The Moving Strokes 34th Annual Art Exhibition

INTRODUCTION

Sarawak Artists Society (SAS) is a prestige art society established on 29 January 1985. There are currently 50 SAS artists of different races from all over Sarawak, mostly from Kuching.

SAS is a platform for local artistic talents to engage and exchange ideas, nurturing them to shine. It actively organizes art related activities and events, such as art shows both locally and abroad, conferences, workshops, and so forth. Some of the SAS artists have been invited to international art camps, exhibitions, residencies, and etc. Governmental bodies such as the National Visual Art Gallery, Sarawak State Library and the Sarawak Museum, as well as private art galleries have worked closely with SAS to promote its artists and their creations.

SAS main objective is to promote the interest in art and exchange of ideas and experiences with its members and other societies of similar pursuits. It also aim to increase art appreciation in Sarawak. It serves to create awareness among the public on the importance of art. SAS is also determined to raise the standard of art in Sarawak to be on a par with the rest of the country in terms of skills, knowledge and mindset by providing opportunities for exposure and interaction with foreign artists.

SAS serves as a ‘Cultural Ambassador’ to bring Sarawak to the rest of the world; it strives to work with the state government in its effort to preserve and promote the local cultures, arts and crafts.

SAS OBJECTIVES

  1. To help the government in its effort to preserve and promote local cultures, art and crafts.

2. To create an awareness among the public on the importance of art and how it can enhance the quality of our life.

3. To raise the standard of art in Sarawak so as to be at par with the rest of the country.

4. To provide an avenue for those interested in art to get together and exchange ideas and knowledge and to provide the motivation for them to be actively involved in art activities.

5. To promote interest and the appreciation of art in Sarawak.



VISION

A prestige platform that provides recognition and empowerment for Sarawakian artists, inculcating high quality standard of artworks, enabling artists and their creations to shine.



MISSION

1. Provide opportunities for artists through cross-inspiring and learning with continuous improvement to achieve higher levels of creations.

2. Expand Sarawak arts and culture to an international level.

3. Instilling arts into lives, allowing engagement between artists and communities.



THE HISTORY OF SARAWAK ARTISTS SOCIETY

1985 Sarawak Artists Society (SAS) officially registered on the 29th January 1985. SAS 1st Art Show was held at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuching.

1986 SAS 1st Anniversary Art Show at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuching.

1987 SAS help organize West Malaysian artist Mr. Tew Nai Tong’s solo show at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuching. SAS 2nd Anniversary Art Show at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuching.

1988 “Pesta Kuching Art Exhibition” by Kuching Municipal Council.

1989 “Promotion of Tourism for Sarawak Art Show” at Marina Square, Singapore.

Organized outdoor sketching at Muara Tebas, Kampung Bako.

11 members of Chinese origin took part in a joint exhibition together with Singapore Chinese Art Association at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuching.

SAS 4th Anniversary Art Show at Balai Seni, Civic Centre, Kuching.

SAS and SEDC organised the 1st International Art Workshop at Balai Seni, Civic

Centre, Kuching and later held a joint Art Exhibition with Artists from West Malaysia, Bangkok, Singapore, Japan, Holland, Italy and Belgium.

1990 SAS’s _rst “Miniature Art Exhibition” as 5th Anniversary Art Show at Kuching Plaza.

SAS Art Exhibition at Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort in conjunction with “Visit Malaysia Year”.

“Pesta Kuching Art Exhibition” at Balai Seni, Civic Centre, Kuching.

1991 Joint Art Exhibition with artists from Malaysian Artists Association, Kuala Lumpur at Balai Seni, Civic Centre, Kuching.

SAS held Joint Art Exhibition with Taiwan artists at KaoHsiung, Taiwan.

“Promotion of Tourism Art Show” as SAS 6th Anniversary Art Show at Kuching Hilton.

Joint Art Exhibition with International Contemporary artists at Balai Seni, Civic Centre in conjunction with “International Art Week 1991” by SEDC Kuching.

On-going Art Exhibition at Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort enters 2nd year with 5% proceed of sales donated to “Give Kids the World Fund”. Members took part in the Art Demonstration in conjunction with Christmas festival.

1992 Chinese New Year “Year of the Monkey Art Show” at Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort, Kuching.

SAS 7th Anniversary Art Show at Kuching Hilton.

SAS Group Show at Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort, Kuching with each group of 5 members exhibiting for a period of 1 week.

1993 Chinese New Year “Year of the Rooster Art Show” at Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort, Kuching.

“Watercolour Showcase” watercolour paintings exhibition at Kuching Hilton.

10 members took part in the “Batik and Mixed Media Art Show” at Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort, Kuching.

Members took part in “Art and Crafts Fair” by Kuching City South Council in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary celebration at Sarawak Plaza, Kuching.

SAS 8th Anniversary Art Show at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuching.

1994 “SAS Exhibition of Prints, Drawings and Photography” at Techno Graphic Art Gallery, Kuching.

