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First Sabah school to hold calligraphy exhibition
Published on: Monday, March 06, 2023
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First Sabah school to hold calligraphy exhibition
Students’ calligraphy works.
Kota Kinabalu: Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) St Peter Telipok became the first school in Sabah to hold its calligraphy at the Sabah Art Gallery, Saturday.The exhibition showcases works of 63 students, including 39 non-Chinese students and 24 Chinese students.

The event was attended by some 200 people including students, parents and guests making the event lively and bustling. In his welcoming speech at the opening ceremony, the school’s Vice Chairman Datuk Wong Chee Keong said calligraphy is an important component of traditional Chinese culture and a treasure of Chinese culture. He said adolescents are the future and hope of the country, and their childlike innocence is an indispensable element in calligraphy art. “This calligraphy exhibition aims to showcase the students’ love and creativity for calligraphy art, promote traditional culture and let more people understand and appreciate calligraphy art,” he said.

He said many artists dream of exhibiting their works in the National Art Gallery or holding their own solo exhibitions throughout their artistic careers. He is pleased that the SJKC ST Peter Telipok calligraphy group has achieved this Saturday, becoming the first school in the State to hold a calligraphy exhibition at Sabah Art Gallery.

“These works are rich in childlike innocence and creativity, with each piece containing the students’ love and efforts towards calligraphy art. “Apart from admiring the students’ works, one can also feel their love and pursuit for calligraphy art, seeing the infinite charm and possibilities of calligraphy art,” he said. Wong added that the SJKC ST Peter Telipok has nurtured many outstanding students over the past 20 years, and many have already entered the workforce. He looks forward to the day when one of the 63 young calligraphers who participated in this exhibition can become a calligraphy doctor and use their knowledge to improve the calligraphy level in the state, allowing more people to have a deeper understanding of calligraphy. According to data, there are more than 200 universities in China that offer calligraphy education and many outstanding calligraphy students are admitted each year to further their studies.

The calligraphy exhibition will be on display at Sabah Art Gallery for two weeks from March 4-18. The gallery is open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm every day. As it is currently school holidays, the school invites parents from other schools to bring their children to the art gallery to appreciate the beautiful calligraphy works.

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