The Rui Cunha Foundation gallery aims to be a platform for the dissemination of young Macao artists, contributing in a sustainable way to the cultural landscape of the territory. In order to fulfill the objectives set out in the Rui Cunha Foundation’s statutes, with the actions carried out, we intend to promote or sponsor events of a socio-cultural nature, namely in the field of literature, plastic arts and music, with the aim of disseminating our own culture and the creative industries of the Macao SAR.
We believe that, in this way, we can contribute to the development of the identity, both of the MSAR’s legal system – individual and autonomous – and of the people of Macau and their unique culture, by intervening philanthropically and culturally in local civil society. In this sense, in addition to the exhibitions, the cultural area of the Rui Cunha Foundation develops an educational program aimed at training the eye and developing sensitivity to the various artistic forms, namely among the younger strata and the school public.
In addition to holding creative painting and handicraft workshops, designed to complement the exhibitions in the gallery or dedicated to different artistic expressions, we also have conversations and debates that aim to be a forum for reflection, either by professionals in the field , as well as civil society as a whole, diversifying themes and perspectives on matters relevant to Macau’s culture.
In the area of music, under protocols established with local entities, we carry out regular work to promote and encourage the musical arts among the population, with a special focus on the territory’s youth. This is the case of the musical afternoons of ELITE – Associação para a Creativity e Cultura Musical – which every week invites children to participate in socializing sessions at the piano, where they can practice and show the evolution of their learning. It is also the case of jazz nights on Saturdays, which take place each month in the gallery space, with the support of the Macau Jazz Promotion Association, featuring guest musicians locally and beyond.
The Rui Cunha Foundation also promotes a choral singing group – the Rui Cunha Foundation Choir –, which meets weekly to prepare and practice a repertoire composed of musical themes ranging from lyrical pieces, of religious and sacred influence, to North-American classics. Americans, Europeans and Asians of the mid-20th century. Created in 2016, under the direction of Filipino conductor Barrie Briones, it has a mixed cast of about thirty voices, female and male, all amateurs.
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