Kids Art Fair 2019 @ GMBB Kuala Lumpur attracts kids and art lovers with “Everyone Can Paint” Theme
Kuala Lumpur, 14th October 2019 – Continuing with its art and creative pursuits, GMBB, the lifestyle centre that is transforming creative retail right at the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s cultural district has officially opened its door to Everyone Can Paint Kids Art Fair 2019 – the first-of-its-kind kids art exhibition in Malaysia on last Saturday, 12nd October. The exhibition is happening from 11th until 20th October 2019.
The fair wowed crowds with participation from talented and curious kids as young as 3 up to 19 years old. Kids Art Fair showcased over 354 artworks from 148 kids, youth and special needs group covering a few areas of art such as oil painting, acrylic, water colour, pencil drawing, mixed medium and art installation made up of recycled material. Taken part in this exhibition were Bon Artpetit Art Studio, Garden International School, Phillip Wong Atelier & Gallery, Simple Art Studio (Ipoh), Studio Rumah Kotak and Yuk Choy High School Ipoh. There are 11 solo and 21 group exhibitors to captivate the guests and visitors throughout the 9-days free admission programme.
In line with the “Everyone Can Paint” theme, the programme aimed to be a developmental, nurturing avenue where kids, youth and special needs people can gather to learn, discover and express their creativity and talent in visual art while taking a peek into the world of arts.
“There’s no doubt that the arts are fun, especially for kids. Diving into those finger paints and making a beautiful picture to hang on the fridge is awesome and such an important memorable experience. But not many understand that art helps kids’ development on various fundamental levels,” said Phillip Wong, Artistic Director and Curator of Kids Art Fair 2019.
Studies have shown that arts have a great deal of impact to kids learning and development of important characteristics they will need later in life. Art enhances motor and fine motor skills, builds inner confidence, instils creative thinking, decision making skills, focus power, accountability and visual learning among others.
“While we are exposing art and nurturing creativity at the young age, it is crucial that we educate them to be environmental friendly. We try to be mindful about the mother earth and set a good example to this generation. Hence the life-size art installation for Kids Art Fair 2019 is made up of 100% recycled materials,” added Phillip.
Lim Ying Hui, Assistant General Manager of GMBB Kuala Lumpur in her speech said, “It is our vision to be the first creative mall that provides holistic experiences for consumers to meeting the needs of Malaysia’s thriving creative industry through programmes such as the Kids Art Fair 2019. We are very pleased with this exhibition concept brought by Phillip that is to gather many budding young artists to showcase their work and interest. I can see a lot of them have a great deal of talent and potential.”
“Malaysia is a nation brimming with talent but may currently lack supported avenues to showcase their potential. I am positive that Kids Art Fair 2019 can pave the way to energise and empower the young arts scene while at the same time be a platform to show appreciation to creatives,” she added.
The public is welcomed to visit Kids Art Fair from now until 20th October 2019 at Level 3 of GMBB. There are special live art show on 13th October and 19th October from 12pm – 5pm. Also happening until 18th October on Level 4 of GMBB Kuala Lumpur is Banana Leaf: A Celebration of Malaysian Indian Arts & Culture.
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