Art for the masses: Christine Ngh standing beside artwork by graffiti artist Mohd Zaki Nordin, aka Escape VA. The message in the mural is translated: ‘PPR Hicom clean and free of rubbish; families are happy and the surroundings are protected’. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star
One outfit believes that art is for everyone and its benefits for all to enjoy.
Schools and low-cost housing areas aren’t exactly well-known for being bright, breezy places. However, a team of graffiti artists have come together to spruce up these venues, in the hopes of transforming them from drab to exciting with their colourful and tastefully done murals.
Bringing the artists and sponsors, together is art project consultant Christine Ngh, 39. She left her job in the corporate sector after 12 years, and in 2010, set up Bumblebee Consultancy, a creative agency that promotes art and artist collaboration.
“I stumbled upon the graffiti community at the end of 2010 whilst working on DBKL’s first international graffiti festival – KUL Sign 2010. I had the chance to observe and interact with many local and international artists,” says Ngh.
After the DBKL project, she decided to use graffiti as a base to slowly branch out to other aspects of art. “I love to create, explore new things, learn new things and work with different types of people,” says Ngh. “My vision is to bring art everywhere and make it popular, especially in the industry I was previously in – the consumer goods industry.
“We have conducted Gempaknya My School (My School Rocks), a high school graffiti programme, in collaboration with professional artists. We have covered 94 schools nationwide, so far,” she elaborates.