BCAC is an art gallery and center for study. We aim to make art available to everyone. We believe it’s a myth to say a person needs special talent to be artistically creative. Anyone can develop the skills needed to express themselves and achieve individual creativity. Everyone has the potential to produce art of quality.
At BCAC you will not see stereotypical imagery. Instead, imagination, creativity, fantasy, spontaneity and originality are what we seek to encourage.
BCAC’s founder, Bruce Sherratt, is a highly individual surrealistic painter who has been teaching visual arts around the world for more than 40 years. Bruce started with a very simple idea: “come and paint with me at my studio.” BCAC has expanded to become the most vibrant center for creativity and inspiration in Indonesia and Bali. For Bruce Sherratt's full Bio please CLICK HERE.
“The Island of the Gods” (Bali) with its rich history and culture has been a source of inspiration for European artists since the early 20th century. W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp, the first European artist to visit Bali arrived in 1904. Walter Spies, Rudolf Bonnet and Arie Schmidt were among the succession of European artists that followed. A dynamic reciprocity between Balinese and foreign artists was quickly established. BCAC embraces and deeply values this tradition.
In addition to welcoming artists, as well as those who don’t yet regard themselves as artists, BCAC actively assists aspiring young Balinese talent. We also work with the less privileged Balinese; such as orphans, so called “street-children’ and the physically and mentally challenged people.
We organize ‘Outreach’, or ‘Extended Studies’ visits to Bali for groups of students from international schools from around the Asia Pacific and other parts of the world. Transcending age, cultural and language differences, these multi-national students collaborate with Balinese kids and others in undertaking creative projects. We arrange numerous activities that ensure they are immersed in Balinese life and culture, thereby expanding their world-view while sharing and acquiring skills by working with those less fortunate than themselves.
At the BCAC Gallery you’ll see paintings and sculptures of multi colored monsters, circles of rainbow colors, strange, mythical creatures that combine human and organic, or animal-like elements, spirits, ghosts, demons, angels and fairies. This could be the work of a professional artist, or someone who has never painted before. Perhaps a tourist, a child or group of Balinese and international school youngsters who have collaborated on the painting.
Sometimes these images emerge spontaneously from within, often they are partially inspired, not only by Balinese myths and Gods, but by mythical beings from world cultures. They may be realistic, abstract or semi-abstract but, above all else, we seek originality, technical and artistic skills and a sense of success and achievement from every participant.
BCAC, Jl. Raya Andong, Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia