region and its livelihood, particularly the village of Tembi.

Located 8.5 km south from the centre of Yogyakarta, Tembi is world-renown for its quality crafts produced by artisans in cottage industries spread throughout the village. Building on this solid reputation, entrepreneur and art lover Warwick Purser is establishing this gallery dedicated to contemporary art under the curatorial oversight of Valentine Willie, a curator and gallerist with galleries in Malaysia and Singapore.

The wealth of talent in Yogyakarta makes it the undisputed artist's capital of Indonesia. Buyers, however, seek out only a handful of successful artists. Few collectors are aware of over 10,000 artists here who create unique and worthy work.

By presenting the best among Indonesia's lost generation of overlooked artists as well as the new generation of up and coming young artists, Tembi Contemporary promises to be the incubator for pushing the boundaries of contemporary art. Tembi Contemporary will also encourage artist residencies, artist exchange programs and travel grants that enable local artists to gather valuable overseas experience.

 

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