Monday, December 30, 2019

Walking the Talk

With the fourth and final volume of the series now published, RogueArt have been on the road with Narratives in Malaysian Art, collaborating with educational institutions, art spaces and collectives around the country for a programme of discussions, Walking the Talk.

NMA has always been about gathering knowledge and building discourse, and with so much happening in the art scene over the past decade since the project first began, especially beyond the Klang Valley "hub", it has been interesting to see what kinds of further conversations might arise to do with histories, practices and infrastructures. New generations of practitioners and students, moving in a much changed art world, have voiced both fresh and familiar questions.

We've been very grateful for the support and enthusiasm of all those involved to date, in KL, Ipoh, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Walking the Talk goes to Hin Bus Depot in George Town next, on 14 Jan 2020, for a discussion on "Missing Links: Piecing Together a Penang Art Scene" in collaboration with School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Ruang Kongsi; and conversations at Ilham Gallery and UiTM Shah Alam are also in the pipeline.

We are currently working on uploading the footage of each discussion session on YouTube, so do watch this space....

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Narratives in Malaysian Art Volume 4/Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia Jilid 4 LAUNCHED!

10 years after the project launch, we are very happy to announce the completion of the 
Narratives in Malaysian Art/Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia series with the publication of 
Volume 4: Perspectives/Jilid 4: Perspektif. 
Congratulations to all contributors, and thank you for your patience!

Many thanks to Balai Seni Negara/The National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur for hosting the launch event on Saturday 28 September, and to Puan Zanita Anuar, Director of Exhibition Services, Collection and Conservation gave welcoming remarks. 

Co-editors Simon Soon and Yap Sau Bin presenting the books to guest speakers TK Sabapathy and Yuarajah Kandasamy ("Uncle Rajah")

Thanks Dr Steve, the 30 Art Friends and our many sponsors and supporters!

Contributor Ray Langenbach

Uncle Rajah, former gallery assistant of at the National Art Gallery (1977-2014), and contributor to Volume 4, reminding us why and how we can support art and artists (listen on Facebook)

TK Sabapathy said some very nice things about the project! (listen on Facebook)

So glad it's all done!

Thank you to Balai Seni Negara for the great photos.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

NMA3 Launch at Segaris Art Centre

The official launch of Narratives in Malaysian Art Volume 3: Infrastructures and Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia Jilid 3: Infrastruktur, together with the Malaysia Art Map was held at Segaris Art Centre at Publika on 15 March 2016. We had a great turnout – it was wonderful to see so many of the project's supporters and contributors come together, from corporate sponsors to gallery owners, collectors, writers, art educators and artists, especially in light of the volume's theme. Thanks so much to Segaris for being such enthusiastic co-hosts!

The books are now out in the shops at a recommended price of RM45 per copy. You can find them at:

BORDERS - All Stores
Book Zone PENANG
Kinokuniya Bookstores, KL
MPH Bookstores - All Stores
Silverfishbooks Sdn Bhd
Times The Bookshop - All stores

You can also order online all three volumes (to date) of the NMA series from and

Janes, Krystie & Race on reception
The eds team posing for the media

Tan Koon Hui & Dr Choong Kam Kow

Nur Hanim giving her welcoming remarks
Ramlan Abdullah speaking on behalf of Segaris

Kyoko Kugai of JFKL with Yap Sau Bin

S. Jamal Al-Idrus & Jalaini Abu Hassan

Sharmiza Abu Hassan and Suzy Sulaiman

Tengku Sabri with Art Friends U-Wei Saari, Dr Steve Wong & Pakhruddin Sulaiman,
 & Yusof Othman of Anak Alam 

Eiffel Chong & Simon Soon

The NMA3 editorial team: Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Yap Sau Bin,
Tengku Sabri Ibrahim, Beverly Yong, Rahel Joseph & Rachel Ng

Sunday, March 6, 2016


After a series of delays, we are very happy to announce that Narratives in Malaysian Art Volume 3: Infrastructures and Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia Jilid 3: Infrastruktur are in distribution and available at leading bookstores around Malaysia. 

