Exposing students of R.E.A.L Schools, Suria Campus, Cheras to the finer details and intricate workings of fine art, both in terms of its skill and industry, has been the forefront aim of Suria’s Art & Design department and its ongoing efforts. The latest of these efforts was the “Metamorphosis of Arts Exhibition ‘15”, or simply known as Metamorphosis ‘15. This year’s edition of the annual event ran from 15 to 21 August 2015 at the campus’ purpose-built Art Gallery and was opened to the public.
In light of this year being the fifth time that the exhibition was successfully staged, ‘Metamorphosis’ has become a staple feature of Suria’s calendar of events. A total of 52 artworks from 50 students ranging from 13 to 17 years old were on display this time around; with each piece being up for sale as well. Part of the proceeds collected from the art sale was donated to selected charities throughout Selangor (welfare homes and orphanages), while the students themselves earned a portion of the funds raised from their artwork. The week-long exhibition was officiated by guest-of-honour Dato’ Mahadzir Lokman, Chairman of the National Visual Arts Development Board and National Visual Arts Gallery during the opening ceremony on August 15.
Adding ‘colour’ to the event were eight specially-invited guest artists who also displayed their works of art while providing guidance, support and inspiration to the students on their craft. Among them were Aminah Abdul Rahman, Secretary of Angkatan Pelukis SeMalaysia (APS) and Luqman Hakim bin Khairul Azwa, a young student with disabilities who has been travelling the world to showcase his art. Among Luqman’s achievements include designing the ‘Pattern for A Mural Mould’ that represents the meaning of love, hope and family. The design has been used for food art by 1,000 kids – a record that was listed in the Malaysia Book of Records 2015.
With the theme of this year’s exhibition bearing the same name, ‘Metamorphosis’ serves to highlight the journey and transformation of budding Surians from raw, precocious talents into genuinely promising artists; making it synonymous with R.E.A.L’s mission of transforming lives as well. This success is attributed to their own creative ideas and imagination as much as the firm foundations and training laid by Suria’s dedicated Art & Design Programme, which provides students with well-equipped facilities and a professional teaching force. Fine Art is in fact, one of the elective subjects offered with two hours of visual art classes allocated each week for students who enroll.
“Metamorphosis is testament to R.E.A.L Schools’ continued commitment and initiative towards nurturing students who are not only academically sound, but also possess skills and talents in other fields,” said Farid Yusof, Suria Campus’ Art Director. “The level of specialization, standards and quality that exist at our exhibition makes it truly distinct amongst the rest,” he added.