When the Emerge series was created, it was aimed to foster the creatives and transform their art into a sustainable career, aside from expanding their artwork to an international level. The first exhibition was held in April 2016.

It seems that Creative Space Art Gallery have come a long way since then and have celebrated their achievement of reaching the first capstone for the exhibition, which is identifying 53 local contemporary artists in the past three years.

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They wrapped up the series by providing a platform for emerging artists in the finale called Emerge Exclusive: Retrospective.

The walls at the Royal Wharf Art Gallery are decorated with the handiwork of 19 Bruneian artists that have since found a name in the art scene, such as Erne Zainal and Hairol Khan. The exhibition is dedicated to commemorate those talented artists in the industry who have contributed to the project success.

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At the moment, the gallery acts as a time capsule that showcases a chronological timeline featuring artists and pieces that were featured from the very first emerge exhibition to the latest one. This will give the audience an idea of how the project has grown and will allow the audience to understand the value of art in our culture.

The insights to the development of art that are distinctly Bruneian whether it is aesthetically or conceptual level will give a message to the visitors that art can tell a cultural story effectively to a global audience.

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Hairol Khan, who joined the Emerge exhibition back in 2018, had one of his paintings showcased at the gallery. He had painted a piece called ‘Alai Bubu’, which displays a Bruneian traditional dance called ‘Tarian Alai Bubu’ – a cultural dance that is usually performed during His Majesty’s birthday celebration back then.

Hairol Khan mentioned that the exhibition has helped him by exposing his skills to the public and by using the social media, it helps generate more exposure for his work and will be hoping to join similar events in the future. The project has helped local artists such as Hairol to gain a foothold in the country’s creative industry. 

Photo: Sutera/ Amir Hazwan

The Emerge Exclusive: Retrospective will run until 2nd August 2019 at The Royal Wharf Art Gallery from 9.00am to 4.00pm every day. For more information or updates on future events by Creative Space Art Gallery and Studio, check out their social media pages : Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.