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UOB Indonesia raises funds to support artists affected by pandemic

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, September 16, 2020  /  05:09 pm
UOB Indonesia raises funds to support artists affected by pandemic

The 'Indahnya Berbagi dalam Berkarya, dari Seniman untuk Seniman' (Sharing is Rewarding, from Artists for Artists) program includes an online exhibition of works by 25 artists. (Shutterstock/Syda Productions)

UOB Indonesia is collaborating with the winners of the annual UOB Painting of the Year competition to initiate a program aimed at raising funds for artists, especially those living outside Java and Bali, who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, dubbed Indahnya Berbagi dalam Berkarya, dari Seniman untuk Seniman (Sharing is Rewarding, from Artists for Artists), includes an online exhibition until Sept. 30.

It is hoped that the exhibition can connect the artists with potential buyers and collectors, and 30 percent of the sales proceeds will be donated to purchase staple foods for the artists in need.

According to the exhibition’s e-catalogue, the 25 artists who are involved in the exhibition are Anagard, Arwin Hidayat, Ayu Arista Murti, Citra Sasmita, Dedy Sufriadi, Dyan Condro, Erianto, Galuh Tajimalela, Gatot Indrajati, Hendra HeHe, I Kadek Marta Dwipayana, I Putu Adi Suanjaya, I Wayan Arnata, I Wayan Wirawan, Kukuh Nuswantoro, Natisa Jones, Patriot Mukmin, Rendy Raka Pramudya, Rizal Hasan, Rocka Radipa, S Dwi Stya Acong, Suvi Wahyudianto, Syam Terrajana, Valasara and Willy Himawan.

The e-catalogue is available for download on UOB Indonesia’s website.

Anagard, an Indonesian artist who won the 2019 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year, said that he was grateful for UOB Indonesia and the program as he was able to showcase and sell his artwork online. “The program also allows us to help our fellow artists whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic,” Anagard said in a statement. “We must demonstrate the real meaning of solidarity during these difficult times.”

UOB Indonesia deputy president director Hendra Gunawan said the program was part of its online brand engagement campaign #UntukHariEsokIndonesia (#ForIndonesiaTomorrow) that intends to inspire Indonesians to maintain solidarity and overcome challenges based on the country’s gotong royong (mutual cooperation) spirit.

“We believe that art plays a fundamental role in bringing positive change to a society and in uniting people from diverse backgrounds,” said Hendra. “Our collaboration with the UOB POY alumni artists expresses our hopes of a better tomorrow, for the arts and wider communities.”

UOB’s flagship art program, the UOB Painting of the Year competition started in 1982 to recognize Southeast Asia’s artists, including in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Registration for the 2020 UOB Painting of the Year is open until Oct. 11, and the competition encourages artists to submit their works digitally. (wir/wng)

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