Brunei artists eye foreign market

|     Aziz Idris     |

LOCAL artists from different generations shared their thoughts on National Identity in Art and Art in Digital Era during the first ever panel discussion entitled ‘Pause and Connect’ organised by Creative Space Art Gallery & Studio at Cultivate Bistro, yesterday.

The panel comprised senior visual artist Pengiran Abdul Wahab, graphic designer Liyana Hanif and founder of Kaleidoscope Studio Lisa Ahmad – with Dr Malai Yunus bin Malai Yussof (also known as Noh) as the moderator of the discussion.

Some 35 people, from different creative background attended the forum to learn more about art while building relationships. Pause and Connect also aimed to narrow the gap between emerging artists and senior artists.

In a press conference, Pengiran Abdul Wahab noted the increasing number of local artists getting their artwork out to a wider audience.

He said several art galleries have started organising exhibitions, with more in the pipelines. He sees it as an improvement in the art scene and appreciation towards art in the country.

Senior visual artist Pengiran Abdul Wahab, graphic designer Liyana Hanif, founder of Kaleidoscope Studio Lisa Ahmad and moderator Dr Malai Yunus during the panel discussion. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

All artists shared one common goal, which is to create artwork that can be marketed not just locally but internationally and to do that, Lisa Ahmad noted the need to have a space and proper gallery standards.

She explained that Brunei has a lot of talented artists. However, she believes that the art industry is still in the infant stage.

Pengiran Abdul Wahab is also showcasing his works in Creative Space for their Pause and Rewind Exhibition, along with two other senior artists, Haji Malek Metarsat and Dato Shofry.

Open free to the public, the exhibition is held from February 10-March 3 from 10am-4pm Wednesdays to Sundays and 2.30-7pm every Fridays.