MONDAY, 1 DECEMBER – Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) always give serious attention to research and development with creative artistic heritage tradition.
UMS Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Harun Abdullah said that it was important to continue the legacy of eastern culture, particularly in the context of Sabah as a state in Borneo Island.
“Not many people know about the uniqueness of Sabah formed through the agreement of more than 31 ethnic groups representing diverse religions, cultures and customs of the artistic heritage inherited until now.
“This is the strength of the state, its unity in diversity, and I really hope that art researchers can mobilise their efforts to study the composition of art and culture produced from this mixed background,” he said at the Borneo Art Exhibition at Suria Sabah Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu. His text was read by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dr. Shahril Yusuf.
According to Datuk Dr. Harun, the exhibition themed ‘Sabah Tanah Airku’ was the result of a study translated through the combination of technology and non-technology of visual arts such as painting, film and documentary, animation art, sculpture and ceramics.
The two-day exhibition organised by the Faculty of Humanities, Art and Heritage (FKSW) was also attended by the consort of the Head of State who is also the patron of the Nur Jauhar Charity Foundation Fund, Toh Puan Hajah Norlidah Tan Sri Datuk RM Jasni.
Over 80 creative arts created and innovated by the undergrads of FKSW were exhibited. The exhibited works were sold and proceeds of the sales will be donated to Nur Jauhar Charity Foundation Fund. – MA (fl)
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