Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017 Hosted By The National Art Gallery

Kuala Lumpur, 23 November 2017 – Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017, a game changer in the visual art scene in Malaysia is scheduled to be held and exhibited to the public beginning 1st November 2017.

The exhibition, foreseen to stamp its presence in history as a new platform in the progression of the visual arts scene in Malaysia, will see a curatorial team appointed to lead the Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017 by its host, the National Art Gallery.

The team is led by Professor Zulkifli Yussof, an academician who is also an experienced local and international Malaysian Artist together with the curatorial team from the National Art Gallery namely Faizal Sidik, Tan Hui Koon and Baktiar Naim.

The combination of inspired young curators is aimed to successfully uphold the main theme; BELAS (BELOVED) of the Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017.

Kuala Lumpur Biennale exhibition encompassing its BELAS theme celebrates 114 individuals from across continents, consisting of 103 artists from Malaysia and 11 international artists.

Local prolific artists who has expressed and showcased their art across the era will display their work in this year’s installation and they include, Awang Damit Ahmad, Sharmiza Abu Hassan, Bibi Chew Chon Bee, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Jeganthan Ramachandran, Hayati Mukhtar, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Shooshie Sulaiman, Noor Azizan Paiman, H.H Lim, K Thangarajoo, Lisa Foo, Abdul Muid Abdul Latif, Saiful Razman, Anniketyni Madian and more.

Apart from that, BELAS will also exhibit memories of Belasungkawa or unsung heroes of local artists that has uplifted Malaysian arts to national level which consist of Syed Ahmad Jamal, Nirmala Shanmughalingam, O Don Peris and Anthony Lau.*

In conjunction with the exhibition, Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017 has in plan several supporting programs and inputs for the audience and art enthusiast to come and join in this national event.**

The opening ceremony of Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017 is officiated by YB Dato’Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia at the National Art Gallery on 23rd of November 2017,Thursday at 12.30 pm. Kuala Lumpur Biennale is open to the public on the 1st of November 2017 until the 30th March, 2018. The entrance is free.

 

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About the National Art Gallery Malaysia

National Art Gallery was established in 1958 by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. The National Art Gallery is a renowned and oldest art gallery in the South East Asia, holding the earliest collection of modern art in the South East Asia.

Press Release Sculpturing is Meditative By Chin Wan Kee

KUALA LUMPUR – National Art Gallery (NAG), brings you Sculpturing is Meditative By Chin Wan Kee: Select Works 1997-2017’ exhibition, displaying 50 sculptures, a special survey show by one of the country’s handful of veteran sculptors specializing in bronze casting. Chin Wan Kee who is currently attached to a prestigious private institution as an art educator. As a sculptor, one of his prominent sculpture entitled Unity and Harmony, proudly graces an area of National Art Gallery garden since year 2000.

According to the sculptor “Sculpturing is meditative. It seizes me and gets me in a position to experience the truth and the freedom in life. Sculpturing is also a booster that continues to arouse and rush myself into exploring the roots of my own identity. Ultimately, the conceivable direction leads me to a deeper understanding of the fundamental nature of human kind and their intrinsic values”.

The exhibition is being curated by Tan Sei Hon, will features selected works from a few series produced over the course of 2 decades as well as new works. It offers a unique look at the human form reflecting the artist’s thoughts on life and humanity and the direction it has evolved over the years. Besides marking a personal milestone for the 55 year old artist, the exhibition aims to pay a tribute to fellow sculptors, other art practitioner and patrons for their support while introducing the artist and this art form to a whole new generation of art lovers and practitioners.

The inauguration will be held on 12th October 2017 at 3.00pm and will be officiated by YBhg. Tan Sri Kamarul Ariffin, Former Chairman of National Art Gallery at  Creative Space 3, National Art Gallery. The exhibition on view from 7th October 2017 until 30th October 2017 at Creative Space 3, National Art Gallery. Admission is free.

Press Release Merdeka : Unity & Diversity Exhibition

KUALA LUMPUR – National Art Gallery (NAG), brings you Merdeka: Unity & Diversity Exhibition, displaying 60 artworks by 22 local artists, centered on the accumulation of Malaysians ‘experiences and nostalgic of the past as well as artists’ new findings of the present ranging from representational, expressionism, folk art with figurative as a subject matter presented in the show. The exhibition is also to express the meaning of Merdeka through inspired artworks by artists from different age, gender, race and backgrounds. The exhibition will also been showcased in Johor Bahru where it will be exhibited at Warisan Johor Foundation, followed by exhibition at KOMTAR, Penang and SACC Mall Shah Alam in order to share with everyone the spirit of independence, unity and diversity.

