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Creative Arts Forum | Chalit Kongsuwan


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts

Start Date

3 Aug 2018 12:30 pm

End Date

3 Aug 2018 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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All current students and members of the public are welcome

Model furniture. Chalit Kongsuwan.

Contemporary furniture informed by the aspects of nature, culture and Buddhism

Chalit Kongsuwan worked as a product designer for a number of industrial furniture factories in Thailand.

Due to intense commercial and industrial conditions in South East Asian market, he shifted his direction from an industrial designer to a furniture designer and maker. This shift led him to the School of Creative Arts,  Hobart, Australia where he spent eight years completing Master of Fine Art and Design, and PhD in Furniture Design.

During his time stay in Australia, Chalit was shortlisted and won a number of major design competitions.

He has also had numerous group exhibitions and four invited solo exhibitions. Recently, his furniture has been collected by both the Design Centre Tasmania Australia and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) as one of permanent collections.

Chalit believes that the relative importance between creative mind, discerning eyes and skilful hands is a fundamental key to keep the pace of traditional design heritage with the continuous change of innovative technology.

In his art Forum presentation, Chalit will reflect on the three significant transitions of Chalit's career: from a white-collar designer to a Buddhist monk; from a Buddhist monk to a white-collar designer; and from a designer maker to a University lecturer in Singapore.

Arts Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts, Hunter Street Campus, during the semester. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting artists, scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the Creative Arts discuss their area of professional practice. All current students, prospective students, and members of the public are welcome.