The Year of Batik was conceived as an ambitious project to publicise and legitimise the art of Batik as a valid and important art medium and process. It was a call to Batik artists all over the world to come together, to show and exhibit their work, to teach as many classes and workshops in the year 2024-25 as possible and to expose as many people as possible to the beauty of an often-neglected art form.
To that end, the Year of Batik website, www.batikinternational.com, was built and has now been open for two months with Year of Batik pages on Facebook and Instagram posted almost as long and getting plenty of followers. The website is always active and changing with new content, current art shows, workshops, new batik paintings, articles and videos posted regularly. We think that a Batik Secretariat to collect and collate all the Batik information available and to encourage as much Batik activity as possible has been a great success and has been much needed for a long time.
Most interestingly, Batik artists from all over the world are coming forward to get involved and to show their work. Our sponsor, the Batik Guild, has been getting many more membership requests as a consequence. There are more Batik artists out there than we realised and we see a whole Batik community joining together in a way we haven’t seen before. The solitary loneliness of the long-distance Batik artist is ending!
Batik exhibitions have already been organised and advertised around the world. In May 2024, there will be a Batik Guild show at Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Florida and another in Rugby, England in July. Exhibitions will be organized in Poland and Italy and the first all-American Batik show- BatikUSA- will be held in La Veta, Colorado in September
We are still seeking material for the new website- articles, news of art shows and especially videos would be very welcome.
Our issue is now to maintain this website as well as to help and support some Batik shows around the world. The International Batik Competition which opens in January 2024 with a big Winners Show in Kuala Lumpur probably will take some resources to organize and to pull off.
We are urgently looking for Sponsors in return for exposure and advertising on the website as well as individual donations of any amount. The Year of Batik will help Batik artists all over the world and needs your help to make this happen.
We are also searching for a slightly tech-savvy person to assist in maintaining the Year of Batik website for us.
Selvedge Magazine, run by Polly Leonard in the UK, is running a special Year of Batik issue next May to coincide with the opening of the year.
We want to give our heartfelt thanks to the Batik Guild for financing the Year of Batik website and to Vito, Laurence, Renata and Kiranada for their generous donations to the Batik cause.
Please contact us on all matters at firstname.lastname@example.org.