BAIDURI Bank successfully hosted their very first art auction at the Jerudong International School’s Arts Centre on Wednesday night, which was called ‘Bruneian Art for Charity’.
The auction was attended by prominent Bruneians, foreign envoys, embassy officials, art enthusiasts, supporters of charities and Baiduri customers.
Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, in his welcoming address said, “We hope that tonight’s event will help provide much needed exposure to our artists and the art scene, to raise and grow interest in their market and provide encouragement and motivation for other artists to pursue their passion.”
He went on to state that all the proceeds raised during the event goes straight to the artist and the charities.
“At Baiduri Bank, giving back to our community, whether it is through our own resources or as a collective effort with our friends and loyal customers, is one of the key components of our social responsibility. The money collected will go to the charities that have been chosen by the bidders after deducting the amount to be paid to the artists for their art pieces.”
With the bid amount ranging from B$500 to B$18,000, the special evening and silent auction featured contemporary artworks by local visual artists such as Sam Siren, Haji Osman bin Haji Mohammad, Lizzan Lingat (Ejan), Pg Khamarul Zaman bin Pg Haji Tajuddin, Suhaili Omar and Pg Timbang bin Pg Haji Tuah.
An art piece that was successfully bid upon included ‘Teraja’ by Pg Khamarul Zaman, a large monochromatic work of organic forms and energetic strokes where silhouettes of pitcher plants, plant stems, leaves, branches and calligraphic shapes can be identified.
Another well-known local artist, Sam Siren, whose artwork entitled ‘Embrace’, which was also auctioned during the event, was produced on a heavy solid wood board and made use of multiple mediums commonly referred to as mix media.
Another art piece that was sold during the auction was ‘Water Taxi’ by Lizzan Lingat. A theme central to Lizzan’s works are everyday scenes in Brunei and his auctioned work depicts a scene of faceless men waiting for their water taxis on steps that disappear into the river.
The event began with a contemporary dance by Relentless Entertainment, a local dance troupe, who performed their interpretation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Throughout the night, guests were entertained with live performances by local singers and a live art demo by Wilson Mc Lau.
At the end of the night, the art auction was able to raise more than B$36,000.
The charities supported by the art auction were SMARTER Brunei, KACA Brunei, YASKA, Learning Ladders Society and the Child Development Centre.
The art auction will be followed by an art exhibition at Kaleidoscope Studio at Shaikirin Complex, Kiulap. Members of the public can view and purchase pieces still available after the auction at Kaleidoscope Studio starting today until the end of the month. Proceeds from the sales during the exhibition will also go towards the artist and the charities.