Volume 3 weighs in at 444 pages in the English edition and 512 pages in the BM edition, and retails at RM45. The volume's editors are Beverly Yong, Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Rahel Joseph and Tengku Sabri Ibrahim, with Yap Sau Bin and Rachel Ng. 

We look forward to the official launch on 15 March at Segaris Art Centre, where we will also be launching the Malaysia Art Map published in conjunction with Volume 3. 

We would like to thank our corporate supporter, sponsors and friends of the book who have made the project possible. We are very grateful that CIMB Foundation, Lembaga Pembangunan Seni Visual Negara, Ekuiti Nasional Berhad, Yayasan Sime Darby and 30 Art Friends, together with new friends of the book - Lee Khai, and Laurent and Daphne Yong-D'Herve, have recently come in to give their generous support to Volumes 3 and 4 of the project.

Volume 3: Infrastructures/Jilid 3: Infrastruktur is really about the Malaysian art scene - how it has changed over the decades, what it looks like now, and how we may make things better as we move forward. Thank you to the many, many people who contributed to the content of Volume 3, as editors, writers, interviewers, interviewees, participants in the roundtables held, roundtable hosts, survey respondents, helpful fact-checkers, rapporteurs and assistants. We hope you will all enjoy the volume.

Watch this space for launch pics and further updates.

(NMA3 editors)

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Launch at The Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

At the Annexe Gallery

 T.K. Sabapathy speaks

The editorial team - Beverly Yong, T.K. Sabapathy, and Nur Hanim Khairuddin

Anak Alam 'crew' - Yusof 'VW' Osman, Pyanhabib, Ali 'Mabuha'

T.K. Sabapathy autographs a copy for Joshua Lim

Jalaini Abu Hassan, U-Wei Saari, Pyanhabib and Hasnul Saidon 

Nur Hanim Khairuddin & Rafizah Abdul Rahman

 Kenta, our designer for the book finally gets his hands on a copy

Kim Ng and a student from Dasein Art Academy

 U-Wei Saari greets Datuk A. Samad Said

 NMA Volume 2 writer Suzy Sulaiman with Tuan Hj Rosli A. Rahim, Director of Galeri Petronas

Pakhruddin Sulaiman 'documenting'

(Photos by Yuki Tham and Nur Hanim Khairuddin)

Saturday, September 28, 2013


We launched Narratives in Malaysian Art, Volume 2: Reactions - New Critical Strategies, and Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia, Jilid 2: Reaksi - Strategi Kritikal Baru on 28 September 2013, at The Annexe Gallery at Central Market. 

It's been just over year since we launched Volume 1, and it's been a long but exciting journey working on Volume 2. We were so happy that T.K. Sabapathy could join us for the launch - he gave a stirring speech, full of encouragement! Thank you so much to all who attended the event. Images will be posted up shortly.

Volume 2 is Edited by Nur Hanim Khairuddin & Beverly Yong, with T.K. Sabapathy; with texts by Redza Piyadasa, Sulaiman Esa, Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Simon Soon, Safrizal Shahrir, Mark Teh, Tan Zi Hao, Ismail Zain, Sarena Abdullah, Michelle Antoinette, Zhuang Wubin, Hasnul J. Saidon, Niranjan Rajah, Adeline Ooi, Beverly Yong, Suzy Sulaiman, Rahmat Haron, Eva McGovern, Yap Sau Bin; interviews with Anak Alam, Wong Hoy Cheong, Chong Kim Chiew, Yee I-Lann, Chai Chang Hwang, Ponirin Amin, Liew Kungyu, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Ahmad Fuad Osman, Anurendra Jegadeva, Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman, Mark Teh, and others; and selected excerpts from exhibition texts and reviews.

Recommended Retail Price: RM 40
Soft cover, 404 pages (Eng.), 464 pages (BM), with colour and black-and-white illustrations of over 100 artworks.

The books are distributed by Gerak Budaya and available in selected bookstores across Malaysia. Please go to our "Buy the Books" page for details.

As before, all profits from book sales are re-channelled into development and promotion of the Narratives in Malaysian Art project.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Role of Institutions in the Malaysian Art Infrastructure

Our third roundtable for Volume 3: Infrastructures was graciously hosted and co-organised by GALERI PETRONAS on 19 June. 

