Are You An Art Lover? Check Out These Mesmerising Art Exhibitions In KL This October

Celebrating Malaysian artistry, compassion, and imagination.

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This Spotlight is sponsored by CENDANA.

Earlier this year we told you guys about how you could stand the chance to display your art in the heart of KL

Now that admissions have closed, we'll tell you all about the things you can see and do at 'Art In The City' this month

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After a year of artworks on digital screens and buildings in 2018, Art In The City returns in 2019 with the theme 'I heART KL', this second edition of 'Art In The City' is all about promoting the love we Malaysians have for this beautiful city of ours. By showcasing art in public spaces, the hope is that more Malaysians will grow to understand and love the cultures we're all surrounded by.

Art In The City will take place from 18 to 27 October 2019, kicking off with an evening of surprises, feel-good moments and unforgettable experiences for the public on 19 October 2019 from 5-11pm at Jalan Raja.

1. Admire public art and sculpture installations along KL's 'River of Life'

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'Eden' by Pamela Tan.

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To be on display at the Masjid Jamek Lookout Point and Sultan Abdul Samad
Buildings Garden (at the River of Life) from 18 October 2019 until February 2020, the works you'll be able to check out are by the three selected finalists, local artists - Filamen, Joshua Teo, and Pamela Tan, finalised by CENDANA’s Selection Panel and curator Snow Ng.

There are also free public programmes happening at these public art sites throughout the period.

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Want to get your hands dirty? No sweat, you can make your own art as well.

Methods. Strategies. Roles: A Two-Day Public Art Workshop
Date: 21 and 22 October 2019
Time: 10am - 6pm
Location: RUANG by Think City
Entry: FREE (Limited to 30 pax)

The workshop will be conducted by Aisyah Baharuddin, an interdisciplinary artist and social activist based in Batu Pahat, Johor. She has been deeply involved in the development of Contemporary Art in Malaysia since 2004. Singaporean artist Lim Soo Ngee will also be conducting the workshop. His approach to sculpting is immensely intimate, musing over the different relationships between humanity, the environment, and society.

To register, please email [email protected]

Want to do more? Sign up for Art In The City Walking Tour at a minimal fee and join the tour from 10-11am, 5-6pm and 6-7pm on 19 October 2019. The curated tours by The Art Seni Tour will be available for booking until January 2020.

To register, click here. Don’t forget to download CENDANA’s free public art map on

2. Stroll through the Lucky Pao Market along Jalan Raja and use all five senses before you even reach the end

Johny Comes Lately, Bihzhu, and Angel x Rocksta'.

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Jalan Raja will be transformed into a creative marketplace where you'll be able to find all sorts of things ranging from local crafts, artwork, as well as local music performances by the likes of Kyoto Protocol, Johny Comes Lately, Bihzhu, and Nadir.

You'll truly feel like you just walked into a Malaysian side street filled with all sorts of street food stalls, artisan crafts, and of course, unique performers including Orang-Orang Drum Theatre, Nyobakan, and Puppetizer!

At the same time, Panggung Rakyat will be taking place with a special Ronggeng performance. Put on your dancing shoes!

Nyobakan and Ronggeng.

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Lucky Pao Market
Date: 19 October 2019
Time: 5pm to 11pm
Location: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur
Entry: FREE

3. Watch special screenings of CENDANA's video competition entries

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Earlier this year, CENDANA launched a video competition to invite Malaysians to portray the beauty of Kuala Lumpur through their own lens. Let's just say the response was insane! After a really thorough selection process, eight videos have made it through for public voting on CENDANA'S Facebook page.

The video with the most votes gets special screening sessions at the Lucky Pao Market.

Click here to check out the entries!

CENDANA Video Competition Screening
Date: 19 October 2019
Time: 5pm to 11pm
Location: Lucky Pao Market, Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur

4. Don't forget to catch Time, Place, and Challenges: A public art forum, in addition to joining a sketching tour at the River of Life!

ABOVE: Ahmad Khairuddin, Aisyah Baharuddin, and Dr. Rosli Zakaria. BELOW: Lim Soo Ngee, Snow Ng, and Nani Kahar

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You'll be able to attend a public art forum that will bring together a wide range of speakers and participants from Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Consisting of established and emerging artists, scholars, researchers, curators, and relevant stakeholders, views on various aspects of art and culture in public spaces will be shared with the floor, as well as best practices in the country, region, and globally.

Time. Place And Challenges: Public Art Forum
Date: 20 October 2019
Time: 10am to 5pm
Location: RUANG by Think City
Entry: FREE

To register, please email [email protected]

You can also mark your calendar and bring your own sketchbox and pens/pencils for a sketching tour at River of Life organised by KL Sketchnation. Meet at Masjid Jamek Lookout Point and confirm your space with Hakym at +6012 205 1990.

All this and more at 'Art In The City' this 18 to 27 October 2019. Head down to Jalan Raja on 19 October 2019 for an artistic and cultural experience like no other.

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For more information and to stay up to date, head to CENDANA's Facebook page or their official website

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