One of the most surprising aspects of the Malaysian art scene, is that despite the country having produced and continuing to produce some outstanding visual artists, very few of them seem to be widely known or well-regarded internationally.

We often hear the expression that something is “purely academic”, which is usually taken to mean that, while it might be of interest (to someone, at least!), it is of little or no practical import or relevance to the real world.

If we try to conjure up an image in our minds of a distinguished university, we will almost certainly imagine something that looks either like a two thousand-year-old Greek temple with sturdy Doric columns or perhaps like an ornate baroque masterpiece of architecture