Art Conference / Art Talk on Day 1

After a bit of waiting around the day started with an Art Conference / Art Talk to everyone’s surprise.
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From left: Charly Lesquelin  (Reunion Island), Prof Raja Dato’ Zahabuddin Raja Yaacob (Galeri Shah Alam, Malaysia ), Pn Zainariah  (Yayasan Hasanah, Said Aniff Hossanee (Mauritius ) & Celso Pepito  (Phillipines)
The panel : (from left:) Charly Lesquelin (Reunion Island), Prof Raja Dato’ Zahabuddin Raja Yaacob (Galeri Shah Alam, Malaysia ), Pn Zainariah (Hasanah Foundation, Malaysia ), Said Aniff Hossanee (Mauritius ) & Celso Pepito (Phillipines)

The MC from Yayasan Tunku Kassim apologised for the delay. And so it began with Yayasan Hasanah’s Senior Vice President (Arts, Heritage and Culture), Pn Zainariah Johari giving an overview of Yayasan Hasanah and its corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives. This foundation (yayasan) is the CSR arm of Khazanah Nasional Berhad. Although she is an accountant by profession her passion for the arts is strong and hence she is here in Langkawi to support Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.

Yayasan Hasanah 's website
Yayasan Hasanah ‘s website
Pn Zainariah having an animated discussion with Sherin Ng, artist and LAB 2016 bloggers - Mayeth (Phillipines) and myself (Malaysia)
Pn Zainariah having an animated discussion with Sherin Ng, artist and LAB 2016 bloggers – Mayeth (Phillipines) and myself (Malaysia)

Then, Liew Kian Yap, Langkawi Art Biennale founder and today’s moderator invited each panelist to introduce themselves and their art. The artists from Phillipines, Mauritius and Reunion Island spoke of how they met Liew many years ago and have been following his efforts in promoting Malaysian artists, art tourism exchange between artists from various countries and his vision of making Langkawi, a New Art Destination.

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Prof Raja Dato’ Zahabuddin spoke of his involvement in Galeri Shah Alam (GSA) which was the brainchild of the Sultan of Selangor who initiated the gallery 35 yrs ago. Prof Raja also gave his support to Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 by sponsoring 10 Malaysian artists from Galeri Shah Alam.

A united front! - artists from Galeri Shah Alam. Love their GSA T- shirt!
A united front! – artists from Galeri Shah Alam. Love their GSA T- shirt!

After that the panel was asked this question : HOW DO YOU SELL ART IN YOUR COUNTRY?
….Stay tune for that segment in the next blog post 😊