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Where the heart is.. a solo art exhibition by Sandra Lee for George Town Festival 2015


Where the Heart is, Sandra Lee‘s first solo exhibition in China House draws us into her enchanted and magical world of fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

The Exhibition is on throughout the month of August as part of causeway exchange, in conjunction with George Town Festival.

153-155 China House
Lebuh Pantai
Penang, Malaysia

It’s a sticker street art day in George Town Penang, Malaysia

sticker street art in George town Penang

Today was a sticker art day in George Town, Penang. I made some stickers for Hello, Hide and seek treasure hunt game organised by We Are Artists in conjunction with George Town Festival and I had some left over stickers to share some BulanLifestyle art around town.
The stickers are made of cork and will naturally biodegrade over time 🙂

Fresh off the press: A colouring book to celebrate Penang’s cultural diversity – by Opalyn Mok. Malaymail online

Penang Colouring book by We Are Artists
Penang Colouring book by We Are Artists

Thank you for featuring the Penang Colouring book by We Are Artists in the Malaymail online. The book launch is in a week’s time. Friday 31st July 2015 at the Little Art House, 90 Lorong Macalister, Penang, Malaysia from 3pm – 6pm.

See you there xoxo

Click here to read the Article in the Malaymail online by Opalyn Mok

Hide and seek with Stewart the seagull and friends. ‘Hello Hide and seek’ is organised by We Are Artists in conjuction with George Town Festival 2015

stewart the seagull Penang street art

I’m going to go hide somewhere in George Town unesco heritage zone. Seek me and my friends out by downloading the location map from 

Good Luck!! Love Stewart the Seagull! Xoxo
‘Sometimes I still dream…’

Game play starts 1st August 2015 and runs throughout the whole of August. Event organised by We Are Artists. For more information visit or

Where to travel to this August? Why not visit Penang for George Town festival…Tell your friends, book your trip!


We are getting ready for George Town Festival. The whole of August celebrates George Town as a Unesco World Heritage site. The festival will showcase local and international arts and cultural events.

The Penang colouring book by We Are Artists in conjunction with George Town Festival (GTF), features the works of 9 locally based artists including myself.
Price RM20 Made in Penang

Thank you Lusy Decoursey for making this happen! xx

For more info visit

Read about Penang Colouring in the press

Closing weekend of George Town Festival GTF2014 Penang, Malaysia

Hai Ki Xin Lor: You Mean the world to me. Hokkien Play by Saw Teong Hin at Khoo Kongsi

One of my favourite performances was Hai Ki Xin Lor: You Mean the world to me. A Hokkien dialect Play by Saw Teong Hin set in the compound of the famous Khoo Kongsi. It’s semi autobiographical story about family secrets and their relationships with each other. The play is in Hokkien dialect with subtitles. It was a powerful performance, the script was clever and concise. The set was simple yet effective. The audience was captivated for an hour watching this brilliant play in the most beautiful outdoor setting.

There were so much activities over the weekend that I didn’t have time to see them all. I’ve randomly included some photos of the ones I went to

The set up. Photo copyright of Hai Ki Xin Lor: You Mean the world to me
Cast and Crew Photo copyright of Hai Ki Xin Lor: You Mean the world to me
Poster of the Play You mean the world to me.
Pop up bar in an abandoned shop house
Pop up bar
Mobile art outside ottokedai, a new retail shop
Sekeping Victoria where nature and building is one.
Sekeping Victoria
Sekeping Victoria
Art sculptures around town
Pop up store
Pink tank guarding the pop up store
Pop up store
Mobile local group that sings folk songs in hokkien dialect
Japanese pipe cleaner artist Art (Atushi Kitanaka)
Artist Lim from ILoveDoodle
10665785_10152855094427289_1894134263251531582_n Papercuts by Timeless Realm
School art bus Penang
The talented Sam Willows from Singapore performing at the canteen, China House




Christine Das Homecoming solo exhibition at Penangpac, Penang, Malaysia #GTF2014

Christine Das

I met the artist Christine Das this afternoon at her exhibition. I introduced myself and we naturally fell into a long conversation about her work. She is beautiful, talented yet humble, despite her success. We talked about her moving back to Penang in the near future. I hope so. Penang would benefit having her home 🙂

CHRISTINE DAS, a Penang born artist, after spreading her wings out of her hometown, returns home to share her artistic journey in her solo art exhibition, ‘HOMECOMING’.

Out of Malaysia, her work has made early inroads to Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States. Today, Christine is represented by Maya Gallery, Singapore. Her artwork was selected for an installation project by Wei Ling Art Gallery at the 2013 Art Basel Exhibition (known as the Olympics of Art) in Hong Kong. Since her debut, she has participated in numerous local and international group art shows. Two of her figurative works are featured in the International Contemporary Artists 2013 Publication. For her work as an artist, Christine received the Woman of Style and Substance award from Marie Claire magazine (Malaysia) in 2013.