The exhibition is a collaboration between NAG together with Infinity Logistics & Transport Sdn Bhd – Asian asset based Logistics Company and this exhibition is part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Project to help local artists concurrently celebrate the nation by promoting unity and diversity via art.

The inauguration will be held on 8th August 2017 at 2.30pm and will be officiated by

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul AzizMinister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia at Creative Space 3, National Art Gallery.

The exhibition on view from 5th August 2017 until 31st August 2017 at Creative Space 3, National Art Gallery. Admission is free.

Majlis Perasmian Pameran Merdeka Unity & Diversity

Turning Artists Into Entrepreneurs

Turning Artists Into Entrepreneurs

The image of a solitary artist painting on a canvas in a quiet secluded studio, oblivious to the business world that revolves around him, is about to change. At the Malaysian National Art Gallery (Balai Seni) a “movement” is underway, initiated by its Director General, to transform that image by involving artists more actively in business, ultimately turning them into art entrepreneurs.

A small group of dedicated staff assisted by a team of professionals is forging ahead with a new found mission to turn visual artists into entrepreneurs. As a first step, Balai Seni recently acquired twelve used shipping containers. They are parked at the rear entrance of the gallery and have been repainted in bright colors, refurbished, air-conditioned and aesthetically stacked, to house seven young artists, handpicked to pioneer this bold venture to change the mindset of visual artists to make them more business savvy.

Origin

This is a lifelong dream of its Director General, Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Najib who is a self-made entrepreneur himself, before venturing into academia and eventually helming the National Art Gallery.

As a young artist who once struggled to make a living from peddling batik paintings on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, he confessed that he and his colleagues who started selling their wares in front of Wisma Yakin and later at Pasar Seni in 1980s, would be better off in their careers, had they been adequately exposed to some knowledge on how to run a business.

He said, “As artists, we had no idea about forming a company, prepare a business plan, or roll out a marketing strategy, much less apply loans from financial institutions!”

Disillusioned with dwindlingg sales in his batik paintings during the recession of the 1990s, he abandoned street life and made his way to Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), to study fine art. Later, he pursued his master’s and doctorate overseas and was subsequently appointed Dean of the School of Fine Art at USM.

“Regrettably”, he said, “fine art schools, locally and abroad only focus on teaching techniques without adequately preparing their students to enter the business world”.

As a result, he added, “Many of our visual art graduates are not as successful as they should be!” He cited several cases of graduates who moonlighted between tedious day jobs, for instance working as waiters in cafes, in order to pursue their passion for art. Yet they are other talented artists who have unfortunately sacrificed their chosen profession for their entire life, to work in unrelated fields, just to survive.

Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Najib is determined to convert as many ordinary visual artists, as he possibly can, into business savvy individuals. He wants them to be able to sustain themselves and profit from their chosen vocation.

He is not alone in trying to realize this dream. The gallery’s board of directors is equally committed to assist young artists by giving them an opportunity to attend this Bootcamp-cum-residency at Balai Seni, and equipping them with necessary skills to thrive in an economy that is now becoming more accommodative towards visual artists.

Young Art Entrepreneurs (YAE)

To help him attain his goal he formed a “Young Art Entrepreneur” subcommittee of the board, made up of professionals and executives from Balai Seni, headed by Johan Ishak, the CEO of MyCreative Ventures. This committee too is equally sold on the idea that visual artists should be trained to sustain themselves and profit from their careers with appropriate exposure in entrepreneurial skills.

The committee deliberated at great lengths on approach and methodology for selection and training of participants. They settled for a five day intensive Bootcamp followed by a six-month residency with the artists housed in cabins parked on the gallery rounds. Not wanting to be overly aggressive in this first ever venture, the committee chose only seven candidates from a list of applicants obtained through social media advertising, to undergo Bootcamp training starting 17th July, 2017.

