By: Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali
IPOH – A total of 134 artists from various artistic disciplines across Malaysia came together to bring Art Ipoh 2.0 to life in Tin Alley with vibrant colours and festivity.
The program, organized by the Tin Alley Ipoh Association, was inaugurated yesterday by the Raja Dihilir of Perak, Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Sultan Idris Shah.
Over 1000 art pieces were displayed on the walls of a 116-year-old building, now transformed into the largest art gallery in the city of Ipoh.
The fashion showcase by Eric Choong, a native of Perak, who has established a name and gained fame in Hong Kong and China, successfully captivated the audience.
His latest collection titled ‘Dream of My Garden’ vividly portrays him as a fashion designer with a natural creativity, expressed through the art of ‘tie and dye’.
According to Eric Choong, he presented about 10 new fashion designs, with the rest set to be unveiled in Kuala Lumpur at the end of this month.
“To appreciate the art enthusiasts in Ipoh, I first showcased a portion of my designs through Art Ipoh 2.0. This newest collection will be launched in Kuala Lumpur on August 31, 2023.
“The idea for the ‘Dream of My Garden’ collection came to me while visiting various countries. This artwork combines a variety of tropical colours and natural elements.
“I am delighted to have been invited to present my art, including paintings using fabric dyes, acrylics, and natural sources like leaves, sand, flour, and charcoal,” he said after the fashion show here yesterday.
During the inauguration event, in addition to the fashion show, various other activities were held, such as live painting demonstrations on bricks, dragon dance performances, Stave Tan’s Historic Wet Plate Collodion Photography, and more.
Located in Lorong Bijih Timah, Tin Alley is the artistic gallery of Perak state, gathering cultural, heritage, creative, and lifestyle artworks.
Tin Alley has successfully become a key platform connecting artists and creative entrepreneurs to the community to promote local art, especially those by local artists. Additionally, it serves as a tourist attraction capable of boosting the local economy.
Art Ipoh 2.0 will run until October 1, 2023.