Showcase for budding talent

THE tiny humanoid miniature figurines with light bulb heads – aptly named the Inspirer – were the mascots for Equator Academy of Art's (EAA) recent graduation showcase. Their mission was to inspire people who attended the showcase. 

A total of 83 students, pursuing programmes in graphics and multimedia, interior design, architectural technology, and fashion design technology, received their diplomas from Penang state executive councillor Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan.  

EAA chief executive officer and principal Chuah Kooi Yong said: “The exhibition aimed to provide students with an opportunity to showcase their artistic talent in a professional manner.”  

It also provided a creative platform for people, ranging from industry professionals to teenagers, to share and discuss ideas with each other, he added. 

Ken explaining some of his work to Dr Teng.

Among the graduating students were Alvin Cheng and Ken Thin, both Star Education Fund recipients.  

Ken showcased some of his thought-provoking graphic design art work while Alvin exhibited some of his minimalist yet sophisticated interior design projects. 

Another show stealer was fashion design student Chua Siew Yoong’s Charm Secret collection, inspired by Moulin Rouge, which turned out to be a hit with its 19th century Victorian style costumes. 

EAA, under the Star Scholarship Fund, has helped dozens of budding artists realise their dreams.  

In keeping with its philosophy to provide quality education for all, EAA will be giving out its own scholarships and financial aid totalling RM250,000 this year.  

Chuah said, “Offering financial aid to deserving students is our way of giving back to society.  

“We hope that secondary school students will take advantage of this opportunity to vie for the scholarships, so as to ease their parents' financial burden.” 

The next intake for courses, open to all SPM or UEC students, is June 26. Early birds who register before June 15 will be entitled to a tuition fee rebate of RM500. Full and partial scholarships are available for those who qualify.  

Those interested may call 04-226 5116 / 04-2281315, or visit the campus at Wisma Equator, Amoy Lane or at Leith Street.  

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