Bootcamp

The training prospectus, distributed to participants, describes it as “an introductory course on entrepreneurship that focuses on required skills needed to succeed as an entrepreneur in visual art”.

Mindful that participants, who may be unaccustomed to entrepreneurship, the Bootcamp is designed to acquaint them with basic understanding of the fundamentals of sustainability and profitability in visual art, including exposure to strategic planning, bookkeeping, finance, business law, sales and marketing.

The Bootcamp too, offers participants an opportunity “to learn how to utilize creativity in business innovation and career development by changing their mindset from that of an artist towards becoming more of an entrepreneur”.

The Prospectus indicates that throughout the six month residency period, participants would be guided by dedicated mentors and experienced coaches to develop required mindset, knowledge, understanding and specific skills needed to smoothen their transition as an ordinary artist to becoming more of an entrepreneurr in visual art.

It further suggests that by the end of the six month, participants are encouraged to “choose whether they want to be an art professional or an owner of an art business or a combination of both”.

Mentors and Trainers

During the forty contact hours of Bootcamp training, the Young Art Entrepreneur committee members and invited guest speakers interacted with participants and freely shared their entrepreneurial experience.

On the very first day, Johan Ishak introduced the concept of business planning and showed participants what investors expected to see in the Business Plans of potential applicants, including the young artists themselves who might, someday, turn to MyCreative Ventures or any financial institution   for loans or investments.

Later, Low Ngai Yuen, President of Persatuan Kaki Seni followed with a two-hour intensive workshop to change mindset of participants to become more positive towards entrepreneurship and in developing their own personal branding strategies.

Another committee member Winston Peng, from Vedas Art and President of National Arts Symposium who has devoted a great deal of his time researching on the Malaysian art scene, spoke on the nation’s Art Ecosystem and showed our young artists the importance of their roles, as key players, in the nation’s art industry.

The fourth committee member Sheikh Taufiq, a Corporate Adviser shared his experience on fundraising and examined how grant agencies, angel funders as well relevant stakeholders might be able to assist our art entrepreneur source funds for their business.

The committee members are supported by other independent entrepreneurs. Among them is Dato’ Bruce Umemoto who hails from California and is now a resident in Kuala Lumpur. His entrepreneurial skills helped Melaka attract a large American manufacturer of solar panels to establish a production facility in the state. He showed participants the importance of business planning and why they need to be entrepreneurial to succeed in any venture. An avid photographer himself, Dato’ Bruce shared with participants his passion for photography and what motivated him to follow his dreams.

Another speaker is Mohamed Jafni aka Mat Jepp who is a respected man in the video and film industry, spoke to the artists on the importance of web presence and how to circumvent a variety of problems to sell online. He illustrated his talk with a variety of video clips that captivated audience and drives traffic to his site.

But most daunting of all, for the young artists, is accounting and taxes. Syakirah Hanim, a chartered accountant, who is pursuing a degree in Master of Finance, helped alleviate their fear and advised them on how to budget to set aside funds for the tax man.

A private investment adviser Jeshida Kamal had a long chat with participants on how to reach high net worth individuals in the country through her network. While Melissa Low from MyCreative Ventures and her two colleagues welcomed participants to exhibit their creative pieces at the upcoming Riuh in August and September that will feature pop-up stores, creative workshops and live performances.

Residency

After the Bootcamp, participants will be able to further deepen their understanding of business planning, budgeting, basic bookkeeping, financial management, contract negotiation and fund raising, by completing hands-on exercises or prepare papers for submission to relevant authorities.

For instance, they will be required to apply for grants to finance their own specific projects. They will also be encouraged to apply for residency overseas to gain international exposure. In both cases their assigned mentors would assist them in preparing their curriculum vitae, an artist statement, mission, vision and budgets for submission. They would also get a chance to rehearse their pitching techniques to perfection.

During the same period, they will be guided to form their own sole proprietorship, register a brand at the Malaysian Intellectual Property Office (MyIPO), open a bank account, practice controlling their expenses, keep proper records using a pre-prepared computer application that will ultimately prove handy when it comes to filing for taxes in the following years.

To those who are already accustomed to business, these may sound basic. But for the young art novices, these concepts are indeed new. Throughout the Bootcamp, they questioned their mentors as to why they needed to register a company when they have been selling their creative work without one? Or why they would need a brand to promote themselves? Or why they would have to open a bank account, if they could transact in cash? Or even why they should bother paying taxes, since they were merely small time artists, earning merge incomes?

