THE Penang government has always been at the forefront of advocating environmental cause, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said.
“It is high time that everyone play their role in conserving the environment.
“The wrath of Mother Nature manifests through various forms – climate change, unpredictable weather patterns, tsunamis and severe drought. All these are happening across the globe.
“Steps must be taken to ‘heal’ the environment,” Chow said before opening the ‘Art For Wildlife Conservation International Art Exchange’ at Desa Seri International in Balik Pulau today.
Chow said that art is the ‘soul’ of George Town and Penang.
“It is important to allow art to be a tool to educate and contribute towards realising Penang 2030,” he added.
The first ‘Art for Wildlife Conservation International Art Exchange’ exhibition was a joint effort by Artopia Education Trust and Penang Art District.
Twenty-four artists from five countries and local young talents came together to achieve a common goal – to promote art and create awareness on environmental and wildlife care.
State Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Arts Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin hoped that the exhibition would enhance literature and art in Penang, and attract more art lovers to Balik Pulau.
Among those present were Penang State Art Gallery chairman Lee Khai, Balik Pulau International Art Village chairman Dr Paul Boey Teik Soon and Artopia Education Trust trustee David Goh.
Story by Danny Ooi