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Breaking Barriers Through Art: "Painting Dreams Alive" Charity Art Exhibition
Published:  Sep 11, 2023 3:16 PM
Updated: 7:16 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 SEPTEMBER 2023 - The Heritouch Art Gallery is thrilled to announce the debut of "Painting Dreams Alive", a charity art exhibition that shines a spotlight on the remarkable talents of eight young Malaysian artists with special needs. Running from now till 24 September 2023, this exceptional exhibition invites the public to delve into the personal narrative woven into each creation.

(From left) Organising committee Veron Tang; Co-founders of Heritouch Art Charity Drive Hui Teng Tan, Richie Chai, Datin Miriam Kuan, and Teh Wuan Xin (far right), Organising Chairperson of the 'Painting Dreams Alive' Charity Drive 1.0 officiating the art exhibition. Together with them are Guests of Honour (fifth from left) Carrie Lee,  Dato Sri Matthew Yeoh, Yang Mulia Tengku Dato Hishammuddin Zaizi Bin Yam Tengku Azman Shah, Tan Sri Teo Chiang Hong, and Puan Sri Lisa Teo.

"Painting Dreams Alive" stands as a groundbreaking platform for artists with disabilities to channel  their emotions, thoughts, and aspirations through the medium of art. It serves as a testament to the transformative power of creativity, celebrating the unique perspectives that emerge when barriers are dismantled.

Featuring the works of eight extraordinary artists: Eunice Chia Kar Xuan, Leong Kai Qing, Zingirlbell, Isaac Foong, Looi Yoke Hui, Ken Looi, Esmond Yong, and Owen Chong, the exhibition showcases a diverse array of artistic expressions, ranging from paintings to sculptures. Each piece serves as a vivid illustration of the life experiences and narratives that have shaped these artists. As part of Heritouch Art Gallery’s commitment to nurturing these talents and fostering creativity within the special needs community, proceeds from the sale of the 70 featured artworks will be equitably distributed, benefiting both the artists and the development of an art school dedicated to nurturing future talents.

The "Painting Dreams Alive" charity art exhibition showcases works by eight local artists, (from left) Zingirlbell, Eunice Chia, Looi Yoke Hui, Leong Kai Qing, Ken Looi, Esmond Yong, Isaac Foong, and Owen Chong.

Veron Tang, an avid art collector and a key member of the event organising committee, highlights the profound impact of art on children with special needs.

“Art serves as a vital means of expression for these special children, allowing them to communicate what words often cannot. Among the featured artists, we have individuals with conditions such as Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD), congenital hearing impairment, Down Syndrome, and even a courageous cancer survivor. Through this exhibition, Heritouch aims to raise funds for the establishment of an art learning centre, offering free art education for children with disabilities to unleash their full artistic potential,” said Veron.

"Little Yellow Flower in Life" by Ken Looi expresses the imprints of the life challenges that he had experienced over the years, but as long as there is hope in our hearts, our desires and aspirations will surely come true.

Teh Wuan Xin, another dedicated member of the event organising committee, promises visitors an immersive experience.

“One of the exhibition’s standout pieces is a sculpture by Esmond Yong, "Mourning Harambe", a powerful tribute to the Western lowland gorilla tragically lost in a 2016 incident at the Cincinnati Zoo. Esmond’s sculpture captures the essence of empathy and courage, serving as a poignant reminder of Harambe’s heroic act,” explained Wuan Xin.

"Mourning Harambe" by Esmond Yong pays tribute to the Western lowland gorilla tragically lost in a 2016 incident at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Experience this remarkable event, where a brighter future is painted through boundless creativity:

Date : Today till 24 September 2023
Time : 11.00am to 1.00pm;
2.00pm to 4.00pm;
4.00pm to 6.00pm 

Venue : Heritouch Gallery, Concourse Floor, One World Hotel, First Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

For more information about Heritouch Art Charity Drive and the "Painting Dreams Alive" charity art exhibition, please visit To those who would like to schedule a visit, please contact Li Hui at 012-859 6968.

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