The name KupuKupu is Indonesian
for butterfly, a symbol of transformation. By doing things a different way, we
hope to be a catalyst for transformation in the lives of the people we connect
with through art, music and food...
To provide opportunities for
artists, (particularly Indonesian artists) to have a space to work and exhibit
(without having to sell their motorbike to do so)
To support the aspirations of
artists, so they are free to create and embrace us with their art.
To create a space for people to
come together in art and music and build connections that will not only benefit
each other but ripple out into the community
To educate visitors to Bali
about the deeper, more authentic side of local culture
To be able to fund projects for
artists that financial restraints might otherwise prohibit
To be able to provide food by
donation only, so no one would be turned away with an empty belly
Some friends of Kupu Kupu performing recently in Ubud :
KupuKupu Art Space was
conceived on a supermoon in 2013 after sharing some local wine with artist
friends: Hero and Cleise (who together with friend Fajar) ran a small but
inspiring art shop called Asu Art AttacK)
Pranoto (an art legend in Ubud) and the amazing and funny Ivan. Asu Art Attack was a dynamic space. Even
though the shop was so tiny people from around the world would congregate
outside to talk, listen to the street music and keep company.
As a newcomer to Bali, I was
enthralled by the atmosphere they created with their friends and the feeling of
having a place for people to come together regardless of whether they bought
art or not.
After a few drinks and gazing at
the full moon in all its super luminosity, we discussed having a place where
artists could exhibit their work and connect over a few drinks and food.
Pranoto then suggested that we could make the food 'free for the people' “How
would that work?” Several ideas were tossed around and finally we went our
separate ways. Who could guess that the magic of the supermoon would charge
this idea into manifesting, without much effort?