| James Kon |
THE strong friendship between Brunei Darussalam and the Federal Republic of Germany were translated into a masterpiece of art at the one-day workshop yesterday organised by the Rainforest Gallery with the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The workshop, conducted by prominent local modern and contemporary artists Pg Timbang Pg Tuah, Cikgu Zakaria Omar and Dayang Ummi Zaty Bazillah, was to mark the 30 years of friendship between the two nations.
Altogether 26 students from five schools namely Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah, Meragang Sixth Form Centre, Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre and Jerudong International School participated in the workshop which was aimed at exposing the students to contemporary arts while giving them the opportunity to acquire the Batik, cooper-tooling art techniques.
Making use of discarded materials, each school managed to produce an artwork to celebrate the close relationship between Brunei Darussalam and Germany.
The German Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Roland Grafe in an interview said, “It’s a first attempt to try to find a way to visualise the strong bilateral and friendship relationship between Brunei Darussalam and the Federal Republic of Germany. The challenge is trying to translate the relationship into an artwork that can be seen.”
He also highlighted, “This is the first workshop to manage the visualisation between both countries and make use of various medium to give a better result. There can be a continuation if the workshop is successful.”
The German Ambassador also revealed that the 30 years of diplomatic ties will be celebrated from now until June next year and he felt that it is worthwhile to host another workshop.
Before concluding the workshop, the German Ambassador visited each of the student’s masterpieces and presented certificates to the participants.