Changing Mindset

Over five days of intensive lectures and discussion, coaches managed to change the mindset of these artists and reorient them towards becoming more business savvy. At the end of five days they were convinced that they would need those tools to get ahead as an artist-cum-businessmen who are expected to conduct their activities responsibly and ethically in Malaysian society or elsewhere in the world.

They are now eager to prepare their creative art work using their basic knowledge of project planning that will allow them to be ready in time for various events and shows that they have committed themselves to, from August to end of December 2017 and far into 2018.

With knowledge gained from Bootcamp alone, they are now ready for Riuh organized by MyCreative Ventures in August and September, the Malaysian Art Expo in October, an exhibition at Balai Seni Creative Space in December and a charity auction of their creative pieces in January 2018.

Also, on their own initiative, the team has secured an invitation to hold a team exhibition in the Maldives during first quarter of 2018. They are already busy getting organized putting to good use tools acquired, to prepare for the exhibition.

Feedback

Feedback from participants thus far, is very positive. At the end of the Bootcamp, Jesicca Kuok (23) who graduated with a diploma in Fine Art from the Malaysian Institute of Art, reechoed the wish of the Director General when she said, “I came into this course with zero knowledge but after only five days I have learnt so much on how to do business, as an artist!” She had never taken any course in management previously and had no knowledge of business planning and marketing strategy. Prior to the Bootcamp, Jesicca had obtained a research grant to study cross-cultural art. Now she is confident of getting more awards simply because she has discovered a better way of writing for funds and an effective method of pitching before a panel of judges.

To Afiq Othman aka “Bob Sopan” (29) a graduate of UiTM, the course is an eye opener where business planning is concerned. He is now able to prepare a business plan to upgrade his studio in Tanjung Malim. A friendly donor had promised a substantial fund for the purpose, on condition that Afiq submitted a business plan. He has been delaying the submission for almost a year because he does not know where to begin. The Bootcamp is his life line. “Now I can submit my proposal!” says Afiq with a sigh of relief. “I kept postponing month after month, because I just didn’t know how to write one!”

On the other hand, Teh Nadirah (27) who has a Master in Fine Art, the Bootcamp and the design of the course is far superior compared to all courses she followed on campus. She said she did take some components of entrepreneurship at the university but this Bootcamp is more practical. “This course is true to life. I can apply everything I learned immediately. And it is specifically focused on visual art. The entrepreneurship course on campus was very general, without any connection to visual art, at all! I certainly appreciate the caring attitude of our instructors. They are so helpful….!”

Meanwhile, Fong Yeng Yeng (22), when asked to pitch, responded  “Wow, I was so nervous! I have never spoken on camera before! I became more relaxed only after I was advised to take three deep breaths and to read the script that the professor, at our Bootcamp, wrote for me. Now, I know, next time, when I have to speak on camera I will write the speech first and breathe deeply before I talk, to stop from shaking!” She is excited about having her own small business with her own logo that she could put on her paintings and use the opportunity given by Balai Seni to show to the world her creative skills. “I cannot wait to participate in exhibitions planned for us!”

Another participant is Ahmad Fikril (24) who is dyslexic finds the Bootcamp challenging at first because he takes a longer time to read and understand materials handed out in class. However, he says the Bootcamp is “enjoyable” because for the first time in his life he is exposed to business management in simple clear language. “Before this course I knew next to nothing about business. I only knew how to draw. But now I understand what the Balai Seni is trying to do. I think they want us to know that we can go very far in art business with the help we get from instructors and mentors here! I also enjoyed listening to speakers who are all very knowledgeable”. He added that he would be able to do better in business once he has registered a company, print his own calling cards and create a brand for himself that will be trademarked with Malaysian Intellectual Property Office. “Basic accounting skills I learned in class will also help me prepare accounts…for myself and for taxes, required by Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (Internal Revenue Board)”

Fikril’s close friend, Muhammad Farhanshah Mohd. Zaini (23) who is one year his junior recently graduated from UiTM felt that the Bootcamp is “very good and will certainly open not only my mind but will show me how to make my plans more systematic. In fact, after the Bootcamp, I am more confident about participating in art business. I have made up my mind that after my residency here, at Balai Seni I would like to venture overseas to do shows in Abu Dhabi, Maldives and elsewhere!”