“Contemporary Art Show” at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuching.

1994 Malaysia Day Celebration “Sarawak Arts Festival” at Holiday Inn Hotel, Kuching.

1995 SAS 10th Anniversary Art Show at MBKS Hall, Jalan Padungan, Kuching.

A Pot-luck was organised by Magdalene Tai at her residence.

10 members join the launching of “Rakan Muda” at Stadium Negeri, Kuching.

1997 Kuching Festival Art exhibition at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuching.

1999 “Arts For Charity” as SAS 13th Anniversary Art Show at Cellini Kollexion, Kuching.

2000 “Towards Greater Artistic Maturity” as 15th Anniversary Art Show, Smart Bookshop Sdn Bhd, Hock Lee Centre, Kuching.

“The Kenyalang in the Millennium: A Spectrum of Colors” exhibition at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak.

2001 SAS 16th Anniversary Art Show.

SAS, Kuching Chung Hua Arts Association, Sarawak Fine Arts Society and Sarawak Photo-Art Society join the “Kuching Festival Art Week” exhibition at MBKS, Kuching.

2002 SAS 17th Anniversary Art Show at Boulevard Shopping Complex, Miri.

Kuching “Festival Art Week” exhibition at MBKS, Kuching.

2003 SAS 18th Anniversary Art Show at Sarawak Tourism Complex, Kuching.

Kuching Festival Art Week” exhibition at MBKS, Kuching.

2004 “Kuching Festival Art Week” exhibition at MBKS, Kuching.

“Mooncake Festival Art show” with Chung Hua Art Association as SAS 19th Anniversary Show at Sarawak Tourism Complex, Kuching.

2005 “The Art of Sarawak – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” as SAS 20th Anniversary Art Show at MBKS, Kuching.

SAS Group Art Show at Boonia Art Gallery, Kuching.

2006 Members took part in the “Ngajah Duoh Sua”, Sarawak Artists Exhibition at National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

Members took part in the “Art Fest 2006” at Galleria, Kuching.

SAS, Kuching Chung Hua Arts Association and Sarawak Fine Arts Society took part in “Unity Via Art” Joint Exhibition in conjunction with “Visit Malaysia Year 2007” at Sarawak Tourism Complex, Kuching.

2007 Members took part in the outdoor painting at Sarawak State Library.

“Crown Art Show” at Crown Square Shopping Centre, Kuching.

“Sarawak Nepenthes Summit Art Exhibition” at Sarawak Tourism Complex.

“Sarawak Cultural Arts and Craft Festival Arts Show” at Sarawak Tourism Complex, Kuching.

“Titian Sabah dan Sarawak” Joint Art Exhibition, Galleria, Kuching.

2008 SAS resume on-going Art Exhibition at Damai Beach Resort, Kuching.

2009 SAS 25th Anniversary Art Show at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuching.

2011 SAS, UNIMAS, UiTM, Limkokwing took part in the “Contemporary Arts Show” at Spring Shopping Mall, Kuching.

2012 SAS 28th Anniversary Art Show at the Spring Shopping Mall, Kuching.

2013 “Denim Art Showcase”, extraordinary handmade art pieces crafted from denim by SAS, Limkokwing, Uitm and UNIMAS at the Spring Shopping Mall, Kuching.

2014 SAS 29th Anniversary Art Show at the Boulevard Shopping Mall, Kuching.

2015 “Exploring Sarawakian Heritage” Art Exhibition in conjunction with the Gawai Festival at the Spring Shopping Mall, Kuching.

SAS 30th Anniversary “Caring for Sarawak our Common Home” at Spring Mall, Kuching.

SAS “Caring for Sarawak our Common Home” in conjunction with COP21 UN Climate Change Conference at Alliance Francaise, KL.

2017 SAS’s 32nd Annual Art Exhibition 2017 @ Saradise Gallery, Titanium Building, Jalan Song, Kuching.  8th April – 18th May 2017

Ride for the Wild for Orang Utang and Sharks Conservation” –Sarawak Artists Society Art Exhibition as part of Art for Conservation with Wildlife Conservation Society for Ride for the Wild 2017 in Hilton and BCCK. May 2017.

Rimba Sarawak Art Exhibition” @ Hilton Kuching 13th July – 16th July 2017

“Colours of Kuching” Art Exhibition as part of What About Kuching Festival at Grand Margherita Hotel, Oct 2017.

Run for the Wild 2017” –Sarawak Artists Society Art Exhibition as part of Art for Conservation with Wildlife Conservation Society for Run for the Wild 2017 in Hilton. 15th to 18th December 2017.

2019 Our Stories Art Exhibition” @ Saradise Gallery, Brighton Square, Kuching 8th March – 5th April 2019

SAS’s 34th exhibition  “The Moving Strokes” @ Saradise Gallery, Brighton square, Kuching  6th Dec – 27th Dec 2019

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2022 Plein Air Art Trip to Kampung Tongga, Bau, June 2022