The ABCs of artistic compassion

(From L to R) Joe Sidek posing with participating artists of the ABC Art Exhibition - Barbara Moore, Ammar Khalifa, Ng Horng Guan, Jeff Khor and Susanna Hernesniemi. (Jeremy Tan / Nov 24, 2015)

A GROUP of creative talents hopes to bring festive cheer to the less fortunate children via the Arts Benefitting the Community (AB+C) Exhibition and Charity Auction.

The 29 artists, photographers and sculptors will be donating part of the sales proceeds from 32 pieces currently on display at Art Space 1 of China House in George Town, Penang, to charity.

The funds raised would be used to buy Christmas gifts for ill children at the Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Penang Hospital, as well as those under the care of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Art lovers and the public can view the artworks, and bid via silent auction either on-site or online via, by midnight on Sunday.

At the show's opening recently, co-organiser Joe Sidek commended the artists for coming forward and contributing their works for a good cause.

“We hope to buy gifts for around 30 children. Each will make a wish list of three items, and we'll try to fulfil as many as possible.

“These young cancer patients have shown great will to fight the life-threatening disease. We want to give them something to smile about,” he added.

In a statement, Make-A-Wish Malaysia chief executive officer Irene Tan noted that art has an ability to help heal the soul, and in this case, also bring hope, strength and joy to the sick.

Mount Miriam chief executive officer Tham Wei Wei believes that such initiatives would give sufferers much-needed encouragement to continue their battle with cancer.

Penang Hospital paediatrician Dr N. Revathy said this would delight patients and their parents as they spent long and difficult days undergoing treatment.

“Donations are also welcome to help us obtain educational materials for long-staying patients, as well as medical items that we lack and are not able to immediately procure through hospital funding,” she highlighted.

The AB+C Exhibition is part of the In-Between Arts Festival from now until tomorrow, that is sandwiched between the George Town Literary Festival and Penang Island Jazz Festival.

Started in 2012, it continues to offer a variety of art-related events that are mostly free for the community.

This year, it is jointly organised by China House and Joe Sidek Productions Sdn Bhd. Events will all be held at China House, or along Victoria Street.

Highlights include Market @ The Courtyard, a craft market that offers various creative items from local brands that starts on Sunday, and is held daily during the festival between 5pm and 10pm.

There will be traditional shows each night between 7pm to 8pm.

They feature Gamelan, Wayang Potehi and Wayang Kulit respectively throughout the three nights.

Complementing that are film screenings of The Blue Mansion, Bunohan and The Journey at 8.30pm, also on successive days. Directors for the latter two movies will be present for sharing sessions.

Rounding off the list are the Live Doodling Artists sessions from 5pm to 11pm nightly, as well as Children's Storytelling, Drum 3/4 performance and Zapin Dance workshop between 4.30pm to 8pm tomorrow.

Pre-registration is required for some events. Visit for more information.

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