Little Syam, Oh&Ah by Sweii, RAW by Lina and Ummi Junid
Material Matters celebrates artisanal craftsmanship of four Malaysian artists, working in a rich variety of materials, including natural dye textiles and upcycled as well as bespoke furnishing. The four creators : Samsiah Jendol (Little Syam), Redzlina Abdul Wahab (RAW), Sweii Chong (Oh&Ah), and Ummi Junid, follow traditional craft techniques reworked to a contemporary context. The works speak to each other, placed within the open interiors of Gallery Residence, as testaments to expertise, function and beauty.
Opened in January 2011, Gallery Residence is a tangible symbol of SGA’s commitment to design and applauds innovation and creativity of internationally renowned local talents. The space itself is an ideal backdrop for showcasing SGA’s eclectic range of art and design exhibitions – providing a contemporary arena for contemporary art. The inspiring building is at the forefront of modern architectural style, boasting effective design for green living.
Gallery Residence was designed by the award winning architectural luminary Ken Yang in collaboration with SGA as an exhibition space that embraces aesthetic and conceptual innovation, in line with contemporary art thought. Gallery Residence presents unique green features including a wind catcher, bioswales and turf ramps, and is the first space of its kind in the region.
Gallery Residence also accommodates living and work spaces for artists and management who live in and maintain the building.
The interior galleries have Rio LED track lighting which more accurately shows the artwork, creates a comfortable and elegant atmosphere and is energy efficient. Garden lighting is a mixture of LED and Solar, selected and placed to emphasise building design, outdoor installations and landscaping features.
Gallery Residence was one of the first projects in Malaysia to receive Green Building certification and won a PAM (Architects) Excellence Award in 2011. The space was nominated for the 2016 Aga Khan Architecture Award.
Gallery Residence is a venue of choice for bespoke functions (e.g. dinners/luncheons, cocktails, launches, fashion features, weddings, filming). Please contact us.
Shalini Ganendra Advisory has developed and lead important platforms for multi-disciplinary and trans-national engagement and exploration for over twenty years. Developing meaningful and impactful cultural encounters continues to be the focus.
“Shalini Ganendra Advisory has developed the idea of Cultural Entrepreneurship to included not only value creation through the development and innovation of ‘cultural capital’ for positive social and individual impact, but through trans-national and multi-disciplinary dynamics.“ Shalini Ganendra, Founder
Pioneering projects have been introduced to South East Asia through the Advisory, including the Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur, Exhibitions and Education modules. The Advisory’s organisational objectives and philosophy support regional creators in the propagation and recognition of contemporary, “vernacular” languages and practices.
With extensive international, multi-disciplinary expertise, the Advisory provides guidance tailored to each project, whether for public, private or institutional collections or city wide and non-profit platforms, appreciating the need for identity and narrative to succeed.