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Thi Thi Phyo

National University of Arts and Culture, Yangon


Country: Myanmar

ITP Year: 2017


In 2019, Thi Thi received her post graduate diploma in Painting and Sculpting at the National University of Arts and Culture Yangon.  After that she participated in Myanmar-International women artist’s exhibition 2020 in Yangon; displaying two of her sculptural artworks with 100 women artists from 15 countries.

She had worked as an assistant curator of the Myanmar Art Gallery of the National Museum Yangon. She was awarded a BA degree specialising in English language and literature from Dagon University in 2005, a post graduate diploma in museology from the National University of Art and Culture, Myanmar in 2013 and a master of research degree from Yangon University, specializing in archaeology, in 2014.

Thi Thi Phyo assisted in the display of works when the gallery was renovated, and was responsible for temporary art exhibitions. She maintained and kept object labels and gallery text up to date and assisted with the curatorial workshops, held at the National Museum in collaboration with international colleagues.

Thi Thi Phyo worked closely with conservators as condition checking was  a part of her daily routine. Based on her findings and conversations with the conservation department Thi Thi Phyo produced reports for the curators. Her daily responsibilities were made up of a variety of tasks including checking the lighting systems, supervising security and cleaners and looking after the audio guide service.

As an amateur artist, her works have been displayed in four local group art exhibitions since 2010. Thi Thi Phyo loves the colour, texture and form of the modern art world. She loves to travel and has many interests including all forms of art, collecting antiques, learning languages, experiencing culture and traditions of different countries and civilisations. Thi Thi Phyo is an active yogi and a member of Yangon Bonsai Club.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme 2017, Thi Thi was based in the Asia Department and spent her partner placement at Glasgow Museums.

In 2017 participants were asked to develop a proposal for an Asahi Shimbun Display – a temporary exhibition in Room 3 at the British Museum – based around a ‘spotlight’ object.  Thi Thi worked with fellow Chen Li (China) on her exhibition proposal project, entitled How to Behave at Court: Burma and China.

Thi Thi Phyo’s participation on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Charles Wallace Burma Trust and the B.D.G Leviton Foundation.