Institutions form the official pillars of the Malaysian art scene, helping to create important frameworks for its development. In their various forms, institutions may provide sustained support for artists and art activities, act as interfaces between art and the public, and/or act as custodians of our artistic heritage through collections and documentation. The institutions invited to this roundtable included: state art and university museums and galleries, government agencies involved in the visual arts, corporations active in visual arts support and collecting, foreign cultural organisations, and privately funded arts programmes. 

The roundtable aimed to:

- document the developments and activities of institutions involved in Malaysian art 
- help foster a broad network of such institutions, encouraging the sharing of information, concerns and strategies, practical problems and solutions 
- begin a conversation addressing the role of institutions in Malaysian art infrastructure, including crucial current and future issues 

After a first session of introductory presentations, Session 2 : Building, Programming, Collecting, Funding, Connections addressed some of the challenges and issues faced by institutions involved in Malaysian art, including targets and best practices, acquisition, conservation and maintenance policies and practices of institutional collections, programming and funding. Session 3 then looked at larger questions of Roles, Responsibilities and Relevance, and how institutions can and do contribute to the development of the Malaysian art scene, asking questions like: Who do institutions serve? Why do they support the visual arts? How can they better co-operate with each other, and what are directions and visions for the future? It was a very heartfelt and open session, underlining the many difficulties facing art-related institutions today. 

Our sincere thanks to Encik Rosli Abdul Rahim and his team at GALERI PETRONAS for their fantastic support for this event, and to our moderators and all those who attended the session from near and far:

National And State Art Museums and Galleries
Prof Dr Ramlan Abdullah
Board of Trustees
National Visual Arts Gallery

En. Faizal Sidek
Curator, Publication Division
National Visual Arts Gallery

Puan Nor Alisa Binti Abdul Rahman
Johor Art Gallery

Jennifer Linggi
Sabah Art Museum
Puan Syahidah Abu Sah
Melaka Art Gallery and Museum

University Art Museums and Galleries
En. Zolkurnian Hassan
Muzium and Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, USM

En. Abdul Aziz Abdul Rashid
Universiti Malaya Art Gallery

Corporate Art Galleries/Programmes/Funding
En. Mohd Iqbal bin Abdul Rahim
Head, Corporate Responsibility

Badrolhisham Tahir
Head of Exhibitions

Cultural Bodies/Funding/Programmes

Marine Moncaut
Cultural Officer
Alliance Fran├žaise

Elizabeth Cardosa
Badan Warisan Malaysia

Rolf Stehle
Director Cultural Programme
Goethe Institut

David Ngui
Programme Coordinator
Goethe Institut

Katherine Chui, Chan Yin Kwan, Joanne Foo
Public Relation Dept Executives
Soka Gakkai Malaysia

Tuan Ramzi Abu Yazid
Senior Deputy Director
Malaysia Tourism Board, Advertising Division (1MCAT)

Kyoko Kugai
Senior Program Officer
The Japan Foundation

Private Institutions/Initiatives
Marion D'Cruz
Five Arts Centre/Krishen Jit-ASTRO Fund
Angela Hijjas
Rimbun Dahan

Yee I-Lann
Board of Directors
Tamparuli Living Arts Centre


Rahel Joseph

Valentine Willie
Pn. Wairah Marzuki

Zainol Shariff

Session 2: Suryani Senja Alias
Session 3: Kathy Rowland

En Badrolhisham on behalf of Encik Rosli Abdul Rahim for Galeri Petronas giving a welcoming speech.

Participants from the various institutions at the roundtable.

Mr Rolf Stehle giving a brief introduction to Goethe Institute.
Yee I-Lann introduces the various aspects of Tamapruli Living Arts Centre that is located in Sabah.

Suryani Senja Alias reads out her questions to the participants for the second session.

A light moment at the roundtable.

Valentine Willie, a guest of to the roundtable shares some thoughts.

Kathy Rowland moderates the third session of the roundtable.

View of the roundtable at Galeri Petronas.