By Mei Kuan
The creative art contest running on the theme “Covid Through My Eyes” by the Ipoh Fine Arts Society (IFAS) had received encouraging response.
Open to all Perakeans with free entry, the online competition which kicked off in December had received a total of 150 entries across three age groups: below 10 years old, 11 to 16 years old and 17 years old and above.
A prize-giving ceremony was held recently at the Episode Auditorium @ Kinta Valley Retreat with strict adherence to the health and safety standard operating procedures.
Present was Member of Parliament for Ipoh Barat, M. Kulasegaran, the guest of honour who presented prizes and certificates to 39 winners.
Among the judging criteria for submitted artworks were creativity, originality, quality of artistic composition, interpretation and clarity of the theme.
The top three winners of each category are as follow:
Below 10 Years Old:
- First prize – Muhammad Iskandar Zulkarnain bin Zulkefli
- Second prize – Revanraj a/l Gopal
- Third prize – Darwin a/l Pathmanathan
11 – 16 Years Old
- First prize – Cheah Ying Ying
- Second Prize – Shoniya d/o Subramaniam
- Third Prize – Kirthana
17 Years Old & Above
- First Prize – Chee Shiau Thing
- Second Prize – Amutharasan Periannan
- Third Prize – Chin Choong Kooi
According to Shanti Lingam, the President of Ipoh Fine Arts Society, the NGO’s activities have been online since the COVID-19 outbreak.
“For instance, we have been interviewing Bharatanatyam dance teachers in Ipoh to document their dance journey via a series called ‘An Enduring Passion to Dance’ posted on Facebook. Our next to-be-launched programme is an exciting collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) centred around the idea of climate change. It is a worthwhile program for children and set to have a far-reaching impact on young minds on the value of guarding our precious environment,” she enthused.
Founded in 1989, the Ipoh Fine Arts Society is aimed to promote the rich beauty of arts and culture for a more vibrant city. For more updates, visit the Ipoh Fine Arts Society Facebook page.