Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mata Hati

11th Feb 2012,
I was invited by Faradiba Anuar to come along
and capture the launching moments of Project Mata Hati.
An exhibition of artworks created by visually impaired
students from Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas
(Kurang Upaya Penglihatan), Setapak.

As expected, I was really amazed by the artworks.
Something that came straight and pure from the heart.
True enough, just because a man lacks the use of his
eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision. Being with them is so inspiring.
They made me appreciate life and everything around me more and more.
This exhibition will be held until 28th February 2012.
Thank you Fara for inviting me and Tengku Fahmi for lending me his camera.

Scroll to bottom of the page to see the details of Project Mata Hati



11th Feb 2012 ~ 29th Feb 2012
NN Gallery
53A 56 Jalan Sulaiman 1,
Taman Ampang Hilir,
68000 Ampang,
Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia

PROJECT MATA HATI : TEXTURES AND TACTILITY

Group art exhibition by visually impaired students from Sekolah
Menengah Pendidikan Khas Setapak. Project Mata Hati is the
Corporate SocialResponsibility programme initiated by Group
Technical Services (GTS), a service unit in MISC Bhd. One of
its aims in this 5 year CSR strategy plan is to improve and better
the skills, education and amenities of the visually impaired students
at Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas (SMPK)Cacat Penglihatan
in Setapak in key areas - namely music, sports, literature, creative art, IT.

Textures and Tactility marks the programme's first art project and
exhibition. Textures and Tactility is a collaboration between The Fine
Arts Faculty at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim (UPSI)
and SMPK Setapak.

SMPK Setapak, today, houses more than 134
students, ranging from Form 1 to Form 5 for in-house learning, the
school is the only Special Education Secondary School (apart from
the integrated programs) that provides the academic platform, specially
tailored for the visually impaired students in Malaysia.

Art lecturers at UPSI and the sight impaired students, together,
embarked in simple techniques exploring clay and printmaking. The students
were exposed to molding, shape making and pattern making to incorporate
into their artwork. As a result the students produced plates, vases and wall
hangings made out of clay and silkscreens on paper.

A total of 55 artworks have been produced/created by the students.

These works
will be exhibited at NN Gallery from 11 - 28 Feb 2012. The works
are for sale and proceeds from the sales will be donated to Sekolah
Menengah Pendidikan Khas(Cacat Penglihatan) Setapak so that they
can further and continue future art projects. Your assistance towards
furthering their cause is much appreciated.

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"There is no better way to thank God for your sight
than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark."
Helen Keller