Last but not least is Abdul Mohsin bin Aminuddin (30) who initially wanted to know how to venture into the interior design business, got more than what he bargained for when he enrolled in the Bootcamp and made a commitment to be on site at the Young Art Entrepreneur camp for six months. He was only interested to sell his work directly to hotel owners instead of going through interior design companies that were excessively profiteering from his creative effort. But he found friendship and although the oldest he was able to fit into the team quite easily. “The Bootcamp offered us an insight into how to better run our art business!” He felt that in just forty hours he was exposed to many ideas that could make him a better businessman. “I have accepted the offer to participate in the Young Art Entrepreneur because I know I can use it as a launching pad to better promote myself in the art industry. Some may not see this opportunity but for those willing to put in the extra effort, the returns will be tremendous!”

Conclusions

Has the Bootcamp changed the mindset of these young artists? Would they become art entrepreneurs by end of January 2018 when they complete their residency at Balai Seni? Can the Director General now take credit for having converted this pioneering group into entrepreneurs?

Only time will tell. But for now, the words of these artists have partly proven Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Najib’s contention that visual artists could go further and will likely become more successful when they are given some entrepreneurial skills and provided with basic tools in business management.

In fact, compared with those unfortunate ones who entered the art business world without any entrepreneurial skills, the seven Young Art Entrepreneur participants are indeed better prepared to face future challenges in the market place.

Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Najib and his colleagues at the Balai Seni may want to congratulate themselves for initiating this movement, knowing full well that these seven young artists have shown us that they have seen the value on the need to be more business savvy in their chosen profession.

That they have also seen the reasons for changing their mindset and stepping out of the quiet confines of their own studios to be actively involved in the business world and participate meaningfully in the nation’s goal to develop our very own art industry.

Obviously, we can safely conclude that it is almost impossible to turn ordinary artists into entrepreneurs overnight or make them into businessmen in six short months. But as demonstrated, you can successfully impart knowledge on business management over forty contact hours to help ordinary artists to

Improve themselves and learn to conduct their business more effectively and systematically.

 

Dr. Abdul Rahim Said
Business Coach and Mentor,
Young Art Entrepreneur,
National Art Gallery (Balai Seni)
Kuala Lumpur
31st July, 2017

Siaran Media Young Art Entrepreneurs (YAE!) di Balai Seni Negara

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Julai 2017– Young Art Entrepreneurs (YAE!) merupakan sebuah program baru anjuran Lembaga Pembangunan Seni Visual Negara (LPSVN) yang diperkenalkan bagi menyediakan platform kepada pelukis muda untuk memperlengkapkan diri dengan ilmu pengetahuan dan kemahiran untuk menjadikan mereka usahawan seni yang berdaya saing di dalam industri seni kreatif Negara.

Antara objektif utama program YAE! adalah untuk melatih pelukis muda  dalam bidang seni dengan kemahiran keusahawanan, memberi pendedahan dan tunjuk ajar secara hands-on oleh Konsultan Keusahawanan, Pelukis Jemputan, dan Kurator Jemputan. Terdapat juga penglibatan dari Kolektor Seni dan Pemilik Galeri, yang akan memberi pendedahan kepada mereka mengenai industri seni bagi meningkatkan kreativiti peserta dalam menghasilkan karya yang menarik yang mampu memenuhi kehendak pasaran dan membina perniagaan seni secara tersusun.

Melalui program ini, seramai 7 orang pelukis muda telah dipilih iaitu Jessica Kuok Beng Lin, Foong Yeng Yeng, Abdul Mohsin Aminuddin, The Nadirah Hamdan, Ahmad Fikril Haniff Shahruddin dan Muhammad Farhan Shah Mohd Zaini, yang akan ditempatkan di Art Depot atau kontena yang berada di Balai Seni Negara sepanjang program ini berlangsung dengan menghasilkan karya catan, cetakan dan arca. Program keusahawanan ini mengguna pakai konsep art incubator dan mengambil peluang economy of scale melalui amalan perkongsian sumber seperti kemudahan, teknologi, peralatan, dan kejurulatihan.

