“Looking For Bob, a tribute to Rauschenberg” by Azrin Mohd. Azrin is one of the artists selected to take part in Malaysian Eye’s book project.

With many art collectors around the world casting their eyes east, a new initiative launching in KL next year will offer international exposure to Malaysian artists. Parallel Contemporary Art, a non-profit group based in London, announced this week that it is bringing its Global Eye Programme to our shores, having already made waves in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Korea.

With the support of Prudential, the British Council and local art curators, “Malaysian Eye” is an initiative to produce a contemporary art book featuring 75 Malaysian artists. In March and April 2014, there will be an exhibition of selected artists’ work at MAP, Publika. Some of these artists will then go on to exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London as part of the START exhibition of emerging artists.

Sound exciting? Parallel Contemporary Art are now accepting portfolios from contemporary artists based in Malaysia. In January, they will also launch a new award for Asian artists, the Prudential Eye Awards. “Who knows, Malaysia could have the world’s next Ai Wei Wei or Damien Hirst,” says Charlie Perring, Director of the Global Eye Programme. He added that the programme would also contribute to art education for young people in the country.

Ling Low

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