Shifting the paradigm of contemporary arts


KUCHING: In collaboration with the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, 9lives (Kelab Jiwa Seni Kuching) is pleased to present Bagus samasama, a three-day event showcasing a new platform to bring about a collaborative art ecosystem that is missing within the community.

After virtually kicking off yesterday with its first Livestream workshop, 9lives is set to bring a new paradigm to the local art landscape interactive workshops showcasing three of its artists and art education. In addition to this, Bagus samasama is an important milestone for 9lives as it is the first time teaming up with Borneowatch, Haus and the National Art Gallery.

This event is a way to encourage families to engage in arts development and to push the urgency of understanding Arts an important aspect of contemporary society and as a mirror of our collective values. 

The Bagus samasama workshops namely Pocket Studio by Yasmin Yusuf – introduction to creating digital art via smartphone; Calligraffiti by Dhiya Roslan – introduction to letter making and urban design and Colour Alert by Amy Amin- introduction to Art therapy are all programmes aimed to give participants the experience of Arts in developing people’s behaviour and helping with the way we interact with ourselves and others via a new cloud-based webinar platform designed to transform the digital learning experience.

According to 9lives’ president, he believes that people don’t realise how much that they actually need more arts.

“We need more art that can help people to identify with our culture. We need more art that reflects our values. We need more art in schools that can teach our values to our children. We need more art that can help us to express what is important to our lives,” said Husni. 

“As much as this event is about the promotion of Arts, it is actually targeted to the families in Kuching, especially the parents, who have teenage kids, or husband and wife. This is because there are many great things that art provides in terms of social growth and in relationships.” 

Art helps children discover their talents and passions, which helps them find their place in the world. It also helps parents feel like their children are growing up in a creative home, giving them a sense of pride in their upbringing. For societies, art offers an opportunity for appreciation and expression.

For those who look are looking forward to having a weekend filled with creativity and inspiration, do come down to Haus Kuching and register for the live ‘Calligraffiti’ hybrid workshop starting at 2pm today.

Scheduled to attend programme is Federal Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dato’ Sri Nancy Shukri, Board of Malaysia Visual Arts Development chairperson Dato’ Tom Abang Saufi and National Art Gallery head director Amerrudin Ahmad.

Visit and click on ‘start now’ or ‘Go’ to register.  Access a metaverse of interaction with others while learning the art and science behind letter making, otherwise known as Calligraphy … but today, it comes with a twist.

There will also be an outdoor exhibition by rare item collectors that you don’t want to miss out on. Performances from local rockstar Irfan Mohidin and teenage prodigy Adam Rauf will also be a spectacle not to miss out on.

Sign up for Bagus samasama and attend the second workshop at Haus today.

For those who come early, there will also be free food.

The workshop will also be streamed live via Facebook at

For more information, contact Amy at 0128700282 or email 9lives at

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