A fusion of art


George Town’s listing as a Unesco World Heritage Site has, as everyone will have noticed, rejuvenated interest in the city, transforming it into a thriving hub of arts and culture. So what does the future hold for George Town, and what part can its people play?

This month, Work Palette tries to answer that question with the Palette Mix – a Fusion of Art retreat, a pioneering sustainable grassroots initiative aimed at bringing aspiring local architects, designers, photographers and writers together to reimagine George Town’s public spaces and structures. Industry gurus will be on hand to mentor the participants on writing, architecture, photography and art direction.

Here’s how it’ll work: participants will be divided into groups based on their fields. The architects will be tasked with an ideal concept of an aspect of George Town (e.g. taxi stands, pedestrian walks), and the designers will then sketch out the architects’ ideas into an expandable work of art. Meanwhile, the photographers will attempt to capture George Town’s organic beauty and charm, including both its architecture and its people. Finally, the writers will be tasked with articulating these ideas and translating them into an educational and informative piece.

All these works will be judged; the shortlisted winning pieces will be displayed at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre and the winning article will be published in Penang Monthly.

With the aim of nurturing young local artists and community engagement, Palette Mix is set to become an exemplary project for turning George Town into a revived creative city. The retreat will take place from October 24-26, 2014 and participation is open to local working and freelance artists as well as students majoring in architecture, mass communication, design and photography. Inquiries can be made to wanida@workpalette.com or +604 227 1755.

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