Penang Art Scene Is Back To Charm Art Lovers

It’s time to get immersed in the arts – physically! “Nine Days Eight Exhibitions” will be carried out from 20 to 28 November 2021. Get ready to celebrate arts everywhere from shopping malls to a cafe, historical buildings, and even a godown-turned-event-venue.

These specially curated exhibitions showcase works from various genres, ranging from painting and drawing to photography and installation art! “Nine Days Eight Exhibitions” is bound to bring George Town’s art scene back to life, with strict standard operating procedures in place for your safety.

Here are some of the exhibitions to look out at George Town Festival

Penang-born artist Lefty Julian (middle) giving state tourism development and creative committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin (right) and Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng (left) some insight into his works. (Nov 20, 2021) — Photo courtesy of George Town Festival

AR/UTISTIC: Diaries on the Spectrum Art Exhibition

Frankie Lim, a Penang-based contemporary artist living with autism, has found a way to cope with the changes brought on by the pandemic through his art. In isolation, his imagination runs wild, and the “AR/UTISTIC: Diaries on the Spectrum” art exhibition is the result.

The exhibition showcases Frankie’s art pieces created before and during the pandemic as well as the subsequent lockdown. The art pieces offer us a window to glimpse into Frankie’s journey through life before and during the COVID-19 isolation from the perspective of an individual with autism. Here, he explores themes of growth, joy, fear, sadness, and isolation and demonstrates his desire to connect with others. The exhibition also tells the stories of the universal challenges people face in these trying times, neurotypical or not.

AR Photography Exhibition

The animated journey of “France eMotion” is the fruit of a close collaboration between Atout France, the Institut Français and exhibition curator Muriel Enjalran.

Four photographers from around the globe – Ishola Akpo of Benin, Edu Monteiro of Brazil, David Schalliol of the United States, and Lourdes Segade of Spain – were asked to travel to different parts of France during the summer of 2017 to photograph 35 cultural attractions.

To bring these photographs to life, French artists Julie Chheng and Thomas Pons created an animated character that changes form as it moves through the images: a touch of augmented reality that can be viewed with the help of a free and easy-to-use mobile app.

The result is an artistic experience like no other. With its combination of photography and digital animation, the “France eMotion” photography exhibition takes viewers on an eye-opening journey to (re)discover France’s rich heritage through 35 original photographs that come alive through augmented reality.

The “France eMotion” photography exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Malaysia and Alliance Française Malaisie (Kuala Lumpur & Penang).

Other exhibitions include Thank God It’s Monday’ at The Whiteaways Arcade features a playful selection of works by Red Hong Yi and her artistic team.

Finally, there is ‘Creative Collection’ which promotes local brands and identities as well as the ‘3×3’ group exhibition from an art residency programme – both taking place in Bangunan UAB.

The second campaign, ‘Nine Days Eight Shows’, will be held from Dec 4 to 12.

There will be something for everyone including a rainforest concert, a cultural and contemporary dance performance, Japanese music and French movies, traditional wayang kulit and stand-up comedy.

The shows are ‘Ibuki Hati: Bamboo Flute, Piano, Strings and Dance’, ‘The Senses’, ‘Kehebatan Hanuman’, ‘Ciné France’, ‘Make Penang Laugh Again!’, ‘Paper Moon: Jazz in the City Purnama’ and ‘Paper Moon: Murakami and Jazz’ as well as ‘All Together Now’.

Visitors can also look forward to other complementary events such as ‘Sound and Screen: Jazz Film Festival’ from Dec 1 to 3 and ‘Music Masterclasses: Jazz and Beyond’ from Dec 8 to 10.

For detailed information, visit or follow George Town Festival on Facebook and georgetownfestival on Instagram.

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