AUG 5 — The Shah Alam Art Gallery was established 21 years ago by the Selangor government and was the brain child of the present Sultan of Selangor.
The gallery is situated in an idyllic setting by the lake in the public park at the centre of the town. This park is a hive of activity on weekends. There are also a few shopping centres and hotels in the vicinity.
The Malaysian open art show was at one time organised by the National Art Gallery. It was an annual art event where all artists resident in Malaysia could exhibit their work in a public institution. It was a much anticipated cultural event. Sadly this was discontinued for no apparent reason.
But happily, the Shah Alam Gallery took over the task of organising their own open show. This is their 18th year and the exhibition is on till August 30. To encourage artists to take part, the gallery gave RM500 to five winners each year from 1994 till 2002 but from 2003 they increased the prize and started to give away RM600 to six winning entries.