BRUNEI - There is a need to have a permanent art exhibition hall in the sultanate as more youth are becoming comfortable in showcasing their work openly.
"As an artist, it felt good to be able to see my own work being appreciated, however, it would be great if we could show them all year round," said a Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) student who is currently in her third year with the institution.
She is one of the UBD art students displaying their work for the UBD "Emergination" Art Exhibition at Mabohai Shopping Complex, which started yesterday.
"My piece was sold even before the soft opening of the two-week exhibition," said Feqah Murni, another of the artists.
"This is how we sell our work. We are hoping that someone would appreciate and buy our pieces. And I think by having a place for us to display it continuously, it would motivate us to continue what we love to do. It keeps the momentum going," she said.
She added that she hoped the Brunei Art Forum will be active again as she finds it helpful to have a committee where all artist communicates and work together.
"Like us, we are already in our senior year in UBD and by next year we will graduate. The opportunity will be given to junior students. So, it's nice to have somewhere to show our work after we leave the institution," she said.
Meanwhile, Susannah Zsa Zsa Liew hopes that by displaying her work in exhibitions will create awareness and encourage people to learn more about the culture of one's' origin.
The UBD art student displayed two of her four pieces in the exhibition where her work involves painting on wood.
"Nowadays, you see a lot of artist doing their work on canvas and I want to do something different. So I thought of wood itself. Wood is closely related to earth and it has that texture compare to the canvas. I would say it is a little bit tricky to paint on wood because you have to find the suitable type of wood," she said.