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Fancy an art lottery?

Contribute to a good cause and stand a chance to own an Ivan Lam painting.

- By ROUWEN LIN lifestyle@thestar.com.my

IVAN Lam, the first and only Malaysian artist selected to present a one-man project at Art Basel Hong Kong’s inaugural fair in 2013, has taken his art to a place it has never been before - out of the gallery and into an online sphere of endless possibilit­ies and good causes.

Now everyone can stand a chance to own an original Ivan Lam artwork for RM100 through the Ivan Lam Giveaway (www. ivanlamgiv­eaway.com).

This is an “art lottery” of sorts, where you purchase a ticket for a lucky draw. The winner will walk away with Immortalit­y, an artwork by Lam that is valued at RM15,000. The lucky draw date is yet to be announced.

This online art programme was founded upon Lam’s long-standing interest in democratis­ing art, marrying both his conceptual concerns and interest in using art as a collective platform to help a social cause.

The proceeds made from this giveaway will be channelled to support Unicef in promoting the rights and well-being of every child, a cause which he is passionate about.

“I believe in this programme and that we can all give back to the society that has been side-lined and underprivi­leged. Art can be a platform where people can come together to do something special and powerful, collective­ly. Through this Giveaway, I hope all of us will rally together for this worthy cause and get through these times of crisis,” says Lam.

Ivan Lam Giveaway is curated and organised by Wei-ling Gallery, its first curated online art programme.

Lim Wei-ling, gallery director of Wei-ling Gallery and Wei-ling Contempora­ry in Kuala Lumpur, says that having the privilege of working with socially conscious artists such as Dadang Christanto and Ahmet Ogut, has made her realise the power of art to effect social change.

“This ‘Ivan Lam Giveaway’ programme is a project that Ivan Lam and I have been discussing for some time now, as a way to allow more people to have access to own an original artwork by an establishe­d artist, while raising funds to support a cause that is meaningful to the artist. This is an exciting project for us as I believe this is the first time that an ‘art lottery’ of this nature has been initiated in Malaysia. We are aiming to have these art giveaways occur yearly and hope that it will encourage audiences to participat­e, to appreciate art while at the same time supporting a worthy charitable cause,” says Lim.

Lam was one of four Malaysian artists to represent Malaysia at the country’s first ever National Pavilion at the 58th Internatio­nal Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia in 2019. He was also the only Malaysian artist to have been commission­ed by Louis Vuitton for their collection in 2014.

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Immortalit­y
(graphite pencil on semi-gloss Fontaine paper, 2019). — Handout
Ivam Lam’s Immortalit­y (graphite pencil on semi-gloss Fontaine paper, 2019). — Handout
 ??  ?? Below: The Ivan Lam Giveaway was born out of the artist’s long-standing interest in democratis­ing art and using artasa collective platform to help a social cause. — SAM THAM/ The Star
Below: The Ivan Lam Giveaway was born out of the artist’s long-standing interest in democratis­ing art and using artasa collective platform to help a social cause. — SAM THAM/ The Star

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