Contest invites tertiary students to draw our intangible heritage

Muhammad Aqmar’s artwork titled, ‘Ikatan Kasih’ bagged the first prize in the oil/acrylic category last year.

FOR the 21st year running, the Usaha Tegas Heritage Art Competition is inviting budding Malaysian artists to celebrate the nation’s rich cultural history through art.

Keeping to the overarching theme of “Malaysian Heritage”, participants this year are encouraged to draw inspiration from our nation’s intangible cultural heritage.

The competition recognises the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our country, including limiting our movement and interactions, while at the same time enabling us to cherish the nuances of everyday life.

Intangible heritage includes oral traditions, performing arts, customs and social practices as well as cultural materials. Participants are encouraged to illustrate the legends, folk dances, rituals and crafts of our nation.

The contest invites Malaysians who are currently pursuing tertiary education to take part for a chance to win up to RM82,000 worth of cash and prizes.

The first-prize winner for each category will receive RM8,000 cash, while the runner-up and third-prize winners will receive RM3,000 and RM2,000 cash, respectively.

‘Welcome to Jalan Tun HS Lee’ by Yong Hui Lin won first prize in the mixed media category last year.‘Welcome to Jalan Tun HS Lee’ by Yong Hui Lin won first prize in the mixed media category last year.

Two consolation prizes of RM500 each will also be awarded. In addition, an award certificate and RM500 worth of TGV Cinemas vouchers or its equivalent will be provided to all winners, as well as a certificate and winner’s catalogue.

Participants have until Oct 15 to submit as many entries as they like.

The artworks will need to fall under five categories: oil or acrylic; watercolour; charcoal or pencil or oil pastel or ink; print making and mixed media. Students may register their interest via or contact the Usaha Tegas Heritage Committee at email, Instagram: @heritageartcompetition or call 03-2380 6688 (Ranjina/Faridah).

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