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.
”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