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“With Gratitude” commemorates Good Shepherd Services’ 30 years in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, Sabah – 14 June 2018 – Good Shepherd Services (GSS) celebrates its 30 years of service in Sabah by teaming up with the Sabah Art Gallery (SAG) to organise a two-month visual art exhibition entitles “With Gratitude’

For the first time in SAG’s history, 16 of Malaysia’s best artist – ranging from internationally renowned personalities, to together to showcase their craft under one roof for a worthy cause.

Their artwork will be displayed and sold at the exhibition held in SAG from 7th June to 7th August 2018. More than half of the proceeds will go to GSS to help fund their social services programme in Sabah.

The exhibition has been curated by SAG’s Jennifer Linggi and Harold Reagan Eswar.

Linggi said as 14 of the artist were either Sabahans or have roots in the state, their  artworks strongly reflect their ties with the local community and culture.

“The theme is strongly Sabahan, and there are lot of Sabahan stories behind the artists,” she explained.

The line-up of artist is as follows: Abdul Multhalib Musa (from Peninsular Malaysia), Adrian Ho, Anndy Romeo Dulait, Awang Damit Ahmad, Awang Fadilah Bin Ali Hussein, Azlan Dulikab, Bayu Otomo Radjikin, Charles Mawan, Crig R. Francis @ Cracko, Harold Reagan Eswar, Jerome Kugan, Pangrok Sulap, Shia Yih Yiing (from Sarawak), Tina Rimmer, Teo Zye Keun and Yee I-Lann.

Good Shepherd’s Province Leader, Sister Joan Lopez said “With Gratitude” was a fitting title to the exhibition, as the organisation was commemorating its 30 years in Sabah.

“We are indeed grateful for the privilege of working and serving in Sabah with a variety of communities, both rural and urban, providing services to women and children, the vulnerable and those struggling with poverty,” she said.

Sister Joan extended her gratitude to GSS board member, and organising chairperson Faridah Stephens for initiating the idea, and working towards its succesful completion.

GSS’ programmes in Sabah include Asrama Komuniti Tulid, Pusat Jagaan Good Shepherd, Youth-Prep Centre, “Everything Pineapple” project, Sexual Gender-Based Violence Empowerment and Protection projects, as well as Komuniti Van Sekolah.

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About Good Shepherd Services

Good Shepherd Services (GSS) is a not-for-profit organisation registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia. GSS has extensive grassroots services in Malaysia, both residential and outreach, reaching out to women/girls in pregnancy and other forms of crisis, women and their children experiencing domestic violence, children and youth who have limited access to educational opportunities.

For more information, please contact:

Mary Anne K. Baltazar, Manager-Support Services,

Email: mabaltazar@goodshepherd.my

Tel: +6012-2328207 or 088-204151


FRANCIS CHEONG was a painter, potter, sculptor and print maker. Known for his batik paintings, cubist paintings, stained glass and ceramic works, Francis dedicated much of his life to creative works through his career as an interior designer and artist.

After graduating with a Associateship in Fine Arts from Western Australia Institute of  Technology (Curtin University) in 1972, Francis returned to Sabah and worked as a lecturer at Kent and Gaya Teacher Training Colleges for several years. He then went on to start his own interior design company where he produced hand made crafts and souvenir in ceramics, fabrics and stain glass. Throughout this time he continued to paint and was an active contributor to the art scene in Sabah particularly through his close relationship with the late Datuk Yaman Mus (the founder and director of the Sabah Art Gallery). During the early years of the Gallery, Francis was often invited to be a panel for the Karya Pilihan Tahunan Negeri Sabah (Sabah Annual Art Selection) committee. he was also an active member of the Persatuan Seni Visual Sabah (PSVS) and the Sabah Institute of Art.

Francis’ notable contribution to Sabah’s art scene was a run numerous workshops often in collaboration with the Sabah Art Gallery. He was also an entrepreneur and the first artist to hire special needs workers and teach them to produce crafts such as ceramic works and batik prints. He also opened his work space for tourists to experience batik painting first hand. His contribution to art and community was recognised by the State when he was awarded the Anugerah Khas Seni Visual (Visual Arts Special Award) by the Governor in 2009.

The Sabah Art Gallery is proud to host Francis Cheong’s Retrospective Exhibition where 155 of his paintings and over 100 poetry wares are exhibited. His earlier works consist mainly of his cubist and abstract paintings as well as his batik paintings. In the last two years, Francis was prolific in his production of paintings and ceramics works. His favourite subject was the old shop houses of Sabah. His keen observation is evident from the details captured in his paintings. Francis’ love for pottery making also became his main focus and hundreds of beautifully crafted pots and vessels were produced in the last two years of his life despite his failing health. This decline did not deter him from travelling around Sabah to complete his visual documentation of old shop houses and also to collect clay from different construction sites for his pottery.

All of Francis’ work, be it paintings or pottery, was inspired buy the culture  and landscape of Sabah, from the batik paintings of Orang Utan and Kampung Air (water villages) to motif on his pots which are mainly Murut and Rungus patterns. Francis was a gentle and kind man and so much can be learned from his success as an artist and humility as a person. I hope his reflections on his work as a potter and the exhibits will inspire many as it did to me and encourage us to reflect on our lives. Francis once raised the searching question; “What type of clay material do you desire to be? It is of terracotta clay, stoneware clay, china clay or porcelain clay?” we would all do well to ponder what we can be.

Jennifer P. Linggi

Curator

Sabah Art Gallery