A bustling bus depot in its heyday, Hin has evolved into an unlikely art space, courtesy of Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic’s first solo exhibition ‘Art is Rubbish/Rubbish is Art’ in 2014. Painted over crumbling arches and half-obscured by thick vines, some murals from said exhibition can still be found in the gallery’s open-air section. The curators do a good job of exhibiting edgy urban art, but take the cake for organising community-based events. Besides its fortnightly screenings of cult films, Hin has hosted a skatefest, pop-up concerts and paint jamming sessions.
Penang, a hub for homegrown artists, may run over with street art, but you’d be surprised by its lack of bona fide art galleries. The following establishments receive top marks in our books for some or all of the following: 1) inspired collection curated by art experts and enthusiasts; 2) unconventional though easily navigable venue; 3) strong community involvement such as hosting artist residencies or organising local events.