Un­leash your in­ner cre­ative at The Zhong­shan Build­ing

The vi­sion­ar­ies be­hind OUR ArtPro­jects , on how it’ s like be­ing be­hind some of the most cre­ative en de av our sin town.

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”Art has the abil­ity to en­gage com­mu­ni­ties, be it to de­rive some kind of re­sponse, or move the hearts and mind of peo­ple to think with clar­ity of mind.”

OUR ArtPro­jects has added new di­men­sions to the lo­cal art scene, like es­tab­lish­ing The Zhong­shan Build­ing. How did that come about? LH & SN: It was con­cep­tual is ed as an arts in­cu­ba­tor but hav­ing lim­ited ca­pac­ity and re­sources, we open-sourced the idea to the arts com­mu­nity, to form an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary com­mu­nity. It’ s now full of like-minded, en­er­getic in­di­vid­u­als who are knowl­edge­able and pas­sion­ate in their re­spec­tive fields. Today, peo­ple re­fer to The Zhong­shan Build­ing as an arts hub, which is quite sim­i­lar to what we had en­vi­sioned, but only bet­ter and a lot more sus­tain­able! De­scribe the trends tak­ing over the Malaysian art scene. SN& LH: Con­tem­po­rary art took form most prom­i­nent ly in stark fig­u­ra­tive work, fused with so­cial com­men­tary, or it was pas­sive ly po­lit­i­cal . Fig­u­ra­tive paint­ing was huge, and it’ s now moved into ab­stract paint­ing. Per­haps we’ll see more com­mu­nity-fo­cused arts, and those from fe­male artists. What makes a suc­cess­ful ex­hi­bi­tion? SN& LH: It’ s one that en­gages the pub­lic and has the abil­ity to move peo­ple, to draw some form of emo­tion, re­sponse or un­der­stand­ing (even if un­in­tended by the artist) and al­low peo­ple f rom all walks of life to re­mem­ber the ex­pe­ri­ence. Lastly, your se­crets to suc­cess? LH: The art busi­ness is very spe­cial; it doesn’t fol­low the rule of oth­ers so try to be prac­ti­cal, cre­ative and un­der­stand the artist.

Liza and Snow are re­shap­ing the lo­cal art scene with ini­tia­tives such as The Zhong­shan Build­ing

“Learn­ing and Re­learn­ing” by Wong Hoy Cheong

A work­shop con­ducted by artist Mark Tan

An art in­stal­la­tion by Bree Jon­son

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