Payal Uttam
Payal Uttam
Payal Uttam is a freelance journalist who has been covering art and design across the globe for close to a decade. Her work has appeared in publications including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, Forbes, The Art Newspaper and Women’s Wear Daily among others. She currently divides her time between Hong Kong and Paris.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s exhibition ‘A Planet of Silence’ features images from the Mekong River and South America and offers a new way of looking at the world, he says.

‘N*thing Is Possible’ at Singapore’s National Design Centre charts Bali hospitality group Potato Head’s journey to zero-waste through stylish furniture and other designs made of recycled plastic.

Art markets in Southeast Asia are roaring back to life, particularly in Singapore, where Sotheby’s just held its first live sale in 15 years, and Indonesia. What does that mean for Hong Kong?


Mount Fuji Architects Studio founders Mao and Masahiro Harada and British artist Liam Gillick designed Manabe Equation House, in western Japan, as part of unconventional hotel project spearheaded by a Japanese art collector.

The theme of the triennial Okayama Art Summit in Japan, ‘If the snake …’, is deliberately open-ended and, with no curator dictating terms, 18 artists together explore issues around technology, our imagination and the human condition.

Revamped art fair in Indonesian capital praised for its dynamism, focus on emerging Asian talent, and its prices; collectors picked up young artists’ work for as little as US$1,000, and some galleries sold nearly all the art they showed.

Designers Yunn Fann Chang and Shane Liu, and curator Tipus Hafay, who belongs to the Makuta’ay tribe in Hualien county, launched their accessories brand Kamaro’an in 2015

If you have ever stayed at Singapore’s Park Royal hotel or Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali and thought ‘I fancy those chairs’, you might be pleased to know that the designers have started their own lifestyle line, WOHAbeing

There was plenty of drama at Christie's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels auction on Tuesday, which raked in just over HK$640.5 million from about 290 lots including signed pieces from Cartier, Tiffany & Co and Van Cleef & Arpels.

"I don't know what I'm doing and why I keep doing it." Carved into moss-covered tiles on the ground, these are the words that greet me when I arrive at the artist-run space Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta.

Art is a tricky investment. You can start with the most collectable names - Payal Uttam presents the top five.

Boot-camp-styled gyms, which appeal to the competitive nature of finance people, are increasingly popular, writes Payal Uttam.

Payal Uttam looks at Frank Gehry's Opus Hong Kong, which promises to stun with both its looks and its prices.