Time Out Malaysia Visitors Guide - - KL & SURROUNDS -

This pres­ti­gious pub­lic art gallery opened in 2015 and has shown ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions to crit­i­cal ac­claim. Lo­cated in the cen­tre of Kuala Lumpur in the con­tem­po­rary ILHAM Tow­ers, the gallery is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing and de­vel­op­ing Malaysian mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art within a re­gional and global con­text.

One of the gallery’s main aims is to ap­peal to a wide and di­verse au­di­ence and not just serve as a show­case, but to also ed­u­cate by of­fer­ing a range of var­ied pub­lic pro­grammes, talks, fo­rums, cross-cul­tural events and ex­cit­ing work­shops.

Kuala Lumpur is fast be­com­ing a lead­ing Asian city with a bur­geon­ing arts scene, and ILHAM has been at the fore­front. Since open­ing, ILHAM has be­come renowned for their ex­hi­bi­tions, which have been de­scribed as hav­ing been ex­cel­lently cu­rated – some­thing quite new in Malaysia. Pre­vi­ous ex­hi­bi­tions like ‘Era Ma­hathir’, ‘Pic­tur­ing the Na­tion’ and ‘After­work’ have dealt with is­sues like race, his­tory, pol­i­tics and im­mi­grant work­ers – which are all very cur­rent top­ics.

What re­ally sets ILHAM apart are their fam­ily, school and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties. The in­no­va­tive ILHAM Kids! pro­gramme is both fun and ed­u­ca­tional with pic­ture book read­ing ses­sions and fan­tas­tic art dis­cov­ery tours led by en­thu­si­as­tic and knowl­edge­able fa­cil­i­ta­tors. There are tours for chil­dren aged 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 years old and they are highly pop­u­lar, so make sure you book your spot in ad­vance.

If you’re look­ing for a unique gift, the gallery shop car­ries a won­der­ful se­lec­tion of craft, art prints, books, bags and their own line of post­cards, note­books and posters. The gift shop is ac­tu­ally an ex­ten­sion of ILHAM Gallery’s ob­jec­tives in pro­mot­ing Malaysian arts and crafts which have been cre­ated by lo­cal de­sign­ers and ar­ti­sans.

Art is for ev­ery­one and should be made ac­ces­si­ble to every strata of so­ci­ety. Ad­mis­sion to the ILHAM Gallery is free and will be an af­ter­noon ex­tremely well spent. ILHAM Level 3 & 5, ILHAM Tower, 8 Jalan Bin­jai, KL (il­ham­

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