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10 A R T S

by Fong Wai Ling


Galeri Chandan evokes the grandeur of Perak heritage.
Filling The Void In
Malaysian Art
The goal is simple. Nurture the young of
today for the art of tomorrow. From the
collaboration of Galeri Chandan and House
of MATAHATI (HOM), comes the Malaysia
Emerging Artist (MEA) Award. A brand new
chapter for the Malaysian art industry, the
MEA Award will fill the void left by prominent
art awards of the nineties that opened doors
for many young Malaysian talents.
The award aims to give emerging
visual artists due recognition and better
opportunities. “Our bid is to invest in the
future of Malaysian art. There is a lot of
untapped talent out there and the MEA will
offer them the right platform to develop
their professional career,” states Nazli Aziz,
managing director of Galeri Chandan.
“HOM believes that young artists
not only need moral support, but also
19 - 23 NOVEMBER
MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre financial support to ensure they are able
to continuously produce art,” states Bayu
Utomo Radjikin of HOM.
Open to all Malaysians aged 18 to 35
years, the call for entries began in July. Out
of the many applications received, only 40
artists made it to the final round. All artworks
were produced within the last two years and
there was no theme or size for participants
and poignant move to marks its inception. to adhere to.
Since then, there were many other prominent A total of 94 artworks which features a
exhibitions housed at the gallery. mixture of two and three-dimensional pieces
I Miss Him So Much : Our Hearts For were showcased in a two-week exhibition at
Yours is a worthy mention, as it is was the Wisma Kebudayaan Soka Gakkai in Kuala
art community’s contribution to society. A Lumpur from Oct 4-18.
collaborative effort with Killer Batch MRSM Five winners were selected by the
Kulim Alumni and Sabah Credit Corporation, MEA’s judging panel made up of senior
artists, academicians, collectors and
it was to raise money to build a hostel for
industry experts. Each winner walked away
secondary school students in the remote town with the cash prize of RM3,000, a trophy,
of Kiulu, Tamparuli, Sabah. The hostel is to be RM2,000 in vouchers for art supplies, a
named “Asrama Donni” in remembrance of coveted solo exhibition, and a 10-day travel
an 11-year-old boy who committed suicide to grant to Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

ocated in Jalan Gelenggang, Bukit ease his family’s financial burden. This charity,
Damansara, the double-storey participated by more than 40 local artists, has
bungalow has more than meets the raised more than RM100,000. progressive and dynamic one in the region and
eye. It houses Galeri Chandan founded by Another significant recent exhibition also in the world.
trio Mohammad Nazli Abdul Aziz, a chartered comprised the finalists’ works for the Malaysia Galeri Chandan is one of the exhibitors
building professional, Faisal Ghazali, an Emerging Artist Award. The MEA is seen as at the Arts Expo Malaysia 2009 from Nov 19
interior designer, currently the president of the a grand gesture to fill the void of prominent to 23. You can view Galeri Chandan’s pieces
Malaysian Society of Interior Designers, and awards and to revitalise the local art scene. under the ThreeHundredSixty group at Booth 1
Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi, a politician Galeri Chandan was founded on the noble during the exhibition.
and prominent name in the banking industry, as intention of investing in
the patron. the future of Malaysian
Galeri Chandan is part of arts. The ThreeSixty
ThreeHundredSixty group, a multi-disciplinary Art Development group
design, development and management firm. positions themselves as
While ThreeSixty Art Development Studio a corporate art gallery
carves its niche in the commercial sector, that caters to all levels of
Galeri Chandan hosts contemporary art. the art industry.
Chandan is a place located in Kuala With high
Kangsar, Perak. The majestic Istana Iskandriah aspirations for the local
sits on Bukit Chandan. Mention Chandan and art scene, Mohammad
it is a place that evokes Perak’s rich cultural Nazli believes that with
and artistic heritage. The three founders, who fertile ground to live
all originated from Perak, found the name to be and grow coupled with
significant for starting their gallery. the right ingredients,
The gallery’s inaugural exhibition titled, the Malaysian art scene
“Semangat Chandan” was a showcase of the will flourish. It will also
works of 21 artists from Perak, a significant be recognised as a

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