Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu, wife of Sarawak’s Chief Minister, launched an exhibition of local heritage buildings sketches on Friday 21 November at the Old Court House, Kuching. The exhibition is a follow-up of the limited preview that took place a few months ago. Organized by SHS in partnership with the Kuching Urban Sketchers group, it features works by several talented young artists. The exhibition was on until 28 November.

In her address, Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu recalled the importance of appreciating Sarawak’s rich and diverse history and heritage.

SHS and Urban Sketchers Kuching invite the public to visit this high quality exhibition. SHS calls for the public to join the Society’s efforts to enhance the preservation of the State’s precious heritage. Karen Shepherd, the Society’ president, commended the State government for starting to push forward an application for UNESCO listing of Kuching’s historic area and for inviting SHS as a stakeholder in this project. Hinting at unsympathetic ‘renovations’ and ‘developments’ observed by SHS and heritage advocates, she pointed out the importance of participatory approaches in this complex but exciting domain. Anna Wee, SHS organizing chairperson of the exhibition, highlighted also the challenges arising from the tensions between conservation and development and called for engagement through SHS membership.

Sketch of Old Court House - courtesy of min-linesonpaper.blogspot.com

Sketch of Old Court House – courtesy of min-linesonpaper.blogspot.com

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SHS president’s address at the opening of Urban Heritage Sketches exhibition, Kuching, 21 Nov. 2014

Address by the organizing chairperson at the opening of Urban heritage Sketches exhibition, Kuching, 21 Nov. 2014

Exhibition Brochure

‘Calls for public opinion in development plans’  The Star, 22 Nov.2014

‘Don’t take Sarawak’s history, heritage for granted’ Borneo Post, 22 Nov.2014

‘Revitalising old charms’ The Star – Community website, 25 Nov. 2014

Sketchers' toolbox - image from The BorneoPost Seeds Facebook page.

Sketchers’ toolbox – image from The Borneo Post Seeds Facebook page.

A fish eye view of the exhibition