A new initiative called the Open Space Creatives is bringing together artists in the Cambodian capital to hold open discussions and share experiences.
During the inaugural event, held on June 11 at the Emerald Hub in the capital, about 30 participants turned out, including designers, filmmakers, and architects.
Irene Leung, the organizer, said it “affirmed that not only is this kind of communication breaking down the isolation, or the sense of I-do-not-know-what-to-do, but also looking into each other for answers, because there was no single answer, yet different ways of trying new things.”
She said she was happy to see how local artists reacted towards discussions of social issues, particularly related to art, by proposing topics of discussion and seeking to find solutions together.
Soun Love, a university student, said: “It was worth taking part in this event because I can develop myself much better by applying what I have learned today for my future career.”
She added that the recognition of young artists in Cambodia is lacking, because there are few avenues of support for up-and-coming artists.
Animator Poy Chhunly, from Battambang province, said he had come away with some good ideas of how to produce a film he is working on, called Banyan Film, on a shoestring budget.
“I received a lot of great concepts that will work better with the project,” he said, adding that he was thankful the event was held as a positive forum for shared experiences among the artist community.
Moeung Meta, a freelance artist, said the discussion had been a great motivator.
“After hearing lots of stories and ideas of participants, I feel very motivated and I think I gained so much positive energy.”
Open Space Creatives is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the Emerald Hub.