Local art initiative Mampu Art Market is back in Penang to spread the message that it does not have to be expensive to collect art. Thirty artists from all over Malaysia will be exhibiting their work. The pieces will all be on sale at reasonable prices, and free to view.

According to organiser Teo Xu Jen, the Market has gained momentum since its debut in Penang during the George Town Festival last year, and she hopes this will continue to bolster support for the local art community.

The aim, she said, has always been to fight the preconceived notion that art is expensive and only for the elite. Over time, it is hoped the participating artists will attract attention from gallery curators as well as the general public. In the meantime, it is a wonderful opportunity for people to get an insight into the creativity and talent of the local art scene, and to start or add to their own collection.

Teo also organised a successful Mampu Art Market in up-and-coming Kuching last December.

Among the artists participating in Mampu Art Market in Penag this year include award-winning Ajim Juxta, graffiti artist The Sliz, Bibichun, Philip Hemnell, Julius Raja Manickam, Caryn Koh, Syahbandi Samat, Aleff Ahmad, Howard Tan, Ann Li, Preet, To Mi, as well as Sabah art collective CrackoArt Group. Many of the artists will be present during the exhibition, especially at the launch on Friday 6th at 8pm.

Mampu Art Market runs from January 7th until January 15th, and is held at China House on Beach Street. More information is available on the market’s facebook page.