Admiring art by the sea

By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
@danitbpseeds
danielleringgit@theborneopost.com

Did you know that in Bahasa Sarawak, kites or ‘layang-layang ‘ are called ‘gudi’?

With a breathtaking view overlooking the sea and a calm breeze blowing through your hair, the Buntal Esplanade at Kampong Buntal, Santubong seems like the perfect place to fly your kites over the weekend.

From April 23-24, it became the backdrop for a totally different kind of activity – Art in the Park – an art education session aimed to encourage creative expression among children and youths.

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The children were working in groups with each has their own mentor watching over them during the art jam session

Organised by local theatre group, Persatuan Anak Seni Kenyalang (Aksara) together with 9Lives, another local art movement, Art In the Park was a two-day event filled with fun artsy activities open for members of the public.

More than 100 participants joined in the fun, including 20 students from four schools each-SK Buntal, SK Pasir Pandak, SK Santubong and SMK Santubong.

Hoping to instill a deep appreciation of art among the youths, project manager of Art in the Park Amy Amin hopes that it could help foster their art creativity through the workshops conducted.

Amy Amin (left) from 9Lives and Hafriz Zulfadly from Aksara

Amy Amin (left) from 9Lives and Hafriz Zulfadly from Aksara

Among the workshops conducted for the participants were art jam session with 9Lives and theatre sessions with Aksara on the first day, while students got to participate in a batik painting workshop with Kraftangan Malaysia and a kite-making workshop by Aksara on the second day.

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An activity combining a deep appreciation of Malaysian culture and art-batik painting workshop by Kraftangan Malaysia on the second day. -Photo credit Zen Hashim of 9Lives

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The participants showing off their completed art works from the batik painting workshop. – Photo credit Zen Hashim of 9Lives

Aside from the interactive workshops, Aksara and 9Lives also collaborated with students from UiTM to exhibit some of their sculptures.

UiTM student's work- 'Functional Sculpture (Ubi)' by Mohamad Farhan Noor Halim, Malinda Juim and Asmaa Najwa Mohd Pauzi

‘Functional Sculpture (Ubi)’ by Mohamad Farhan Noor Halim, Malinda Juim and Asmaa Najwa Mohd Pauzi from UiTM.

'Malay Traditional House-Inside & Outside Series' by Anwar Abdul Gafar

‘Malay Traditional House-Inside & Outside Series’ by Anwar Abdul Gafar

'Sepak Manggi' by  Ahmad Zawawi

‘Sepak Manggi’ by Ahmad Zawawi

First time you’ve heard about Aksara?

Members of Aksara and 9Lives (Picture by Zen Hashim of 9Lives)

Members of Aksara and 9Lives. – Photo credit Zen Hashim of 9Lives

Formed last year in May, Aksara is a local youth group which is passionate about theatre and performing arts.

Initially formed with the sole purpose of entering a theatre competition in Kuching, the group is now actively engaged in organising events around Kuching and currently have about 30 active members.

“When the competition ended, we found that we were actually passionate about what we do and so from there we just continued what we are doing now,” said Aksara president Hafriz Zulfadly.

Head chief of Kampong Buntal (third left) handing over certificate of participation to teacher of SK Santubong as witness by Hafriz (far left)

Head chief of Kampong Buntal (third left) handing over certificate of participation to an SK Santubong teacher as Hafriz (left) smiles for the camera during the closing ceremony. -Picture credit Zen Hashim of 9Lives

Even though it was their first time participating in a theatre competition, the group managed to snatch second place at the Festival Teater Negeri Sarawak organised by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

Among other activities organised by Aksara were a music session called ‘Bunyi Jeraya’, sports session Cat City Run, movie session ‘Wayang Pacak’, poetry session ‘Malam Pengucapan’ and talent show session ‘Saji Bakat’.

Art in the Park is the first art education session organised by Aksara in collaboration with 9Lives with the support of the Ministry of Social Development (KPS), Kraftangan Malaysia, Peanutzin, Baitumal, UiTM and MaNoy Handicraft.

The theatre group is planning on organising an art bazaar sometime this year in collaboration with Jabatan Kebudayaan, Kesenian Dan Warisan Sarawak (JKKN Sarawak).

To know more updates on Aksara, check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PersatuanAksara/?fref=ts or follow them at Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/teater.aksara/

Admiring arts by the sea-Art in the Park was organised by Aksara with 9Lives

Spelling out Art & Design in sculptures – part of Art in the Park organised by Aksara with 9Lives

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Students from SK Buntal, Sk Pasir Pandak, SK Santubong and SMK Santubong were invited to participate over the two days.

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A young participant from SK Buntal channeling her inner art potential

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An art piece by a participant during the art jam session

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