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Art Exhibition 25 March - 29 April 2016
Art Classes with James Wilkins and Michael Daube 25-29 March 2016

29 February 2016

At Alila Manggis, art connoisseurs and enthusiasts can look forward to feasting their visual senses on a line-up of sophisticated artworks, photographs and sculptures masterminded by world-class talents in a month-long exhibition held throughout the resort grounds. The resort will be fully transformed into a playground where the artists take inspiration from the exotic nature of East Bali in crafting their masterpieces for our appreciation and pleasure.

The art exhibition is being held in support of the United World College of South East Asia global concerns “Bali Bridges“. Famous names in this artistic celebration are James Wilkins, Silvana Sutanto, Michael Daube and Laila Azra.

James Wilkins is a photographer, artist and designer based in New York City and Bali. He has photographed architecture and interiors throughout the world in the US, Caribbean and Asia. His monumental scale fine art photography has been exhibited in New York, Singapore, Dubai and Jakarta among other global cities. Recently his attention has been focused on creating a collection of designs, wherein, like Bauhaus, all elements – fine art, architecture and high-design furniture – are created by the artist. All of his first design pieces for the furniture collection have been featured in major design publications including ELLE Decor USA, SURFACE Asia and Interior Design magazine.

Silvana Sutanto is an artist who'd used photography as her artistic tool 15 years ago and tirelessly pursues the greater artistic expressions of the medium. Her completely subversive study of nature and wildlife has taken her to the farthest corners of the world and resulted in a catalogue of imagery that forces the viewer to re-evaluate their relationship with time, place and life itself. She has studied for several years under a Pictorial Art Master in Hong Kong and is the recipient numerous prestigious regional and international awards including Gold – E.A. International Salon of Photography, Hong Kong; Silver - Photography Society of Sri Lanka; and Image of the Year Honor Award - Photographic Society of America.

A painter, sculptor and designer, Michael Daube has works in New York City, London and Singapore. His art highlights examinations of the sublime and the confluence of nature, physics and the state of being. He is also the founder of the charitable foundation CITTA, which serves to empower and heal some of the most at-risk communities across the world. The foundation has created schools, hospitals and women’s cooperatives in India, Nepal and Mexico, to name a few. Recently, his furniture designs have also received the highest design accolades.

Laila Azra, an artist who explores various mediums with a primary focus on painting, creates highly distinctive artwork through her use of bold colour and form. She has exhibited around the world including Germany, France and Spain as well as solos exhibitions in Jakarta and Singapore. The Artist is also well known for her jewelry designs having been finalist for a competition with World Gold Council Jakarta.

Alila Manggis is a secluded, stylish seaside resort in Manggis, East Bali. A soothing haven set amidst a coconut grove, nestled between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain. Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, all rooms and suites face the ocean. Soothing sounds of breaking waves lull its guests, with clear views across the straits to Nusa Penida, it is famed for its East Balinese Cooking School and dive sites that capture the essence of the destination. Alila Manggis invites art and adventure enthusiasts to indulge in the mesmerising beauty of East Bali and this celebration of art, craft and design amid warm Balinese hospitality. Stay at Alila Manggis starts from USD 130++ per night including breakfast. For further information on the exhibition or to arrange your private art classes, please contact our reservation department at +62 363 41011 or email us at

An introduction on light composition, observation and organising the landscape to create artworks from the world around us.

Just a 30-minute journey from Villa Idanna, behold Pasar Agung, a magnificent temple that lies off the beaten track, three quarters of the way up majestic Mount Agung. This breathtaking temple complex serves as the sacred meeting place of Bali's most ancient deities - the ancestors of the Gods of Besakih - hence the name Pasar Agung (the supreme marketplace). Spared in the last eruption in 1963, it was restored to new glory in 1993. As a monument, it is staggering and rivals the Mayan temples of Central America. Overlooking the entire island, it is surrounded by a forest of towering ferns and pine trees and remains the most dramatic setting and pilgrimage site in Bali. The stunning panorama even stretches as far as Lombok and Java whose volcanoes can be seen brewing on the distant horizon. An organic lunch will be served at Sidemen area/Villa Idanna.
5 hours – USD 60++ per person.

Blessed with gorgeous panoramic expanses of ocean, Bali's eastern coast is a popular destination among tourists to catch the most amazing sunrises and sunsets. The seas here are as calm as a lagoon when you visit just before dawn. Rent our jukung, a traditional wooden boat, and cast off from the beach out onto the water to witness one of the most beautiful sunrises across the whole island. Marvel at the view from the ocean of majestic Mount Agung being bathed in the first light of day as you pass by the three small Gili islands off the coast of Candidasa. Alternatively, head out later as daylight wanes and watch the sky transform into a brilliant mural of sunset hues. You'll return to shore with not just beautiful pictures but memories of a truly magical experience.
3 hours – USD 50++ per person

A fun watercolour and paste drawing tips and techniques.
One hour – USD 20++ per person

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