1. visual & installation artist, Kok Hwa Kean, gives an opening speech as Ni Artweek's organising chairperson

1. visual & installation artist, Kok Hwa Kean, gives an opening speech as Ni Artweek’s organising chairperson

Appreciators of art and craft should make a visit to Abby Hotel By The River Town, Ipoh this week where a contemporary art festival is being held.

2. SMJK Yuk Choy Chinese Orchestra

2. SMJK Yuk Choy Chinese Orchestra

3. SMJK Yuk Choy Chinese Orchestra

3. SMJK Yuk Choy Chinese Orchestra

This is a seven-day event which kicked off yesterday. It features design, performance and art work by eight individual artists or groups of artists. Joining Ipoh artists are those who came all the way from Kelantan and Johor.

4. ribbon-cutting ceremony by VIPs (second from left): Ipoh City Councillor Liew Kar Tuan, YBhg. Dato' Sri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos & Mr. Liew Sun Chin (owner, Abby Hotel By The River Town, Ipoh)

4. ribbon-cutting ceremony by VIPs (second from left): Ipoh City Councillor Liew Kar Tuan, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos & Mr. Liew Sun Chin (owner, Abby Hotel By The River Town, Ipoh)

5. SMJK Yuk Choy 24 Festive Drums performance

5. SMJK Yuk Choy 24 Festive Drums performance

The third floor and rooftop of the hotel have been allocated for Ni Artweek, courtesy of the hotel owner, Mr. Liew Sun Chin.

 6. A Different Perspective by visual artists from Art Studio

6. A Different Perspective by visual artists from Art Studio

7. replica ship by woodcraft master Azhar Kamarudin (Captain Jack)

7. replica ship by woodcraft master Azhar Kamarudin (Captain Jack)

Rooms on the third floor have been occupied by each artist(s) where they display their creativity. As this is an interactive exhibition, visitors are encouraged to explore the rooms and pose questions to the artists who are around during the stipulated time to explain their concept and vision.

8. Room 36: The Strangest Encounter Inside This White Cube by Khoo Peng Ean

8. Room 36: The Strangest Encounter Inside This White Cube by Khoo Peng Ean

9. visual art by Super Star Hair & Makeup Academy

9. visual art by Super Star Hair & Makeup Academy

Volunteers are also on hand to answer your enquiries, if there are any. If you are visiting in a large group, you may even request for a guided tour for a more detailed understanding of the exhibits.

10. Mohamad Fadly Sabran's multiple channel video art installation

10. Mohamad Fadly Sabran’s multiple channel video art installation

11. Kok Hwa Kean's A Parting Message

11. Kok Hwa Kean’s A Parting Message

Meanwhile, on the Rooftop is the Art Bazaar, where crafters present their work of handmade art craft and lifestyle items, which are all for sale. Visitors are of course, encouraged to support them.

12. this is called 'Sleeping on the Job'... nah kidding, it is actually installation artist Hawari Berahim's Cerita Bilik Hotel

12. this is called ‘Sleeping on the Job’… nah kidding, it is actually installation artist Hawari Berahim’s Cerita Bilik Hotel

13. Iron Loi's True Colour - Portrait of John Lennon

13. Iron Loi’s True Colour – Portrait of John Lennon

Ni Artweek, a private initiative by a group of Ipoh artists, is a platform for both aspiring and established artists to showcase their creative talent to the community. As such, at the official opening ceremony last evening, one of the guests-of-honour, Ipoh City Councillor Liew Kar Tuan, donated RM500 cash to the cause.

14. at the art bazaar

14. at the art bazaar

15. experimental music: by musicians from Malaysia, France and Russia

15. experimental music: by musicians from Malaysia, France and Russia

You will notice that while I have shared many photos of Ni Artweek here, only scant information is furnished. This is because you really should head over to Abby Hotel By The River Town to explore, engage and experience Ni Artweek personally to understand the powerful message of art.

16. wooden fish art by Claire Thoo

16. wooden fish art by Claire Thoo

17. clay craft by Momozai Clay

17. clay craft by Momozai Clay

The word “Ni” actually means “you” in Chinese (你) or it could also be interpreted as rebellion (逆). In a broader context, “Ni” could also be the short form for the Malay word “ini” or in English, “this”.

18. dreamcatchers by MyRovsky

18. dreamcatchers by MyRovsky

19. Ni Artweek mural

19. Ni Artweek mural

Opening hours are from 4pm to 10pm daily, until 17th Dec, 2016. Admission to Ni Artweek is free-of-charge. For further information, log on to Ni Artweek official Facebook Page.

Event: Ni Artweek
Venue: Abby Hotel By The River Town, Ipoh
Date: 11th – 17th Dec, 2016
Time: 4pm – 10pm

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