Global Eye Programme readies Malaysian edition

  • Arts
  • Friday, 29 Nov 2013

The international art initiative expands to Malaysia.

CONTINUING the vision to bring contemporary Asian art into the sights of the international community, Parallel Contemporary Art and Prudential Corporation Asia are teaming up again to bring the Global Eye Programme to Malaysian shores.

The Global Eye Programme, a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting emerging artists, was established by British-based Parallel Contemporary Art in collaboration with The Saatchi Gallery in London, and has previously highlighted artists from Hong Kong (2013), Indonesian (2011) and South Korea (2008).

Parallel Contemporary Art co-founder David Ciclitira said he and his wife Serenella got the idea to start the Global Eye after they could not find a catalogue on contemporary Korean creatives, despite the country’s burgeoning art scene.

The couple who have been collecting art for over 25 years summed up the reason for the programme as “because we like art and we like artists.”

To date, the Global Eye Programme has held 17 exhibitions worldwide and been viewed by over two million people. Prudential Corporation Asia has acted as a key sponsor in previous Hong Kong Eye and Indonesian Eye exhibitions, and will be the title sponsor of the Malaysian leg.

In the upcoming local edition, Prudential Malaysian Eye is set to bring together the works of over 20 artists from various mediums in an exhibition at MAP, Publika in Kuala Lumpur next year (March 27 to April 30). The exhibit will be curated by Serenella Ciclitira, Britain’s Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst and Hong Kong’s Hanart TZ Gallery director Chang Tsong-Zung.

A reference book Malaysian Eye: Contemporary Malaysian Art, featuring even more Malaysian artists will also be published, with the 75 participating artists then being roped in to host master classes, as part of the programme’s education initiative.

This programme cumulates with selected artists from the exhibition moving on to a second leg of the exhibit: as part of START at the Saatchi Gallery in London, in June 2014.

“We have received an overwhelming response, with over 200 artist’s portfolios submitted for consideration,” said Ciclitira.

The portfolios will be chosen by Galeri Chandan founder and managing director Nazli Aziz and a panel of foreign art experts to ensure the artists chosen are evaluated with a international eye. While the organisers remain hush on which artist will be featured, the line-up is expected to be finalised before the year end.

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