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Malaysia-Canada Indigenous Communities Applied Arts Travelling Exhibition

Exhibition Background
In Spring and Fall of 2011, co-curators; Associate Professor Salmah Abu
Mansor, Senior Research Fellow-Institute of Ethnic Studies, National University
of Malaysia, Malaysia and Sam Carter, Professor Emeritus-Emily Carr University
of Art and Design, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada selected applied arts
from indigenous communities across Malaysia and Canada.
The exhibition is presented by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts, the Institute
of Ethnic Studies, National University of Malaysia, Aboriginal Studies-Emily Carr
University of Art and Design and with assistance from the governments of
Canada and Malaysia.
Thirty examples of Malaysian and thirty examples of Canadian applied arts from
indigenous communities form the Malaysia-Canada Indigenous Communities
Applied Arts Exhibition, Pameran Seni Gunaan Masyarakat Peribumi.
This “bi-lateral” (Malaysian and Canadian) exhibition includes a diverse range of
functional works including baskets, textiles, jewellery, mats, souvenirs, scarves,
hats, bangles, musical instruments, toys, tools, etc. These recent design
products represent both traditional designs as well as new innovative works.
Some design products apply images of local flora and fauna using only natural
materials with old and new tools. Other designs share stories and are expressive
of design traditions within indigenous communities. Certain objects explore new
images and visual language combining old with new and local with global design
influences.
The exhibition features affordable, well-designed and well-crafted objects
collected by museums and by tourist as “souvenirs”.
The Malaysia-Canada Indigenous Communities, Applied Arts Exhibition,
Pameran Seni Gunaan Masyarakat Peribumi, opened in Vancouver, February
20th to March 3rd, 2012.
These bi-lateral exhibitions provide ideas for design and development of products
to reach larger markets, maintaining standards of art, design and craft
excellence. The exhibition provides insights package design and promotion of
creativity and innovation within indigenous communities in Malaysia.
The exhibition acknowledges and promotes excellence in creativity and
production of applied arts from indigenous communities and partnerships from all
aspects of national and international creative industries.
A Virtual Gallery (Educational Online Learning Tool Website) will be created and
include all images of the collection with labels and additional information in this
bi-lateral exhibition.
From Spring 2012 onward, the Malaysia-Canada Indigenous Communities
Applied Arts Exhibition will travel to various States of Malaysia. The exhibition will
be showcased in museums, community cultural centres and for conventions and
special events in Malaysia. Continue reading

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