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Tree of Life: The 4th Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival

Ayala Museum

Tree of Life
The 4th Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival
Curated by Hadrian Mendoza

Participating Artists from:
Cambodia | Indonesia | Malaysia | Myanmar | Philippines | Singapore | Thailand


From November 29, 2016 until January 15, 2017, Ayala Museum becomes the proud host to an exhibition of works by 48 contemporary ceramic artists from Southeast Asia. The show, entitled, “The Tree of Life: The 4th SEA Ceramics Exhibition and Festival” will be on display at the second and third levels of the museum as well as in the glass exhibition areas along the cross-stairs in between.

As part of the festival proper, there will be nine visiting artists slated to conduct public talks and live demonstrations from December 16 and 17.

The Tree of Life refers to a common motif and symbol seen in traditional and religious art throughout the region.  As mentioned in a shared artist statement, “Through this exhibition, 48 artists explore their roots in relation to ‘The Tree of Life.’ Despite our different religious backgrounds, we come together to discover how this sacred tree connects us to the past and to the next life.”

2017 is potentially a very important year to highlight the position of the country vis-à-vis our neighbours in Southeast Asia as the Philippines will be hosting the ASEAN summit and related events as its chair. The exhibition offers a great window to present regional affinities and create an open dialogue among ASEAN artists and between artists and the public.


Exhibition Duration
November 29, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Ground Floor Gallery, Ayala Museum

Lecture & Workshop with visiting artists

December 16, 2016 | 10 AM – 4:30 PM
DAY 1 Schedule: LECTURES

10:00am-10:30am Hadrian Mendoza – Tree of Life: 4th Southeast Asian Symposium
10:30am-11:00am Soe Yu Nwe-  On Spirit/ House
11:00am-11:30am Sekporn Tansripraparsiri-  The Last Dragon Kiln Builder
11:30am-12:00pm Eiair –Appreciation of Eiair 101
12pm-1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30pm-2:00pm Noi Morton Gonzales-  Sculpting Human Figures
2:00pm-2:30pm Jason Lim-  Still / Life
2:30pm-3:00pm Pang Swee Tuan-  Coral- Rhythm of the Seas
3:00pm-3:30pm Pim Sudhikam-  The Works of Pim
3:30pm-4:00pm Tessie Baldo- Rough Road to Being a Potter

December 17, 2016 | 9 AM – 4 PM

10:00am-10:45am Pim Sudhikam-  Slab Constructed Pots
10:45am-11:15am Noi Morton Gonzales-  Sculpting Human Figures
11:15am-12:00pm Eiair – Please Hold Your Breath
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm-1:45pm Sekporn Tansripraparsiri- Making Lids With a  Plaster Bat
1:45pm-2:30pm Soe Yu Nwe–  Building Organic Forms: Clay Bodies Addition
2:30pm-3:15pm Tessie Baldo-  My Ritual jar
3:15pm-4:00pm Pang Swee Tuan-  Coral- Rhythm of the Seas

All lectures and workshops come with purchase of museum admission.
FREE for Ayala Museum members. (Read more about museum membership HERE)

Exhibition ticket prices start at Php 150.
Click here to see all admission types and and fees.


For more information:
CALL: 759 82 88 local 35

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