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The Future Landscape of Art in Brunei Darussalam

BY CATHERINE WILSON

A combination of renewed state funding and artist-led initiatives suggests a positive path ahead for the tiny Southeast Asian kingdom.

The Kampung Air (“Water Village”) section of Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei Darussalam, in 2002. Photo by Bianca Polak. 

On the waterfront of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam’s capital, water taxis ferry people across the Brunei River to the water village of Kampong Ayer. Dating to the 10th century, the village of timber houses, mosques and schools built on…

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