A guide to Battambang’s art galleries

In Cambodia, Battambang is synonymous with art. For hundreds of years, Battambang was Cambodia’s hub of arts and culture, before the Khmer Rouge destroyed the arts scene in the 1970s. Over thirty years later, there’s an artistic revival in the city, and new galleries are opening all the time. Here’s a guide to Battambang’s art galleries.

Lotus Gallery Battambang

Battambang’s Lotus Gallery is a beautiful space for local art exhibitions.

Lotus Bar and Gallery

Lotus opened in October 2013. As the gallery does not receive any outside funding, the bar and restaurant were established to fund the gallery. Curated by owner Darren Swallow with assistance from local artist Chov Theanly and British artist Nicolas C. Grey, Lotus is more of a commercial gallery than the other galleries in town.

“We’ve made a space where the local artists’ work can be seen in a beautiful setting, with someone knowledgeable about the work onsite who can speak to the customers about the work and the artists, and even bring the customer to the artist’s studio if they like,” says Swallow.

Currently showing is “Made in Battambang,” a group exhibition bringing together 25 visual artists living in Battambang.

Sammaki Gallery

Sammaki Gallery in Battambang shows works from young and emerging Cambodian artists.

Sammaki

Sammaki (meaning “solidarity” in Khmer) was established in 2011 by Mao Soviet and a group of expats living in Battambang. It is now supported by local NGO Cambodian Children’s Trust.

Sammaki shows work from young and emerging artists, many of whom have graduated from Phare Ponleu Selpak, the same school known for its circus grads.

In addition to operating a contemporary art gallery, Sammaki provides a resource library and runs workshops for local artists.

Ben Thynal’s “ILLNESS/TIME” is currently showing at the gallery.

Studio Art Battambang

Studio Art Battambang offers artists a space to create and exhibit their work.

Studio Art Battambang

Studio Art Battambang was established last year by local artist Roeun Sokhom. It is not only an art gallery, but also serves as a studio where artists can come together to create their work, as well as to exchange ideas.

Make Maek

Right across the street from Lotus is Make Maek. Make Maek was established in 2011 by Khmer-American artist Kat Eng and local artists Mao Soviet and Phin Sophorn.

Make Maek has a particular focus on showing collaboration between local and international artists. It has eight shows a year, with the current exhibit called “The Performing,” by Phillip Hesser and Vincent Greby.

Battambang art scene

The lastest addition to Battambang’s art scene: Sangker Art Space and Gallery.

Sangker Art Space and Gallery

Formerly Studio Art Battambang, Sangker Art Space and Gallery is the latest addition to Battambang’s art scene, with exhibitions featuring local and expat artists.

These five not enough for you? Restaurants Jaan Bai and Choco l’Art also display and sell art from local artists.

Lotus Bar and Gallery

Closed Mondays
#53, Street 2.5, Battambang
T: 092 260 158
facebook.com/lotusbattambang

Sammaki

#87, Street 2.5, Battambang
T: 010 946 108

Studio Art Battambang

Street 1.5, Battambang
T: 010 743 074
facebook.com/Studio-Art-Battambang

Sangker Gallery

47-10 Street 1.5, Battambang
T: 012 309 829
facebook.com/sangker

Make Maek

#66, Street 2.5, Battambang
T: 017 946 108

Jaan Bai

Closed Mondays
Street 2, Battambang
T: 053 650 0024

Choco l’Art

Street 117, Battambang [map]
T: 010 661 617

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