<meta http-equiv=“content-type” content=“text/html; charset=utf-8”>Sammaki Art Space will be pop-up gallery and studio providing a place for local artists to create and show their work in Battambang, Cambodia.
Why an art space
Many artists in Cambodia are Battambang natives, but the majority have to the Â relocate to the larger cities of Siem Reap or Phnom Penh in order to exhibit and market their work. Our hope is that the opening of this art gallery and working studio will give local artists invaluable exposure and a central space to work on collaborative art projects as a community. Residents and visitors alike will be able to appreciate contemporary art works from the region. We cannot think of a better way for visitors to gain unique insights into Khmer culture, and hope that it can help share Battambang’s historically prodigious artistic culture with the wider Battambang community.
Kinyei is working together with Jam fromÂ Art DeliÂ in Siem Reap, Darren Swallow, facilitator of the local artist group â€œ9 Facesâ€, and local artist extraordinaire Mao Soviet in order to get Sammaki off the ground and running. Sammaki will also house two resident artists, and will be open as a collective studio space and gallery for local artists.Fun fact
Sammaki means “solidarity” in Khmer.
<meta http-equiv=“content-type” content=“text/html; charset=utf-8”>Support
Sammaki is being built by local community members, Kinyei and Art Deli all donating time and resources. Almost all funds however are coming from private supporters, and are critical during this set up phase. We envisage the space’s minimal running costs being sustainable on art sales going forward, but for now we need support to make it the arts hub it can be.
Our funding goal covers the expenses we are incurring renovating the space, purchasing basic art supplies allot to artists in project grants and running workshops for the next 3 months, beyond which we hope to be able to continue on the strength of art sales and local NGO partnerships.