The five Bruneian artists and officials from the Chinese embassy posing for a group photo before their departure to China. Picture: BT/ Julius Hong
BY JULIUS HONG
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - FIVE Bruneian artists departed yesterday for a 10-day trip to China to learn and experience Chinese Art.
During the visit, the five artists – Dato Shofry Abdul Ghafor, Osman Mohammad, Dr Zakaria Hj Abd Hamid, Hj Dayang Hj Mutalip and Pg Timbang Pg Hj Tuah – will attend the China-Brunei Artists Workshop and have exchanges with artists from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.“The academy is one of the oldest art academies in China. We are all looking forward to see the academy, talk to the lecturers and interact with the students to learn from them,” said Dato Shofry Abdul Ghafor, the head of the delegation.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to learn and hopefully, we can have a more intensive connection between the academy and us in Brunei,” he added.
The artists will also visit several cities and places of interest, including Shanghai and the Huangshan Mountain in the Anhui province.
“We are visiting some of the most beautiful places in China, to be inspired by the surroundings for our paintings. Hopefully, by the end of the year we will have a joint exhibition with Chinese artists who will come to Brunei to paint Bruneian landscapes,” said Dato Shofry.
The delegation is also expected to visit Chinese ink factories, as well as the College of Brush Painting and Calligraphy, with a view to further understand traditional Chinese culture and arts.
The Chinese Embassy also plans to hold a joint exhibition later this year between the five Bruneian artists and their Chinese counterparts to promote exchanges between the two countries’ art communities.
The exhibition will also mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-Brunei diplomatic relations.
“It will be a very good exhibition where Bruneian artists will showcase their works of Chinese Landscapes while the Chinese artist will showcase Bruneian landscapes, (signifying) the close relationship we have,” said Dato Shofry.
“China is a very important country to Brunei and we value our relationship with them. This trip will help further cement that relationship,” he said.