Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture reviewing artwork of Bruneian artists. Courtesy of Brunei Art Forum.

Ten local veteran artists recently took part in an art exhibition that was held at the chancery of the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Entitled ‘Darussalam – Titian Seni’, the event featured contemporary and traditional artworks of veteran artists from the Brunei Art Forum (BAF), portraying a narrative related to culture, scenes, figures and landmarks in Brunei Darussalam.

High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Malaysia Dato Paduka Hj Alaihuddin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Hj Mohd Taha said that the aim of the exhibition was to provide a better understanding on Brunei Darussalam’s culture and heritage, through the eyes of the ten artists featured.

Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi (L) admiring the work of local artist Pg Timbang Pg Tuah (R) along with Brunei High Commissioner to Malaysia Dato Hj Alaihuddin (C). Courtesy of Brunei Art Forum.

“I believe that through art, we can bring people from different countries together and allows them to understand one another”.

One of the featured artists, who is the chairman of BAF, Dato Paduka Hj Shofry Hj Abd Ghafor said that the ‘Darussalam – Titian Seni’ art exhibition proved to be an important platform for local creatives to expose their art on an international level.

“We need to have the space and venue for them to get the proper recognition, and to have many more people appreciate and value their work,” he said in a text interview.

He added that enabling the participation of locals artists in international workshops and exhibition has remained a priority for the BAF, ultimately aiming for Bruneian artists to be recognised for their talent and creativity.

Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture reviewing artwork of Bruneian artists. Courtesy of Brunei Art Forum.

When asked about how the local art scene has changed over the years, Dato Shofry acknowledged how the local art scene is still “very seasonal” however he is pleased that art has now been considered a key part of the creative industry in Brunei Darussalam.

“Our artists are increasingly active in producing more work and there are several galleries now which organise exhibitions for our artists… I am hopeful for our future”. 

Present as the guest of honour to officiate the event was Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi.

High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Malaysia, Dato Paduka Hj Alaihuddin (5L) and Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi (6L) in a group photo with Bruneian artists. Courtesy of Brunei Art Forum.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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