Kemuncak kepada program ini adalah sebuah pameran seni yang akan diadakan pada bulan Januari 2018 di Creative Space di Balai Seni Negara. Justeru itu,para pelawat boleh berkunjung ke Art Depot Balai Seni Negara untuk melihat dengan lebih dekat lagi proses penghasilan karya oleh para pelukis muda ini melalui YAE! dari jam 9.00 pagi sehingga 5.00 petang. Orang ramai dijemput hadir. Masuk adalah percuma.

Press Release The Young Contemporaries Awards 2016

KUALA LUMPUR– National Art Gallery (NAG) are hosting the Young Contemporaries Awards 2016  a prestigious art competition for young Malaysian artists under the age of 40 that was first introduced and organized by the National Art Gallery (NAG) in 1974. It was founded by members of the NAG Exhibition and Purchasing Committee in the early 70s, consisted of Johan Ariff, Farid Wardi, Redza Piyadasa, Mat Yasser Juli, Joseph Tan, Zuraina Majid, Ismail Zain and TK Sabapathy. The NAG is proud that many who have participated in this competition have now become pivotal movers and established figures in the Malaysian visual art scene as well as abroad such as Tan Cheng Kuan, Zulkiffli Yusoff, Ponirin Amin, Zakaria Awang, Fauzan Omar, Jailani Abu Hassan, Hasnol Jamal Saidon, Hanim Khairuddin, Bayu Uotomo Radjikin, Ahmad Shukri Mohamed, Eng Hwee Chu, Kow Leong Kiang, Azizan Rahman Paiman, Susyilawati Sulaiman, Sharmiza Abu Hassan, Bibi Chew, Roslisham Ismail a.k.a Ise, Yap Sau Bin, Abdul Muthalib Musa, Azliza Ayob, Fazil Idris, Fuad Ariff, Umi Baizurah Mahir, Chan Kok Hooi and many more.

The Incentive Prize for the winner of the competition amounted to RM25, 000.00. While for the Jury Award RM 5,000.00 will be given to five selected winners. Since its inception, the Young Contemporaries Award had successfully identified and discovered numerous local talents from each generation by awarding and rewarding their creative expression in various visual art disciplines. The Young Contemporaries Award had served in many different ways- as a catalyst and give artists exposure to the public also as a stepping stone in their search for recognition and acceptance. A total of 62 participation for this year edition and 33 of them have been elected to pass the 2nd level screening. The winner will be announced during the official launching ceremony on 15 Mac 2017 at 1.00pm and will be officiated by YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.

The Young Contemporaries Award Exhibition 2016 is open to the public from 6 February 2017 until 3 April 2017 at gallery 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B. Admission is free.

Press Release Solo A Shukri Elias Exhibition

KUALA LUMPUR– Balai Seni Negara (BSN) akan menganjurkan Pameran Solo A Shukri Elias dimana pameran ini menampilkan sejumlah 37 keping catan cat minyak, akrilik dan campuran atas kanvas, yang dihasilkan oleh A Shukri Elias di antara tahun 2001 hingga 2017. Kesemua catan digubah dalam bentuk abstrak dengan merujuk kepada rupa wajah (potret diri) dan figura manusia.

Sungguhpun menumpukan perhatian kepada potret dan figura manusia sebagai subjek utama, inti penceritaannya adalah kehidupan manusia yang bertolak dari pergolakan perasan dan pemikiran manusia dengan persekitarannya. Pelukis memilih untuk menggunakan elemen senirupa yang paling dasar/asas seperti titik, garisan dan warna.

Penggunaan elemen-elemen yang diolah atau digayakan secara padat, ringkas dan bersahaja telah meninggalkan kesan karekter dan suasana atau mood terhadap subjek serta meninggalkan kita dengan ‘gaya khusus’ A Shukri Elias dalam dunia seni rupa Malaysia.

Majlis perasmian pameran ini telah diadakan pada 6 Mac 2017 (Isnin) jam 3.00 petang di Galeri Potret Negara yang akan disempurnakan oleh YM Tengku Sabri Tengku Ibrahim.

Pameran A Shukri Elias ini dibuka dari 3 Mac 2017 sehingga 25 Mac 2017. Justeru itu,para pelawat boleh menghayati karya- karya yang dipamerkan  dibuka kepada orang ramai di Galeri Potret Negara. Orang ramai dijemput hadir. Masuk adalah percuma.

