Thus have I heard: Buddhist Tradition and Contemporary Art Saturday 7 October 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Chaitanya Sambrani

Sep 15, 2023, 3:24:52 AMSep 15

Upcoming “Aflame” Masterclass and Panel Discussion
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Panel Discussion
Thus have I heard: Buddhist Tradition and Contemporary Art
Saturday 7 October 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm

On the occasion of the exhibition 'Savanhdary Vongpoothorn: Aflame', Campbelltown Arts Centre presents a panel discussion looking at Theravāda Buddhism within contemporary art through the practices of acclaimed artists Savanhdary Vongpoothorn and Phaptawan Suwannakudt. The discussion will consider commonalities of experience across Vongpoothorn’s and Suwannakudt's lives which manifest within their artistic practices including their enduring engagement with Theravada Buddhism, intergenerational learning and migration. The discussion considers how these experiences have influenced the artists’ work, and highlights the significance of engagements with tradition in contemporary practice.
[“Thus have I heard” is the common beginning for all Suttas in the Theravāda tradition, which were transmitted through practices of memorisation and recitation].
Panel: Dr Chaitanya Sambrani, Curator and Associate Professor of Art History and Curatorship, Australian National University, Melanie Eastburn, Senior Curator, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn. Chair: Isabelle Morgan, Curator Contemporary Visual Art, Campbelltown Arts Centre.
Cost: Free
Bookings required
Aflame Masterclass:
Masterclass with Savanhdary Vongpoothorn
Saturday 7 October 2023
Time: 1:30pm - 3.30pm

Savanhdary Vongpoothorn will lead participants in an afternoon masterclass of conceptual thinking and art making, guiding them through a number of exercises to reflect on the ways in which one might view and approach their practice. Drawing on lateral thinking approaches from her own practice, Savanhdary invites participants to create their own miniature artwork exploring texture, mark making, deconstruction and reassemblage.

Cost: $60 (18+) Materials, along with afternoon tea and refreshments, included
Bookings Essential


Located on Dharawal land, Campbelltown Arts Centre is proudly owned by the people of Campbelltown. A cultural facility of Campbelltown City Council, assisted by the NSW Government through Create NSW. Campbelltown Arts Centre also receives support from the Packer Family Foundation and the Neilson Foundation .

This project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project has also been supported by ArtsACT. 

Panel Discussion Image caption: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, Aflame, photogravure, 2023. Installation view of ‘Aflame’, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2023. Viridian Press, Benalla. Courtesy the artist, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney. Photo: Silversalt Photography

Masterclass Image Credit: Savanhdary Vogpoothorn image by: Silversalt Photo 


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