Art galleries to visit
Alpha Utara Gallery
83 China Street, George Town. +604 262 6840/www.alpha-utara.com
You’ll view art here in a great setting, as the gallery is based in a converted townhouse. Hosts international artists, as well as the works of its founder, artist Khoo Sui Hoe.
Armenian Art Café (pictured)
149 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town.
Having trouble locating this one? Look out for Ernest Zacharevic’s huge portrait on the side of the building. Dubbing itself ‘A Haven for Eclectics’, the gallery is located in the centre of the heritage zone, so you’ll enjoy both art and a lovely sightsee around the area.
153-155 Beach Street, George Town. +604 263 7299/www.facebook.com/ChinaHousePenang
Your taxi driver may have a tough time locating this place, but this woe will soon be a thing of the past as China House is set to become a household name in George Town. The café/bistro is the main attraction here, but upstairs there are works of art that threaten to steal the show from China House’s culinary offerings. China House hosts joint exhibitions with other galleries, and they also work directly with artists.
Muntri Street, George Town. www.galeriehuit.my
Tropical outpost for the Arles-based gallery, Galerie Huit is situated in a traditional shophouse and showcases local and international artists in an informal setting. Visits by appointment only, and they recently organized the touring segment of the Arles Photography Open Salon.
Galeri Seni Mutiara
118 Armenian Street, George Town. +604 262 0167/www.galerisenimutiara.com
Founded by Malaysian batik artist, Koay Soo Kau, the gallery showcases art from its stunning colonial shophouse, and now also from its second spot at The Whiteways Arcade on Beach Street.
WAF Fine Art Gallery
3A-1-23, Straits Quay, Seri Tanjung Pinang. +604 890 6220/www.facebook.com/wafartgallery
The gallery’s original mandate was to promote art from Latin countries, but they’ve now branched out to host artists from other countries too.
Yahong Art Gallery
58-D Jalan Batu Ferringhi. +604 881 1251/yahongart.com
Run by the late Datuk Chuah Thean Teng’s three artist sons, Siew Teng, Seow Keng, and Siew Kek. There’s works of art here (including their late father’s batik masterpieces), and souvenirs too, to fit into its tourist belt location.
Want more? Read our feature on Penang's art scene.