Press Release Female Faces & Malaysia Sustainable Cities

Kuala Lumpur, 11 October 2016 – The ‘Female Faces & Malaysia Sustainable Cities Exhibition’ held at Creative Space, National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur from 8th October to 13th November 2016 presents the outcome from MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP). It is a high impact joint collaboration effort between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. The exhibition presents a variety of physical, auditory and immersive ‘artifacts’ interviews and video documentary on broad aspects of sustainability in Malaysian cities. It compiles huge total of 75 works of field photography, 21 video interviews and 19 video research documentary under one roof, as well as exciting program line up throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition was held in the Wolk Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA on April 30 – July 31, 2015. Named as ‘Female Faces in Sustainable Places’, it was dedicated to Malaysian women in Malaysia who play key roles in defining and implementing sustainable development at the highest levels of government, in the private sector and at the community level. The exhibition in USA was to celebrate the “unsung heroines” from many backgrounds bringing sustainability to life, often through social entrepreneurship of various kinds.

The exhibition at the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, officiated by Ministry of Higher Education* Secretary-General, Tan Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd. Nur today, is a reciprocal arrangement by UTM that further includes the history of the programs and research agendas from the 27 MSCP international scholars.

MSCP under the direction of Professor Dr Mohd Hamdan Ahmad (UTM) and Professor Dr Lawrence Susskind (MIT), with support from the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, critically assesses sustainable development efforts in five Malaysia major cities: Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Putrajaya, George Town, and Kuching. Research Agenda that covers areas of climate change, energy and low carbon development; ecosystem conservation, water supply and infrastructure; flooding and disaster preparedness; housing, displacement and community engagement; tourism; traffic and transportation; and urban design, green building and protecting cultural assets, are aimed to making Malaysia as an exemplary approach to sustainable development for nation in sustainable development for other developing countries to emulate.

Siaran Media Majlis Perasmian Pameran ‘KOLEKSI TRADISI KE POP”

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 September 2016Balai Seni Visual Negara (BSVN) hari ini telah mengadakan Majlis Perasmian Pameran “KOLEKSI TRADISI KE POP” yang dilancarkan oleh Puan Elizaberth Cardosa iaitu Presiden Badan Warisan Malaysia pada 22hb September 2016 (Khamis) jam 3.00 petang.

Wayang Kulit merupakan sejenis teater tradisional yang popular dalam kalangan masyarakat Asia Tenggara sebelum kedatangan pelbagai seni  hiburan dan persembahan moden yang kebanyakannya berasaskan media elektronik. Ia merupakan satu bentuk persembahan teater yang menggunakan prinsip cahaya dan bayang.

Pameran yang diadakan di Balai Seni Visual Negara ini menampilkan patung-patung wayang asli yang diambil dari beberapa koleksi peribadi serta interpertasi wayang kulit kontemporari yang memaparkan imej-imej adiwira dalam budaya popular masakini. Pameran ini bertujuan untuk meninjau pelbagai bentuk persaingan di antara para penggiatnya dan keperluan untuk menerapkan elemen-elemen budaya popular dari segi reka bentuk patung serta kepenggunaan bahasa dan bunyi demi memenuhi permintaan semasa.

Sebanyak 35 karya dan bahan-bahan arkib yang dicetak semula dipamerkan disini dalam pelbagai bentuk dimensi. Antaranya ialah karya-karya oleh pelukis senior dan Tokoh Seni Cetak Malaysia, Long Thien Shih dan pelukis Allahyarham Nik Zainal Abidin Nik Salleh (1936-1993) yang telah mempopularkan watak-watak wayang di dalam lukisan-lukisannya. Antara beberapa projek berkumpulan dan kolaborasi yang dibawa khas ke pameran ini ialah Fusion Wayang Kulit, Main Wayang, Wayang Kulit Malaysia dan Wang Kulit Semangat Baru.

Justeru itu para pelawat boleh menghayati keunikan seni wayang kulit dengan lebih dekat bermula daripada 26hb Ogos 2016 sehingga 30hb September 2016, jam 10 pagi sehingga 6.00 petang di Creative Space, Balai Seni Visual Negara. Orang ramai dijemput hadir.