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YTL’s Starhill Gallery Celebrates Arts Festival Finale

Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh and Dato' Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen

YTL Community News, September 30, 2010

Kuala Lumpur; The grand finale of Starhill Gallery’s annual arts festival was celebrated in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia at a marvelous gala dinner at Shook! restaurant in Starhill Gallery.

The gala night, which also marked the finale of the first ever Malaysian Contemporary Art Tourism (MCAT) festival saw guest of honor Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism Malaysia, Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Group Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad, Dato Jimmy Choo, Malaysian Tourism Ambassador and Julian Hyde, General Manager of Reef Check Malaysia, getting together in the name of art and conservation.

In her opening speech during the evening, Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen congratulated Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh and YTL Corporation Berhad for consistently taking a step ahead in the private sector and complementing the government’s efforts in embracing the nation’s inherent talents.

“Starhill Gallery has launched the first nationwide art competition of its kind that is initiated by the private sector. The Visual Arts Awards (VAA) provides an invaluable platform for young, emerging artists to showcase their talents, inspiring them to reflect upon our culture, landscapes and people in the pursuit of excellence in Malaysian art,” she continued.

YTL is a passionate supporter of the environment and a Global CSR Award winner for initiatives like the YTL Climate Change Week. Bringing its passion for art and the environment together, the highlight of the evening was the “Starfish Art Charity Auction” in support of Reef Check Malaysia. The auction served to raise funds in aid of the conservation efforts of Malaysia’s beautiful beaches and coral reefs.

“The greatest Artist is God the Creator! No one can sculpt or paint better than Him. And nature is His beautiful handiwork. But sadly, we often forget that and we carelessly pollute and destroy what He has wonderfully and intricately crafted.  This evening, let us use art to support environmental conservation. We will auction off beautifully painted starfishes by famous individuals and the public, in support of Reef Check Malaysia.

 

“Our minister has painted one. I am sure Dato’ Sri’s starfish will fetch a humongous price. In case you ask why mine has not been painted? It is deliberate! I know my hands are bound to taint the art piece. So, I prefer to cherish the sculpture’s original colour in white, epitomising that sense of purity which reminds me of my Lord Jesus Christ, The Bright Morning Star!


“Let me thank everyone who has put so much into making this year’s Starhill Gallery Arts Festival a memorable one,
” said Tan Sri Francis Yeoh.

A total of 20 Starfish sculptures were painted by prominent personalities such as Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, Dato’ Jimmy Choo, Datin Azrene Abdullah, Eng Tay, Jailaini Abu Hassan, Eric Quah, Tajuddin Ismail, Melinda Looi, Melvin Lam, Ruth Yeoh and Ning Baizura among others.

 

At the end of the night, a total of RM124, 500 was raised during the auction. A silent auction was also carried out on 40 other Starfish art pieces submitted by members of the public.

 

“I thank everyone for their generous contributions and everything from this auction will go towards training and equipping our workers and teaching the locals about conservation on the East Coast Islands of Malaysia,” said Julian Hyde of Reef Check Malaysia.

Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen and Tan Sri Francis Yeoh also presented prizes to the Top 6 Award winners of the first nationwide Starhill Gallery Visual Arts Awards (VAA) 2010 who each received RM5000 and a certificate of recognition.

“Art is an affirmation of Life which brings us closer to the Divine”. 


(L-R) Jovian Mandagie, Sazzy Falak, Ning Baizura, Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Dato' Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Jimmy Choo, Eric Quah and Melvin Lam

 

Text of speech by Tan Sri Francis Yeoh


Starhill Gallery Arts Festival Gala Night
30 September 2010

· Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism Malaysia

· Yang Berbahagia Dato-Dato and Datin-Datin from the Ministry of Tourism and Balai Seni Lukis Negara.

· Malaysia’s foremost artists, art authorities and art galleries

· My fellow art lovers

· Friends from the media

 
Good Evening!

It is always my pleasure to celebrate the Starhill Gallery Arts Festival with you!

With such rich culture and artistry in Malaysia, it is fitting that we proudly promote our Arts and celebrate our nation’s remarkable talents – young and old.

That is why I am glad this year’s Arts Festival was brought forward to coincide with ‘Malaysian Contemporary Art Tourism’ or MCAT (pronounced em-cat).

MCAT is Tourism Malaysia’s bold and smart initiative to bolster Malaysia’s profile as a world class tourist destination, leveraging on the exciting explosion in our country’s contemporary art scene.

This evening, we are privileged to have with us, the mastermind behind this innovation – our very hardworking tourism Minister, Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

In conjunction with MCAT, Starhill Gallery launched the first nationwide Visual Arts Awards (VAA).

We now have an exciting platform for young artists to showcase just how creative and skilled they are.

We congratulate all the award winners, as well as all our gifted young artists.


We also thank the judges of the Visual Arts Awards for sharing their experience and expertise, and by lending credibility to the awards.


These acclaimed artists and art authorities have done contemporary art in Malaysia a great service. Thank you.

Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest Artist is God the Creator! No one can sculpt or paint better than Him. And nature is His beautiful handiwork.

But sadly, we often forget that and we carelessly pollute and destroy what He has wonderfully and intricately crafted.

This evening, let us use art to support environmental conservation.Later, we will auction off beautifully painted starfishes by famous individuals and the public, in support of Reef Check Malaysia, whose General Manager, Mr Julian Hyde, is here with us.

Our minister has painted one. I am sure Dato’ Sri’s starfish will fetch a humongous price.

In case you ask why mine has not been painted? It is deliberate!

I know my hands are bound to taint the art piece. So, I prefer to cherish the sculpture’s original colour in white, epitomising that sense of purity which reminds me of my Lord Jesus Christ, The Bright Morning Star!

Ladies and gentlemen, let me thank everyone who has put so much into making this year’s Starhill Gallery Arts Festival a memorable one.

And let me, once again, congratulate Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen for her passion and leadership in spearheading MCAT.

“Art is an affirmation of Life which brings us closer to the Divine”. 



Thank you and may God bless all of you!

 

Speech by Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh CBE
Managing Director, YTL Corporation Berhad
Starhill Gallery Arts Festival Gala Night, 30 September 2010





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