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Creative and applied artists urged to innovate for good of country

on 14 Julai 2011.

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LIGHT MOMENT: Awang Tengah (second right) receiving a portrait of himself from Hasnizam. Also seen are Hatta (second left) and Khairuddin (right).

 

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Artists or creative and applied arts experts must think far ahead and explore innovations that will contribute towards the social and economic development of Sarawak.

Second Planning and Resources Management Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan yesterday said in times of economic uncertainty, creativity and innovation were the main sources of competitive advantage.

“In a time of economic uncertainty, we are obliged to think and act creatively, to explore the boundaries of innovation and ultimately creating sustainable ways of living and working in the competitive world,” he said.

With the state’s multi-ethnic society, Awang Tengah said the state is an ideal place for artists to utilise their work to increase economic activity, create a more sustainable environment and promote a sense of unity.

“Arts and design research can also result in new arts and cultural practices, media formats and content development. It can generate innovative products and services across the cultural, entertainment and education sectors,’ he said.

Awang Tengah, who is Public Utilities Minister said this in his opening speech during the third International Conference on Applied and Creative Arts (ICACA) 2011 – Beyond Boundaries at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).

He also said that artists and designers could no longer be construed as isolated geniuses.

“Rather, they must be viewed as a collaborative investigator, observer, mediator, innovator and multi-disciplinary professional,” he stated.

He added that in gearing towards a High Income nation by 2020, it is important to realise that the foundation of any productive high-income economy lies in a globally competitive, creative and quality human capital.

“Applied and Creative Arts can be catalyst for advancement for Malaysia’s 2020 vision,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, Unimas vice-chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid said in his speech that a total of 50 working papers will be presented by local and international speakers in the two-day event.

The conference is sponsored by Petronas. There will also be exhibitions.

Also present were Unimas board of director
chairman Datuk Hatta Solhi, deputy vice-chancellor (student’s affair) Prof
Madya Mohd Fadril Abdul Rahman and Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts dean Dr Hasnizam Abdul Wahid.

 

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