Society to host exhibition of works by Urban Sketchers Kuching


KUCHING: The Sarawak Heritage Society will hold a one-week exhibition on the works by the Urban Sketchers Kuching Chapter (USK) at the Old Courthouse here, beginning Nov 21.

According to a press statement, Chief Minister’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu is expected to open the exhibition at 10am, which will also see the launch of the society’s year-long membership drive.

The event follows USK’s preview at the Ranee Hotel in June this year.

“We have selected the works of USK as it resonates strongly with the society’s goals that emphasise on raising awareness of Sarawak’s heritage,” the organiser said.

Formed in 2012, USK is the local chapter of an international movement that aims to ‘show the world – one drawing at a time’.

Since its inception in Seattle (US) in 2007, Urban Sketchers has spread worldwide, raising the ‘artistic, storytelling and educational values of location drawing’.

The group gathers like-minded people from different age, race and background to share their passion for sketching with the rest of society.

Members would go and pick a site, normally consisting of an urban landscape, to sketch together and then have their drawings shared online.

One of the founders Min Wee, said: “For us, it is a way of recording our surroundings, the buildings, as well as the people and their culture. We do not limit our sketches to buildings, but also record the people and places in our daily life and in our travels.

“The awareness of our surroundings comes naturally through the act of drawing what our eyes see.”

Sarawak Heritage Society president Karen Shepherd remarked: “I cannot think of any more appropriate way to launch our membership drive than through this exhibition, which highlights the beauty of our city and the life inside it through the eyes of such a cross-section of the people who live in it.”