18 neurodivergent artistes put together mural art bazaar showcase at Telang Usan Hotel from Jan 13-15

Neurodivergent mural artists and association members from Heart Treasures together with Audry (third right), Emma (second right) and Amy Amin, lead mural artiste (right) during the painting and completion of the mural artwork (in the background).

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KUCHING, Jan 11: Eighteen neurodivergent artistes from Kuching’s autism community have put together a mural art bazaar that is ready to be showcased from Jan 13 to 15 at the Telang Usan Hotel here starting 9am every day.

The Neurodivergent Mural Art Bazaar is a three-day charity event by Autsome Kuching, a newly established non-governmental organisation (NGO) aimed at celebrating and empowering autistic individuals, to raise awareness on the neurodivergent community or people in the autism spectrum.

Autsome Kuching founder Emma Zainal Abiddin said the mural art bazaar is created to celebrate mental health literacy through art, music and education.

“The bazaar will feature arts and crafts vendors showcasing the work of local artistes, food and beverage, as well as live ‘sape’ music by legendary Sape player Mathew Ngau.

“In addition, there will be talks on autism awareness and mental health in the context of autism, providing attendees with invaluable information and resources,” she said in a media release today.

Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng is expected to officiate the mural on Friday (Jan 13).

Emma (left) with Victoire, one of the neurodivergent artistes painting the mural.

Other than the bazaar, Emma added that there will also be a free mental health screening by Mental Health Association Sarawak, with the aim of providing an opportunity for the community to learn more about their mental health and get connected to resources.

Telang Usan Hotel general manager Audry Wan Ulok said they are proud to co-organise this event and educate the public on neurodivergent people in the community.

“It is amazing to see this mural coming alive in only two weeks, painted by 18 of our neurodivergent artistes from Kuching’s autism community. Join us at the Neurodivergent Mural Art Bazaar and be a part of this celebration. Let’s start 2023 with mental health literacy,” she said.

This charity event organised by Telang Usan Hotel and Autsome Kuching is supported by Place Borneo.

For more information, follow Autsome Kuching on Instagram or contact Emma Zainal Abidin at autsome.kch@gmail.com. — DayakDaily