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14 Aug 2014

Rimbun Dahan

Rimbun Dahan, the home of architect Hijjas Kasturi is also a centre for developing traditional and contemporary art forms. It features buildings designed by Hijjas Kasturi, as well as a 19th century traditional Malay house, in an indigenous garden environment.

Rimbun Dahan runs a range of Artists’ Residencies to encourage visual artists, choreographers and other creative individuals to explore and develop their artistic work. Established in 1994, the program has hosted more than 100 individuals who have benefited from the unique atmosphere of Rimbun Dahan to build their own artistic practice. Rimbun Dahan is a member of ResArtis.

The Underground Gallery is a single space with walls of different sizes, surrounding a central light and air well. Until March 2014, the Gallery hosted two major exhibitions a year that were open to the public: the exhibition of the Malaysian Australia Visual Artists’ Residency early in the year, and WWF Art for Nature towards the end. Since then, periodic shows exhibit works of the residency. Between these exhibitions, the gallery displays selected works from the Rimbun Dahan permanent collection, and may be viewed by appointment.

There is also a Dance Programme at Rimbun Dahan conducts various dance activities throughout the year including:

  • Workshops

  • Residency for Choreographers - This residency is for young or emerging Southeast Asian (from the countries of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, Burma, Laos and Cambodia) or Australian contemporary dance choreographers, to stay at Rimbun Dahan for 1 to 3 months.

Rimbun Dahan is supported by the architectural practice of Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn and Hotel Penaga.