Perak Needs an Art Gallery

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“Perak needs an art gallery” said State Exco for Tourism, Culture and Health, YB Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi. Nolee made the statement at a press conference after the closing of the ‘Ipoh Drawing Marathon 2013’, the Perak chapter of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s ‘1MCAT’ (1 Malaysia Contemporary Arts Tourism) programme.

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Malaysian Contemporary Art created during Ipoh Drawing Marathon 2013. 3rd from left Dr Ahmad Lothfi

Nolee was responding to a closing speech made by the President of Persatuan Pelukis Perak Dr Ahmad Lothfi Hj Ibrahim, who urged YB Nolee to look into the viability, not just as an opportunity for Perak’s artists to display their works but also, to “preserve Perak’s heritage for future generations”.

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YB Nolee ‘Perak needs an art gallery’

Noting that Perak was the only state without an art gallery, she stated that the state was currently identifying a suitable location for the gallery and would be discussing the issue with the National Visual Arts Gallery. “A permanent gallery can also display other forms of visual art including cartoons and would be suitable to display the expensive works of art such as those on display during the marathon.”

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The event was launched by Datuk Dr Ong Hong Peng, Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It included the Ipoh Drawing Marathon, a 24-hour event which started at noon on Saturday. It attracted over 50 artists with some artists coming in to participate at different times throughout the event.

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Held at Kinta Riverwalk the artists were required to produce artworks using charcoal and draw  figurative or non figurative images surrounding the Riverwalk. Sixty of the drawings were selected for a coffee-table book to be exhibited at the Tourism and Culture Ministry and at hotels.

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The Artists at Ipoh Drawing Marathon 2013

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1 thought on “Perak Needs an Art Gallery

  1. Ipoh is the capital of Perak state and its heritage has attracted much attention of late. But somehow, despite long years of being a “cultural desert”, nothing much has happened to promote visual art until recent time. I do remember a S.H.O.W.C.A.S.E Exhbiition at the Muzium Darul Ridzuan back in 2001. Meanwhile, Perak artists have drifted to greener pasture.

    What is expected of an State Art Gallery and how would it be administered? Can it be self-sufficient and professional?

    One solution is to have an art space within another institution. This institution, I would suggest, is “THE LAT MUSEUM”. LAT the cartoonist is our local national hero and has an international audience. Indeed, his work sets the bar, going beyong mere cartoon and represents a unique Malaysian heritage.

    Until there is an institution to acquire and build up a “Perak Art Collection”, changing exhibitions can be held in “LAT MUSEUM”, in a dedicated exhibition space of international standard with a programme for changing exhibitions. We just have to make sure it is professionally managed and promoted, so Perak people can take pride in it, visit it regularly and bring our visitors there.

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