Art competition on COVID-19 experience

Rokiah Mahmud

Kaleidoscope Studio is conducting an art competition on the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The campaign will run on various platforms with the aim of creating greater accessibility for locals to share their work and to encourage engagement with a wider community including regional artists and collectors.

The campaign will involve the production of a publication and a virtual art exhibition. The vision for the project is to explore current issues by sharing various perspectives through art and conversation.

It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the consequences of human interruption in the natural environment and to raise funds for local NGO BruWILD by donating a portion of the proceeds from artwork or publication sales.

Kaleidoscope Studio Director Nur Khalisah Ahmad said Kaleidoscope is always looking for new ways to support local artists and environmental initiatives. “Creatives depend on digital tools to share their creations, but with this project I hope we can open more doors with the virtual exhibition and by tackling the issue of accessibility – making local works more accessible online and also producing print media for distribution and charity,” she added.

Local artists are invited to enter The Covid Experience Art competition that aims to honour selected artists and award prizes as a way to support their creativity.

There are no limitations on the medium of entry. Video, poetry, paintings, sculptures, collages, graphic design and illustration are accepted.

Works will be judged for creativity and ability to present a unique perspective on the themes, which are human and nature balance; Staying at Home or Social Distancing; Self Care or Health and Hygiene.

The competition is divided into two age categories, category 11 to 18 years and category 19 years and above.

Apart from cash prizes, awards include selection for the first online virtual art exhibition held in Brunei. Some will be featured in the art publication which will be produced in conjunction with the campaign.

A portion of the proceeds from artwork sales will be donated to BruWILD, a local NGO that works towards biodiversity conservation through education and action.

The Covid Experience Art Competition opened on May 6 and will continue until June 8. Results will be announced on June 15. The virtual art exhibition will be announced later.