HOMECOMING will display a body of artworks showing Christine’s unique expression of figures, treescape and nature’s inhabitants. “I feel compelled to express her beauty to the world through my art today simply because nature is facing a major conflict with us humans and she is weakening at an alarming rate. I hope to stir the hearts of all mankind towards a deeper love, respect and appreciation for nature. Every life form is priceless and serves a purpose. Nature must be protected for our sake. It is from this strong conviction within me that I share her beauty through my own meticulous stylized renditions of nature fostered through patient stroke by stroke immersion which evokes a sense of movement and liveliness in every art piece. There are times Mother Nature is depicted as my alter ego, as I see myself, Gaia”.

Admission is free.


For more information, please contact:

Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac)

3H 3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang

+604-899 1722/ 2722

Christine Das is beautiful, talented and humble
Christine Das is beautiful, talented and humble

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My drawing: Food for thought with Penang based artist Lusy DeCoursey at Chai Diam Ma, George town, Penang, Malaysia #GTF2014

Food for thought
Food for thought by Penang born Artist

Food for thought is part of George town festival organised by English artist Lusy deCoursey.  The art workshop held a Chai Diam Ma, a cute little cafe, is to share your food stories through art. Lusy moved to Penang this year and she has brought with her creativity, passion and sense of community.

Food for thought at Chai Diam Ma
Food for thought at Chai Diam Ma.  Penang Art project
Food for thought ARTWALL at Chai Diam Ma for George Town Festival art project
Food for thought artwall at Chai Diam Ma for George Town Festival art project
Penang artists sharing food stories at chai diam ma, Penang
Penang Artist Hao Yuan Cheng


Mission Blue “Indigo House” exhibition at Mission House, George Town Festival #GTF2014 Penang, Malaysia

10. Regina Ibrahim
Regina Ibrahim Indigo exhibition

For the month of August, during George Town festival, Mission House will play host to the Mission Blue ‘The Indigo House’ Exhibition. It is the pop up gallery and shop housing the Mission Blue exhibition.

Mission house was formerly a Christian missionary HQ in the 19th century. It was abandoned and dilapidated for many years until recently. Now, it was been beautifully restored.

David cheah indigo exhibtion
David cheah indigo exhibtion
Tradewind treasure jewellery
Tradewind treasure jewellery


Indigo is known as the colour that took over the world. Nearly every civilisation from the ancient Greeks to the Mayans incorporated the natural dye into their culture, using it for clothing, art and religious devotion. The colour is still considered to be imbued with mystical properties: in Hindu and tantric traditions, the third chakra, (the third eye) is associated with indigo, a colour that is seen to create a direct channel to the subconscious.

This year, George Town Festival takes inspiration from “the blue that binds”, to present a month-long showcase of artworks, textiles, ceramics and objects from across the world, linked by the colour blue.

For the month of August, the grounds of one of Penang’s most striking 19th century buildings, the Mission House at Number 35, Farquhar Street will become The Other Blue Mansion, housing artwork, workshops and indigo wares from all corners of the globe.


David Cheah

Born in Malaysia but forging a creative career in architecture and design in Australia, David returns to his homeland with a series of workshops, exhibitions and products inspired by indigo textiles from around the world.

Featuring an exhibition of textiles, ceramics and glass; a talk and DVD presentation on textiles; outdoor hand-weaving demonstration and natural indigo dyeing workshop; hand-made products for sale (artworks, clothes, interior accessories)

Regina Ibrahim

A visual artist working in the figurative expressionist mode, Regina Ibrahim is a self-taught Penang-based artist with an extraordinary ability to create compelling and often moving depictions of daily life and human interactions.

Regina will bring an exhibition of new works, inspired by the theme ‘Indigo’.

Ben Rongen

In around 1625, a Portuguese merchant ship sank off the east coast of Malaysia, wrecked after a battle with a Dutch warship. It lay in the depths of the South China Sea for nearly 400 years, before it was brought up and its magnificent contents were taken to the surface. Now, Australian documentary maker turned jeweller Ben Rongen has worked with a team of master craftsman to preserve the artefacts and create breath-taking, unique jewellery pieces from the ceramic shards.

With a selection of accessories and artefacts available for exhibition as well as for sale, accompanied by a presentation on the history of the shipwreck, this promises to be a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the depths of the past.

The Mission House
35 Lebuh Farquhar
George Town

For more info:

Picture by K.E.Ooi
Restored Mission house Picture by K.E.Ooi
mission blue at 'indigo house'
mission blue ‘The indigo house’ at mission house



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