| Nadiah Suhaili |
FORTY pieces of artwork are currently on display at the recently-launched Spectacle 2016 exhibition, with themes ranging from personal angst to traditional Kampong Ayer life to social issues.
Various modes of artistic expression can be found at the gallery at the Chancellor Hall of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
For the participating students, it was an opportunity to capture the essence of contemporary culture, or focus on more traditional concepts using different mediums such as painting, photography, pop-art, wood sculpture and Islamic calligraphy.
This year’s exhibition is a slight departure from the programmes of previous years, as it is the first to showcase music as an art medium.
Some of the students who explored this avenue focused on giving a contemporary twist to traditional Brunei music, or used unusual sound distortions in order to create tunes.
Since its opening, the Spectacle gallery has received several distinguished visitors such as Dr Teo Siew Yan, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Global Affairs) at UBD; Ahmed Ali Sirohey, the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan to Brunei Darussalam; Datin Dr Hajah Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Vice-Chancellor of UBD; Craig Allen, the United States Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam; and Dr Edward Findlay, the Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy.
Spectacle 2016 is the fourth art and design graduation show organised by students from the Arts and Creative Technology course at UBD. It is available to the public, at 9am-7pm, every Monday to Thursday and Saturday, until May 21.