Penang is more than just a tourist attraction for sightseeing and mouthwatering local delicacies like kuey teow, asam laksa and rojak. The Pearl of the Orient is also a home to many established and prominent art galleries that showcased various artworks from both local and international artists. Below are the Top 10 Art Galleries in Penang that you might want to visit someday.
1) Ming Fine Arts
Located at Marina Mall in Straits Quay, Ming Fine Art showcases the works of both established as well as up-and-coming artists, regardless of local or international. This includes everything from oil paintings and decorative vases to sculptures and wall arts. Apart from art exhibitions, Ming Fine Art also features a range of exquisite art pieces for those who are interested to own them as a personal collection. Visit their gallery or call 04-893 0519 to find out more.
2) a2 Gallery
Established in 2007 by two local artists named Alfred Yeoh and Jeff Janse, a2 Gallery features their own collections on display. They also showcase other works from contemporary artists like Tan Kai Sheuan, Eddie Hara, Daishi Domon and Shahrul Anuar Shaari. You can locate their gallery at 27 Bangkok Lane, which opens from 10 am to 5 pm daily. And if you have any questions regarding their artworks or exhibitions, feel free to call 016-490 7320 and send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Galeri Seni Mutiara
Galeri Seni Mutiara was the brainchild of Koay Soo Kau, a veteran painter himself who has over 20 solo exhibitions under his name. His primary mission is to promote the local art scene in Penang while encouraging more people to appreciate art. You can find out more by calling 04-262 0167 or his mobile number at 016 444 0167. Alternatively, send your email to email@example.com or visit his gallery at 118 Armenian Street.
4) Art Space at Chinahouse
Located at Lebuh Victoria, The China House is a multi-purpose complex that connected three heritage buildings with an open-air courtyard. Each space occupied different establishments, offering everything from fusion restaurant and cafe to the wine room and private dining room. Right upstairs is where the Art Space takes place, showcasing selected artworks mostly from up-and-coming Malaysian artists. Other than exhibitions, you can also mingle with the artists at the designated studio space for a meet-and-greet session. Do not hesitate to reach out to them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
5) One East Museum & Gallery
Founded in 2011 by Ch’ng Huck Theng, One East Museum & Gallery is particularly known for its exquisite collection of rare famille rose figurines. An avid collector and an award-winning artist himself, Ch’ng Huck Theng has won numerous accolades over the years such as Nokia & Le Prestige “Malaysian Top 40 Under 40” in 2005 and Asia Art Award 2010 in Seoul, Korea. Contact 04-228 2390 for more info or if you are looking for a guided tour. You can also visit his gallery at 7 Jalan Dunlop in George Town, which opens every Monday to Friday from 10 am till 5 pm.
6) The Art Gallery
The Art Gallery made its humble beginning as a place that sells Chinese ink brush paintings from China back in 1989. A brainchild of Dato’ Dr Tan Chee Khuan and his late wife Siau Bian, it gradually made its mark as an established art gallery in Malaysia. Today, The Art Gallery was managed by his daughter Ee Lene who frequently hold solo and group exhibitions every year that showcases the works of contemporary Malaysian artists. Find out more about the gallery by calling 012-604 1434 or email to email@example.com. You can also visit The Art Gallery at 368-4-8 Bellisa Row on Jalan Burma in Pulau Tikus.
7) Run Amok Gallery
Run Amok showcases unique local and international artworks that focuses mostly on everyday life and socio-political climate. They also organise art-related programmes and workshops, where you can follow their updates via Facebook page below. Located at 59A Jalan Timah, Run Amok Gallery opens Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am till 6 pm. Call 010-461 7311 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
8) Daiichi Art Space
Daiichi Art Space made its debut in Penang in 2016, offering the best of both worlds with a vast display of classic and contemporary artworks from local and international artists. You can check out some of their past and upcoming exhibitions by following their Facebook page below. For more info, contact 016-418 8967 or visit Daiichi Art Space on 25 Jalan Argyll in George Town.
9) Penang State Museum & Art Gallery
Penang State Museum & Art Gallery is a home to many classic and contemporary collections of visual artworks, which dated way back to 1965. The gallery focuses mainly on state and cultural heritage, with relevant themes such as environment, identity and globalisation. Penang State Museum & Art Gallery is located at 57 Jalan Macalister and can be easily reached via public transport by Rapid Penang Bus No. 103, 104 or 204. Should you have any questions regarding their gallery or exhibition, call 04-226 1461 or send your email to email@example.com
10) Barbara Moore Gallery
Located at 13 Lorong Toh Aka in George Town, Barbara Moore Gallery is an eponymous art gallery managed by the Canadian-based artist herself. Barbara is particularly an expert in colour pencil drawings, even though she has extensive experience in utilising other art materials like acrylic, charcoal and watercolour. You can check out some of her artwork on her website below, which mostly comprises of abstract, landscape and expressionism. Alternatively, feel free to call her mobile phone at 016-467 3207 for further info or to set up an appointment.
That’s not all! More Top 10s in Malaysia are waiting to be discovered!
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.