THE last week of March is set to bring delight to art enthusiasts as the Penang Arts Week kicks off on March 24 with numerous exhibitions to be held around Penang.
It is organised for the first time by the Penang Exco for Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage (Petach).
The week will start and end with a grand opening and finale at the Esplanade on March 24 and 31 respectively, where there’ll be performances, light show and 3D arts related exhibition.
There will be the Animal Kingdom in the City event at the Esplanade (March 24 to 31) where plant sculptures in the form of various animals will be exhibited just in time for the school holidays.
The public can also immerse themselves in the beautiful light display and laser shows at night.
At the same time at the PenangPac in Straits Quay, there will be ‘Our Beloved Prime Minister Collage Art Exhibition’ featuring different forms of artistic expression by local young artists paying respect to our national leader in art form.
The unique collage arts will feature portraits of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad using different materials such as pebbles, grains and beans, paper, screw and nuts, nails, eggshells, ropes, buttons, beads, shells, thread and some recyclable items.
Over at Gurney Paragon St Jo’s will be the two-day ‘Mein Ding Gallery and Bayu Gallery Mindful Art Workshops’ from March 23.
Participants get to explore various interactive experiences to draw out one’s inner
creative freedom by asking questions, and to be fully aware of one’s creative potential in using art as a medium to create an art piece.
For children is the ‘Paint Your City - Your Vision of a Creative Penang Contest’ to be held at Gurney Plaza from March 23 to 31.
This free contest is open for children and divided into three categories: U18 Category (16 to 18 years old), U15 Category (13 to 15), U12 Category (six to 12).
Participants are required to bring their own colouring materials such as crayons, watercolour, colour pencils, cleaning cloth, napkins among others.
Penang Art District, the organiser, will only provide the pre-printed A3 colouring sheets for U12 Category and A3 art paper for U15 and U18 Category.
The competition starts on March 23 (for U15 and U18 categories) and March 24 (for U12 category).
The winners will be announced on March 29 while the prize giving ceremony will be held at Gurney Plaza Atrium on March 31.
Exhibition and public voting period is from March 24 to 29 for all categories.
The Beauty of Taiwan Arts Exhibition from March 24 to 27 will be held at Gurney Paragon St Jo’s.
This will be a showcase of fine arts by a Taiwanese artist featuring a display of paintings and sculptures that has been exhibited in Croatia, Slovenia, Hawaii, Orinda (in California), Chicago and others.
Lee Siang, the wire artist from Nibong Tebal, will have his pieces featured at Queensbay Mall from March 24 to April 6.
Welder Lee Siang’s passion drives him to pursue his dream as a full-time wire artist.
He creatively includes the element of interaction in most of his art works and believes the walls in between humans can be broken by interactions.
It is his aim to share positive energy and happiness with the public through his work.
The ‘Wind in One’s Sail Art Exhibition’ (March 24 to 31) by Yeow Chye Art Studio in Ayer Itam will be held at the Gurney Plaza.
The exhibition will feature 40 paintings by young artists from the art studio.