The Cultural Assets and Vernacular Materials (C&VM) programme explores a range of sustainability challenges currently being faced by craft practitioners and artisans in Borneo. We’re proud to support this International Collaboration Grants programme between The Glasgow School of Art and Borneo Laboratory

C&VM seeks to deepen understanding of the role cultural assets can play in enhancing creative economy and craft activism in communities across Borneo to maintain identity, drive important inclusion and climate discussions and gain unity. The programme engaged a range of Kalimantan, Sabah and Sarawak craft practitioners, artisans and communities to design and undertake 11 craft-based projects, to explore key sustainability challenges in their craft practices:

  • changing landscapes, scarcity of natural materials, and exploring alternatives
  • sustainable livelihoods in the context of mass production
  • reconnecting to traditions, protecting indigenous practices and knowledge
  • engaging the younger generation
  • inclusivity in craft

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Serumpun: Crafts Across Borders Exhibition – 3 to 31 December 2022

'Serumpun' is a collaborative exhibition and workshops event that will be taking place from the 3 - 7 December 2022 at Borneo Cultures Museum. This exhibit that is designed by and for Borneo's craft communities, will showcase C&VM's 11 practitioners’ exploration and response to a contemporary sustainability challenge in craft, as well as to further explore local cultural assets with wider networks and stakeholders. Be it a book, a workshop, a competition or a product series, the outcomes of the programme were produced and carried out by the practitioners' own journey of conversing with their respective communities.

The exhibition will travel to a second location in Kuching, an old supermarket turned arts and creative space known as Think and Tink by Borneo Laboratory. The public is  welcomed to view the exhibit and engage with the practitioners behind the 11 projects from 10 - 31 December 2022. 

Learn more about the programme's 5 key sustainability themes, practitioners, their projects and a virtual version of the exhibition in the link below!

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Cultural Assets & Vernacular Materials Practitioners