TS1 is a creative concept project, founded by Ivan Pun in Yangon, Myanmar in 2013. Started as pop-up space for contemporary arts in a transitioning city, it has now widened its scope to include more than physical space for artistic expression. TS1 is now a fundraiser for the arts, with aim to encourage the art scene in cities throughout Myanmar and enable international exchanges with artists, curators and institutions. TS1’s platform also encourages the diversity of mediums, acting as an advisory body for the development of contemporary art in Myanmar – a cultural catalyst for future generations of creative thinkers. In a country where there are no public art institutions, TS1 hopes to engage the public through the arts by collaborating with the numerous independent organizations throughout the country and the region.
Since 2013, TS1 collaborated with over 25 collectives, institutions, artists and organizations in order to enrich and encourage the art scene in Yangon. These include: JAMIT! an independent music, Myanmar-run organization; Contemporary Dialogues, events for artistic scholarship; Mobile Library Myanmar in cooperation with Asia Art Archive (AAA) and the Foundation for the Arts Initiative (FFAI); Beyond Pressure performance art festival and its founder Moe Satt; Goethe Institut Myanmar; Inya Art Gallery, Yangon’s oldest contemporary art gallery; NNCL Studio, a video art and filmmaking studio in Myanmar; Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh; New Urban Topologies, a conference on art and architecture in developing cities, in cooperation with Fargfabriken (Stockholm); My Yangon My Home Art and Heritage Festival in collaboration with the British Embassy in Yangon; Yangon Photo Festival in cooperation with the French Institute; Pansodan Art Gallery and Archive; and the list continues.
TS1 is constantly seeking new spaces and connect with a variety of practitioners in the creative fields. Our mission is engage and invite the creative community to experiment and educate. Our past experiences drive our future endeavors, whether it means publishing reference material, hosting symposia, curating exhibitions or raising money for artists to travel abroad. Our range and scope reflects the required flexibly to work in a transitioning society such as Yangon, where censorship ended a mere five years ago, and artists are only just being allowed to self-organize and seek collaborative opportunities from international institutions.
Funding for TS1 projects are made possible by the generous support of its patrons, fundraising and grant applications from varied institutions, and the efforts of the artistic communities of Myanmar.