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Press release

Kuala Lumpur, 6 March 2017 – Garden International School (GIS) celebrated art once again through its annual event, ArtLive. It is aimed at providing the school community with the opportunity to be involved in the excitement and passion of art alongside professional creative people.  

This year, GIS was delighted to work with local artists and professionals to organise workshops and talks for students and parents over the course of two weeks in school. Among the collaborators were ArtSeni Gallery founder Phillip Wong; silkscreen artists Sanan Anuar and Nawar Ismail; ceramicist Cheah Yeow Seng; editor-in-chief of Cutout Magazine Vivian Toh; fashion designer (GIS alumni) Nikita Dowlani; light painting photographer Sean Liew; production designer Tommy Mansur; architect Woon Teen Kee; watercolour calligrapher (GIS alumni) Sharon Tan; urban sketcher Ch’ng Kiah Kiean; creative director of Prestige magazine Ibnu Aswan and international speaker Danny Li from the Savannah College of Arts and Design in Hong Kong.

“Our idea is to enlighten the community in the creative industries and the myriad of rewarding creative professions in the contemporary world,” said the Secondary Head of Art, Ross Padgett.

During the ArtLive event primary students were involved in a number of projects with the artists, such as making pottery, canvas necktie art, silkscreen printing on recycled T-shirts, cardboard construction masks and a theatre setting of “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. Secondary students also benefited from the various talks about entrepreneurship in creative industries and art workshops such as watercolour calligraphy and a weekend trip to Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Thean Hou temple for urban sketching.

“ArtLive is aligned with our learning culture, creating opportunities for our students to develop their creative and thinking skills, opening up their minds to why art is relevant and important in real life,” adds Ross. Click here to view the GIS ArtLive 2017 photo album. 

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