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Unlock Art: Le Meridien chooses UCSF to celebrate Sabah’s unique cultures

19th July, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu has chosen University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF)’s Nature Inspiration Art Gallery (NIAG) for its Unlock Art programme which celebrates Sabah’s unique and diverse cultures.

Speaking in the opening ceremony on Thursday, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu General Manager, Kanit Sangmookda said the Unlock Art programme introduces its travelers to experience Sabah’s diverse tradition and culture outside their hotel.

According to Kanit, its hotel guests will be able to use their hotel key card to unlock not only their hotel room but also use it to access inspiring art and cultural centre in the area they are visiting.

Therefore, guests staying with Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu will be able to access UCSF’s Nature Inspiration Art Gallery for free by displaying the room keycards upon entry to the gallery.

“This programme is a unique partnership as it provides access to contemporary art and cultural centres around the world for the hotel guests.

“And with the NIAG partnership, this will allow our hotel guests to visit the art and cultural scene in Sabah.

“We hope this partnership with UCSF will “unlock” the art and cultural scene in Sabah, while at the same time, support the local art communities to thrive through our promotional platforms.

“We want our guests to experience the local destination through arts, culture and local folklore,” he added. Opened in 2014, The Nature Inspiration Art Gallery by UCSF exhibits Sabah’s original artwork gallery in the form of arts and craft sculpture which were captured by talented Sabahan artists.

UCSF’s Vice Chancellor Dr Mohamed Haleem Mohammad Razi said that he is overwhelmed that NIAG was recognised by Le Meridien and is looking forward to build more partnerships with more prestigious global brands.

“Through these partnership, NIAG wishes to engage the public and wider community to appreciate the rich features of Sabah’s indigenous diversity of cultures which have evolved with nature despite the development and modernisation,” he added.

NIAG also features a unique art work of Botanic Batik, a traditional cloth-making craft which NIAG is revitalising. This is where the cloth is dyed using natural organic dyes, producing artistic hand-work that is earthly, natural and beautiful.

“The establishment of NIAG in UCSF is more of a social platform but with features of sustainability. The main focus is to ensure its social duty of promoting, preserving, conserving, and advancing the cultural heritage and contemporary artistic values of the multi-ethnic groups of Sabah,” he added.

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