Art space expands in Penang


In many ways, a reliable measure of the growing “coolness” of Penang is the Art Scene. The joy of creativity seems to have caught the imagination, not only of artists, but of gallerists and even the state authorities.

The squat Art Decor facade that only seven years ago hid grease, grime and smoke, with behemoth stage buses trundling in and out, has undergone an unexpected makeover. Not much has changed, though – it is only presumably much cleaner with all the heavy machinery contraptions removed.

Known as the Hin Bus Depot along busy Brick Kiln Road (now Jalan Gurdwara), the depot’s days were numbered when RapidPenang entered the market in a big way at the end of 2007, with the foundering of at least four more bus companies.

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