10 MIN­UTES WITH ... PA­TRICE VALLETTE

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Founder and di­rec­tor of Vallette Gallery shares his vi­sion for the fu­ture of art in Malaysia. How did you get into the art in­dus­try? I was in­tro­duced to Warhol and Pi­casso when I was about 21 years old. I started col­lect­ing art when I wanted to start in­vest­ing. Pas­sion gets you fur­ther than you ex­pect and it makes you think of ways to im­prove your­self. Some­times, peo­ple be­lieve in your abil­ity to achieve. In re­turn, you should take the leap and in­vest in some­one else, too. This is ex­actly what I’m do­ing with our lo­cal tal­ent. What do we have to look for­ward to this year? We are launch­ing an art ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme with some schools. Our cu­ra­tor will set up a spe­cific sub­ject around the ex­hi­bi­tion and in­vite stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in this dis­cus­sion. We will also be con­duct­ing dif­fer­ent art talks where other per­son­al­i­ties such as gallery di­rec­tors or pho­to­jour­nal­ists will of­fer a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on the on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tions. What is Vallette Gallery’s phi­los­o­phy? We be­lieve in pro­vid­ing a unique art ex­pe­ri­ence to all. We show­case work from young Malaysians and in­ter­na­tional artists, then bring peo­ple to­gether through so­cial events, where peo­ple can strike con­ver­sa­tions and in­crease aware­ness. What is the one col­lab­o­ra­tion you’re look­ing for­ward to? Merg­ing arts with mu­sic has been on my mind for the long­est time. This year, I get to re­alise this dream with Eve­lyn Hii from No Black Tie. The goal of this part­ner­ship is to sup­port emerg­ing lo­cal artists, and to also trade tal­ents across the re­gion. Vallette Gallery, 22 Jalan Bruas, Da­mansara Heights. Tel: 019-301 2569. www.val­let­te­gallery.com

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