OUR WORK: Living Arts Fellows

PROGRAM: Knowledge, Networks, and Policy
AIMED AT: Artists and arts managers

Applications to our 2018 Living Arts Fellows Program are now open!

If you are an artist or culture manager who is curious and open-minded, with a passion for arts and culture and a drive for self-development, download the application pack and apply now!

Applications are open until Thursday 8 March 2018.

The Living Arts Fellows Program is a professional development program for artists and arts managers. We select creative and dedicated individuals who are already leaders in their particular field, and help them to nurture their vision and values.

Throughout the year, our Fellows meet artists and cultural leaders from around the region, building a network of some of the most innovative people working in the arts and culture sector today. They explore topics relevant to their work in the arts, and develop their personal, professional and cultural perspectives.

Senior leaders in the arts community helped us to develop the program. It emphasizes research and analysis, exposes Fellows to global practices and case studies, and encourages debate, presenting conflicting ideas and opinions.

Meet the 2017 Fellows


AN Raksmey

Raksmey is a senior technical officer from the Kampong Thom provincial Department of Culture and Fine Arts. He is an adventurer and art researcher, and founded the Living with Heritage Project, a Facebook page with his research, photographs, and writing on cultural practices, traditional ceremony, songs, and dialect.


SOUS Sinath

Sinath is currently Senior HR Manager from Phare Performing Social Enterprise, and has worked with the organization for over 10 years. She has supported and led various festivals and performances locally and internationally. She is one of the core people working to curate and increase Phare’s social impact.


MENH Chanvanda (aka. Romdoul Lich Tek)

Romdoul is a fashion designer, make-up artist, and hair stylist, who has demonstrated his talent and creativity by researching and uncovering many forgotten and rare elements of Khmer culture and tradition. His creative costumes can be seen in various annual cultural events such as the Angkor Sangkran, film festivals, and Bonn Phum (Village Festival).


HEAK Pheary

Pheary is an art teacher and an independent artist. She has been awarded residencies at Hue Artists Residency in Vietnam and Sa Sa Art Projects in Phnom Penh. Her work focuses on environmental issues, ideals of natural beauty, and textiles. She has been conducting art workshops for one hundred children and high school students in collaboration with Create Cambodia, a Peace Corps Initiative.


OU Buntheng

Buntheng is Operation and Tour Manager at Epic Arts in Kampot. He has worked and supported artists living with different kinds of disabilities to create creative dance movements and performances locally and internationally. Buntheng’s oldest son has Down’s syndrome, which inspired him to become a strong advocate for inclusiveness and for artists with disabilities.

From the Fellows:

“I found many useful things. It was really good to meet each other and share ideas, from different institutions, from both government and private sector. We created a good network with each other.”

“The conclusion is I am a cultural leader. I didn’t think that before. Now I feel more responsibility.”

“Meeting with those artists helps us realize, compare our similarity and differences, and learn about collaboration that we might be able to bring.”

The Program

There are three main elements:

  • A series of 4 ‘Living Arts Labs’ – weekend sessions at arts venues around Cambodia exploring a theme through discussion, creative exercises, reflection and field visits
  • An exchange visit to another Greater Mekong country, to meet peers and share practices, challenges, and experiences. In 2015 we visited Myanmar, and in 2016 Vietnam.
  • A group project – the 2016 Fellows held a careers event and art fair at Sisowath High School.

 Our Former Fellows

    CHEA SOPHEAP Executive Director, Bophana Center
    CHHAN DINA Artist
    HELENE VEAL Founder, Samay.tv
    HUN PEN Deputy Director, Department of Performing Arts, MoCFA
    HUOT DARA CEO, Phare, The Cambodian Circus
    KOR BORIN Head of Cultural Programming, Institut français du Cambodge
  • ONN Sokny
    ONN Sokny Senior Manager, Epic Arts
    SAN PHALLA Deputy Director, Department of Books and Reading, MoCFA
    SO PHINA Writer and Researcher

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