AYE: Across Sarawak and Scotland is the debut solo exhibition of self-taught textile artist Iona Danald, winner of Spotlight 2019 organised by the Penang Art District. Among the exhibition’s must-sees are textural works including her grandmother’s textile remnants from her handbag-making business, Jimmy Macdonald’s family kilt, traditional Bidayuh bells and vintage wool collected from charity shops.

reflects both an intertwining and crossroads of Iona’s mixed heritage and cultural upbringing as she currently continues to traverse across Malaysia and Scotland.



In “The death and life of Hokkien: How an ideology wiped out your mother tongue” exhibition, jointly hosted by the Hokkien Language Association of Penang and the five clan houses Cheah Kongsi, Khoo Kongsi, Tan Kongsi, Yeoh Kongsi and Lim Kongsi, visitors are urged to revive the popularity of the Hokkien language by speaking it.
Visitors will also learn of the 19th century ideology believed to be the root cause of the language’s declining usage.



Art competitions are known to bring artists publicity and new opportunities. The Penang State Art Gallery is offering such opportunities through its “Penang Art Open Competition 2020”! Simply submit your best interpretation of this year’s theme "LIFE" or "NYAWA." The overall winner will receive RM15,000 cash prize and the chance to host a solo exhibition at the Penang State Art Gallery.

  • Deadline: October 9. Artworks must reach the Penang State Art Gallery by 5pm.
  • Address: Penang State Art Gallery, Ground Floor, Dewan Sri Pinang
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“Spotlight by Penang Art District” returns with its 2020 edition, offering young aspiring and emerging artists the opportunity to undergo an intensive mentorship with an art professional to showcase their bodies of work in a solo exhibition. Welcoming applications from all over Malaysia, Spotlight 2020 is an open call for artists age 30 and below.



The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone financially, and especially the poor. Many from this group rely on daily wages and are running out of resources to survive. Helping Heart Community, a charitable group that helps feed and cater to the needy of Penang, is organising the Suspended Meal Project to assist the vulnerable in these trying times. You can feed the poor from as low as RM5 per meal.



Penang Hill boasts a fine repository of bungalows featuring a unique blend of colonial, Asian and modern architecture – the oldest of them all dates back to 1789! Join the easy-paced, three-hour bungalow trail walk organised by Nature Walks at Penang Hill to learn more about these heritage bungalows nestled in the 130-million-year-old rainforest. The tour is limited to 15 pax, so register to book your place today.

  • Date: September 6
  • Time: 8-11am
  • Fee: RM50 (Inclusive of coffee at Monkey Cup Rainforest)
  • Contact: +6016 420 1189
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