Arts to Your Doorstep
Selling and buying art is just a click away now! “Arts to Your Doorstep” is a digital marketplace initiated by George Town Festival. Art lovers in 14 countries and regions, including Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and more, can now purchase the exquisite creations of artists via the George Town Festival website.
The three-month-long collaborative campaign seeks to support homegrown artists by promoting and selling their artworks online while galleries and art spaces are closed during these trying times.
Artists who are interested in collaborating with the Festival to promote their artistic creations can reach out to the Festival below.
Book Island — let the books surround themselves, till they become an island. Book Island can be understood as either “book is land” or “book’s land”, which is implied as a land of reading and pondering, leading us to a bright future. Book Island is an online bookstore dedicated to sharing interesting Chinese and English books and magazines to let people excavate the treasure trove of books.
Frankie Lim was diagnosed with autism when he was seven. From a young age, the family was told that his prognosis was grim. Frankie could draw before he could speak — art has always been his medium and vessel of communication. As a Penang-based contemporary artist, Frankie has channelled his gift for pattern-seeking into his artworks, communicating his world through the lens of someone on the spectrum.
Frankie’s art has evolved over the years, becoming increasingly complex and emotionally engaging as he develops into adulthood. Through his art, Frankie demonstrates the unique challenges and perspectives of an individual on the spectrum, the way he perceives current events and the world. His evolution from black and white line drawings into the incorporation of colour allowed him to introduce another element into his art: liveliness.
Frankie’s purposeful use of details and lines in his art challenges the boundaries and pre-existing stigmas of those on the spectrum, particularly in a Southeast Asian context. Utilising his gift for patterns and intricate details, Frankie tells stories that explore the world from the lens of an individual on the spectrum.
Frankie aims to celebrate and inspire those who are like him, who can relate to him through his art. He hopes that more would dare to be different and be brave enough to challenge boundaries.
Either / Or Design
Su Ling, a true-blue Penangite, is the founder of Either / Or Design. Born and raised in George Town, her roots run deep in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Her love for her hometown has led her to create “Heritage” — a polymer clay jewellery collection inspired by the traditional Peranakan tiles commonly found in George Town. Each piece in her signature collection is thoughtfully and painstakingly handmade from scratch. Through exploration of contemporary techniques and materials, she recreates what was once familiar with a modern twist. From the mixing of each colour to the shaping and moulding of each shape, every process is carried out manually by hand. The outcomes are extremely lightweight, shock-proof, and waterproof unique designs that you can find nowhere else.
ZNG art begins with the idea of promoting practical art. It uses henna drawing techniques to deliver its creative ideas and designs. It strives to keep its products simple but with fancy designs.
ZNG art was established in 2018 by Zahidah Noor Ghazalli. Zahidah is a Penang-born henna artist. At the age of 19, Zahidah discovered her talent for drawing henna, which is known widely in Indian culture. In 2017, after joining the Hin Market at Hin Bus Depot, she decided to pursue her career in art. However, she realised that henna does not last long and the canvas can only be skin. After doing her own research, Zahidah discovered that she could draw using acrylic paint for the design to stay on the medium forever. Using the same technique as drawing henna, she can now draw on leather, wood, fabrics, glass, canvases, and more.
Zahidah has created numerous designs using henna drawing techniques. Her one-of-a-kind artworks can be seen on fashion and accessories, stationery, and more. Every single piece is original and hand-painted by Zahidah herself.
Lee Tche Fuh, or simply known as Zack, is the founder of SAWANG. He is always passionate about looking for inspiration whenever he travels to Southeast Asia. He believes that crossover elements are able to infuse a new life in his creations which can be easily accepted by the younger generations. SAWANG focuses on traditional heritage elements and subsequently deploys that essence in modern, youthful, aesthetic, and wearable garments to fit into everyday life. It hopes to create a platform for the younger generations to embrace heritage and culture.
Kenny Loh Couture
Kenny Loh Couture was established by Kenny Loh, an artisan of Nyonya kebaya and beaded shoes. After 10 years as a nutritionist, he decided to pursue his passion and set up an establishment to safeguard his family legacy — the Baba Nyonya culture. Kenny, who is from Penang’s Baba Nyonya family, learnt the skill of making Nyonya kebaya with embroidery and beaded shoe faces from his elderly. He is one of the few artisans doing Nyonya kebaya tailoring and embroidery in the region. He is also known for his creations of Nyonya beaded shoes. Kenny has attended various local and international events, including fashion shows and beauty pageants. Kenny was recognised as the “Successful People in Malaysia” by Britishpedia in 2020 with his contribution to the art, craft, fashion, and culture of Baba Nyonya.
Open Call for Art Residency
We are seeking visual artists aged 18 years old and above who are currently based in Malaysia for the art residency programme which will run for one month. The selected residency artists are required to complete an artwork that can be fitted into a space measuring 3 metres x 3 metres revolving around the theme “Home” this July. It will culminate in a physical group exhibition which will be held in George Town, Penang in 2021, showcasing the residency artists’ artworks. Each applicant may choose to participate in the programme as an individual or a group. Each participant/group will be awarded a RM2,000 (Two Thousand Ringgit Malaysia Only) stipend. Apply by 20 June 2021 at 11.59pm (GMT+8).