On the Line: New perspectives on craft in Southeast Asia, follows three craft research residencies that took place in parallel in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam as part of the British Council’s work in Southeast Asia.
The research residencies took place in December 2016, when twelve participants - six students from the Royal College of Art, who were paired with six local researchers and practitioners - explored the artistic practices and social conditions of craftswomen in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam, over the course of two weeks
The residency culminated in an exhibition curated by Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art, and designed by the London-based practice Mentsen. The exhibition features impressions and unique materials collected by Royal College of Art students and local researchers during their residencies in Southeast Asia. Structured around three themes – craftsmanship, community and commerce – the exhibition highlights the current state of craft practice in these three countries through the eyes of the researchers.