Neighboring the illustrious Istana Budaya, where national theatrical and orchestra performances are often held, the National Visual Arts Gallery is the place to go for visually striking artworks by both local and foreign talents. Here you can explore the many different styles found all over the country, from the distinct Kelantan Malay styles to the diverse rising modern arts from Kuala Lumpur.
The longest single cafe in the whole of Penang, this cluster of heritage houses is art gallery/cafe/library/play space/restaurant rolled into one. Offering entertainment from brunch to evening, the ChinaHouse serves up art in the form of food, literature, furniture, performance, paintings and even has a tiny pretty garden.
Spotlighting the local contemporary art scene, Artcube provides a growing voice for the younger, more abstractly influenced artistic generation, and hopes to amp up Malaysia’s creative industry. Its large creative spaces encourage people to view the products of budding artists vying for international acclaim. It also aims to inspire more youngsters to become artists. Curated by locals for locals, expect to find new takes on old styles, as well as something out of the ordinary at this exciting gallery.
Artfordable takes the extra step by helping people assimilate art into their lives. It provides guides on how art plays a functional part in everyday life, and helps people to install art in their own homes. As the name suggests, most of their art is affordable for middle class budgets and up. The displays vary greatly in theme and are sourced from local artists.
Pioneering the inclusion of 3D printing and laser cutting methods in producing fine arts, the Prototype Gallery embraces new means of expression. It is also responsible for the cultivation of some graffiti art all over Kuala Lumpur. Although its headquarters may be tiny and innocuous, expect to find plenty of weird collectibles and a lot of interesting items produced by their adventurous 3D printers, which are then intricately detailed with laser cutting.