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    Dream big, think big

    Hakim Hayat

    Seven Bruneian artists, led by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia joined an International Art Exhibition in the State of Perak, Malaysia recently along with artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Mauritius.

    The Bruneian artworks featured were carefully curated by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia, Brunei leader and representative for the programme, in the PIOR Perak Art Trail Exhibition, as part of the Visual Art Mega Programme of the State of Perak 2022 in September.

    According to Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia, they were invited by the Perak Association of Artists, whose President is Datuk Dr Ahmad Lothfi bin Ibrahim.

    Bruneian artists joining the event were Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Ajeerah Firdausul Bulqiah, Pengiran Abdul Wahab Hassan Al-Abbas, Pengiran Timbang bin Pengiran Haji Tuah, Dr Zakaria Haji Abdul Hamid, Haji Abdul Malek @ Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Metarsat and Khairol Sharifkhan Khalidkhan.

    Apart from an art exhibition, artists were also immersed into activities that promoted cultural exchanges and fostered new friendships as well as collaborations with fellow artists.

    Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Ajeerah Firdausul Bulqiah and Bruneian artists joining the PIOR Perak Art Trail Exhibition in a group photo. PHOTOS: HAKIM HAYAT
    Bruneian artworks on display
    Photos show artists participating in creative activities in Perak

    The activities included painting an art mural at a local cafe, plein air art competitions as well as exploring Perak’s most famous tourist spots, food, history and culture together.

    “The life that you live truly informs the art that you create,” said Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia.

    “To be able to exhibit my work among Brunei’s veteran artists is an honour. And to be able to travel with them, after a two-and-a-half year hiatus is something that has brought a new lease of life, hope and energy, to not just me, but all the other artists’ as well,” she added.

    “Travelling, making new friends, exploring a new place and city, and the experiences made have always given opportunities for me to grow and inspire me in how I create.

    “So, being able to do it once again, with friends I respect, at the same time representing our country, has provided me with loads of inspiration and energy to create more and hopefully build a strong foundation to greater things to come for more artists in Brunei,” she said.

    According to Singapore representative and leader for the programme Abu Jalal Sarimon, his vision is to encourage fellow artists to realise that the event is more than meets the eye.

    “They can learn to see more and be more creative and prolific.

    “In addition, this experience also encourages fellow artists to dream big, think big and focus on success, start with self belief and confidence, that their works are good enough,” he said.

    Abu Jalal Sarimon is also an award winning artist of the UOB Painting of the Year Award 2017.

    To encourage the development of the visual art scene further, an official memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed among the artistic leaders of each country, Perak Tourism and Perak Association of Artists.

    The MoU for Brunei was represented by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia.

    The MoU and initiative was agreed and signed together with six countries – Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Mauritius – with the vision to support each other and be committed to enhance, grow and develop the visual art scene in their countries and provide various art programmes, symposiums, workshops, dialogues, camps and exhibitions.

    The closing ceremony of the exhibition was graced by Duli Yang Amat Mulia Raja Dihilir Perak Darul Ridzuan Raja Iskandar Dzurkarnain ibni Al Marhum Sultan Idris A’fifullah Shah.

    Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia said that it was a great honour for all the artists to share their experiences and their works with the Perak royalty.

    Bruneian artists Pengiran Abdul Wahab Hassan Al-Abbas and Pengiran Timbang won consolation prizes in this competition.

    Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia said the experience and opportunity, opened up many doors to the current exhibiting artists for future collaborations, projects and exhibitions.

    “There will be more announcements as we move ahead with upcoming projects.

    “Look out for open calls from us as we reach out to the community; as we look for like-minded and inspiring creatives to join us on this journey,” Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia said.

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