Ubud - Artistic Centre
emergence of Ubud as an international Centre for the Arts happened
during the 1920's and 1930's. This was in large part due to the insight
and energy of the King of Ubud at that time, Cokorde Agung Sukawati,
who acted as a great patron of the local Balinese arts. He met and
became friendly with those wealthy international visitors who were
intrepid enough to penetrate to the interior of the island of Bali.
Cokorde Sukawati offered hospitality to these visitors, and a warm and
friendly relationship grew between them and the very talented local
artists and craftspersons, which led to the visitors encouraging,
promoting, and inspiring the local artists to develop and further their
This happened not only in the fine arts of painting and sculpture
but also in music and dance. Thus the names of those foreigners have
become part of the art history of Bali, names such as Miguel
Covarrubias, Walter Spies, Rudolph Bonnet, Arie Smit, and till now we
talk of the Walter Spies style, or the young Artists style of Arie Smit.
the Second World War, these developments continued with more and more
people spending extended periods of time here in Ubud painting,
studying and becoming involved with local arts and crafts. Even now in
the 1990's Ubud is home to many artists who may be famous in their
homeland but here are treated with normal friendship and courtesy as
just another artist. So, we
too at the Seniwati Gallery have close and friendly links with many
overseas artists, whether visitors or residents, and hope to encourage
the continuation of this tradition.
Every Saturday 2 - 4 in the afternoon: Children's Class.
Currently we are hosting an exhibition of works donated by the
Women Artists of Bali to raise funds for the Bali Relief Effort.
We regret our Seniwati Showspace has closed temporarily.
Our shop facilities are currently located within our Main Gallery, and here
we also hold occasional exhibitions.