Art Misfits Aloft of Champions for Change 8

Aloft of Champions for Change

Aloft, KL Sentral: The evening of 28th August 2013, saw a glittering event in the form of a modern art competition at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, as part of their fundraising work with UNICEF Checkout for Children programme.

The UNICEF theme Champions for Change was also the theme for the artworks, which were submitted on the 24th of August. Now, on display in re:mix, the Aloft lobby, are the 20 semi-finalist paintings to be enjoyed by guests and visitors alike from the 28th of August 2013 to the 30th of September 2013.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral invited several art and design school, Saito College, Raffles Design Institute, Inti College, KDU College and Alfa College to participate and a hundred canvases were sent to the colleges to be distributed to the interested students accordingly. The artwork was required to include the theme: Champions for Change, and incorporate Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral and UNICEF as well.
Yung Ping, Alfa College, semi-finalist, expressed how he was inspired to participate because of his admiration for the work UNICEF does with children. He explained how the tiger in his work represented bravery and hoped for it to inspire children to feel brave and have hope.
Ginny, SEGi College, semi-finalist, also expressed how she wanted to share her feelings about hope to the children who are helped by UNICEF. A regular contributor to art competitions, the message of this artwork is something she holds very dear.  

Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork during the next few weeks and three winners will be chosen by the amount of popularity received. The winners will be announced on the 17th of September and the winning artwork will be replicated onto a recycled bag which can be purchased for just RM25 from Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral.

In his speech, the general manager of Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Paolo Campillo thanked the students who participated and congratulated the semi-finalists. He spoke of how Starwood Hotels and UNICEF have been partners for 15 years with Checkout for Children; and his hopes for the success of the programme and to see it grow bigger and better each year. He then listed the prizes for the winners.

Paolo Campillo (extreme left of picture)

The winner of the Modern Art Competition will win a paid holiday at Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit in Bangkok, A Luxury Collection Hotel; the 2nd prize winner will win a paid holiday in Bali at Sheraton Kuta Resort and, the 3rd prize winner will get a stay at Aloft Bangkok, Sukhumvit 11: all prizes are inclusive of a pair of return air tickets.

The perfect venue for an exhibition of modern art inspired pieces, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral was a vision of modern elegance and style. This 482 room hotel is the largest Aloft Hotel in the world and is right next door to Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station.


Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, with its urban-inspired design and soaring ceilings, is the perfect playhouse for the digital generation. With free wireless internet access throughout the hotel, including all guest rooms, unique plug-and-play connectivity facilities in every room, and easy access to a transportation hub, both comfort and work are at your fingertips.

Personally, I enjoyed the event, and found it heartwarming that so many young people support the important work that UNICEF does for the children of the world. What do you think, fellow Misfits? Will you be going to see the exhibition? What are your opinions on the artwork we included in this article? How do you feel about the Checkout for Change programme?

Head on to Aloft, KL Sentral to vote for your favourite art! You will not only support local artists, you are performing a good deed for the children of the world.