Arisan Karya Returns this July

9 months ago . 3 min read
Arisan Karya Returns this July

After two sold-out rounds in May and June, the third and final edition of Arisan Karya is scheduled to run between 28 July – 2 August 2020. In the first two rounds, 209 artists were chosen from over 1,000 artists who joined the Open Call and invited to participate. Art lovers have shown great enthusiasm to this program, with coupons selling out within the first hour of public sales in both rounds.

Aaron Seeto, Director, said: “We have been buoyed by the enthusiasm from artists, arts workers, art lovers and sponsors alike – who have come together to share goodwill and to support the community at this moment of need. Communities of artists have banded together to share and support each other; Museum Patrons have joined forces with sponsors to deliver much needed food staples; and arts workers across Indonesia have worked tirelessly to deliver this intricate program, whilst participating in a special education program delivered by museum staff.

The diversity of talent, ideas and approach has made this a really exciting program to watch and support. Arisan Karya has been a platform of discovery – with emerging artists presented alongside some of the most recogniseable names in Indonesia’s contemporary art scene. This is exactly what we

had in mind when we started Arisan Karya – we wanted to start a chain of support within the art communities.”

Arisan Karya (translates to ‘artwork raffle’) is a drive to stimulate the many networks and communities that surround the museum at this moment of crisis. Selected artists submit artworks, while art lovers show support by buying numbered coupons on, As an appreciation, they will receive an artwork at random, raffled on a live Instagram session. Most proceeds go to the artists, while a portion goes to facilitate selected art managers that assist in the logistics of this initiative as Regional Coordinators and to provide artists with necessary measures to create a program of online tips, tutorials and creative information, to be shared to the public at a later date through MACAN at Home webpage.

To accommodate the massive demand, the final round of Arisan Karya will feature up to 150 artworks by participating artists. The Open Call for artists will run from 16-19 July 2020 on, with selected artists announced on 23 July 2020 after a selection process by Museum MACAN’s curatorial team – Asep Topan, Ady Nugeraha and Asri Winata.

In the third and final round of Arisan Karya, the Museum proudly collaborates with OPPO as Presenting Partner. As a rising star in mobile technology, OPPO believes in technology as an art form. The collaboration comes in line with their commitment to contribute to a better life. OPPO will be working with three Arisan Karya artists to create innovative works that highlights intersections between art and technology, providing a one-of-a-kind experience in encountering art.

Patrick Owen, Chief Creative Officer of OPPO, said: “As a growing tech company, we are constantly pushing the boundaries to enhance lives. OPPO, through our OPPO Find X2 Flagship series, is proud to collaborate with Museum MACAN that is known as the centre of modern and contemporary art in Indonesia. The collaboration with Museum MACAN comes from our mutual understanding that art could be a platform to reflect, discuss and exchange knowledge on how to move forward as a society through these tough times. We are excited to be rolling out meaningful digital content from exemplary Indonesian artists.”

Media partners of the third edition of Arisan Karya are Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia, CASA Indonesia, Herworld Indonesia, Manual Jakarta, Whiteboard Journal, IDN Times, Popmama and Popbela.