IN THE spirit of all things art, Maybank has introduced its very own Virtual Art Gallery @ Balai Seni Maybank.
This is to provide art lovers with a suitable avenue amid the current movement restrictions.
The virtual gallery was also launched given the increasing interest among art lovers who have been frequenting Maybank’s Balai Seni Art Series.
Additionally, it offers access to a wider community with an opportunity to understand and enjoy different kinds of art at any time, all from the comfort of their own space.
Maybank Foundation chief executive officer Shahril
Azuar Jimin said the idea behind the virtual gallery came about as the movement control order (MCO) made it challenging for organisers and artists to hold physical exhibitions, and for people to leave their homes.
“Many art lovers were missing the opportunity to visit galleries.
“We should continue to give them the chance to do so, ” he added.
“At the same time, there may be people who are feeling isolated at home and who would enjoy a change in their daily routine by exploring new hobbies or interests.”
Shahril said the group then embarked on the development of a virtual art gallery that could possibly offer more than a physical venue.
“The Virtual Art Gallery @ Balai Seni Maybank was then created to incorporate the ability to host many parallel exhibitions that would cater to a wide variety of subject matters, ” he elaborated.
Another key benefit of the virtual gallery is that it provides an ideal platform for local artists to showcase and sell their artworks to the public, thereby enabling them to generate income during these challenging times.
“This is aligned with our mission of humanising financial services, where we endeavour to support the communities around us to build sustainable livelihoods, ” he said.
Unlike physical exhibitions, he said artworks at Maybank’s Virtual Art Gallery would be available for a longer period, ensuring there will be less chance of missing out on favourite themes or artists’ works.
“Displays are also configured for optimum viewing whether it is via desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.”
The Virtual Art Gallery @ Balai Seni Maybank is currently hosting two exhibitions under the “Balai Seni Art Series 2020” programme. The first is the “MyTiger Values Art Competition and Exhibition 2020” which features 119 selected artworks from a total of 430 pieces.
Running concurrently is “Sayang-Menyayang: A Batik Fine Art Tribute to Merdeka and Malaysia” to celebrate Malaysia’s batik heritage. A total of 57 pieces of batik paintings by 23 local artists are on display in this exhibition.
“We will cap the year off with Maybank’s 60th Anniversary Exhibition – Maybank’s Collection Series 1 – in December, where we will showcase rarely seen artworks by renowned Malaysian artists, which are within Maybank Group’s collection, ” said Shahril.
To experience the virtual art gallery, go to https://maybankfoundation.com/index.php/media-center/virtual-exhibition
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