PORT (People Of Remarkable Talents) is the brand name of Kampung Karyawan Amanjaya, a cultural agency that is fully funded by the Perak State Government of Malaysia, and appointed as the Commissioner for Port Perak at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
Established in 2011, PORT’s main objective is to bring the arts more accessible to the public by constantly creating art related programmes involving local and international art and cultural personalities.
PORT’s main objective is to provide opportunities especially for Perakian youth to develop their talents in the visual arts, performing arts, literature, film and other creative fields, and also to help enhance their intellectual faculties through specially organized talks and forums. The motto “Unity Thru Arts” emphasizes the importance of arts and culture in becoming a significant platform to celebrate and bridge all kinds of practice and thinking, regardless of race and background.
DATO’ NOLEE ASHILIN
After obtaining her education and training in the United Kingdom and Australia, and beginning her career in accountancy and finance, Date’ Nolee Ashilin took on various corporate directorships, while beginning her political career in 2004 as Special Officer to the Minister of Youth and Sports.
In 2008, she was State Assemblywoman, ADUN Tualang Sekah, and from 2013-2018, she was State EXCO on Tourism and Culture, Health, Communication and Multimedia.
She is the current State EXCO on Housing, Local Government and Tourism, where she offers significant support to the arts and cultural sector in Perak and Malaysia. She is currently a board member for PORT.
NUR HANIM MOHAMED KHAIRUDDIN
Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin is an artist and independent curator based in Ipoh, Perak in Malaysia. She graduated with a BFA from MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Malaysia in 1994 and has participated in numerous exhibitions locally and internationally.
From 1996 to 2010, she was a curator at Perak Arts Foundation, and was responsible for organising the annual multi-disciplinary International Ipoh Arts Festival (1996-2000). As a freelance curator, she has curated solo exhibitions for prominent Malaysian artists such as Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin and Ali Rahamad. She was also responsible for the curation of two major retrospectives, namely Raj’aah: Sulaiman Esa (2011) and Bumi Larangan: Zulkifli Dahlan (2017), both of which were held at the National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
In 2014, she spearheaded the archiving team for the Ismail Hashim Estate. She was an associate curator for the 5th edition of the Singapore Biennale (Singapore) and the Kuandu Biennale (Taiwan) in 2016.
Nur Hanim, together with Beverly Yong, is the co-editor-in-chief for the four-volume Narratives in Malaysian Art, and currently one of the directors for the Malaysian Art Archive & Research Support (MARS) in Kuala Lumpur. She was a member of the Industry Advisory Panel of the Cultural Economic Development Agency (CENDANA) in 2018/2019.
She is currently the General Manager of PORT, a creative agency under the Perak state government.