| Zee Yusri |
AFTER six months of brainstorming inspirations and ideas, 101 objets d’art (French for work of art) were created by 14 chosen local artists, both young and old, who participated in the 2nd Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park Art Retreat 2014. A section of the creations was displayed at the Art Gallery at Dermaga Diraja.
The art exhibition of these masterpieces was launched by Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) in his capacity as the guest of honour during the opening ceremony yesterday.
Themed ‘The Beauty of Tasek Merimbun: Our Heritage’, the local artists were encouraged to create open creative art with subjects such as nature, the life of animals, as well as the environment, where mixed media and materials were used in their arts.
“It is our aspiration to bring the spotlight on Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park as it is the only Asean Heritage Park in Brunei. In addition, it has a unique environment with its rich and diverse flora and fauna,” said Pg Dr Karim bin Pg Hj Osman, Acting Director of Museums in his welcoming remarks.
He mentioned that compared to scientific research activities, the heritage park is seldom touched by the local artists and the art retreat was one of the ways to bring the local artists to produce their work of arts through their own diverse perspectives and interpretations.
For maximum exposure, the artists were brought to several places within the heritage park to enable them to fully experience its unique and diverse surroundings. After the completion of their pieces, the artists would hand over one of their masterpieces for the Museums Department’s collection.
“In return, the artists’ collection from the art retreat will be displayed in the Art Gallery at Dermaga Diraja and the artists are also allowed to sell their works. This creates a win-win situation where both parties benefit from and in turn will encourage more local artists to continue creating more masterpieces,” stated the acting director.
He hoped that the art retreat will encourage more artistic activities.
The event then continued with a presentation of certificates by the guest of honour to all the local artists who took part in the art retreat, followed by a token presentation to the guest of honour by the acting director. The event concluded with an art exhibition tour by the minister, accompanied by the acting director as well as local artists.
Also in attendance were Datin Paduka Hjh Adina binti Othman, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports; Dato Paduka Awang Hj Mohd Hamid bin Hj Mohd Jaafar, Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports; directors; deputy directors and senior government officials.