Celebrating women through art


(From left) Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Datuk V. Danapalan, Shahril and Maybank group chief human capital officer Nora Manaf viewing the artwork at the exhibition.

IN CONJUNCTION with International Women’s Day this year, Maybank is showcasing women through works of art featuring 34 emerging female artists from all over Malaysia.

Titled “RRRWARRR!!!: Maybank’s Emerging Women Artists Show 2019”, it will run until March 23 at Balai Seni Maybank on the first floor of Menara Maybank in Kuala Lumpur.

It is open to the public from 10am to 5pm (weekday) and 11am to 4pm (Saturday).

Women artists at the exhibition. Pictured in the centre is an artwork of Maybank chairman Datuk Mohaiyani Shamsuddin.
Women artists at the exhibition. Pictured in the centre is an artwork of Maybank chairman Datuk Mohaiyani Shamsuddin.

The artwork in various forms, dimensions and mediums, aim to raise awareness of the sacrifices, achievements and contributions made by women.

“We are extremely honoured to be in the presence of powerful individuals who have expressed their views through amazing works of art depicting the daily lives of women,” said Maybank Foundation chief executive officer Shahril Azuar Jimin.

‘Metamorphosis’ by Joy Ng (oil on canvas)
‘Metamorphosis’ by Joy Ng (oil on canvas)

For the second year running, the art exhibition carries the global movement theme of #BalanceforBetter. The artwork on display are up for sale whereby 20% of the proceeds will be channelled to various charitable organisations.

“We remain committed to playing a part in championing women-first initiatives by creating a platform like Balai Seni Maybank to support the development of women artists, growing the local art scene and creating a long-lasting impact in the communities we operate in,” said Shahril.

‘I, Wonder’ by Jesicca Kuok (acrylic on canvas).
‘I, Wonder’ by Jesicca Kuok (acrylic on canvas).

Apart from the exhibition, Maybank also hosted other programmes such as a Women Empowerment Bazaar where up-and-coming women entrepreneurs promoted their products and services ranging from food, health and accessories.

There was also a dialogue session by Addo AI chief executive officer Dr Ayesha Khanna, an expert in artificial intelligence, highlighting the advancement of women in the future workplace where challenges were discussed.

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