A striking new public artwork jointly created by South Australia and West Java will be prominently located in front of Government House in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia – symbolic of the importance of cultural exchange to both countries.

South Australian Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith and the West Java Vice Governor Dedi Mizwar* today revealed the site where the artwork will be installed, at a visit to the area.

The West Java - South Australia joint art project signifies the close artistic and cultural ties established between West Java and SA, following the renewal of the Sister State Memorandum of Understanding in September 2015 at the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide.

Two leading contemporary artists were selected – Steven Cybulka from Adelaide and Arin Dwihartano Sunaryo from West Java – to create a publicly visible art work to represent the shared focus on arts and culture that are pillars of our respective state identities.

The artists have been working under the tutelage of South Australia – West Java Project Advisory Group to form the work, which will incorporate elements from both regions and their initial design concepts which the artists were also unveiled today.

The final art work is due to be unveiled in November 2017 to coincide with the next SA / West Java joint working group meeting scheduled to be in Bandung.

Both South Australia and West Java have been proactive in initiating arts and cultural exchanges over the past two years, with an increased presence of arts from West Java being featured in the annual OzAsia Festival program.

Background

In September 2015, the South Australian Government and the Government of West Java Province refreshed the Sister Province agreement under an MoU in order to enhance mutually beneficial engagement.

The MoU was designed to give fresh impetus to an existing relationship built over many years, principally by the West Java South Australia Business Council.

During the 2016 Joint Working Group meeting in Bandung the Government to Government stream came up with the idea of a joint art project to symbolise the importance of cultural exchanges to the relationship between the regions, as articulated in the MoU.

This artwork will embody the concept of "sound passage" which means a masterpiece of art with the main element being sound, that will form an interactive element.

The artists have spent time together in Bandung and were present at today’s unveiling of the site. The costs of the work are being shared equally between the South Australian Government, through Arts South Australia and West Java Government.

Quotes attributable to Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith

The arts and culture play a pivotal role as part of a broader engagement between two great friends of very different cultural and historical backgrounds.

This joint arts project embodies so much of the spirit of good will and intent between West Java and South Australia and gives a tangible example of delivery against our jointly agreed program.

Quotes attributable to Arts Minister Jack Snelling

This project not only further strengthens the relationship between the Adelaide Festival Centre, which is delivering the project on behalf of Arts South Australia, and West Java, it also throws the spotlight on South Australian talent - providing a unique opportunity for Steven Cybulka to gain valuable international exposure.