San Art is an internationally renown, independent, artist-initiated, non-profit contemporary art organization centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City. We are committed to the exchange and cultivation of visual practice, aiming to promote, facilitate and showcase contemporary art through production, exhibition, discourse and education. Sàn Art (‘san’ meaning ‘platform’) was established in October 2007 in response to limited resources and negligible opportunities for contemporary art and culture in Vietnam. In a country that offers little in the way of infrastructure and few alternatives to commercial production, artists must be strategically creative in order to be heard.
Sàn Art is thus uniquely placed to fill the gap in access and opportunity by engaging with contemporary discourse through the visual arts, literature, performance and vocational activities such as exhibition, lecture, workshop, artist presentations and residency programs, in conjunction with local and international partners. Our current premises consists of a public reading room that holds textual and visual material on contemporary art, including facilities for ‘San Art Laboratory’ – our ‘artist-in-residence’ program – with 4 apartments and 4 studios.
San Art works with external partners in locating space to showcase exhibitions of the diverse talent of Vietnam and beyond. San Art also possesses a growing inventory of contemporary Vietnamese art that is available for sale. You will find a steady rotation of art adorning the walls of our reading room, please ask our staff for further information. All proceeds jointly benefit the artist and the ongoing programming costs of San Art as a not-for-profit organization.