Spectacle 2016 Exhibition
The UBD Spectacle Art and Design Graduation Show 2016 was the 4th annual art exhibition held by the final year Art and Creative Technology students. This year there were 40 students participating in the event that was launched on the 13th April and lasted until the 21st May 2016. The aim of the exhibition was to showcase the works of these talented artists and expose contemporary art on a different level to the public. The Spectacle covered topic ranging from personal to broader issues. Each of them carried different meanings behind their artwork and it was interesting to see how each artist executed them.
It takes two semesters and two modules, Directed Study and Capstone Project, to make up the Spectacle. These modules break up the workload and progress for the students. The first module that the students have to take is Directed Study and here they work on the concept for the artwork and the final pieces itself. In the next semester, the students then take Capstone Project. This is when they start to work in Chancellor Hall and build their exhibition space themselves where they build their own walls, floors and also manage their own lighting.
The Spectacle team was graced by the presence of Vice-Chancellor of UBD, Datin Br. Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wajiya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abd Aziz, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Gobal Affairs) Dr Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Mr. Ahmed Ali Sirohey of the High Commission for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and nearly 2000 visitors by their second week of opening.
On Tuesday 26th April 2016, the Princess of Pahang, Malaysia, KDYTM Tengku Puan Pahang Darul Makmur Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah binti Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, and the US ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Mr. Craig Allen, visited the art gallery together with the Public Affairs Officer of the US embassy, Dr. Edward Findlay. There was also a visit by the iCUBE on the 14th May 2016. Within a month of its opening, the Spectacle reached up to more than 3000 visitors.
We hope that through the Spectacle, we can reach out to the public and educate them understand the impact art can have on people and the society. It is an enriching experience for the students who are a part of it.
On behalf of the Spectacle 2016 committee members, we would like to thank the Dean and AR for the advice and guidance, Estate for the logistic support and OSHE for the security and assistance, ULO office for the media support and most importantly our lecturers A/P Shui Kong Ho and Dr Martie Geiger-Ho and members for the co-operation and advice.