On April 13, 2019, the SGM Penang Culture Centre welcomed Penang Chief Minister YAB Chow Kon Yeow to officiate the opening of the “Camaraderie in the Land of Hornbills” art exhibition, showcasing 53 artworks by 16 artists from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
In his welcoming remarks, SGM General Director Koh Sia Feai said though cultural exchanges might seem inconspicuous; it is the surest way to create a peaceful world. Cultural exchanges transcend all differences and bring people from different backgrounds closer. He stressed that SGM will strive to pave the path of culture in order to strengthen bonds between peoples and countries.
Meanwhile, the director of Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Art Gallery, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Zolkurnian Hassan mentioned in his speech that the artists had travelled to Sarawak, the Land of Hornbills, to visit and experience the culture of East Malaysia. After returning, they created artworks such as paintings, batik and sculptures that tell the stories of their encounters. He hoped that the exhibition would help to promote Malaysian art and encourage more people to appreciate the uniqueness in the various ethnic cultures of Malaysia.
In opening the exhibition, YAB Chow said that Sarawak has a rich and colourful culture where people of different backgrounds are able to live under one roof. He also said that the unique characteristics of Sarawak depicted in this exhibition would further enliven the atmosphere. He hoped that SGM could promote more peace, education and culture activities to create a harmonious and prosperous society.
The exhibition was held from April 7 to 27, attracting some 700 viewers. This event had become a great platform for artists to share their artistic thoughts and ideas, and at the same time, broaden the viewer’s mind in understanding different cultures.
Besides that, activities such as a sketching demonstration and art talks were also held.