Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) annual art and design graduation kicked off yesterday to much fanfare, as 54 student artists put on an ambitious showcase of their final year projects.

‘Impact 2017 – A Greater Spectacle’ is the fifth annual graduation exhibition staged by art and creative technology (ACT) students. Last year, some 4,500 people visited the 2016 edition of the showcase.

“[Impact 2017] is a collective presentation, which displays a part of what defines an individual, place, time, culture or society,” said the organising committee.

“Contemporary fine art relies on innovative ideas and touches on topics such as the way we live and what is happening in our society.”

Using the skills honed during their four-year degree, the students use innovative modes of visual expression to explore various issues ranging from personal struggle, loss, identity, spiritual values, cultural heritage, and the environment.

The stories and concepts are illustrated through a wide range of mediums including paintings, murals, sculpture, photographs, videos and computer graphics.

The friendly student artists will be on-hand to explain and share their work with visitors and art collectors during the exhibition.

“ACT graduates are often highly-motivated , creative and energetic individuals,” said Dr Martie Geiger-Ho, a senior art lecturer at UBD. “They have developed the ability to work under pressure and be flexible. Such skills are highly valued and transferable to the creative industries in Brunei.”

She added that most ACT graduates have become employed in specialised careers in art and design, with a wide variety of career paths from art directors and graphic designers, to textile designers and game designers.

The exhibition will run from April 12 to May 20 at Chancellor hall, UBD. Gallery hours are from 9am to 7pm on Monday to Thursday and Saturday. The gallery is closed on Fridays and Sundays.