Art In The City (AITC) is a campaign that was designed to bring art to the public and make it more accessible for everyone. A collaboration between CENDANA (Cultural Economy Development Agency), the Ministry of Federal Territories and the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL), AITC is a platform that aims to promote and increase awareness of the local arts and culture scene, to encourage the public to visit art galleries and museums, and to strengthen Kuala Lumpur’s position as a cultural and creative hub.
AITC features 14 artworks by renowned Malaysian artists and local grassroots talents, displayed on prominent landmarks (like the National Art Gallery, Lot 10, KL Citywalk and more) or digital billboards around the city.
'KUEH' by Natasha Iman.
The list of featured artists include esteemed names like Dato’ Mohd Hoessein Enas (commonly known as the Father of Malaysian Portrait Painting), Kok Yew Puah and Datuk Ibrahim Hussein, alongside emerging talents like Suzi Chua, Art:tech, Natasha Iman and Brindha Kumar. Each piece highlights different artistic styles and represents different parts of Malaysian culture.
Art in the City began in January 2018 when the call was put out for local artists to submit works that would contribute to the visual imagery of KL. Over 1,000 submissions were received, a number that was narrowed down to 30 after being reviewed by art scholars and experts. The shortlist was then open to the public to vote, and the artworks that received the most public votes are now being displayed across the city for up to six months.
'Pusaka' by Ahmad Sanuri Zulkefli
It’s not just about displaying artworks on buildings with AITC; as the campaign was designed to encourage the public to immerse themselves in the arts, AITC also includes monthly performing arts performances (in collaboration with PUSAKA, an organisation that works to preserve traditional Malaysian performing arts), art workshops and a pop-up visual arts fair scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. Plus, there are also additional collaborations with DBKL to beautify the streets of KL with murals and graffiti.
So, the next time you’re taking a walk around Kuala Lumpur, keep an eye out for these artworks and pop into one of the many art galleries or museums we have scattered around our city.
For the full list of artworks and to download a copy of the map to Art In The City, click here.