Sasaran Art Gallery Kuala Selangor by the Sasaran Arts Association has being organizing a large-scale international art festival every 3 years since 2008. This year is going to be the 4th art festival. The art festival has received many enthusiastic response from artists, art lovers and art community locally and internationally.
In order to enhance its role as a platform for better artistic exchange and creation, the association has voiced out in many occasions with the local government, hoping to develop a permanent exhibition area in Sasaran. The Honorable Ean Yong Hian Wah, who holds the portfolio of “Local Government, Legalization of Illegal Factories & New Village Development” has been giving strong support to our association and art festivals from the first Art Festival in 2008, has agreed that Sasaran has the potential to become a well-known art village.
Thus, after discussions with the state government, county council and local community, a launching ceremony was finally held in May 2016 to build an art park and exhibition center in Sasaran. The building would be a two-story art gallery, with the upper floor becoming an exhibition space and the lower one an activity center. The art center will be the venue for local or international art festivals or exhibitions in the promotion of arts and culture.
In December 2016, the ground breaking ceremony of the Sasaran Art Gallery finally took place in the presence of The Honorable Ean Yong Hian Wah, former President of MDKS Puan Hajah Noraini binti Roslan, city council members, directors and members of Sasaran Arts Associations and villagers of Sasaran. It rained that day, but everyone was in high spirit because the dream has finally come true!
After months of construction works, the building was finally completed in October this year and was named “Balai Seni Sasaran Kuala Selangor” (Sasaran Art Gallery Kuala Selangor). As what our chairman Mr Ng Bee said “We are grateful that Sasaran Arts Association has been getting the support from the state government since the beginning. The seeds of the art have been sprouting. Under such circumstances, art will definitely be blooming splendidly in Sasaran.” Hopefully, Sasaran Art Park and Art Gallery will be well known all over the world and more artists from home and abroad will come to Sasaran for their artistic creation.
Let “art” go to the countryside is no longer a slogan as the villagers of Sasaran are growing from ignorant of art to someone who appreciate art. “Art” definitely is growing in every part of Sasaran. Because of art, life is beautiful. If you dare to dream, you will harvest your dream one day!
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