Artists look to park for inspiration
TASEK Merimbun’s legacy as a pioneer heritage park in the region will serve as inspiration to two generations of Bruneian artists embarking on a two-month retreat at the protected area.
Yesterday, 15 local artists attended the Second Tasek Merimbun Art Retreat launch during a ceremony at the Masidin Room.
YAM Pengiran Muda Omar Ali graced the event as guest of honour, officially launching the retreat with a video presentation featuring a visual journey of the picturesque location on the fringes of Tutong district.
The retreat is organised as a project under the Art Gallery Section programme of the Museums Department, aiming to expose local artists to further artistic values available in Brunei.
The year’s programme, themed “The Beauty of Tasek Merimbun: Our Legacy” (Keindahan Tasek Merimbun: Warisan Kitani), selected the Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park for its abundance of flora and fauna.
Ten senior local artists will be joined by five younger Bruneians; a team that will complement one another with their individual skills in a variety of media, hoping to capitalise on the bulk of experience and high quality of work from the seniors.
The artists will be scouring the lush Merimbun park areas, touring pristine rainforests, lakes and rivers, to seek inspiration for new pieces of art.
Free to move and complete their work over a period of two months, their pieces will be put up for display at an exhibition to be announced at a later date. Their artwork is also expected to be sold commercially.
According to senior artist Hj Osman Hj Mohd, also vice-president of the Brunei Art Forum, the retreat is a rare opportunity even for veterans like him.
“My last visit to Merimbun was 10 years ago and I’m sure for many of us, it will be interesting to see what’s still to discover in this diverse environment... we will be given access to areas not open to the public so we expect to find plenty of animal and plant life.”
The first art retreat was held at the same venue in June 2012, involving Universiti Brunei Darussalam students and lecturers over a period of three days.
The Brunei Times