It looks like a busy weekend in Kuala Lumpur. Check out these arts events that aim to bring the community together and rediscover the joys of creative work…all with a festive twist as we prepare to usher in the Year of the Black Water Tiger.

A Teagerrific New Year’s Eve Celebration

Location: GMBB, Jalan Robertson, Bukit Bintang, KL

Date and time: January 15 and 16, January 22 and 23 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Artist-illustrator Low Khay Hooi will lead a Tiger Automata workshop at GMBB. Photo: GMBB

Held over two consecutive weekends, Malaysia’s creative community mall GMBB’s latest program will feature a series of tea and art pop-ups and workshops. Organized in collaboration with the Kiddoz Place children’s education center, learn more about tea in the workshops, or tap into your artistic side and create your own ceramic tea cups and floral tea soaps.

Swing by the Pingmin CNY Market, which focuses on the New Year with traditional crafts such as paper cutting and clay carving.

And if you’ve ever wanted to make a mechanical tiger doll from scratch, sign up for the Tiger Automaton Workshop by artist-illustrator Low Khay Hooi. This workshop will be held in Mandarin.

Click here to find out more.

Live Wild And Prosper Art Installation by Kwai Chai Hong

Location: Kwai Chai Hong, Lorong Panggung, KL

Date and time: until February 20 (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Alice Chang's 'Malayan Tiger Family' sculpture in Kwai Chai Hong represents love, hope, nurturing, protection and support.  Photo: @kwaichaihongAlice Chang’s ‘Malayan Tiger Family’ sculpture in Kwai Chai Hong represents love, hope, nurturing, protection and support. Photo: @kwaichaihong

This art installation features Alice Chang’s Malayan tiger family and Odd’s To expand, ushering in the Year of the Tiger in style with tiger carvings and avant-garde art of stretch fabrics with traditional Chinese paper-cutting.

Depicting parent tigers caring for their cub, Malayan tiger family depicts love, hope, nurturing, protection and support, while Odd’s tension fabric art anchor points represent the connections that send a message of inclusivity to Kwai Chai Hong where people from all walks of life are invited to share, learn, celebrate Chinese culture, and in this case, unite for a worthy cause.

At the same time, take a moment to reflect on the fate of the critically endangered Malayan tiger. All proceeds from the sale of the Malayan Tiger Family sculptures will be donated to WWF-Malaysia’s tiger conservation efforts.

CNY Art Weekend in Panggung Lapan: Ayam Berkokok, Hari Mau Siang

Location: No.8, Jalan Panggung, KL

Date and time: January 14 and 15 (9am-10pm)

The typography workshop is just one of many workshops at Panggung Lapan CNY Art Weekend: Ayam Berkokok, Hari Mau Siang in Kuala Lumpur.  Photo: Panggung Lapan CNY Art WeekendThe typography workshop is just one of many workshops at Panggung Lapan CNY Art Weekend: Ayam Berkokok, Hari Mau Siang in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Panggung Lapan CNY Art Weekend

The contemporary art space of Lostgens collaborates with Moutou, Findars and the association Wui Leng in Panggung Lapan CNY Art Weekend. Workshops include Propitious Tiger Letterpress Session, CNY T-shirt Screen Printing and Nian Hua DIY Rubbing (Traditional Prints). There is also a paper clay tiger workshop for children.

In the spirit of the festivities, the Tiger Art Exhibit showcases different interpretations of this majestic beast.

Music is a staple of this event, with performances featuring Buddha Beat, Euseng Seto, Kent Lee, Aiwei Foo, Yoong How Thong and DJ Wei), and buskers at the CNY Arts and Crafts Market.

Registration is compulsory for some programs due to the limited number of places. To register for the workshops, contact 016-748 0294.

More details here.

The back room shop

Location: The Back Room KL, Zhongshan Building, Jalan Rotan, off Jalan Kampung Attap, KL

Date and: ends January 31 (Wed-Sun, noon-6 p.m.)

The 'Back Room Shop' is now open at the Back Room KL gallery until January 31st. The ‘Back Room Shop’ is now open at the Back Room KL gallery until January 31st.

Not quite a CNY-themed exhibit, but this “The Back Room Shop” exhibit offers an “art retail” experience to delight visitors looking for a unique festive gift.

“Hello 2022! We start with one of our favorite things when we head to a museum shop, artists’ wares! Therefore, we have collected books, ceramic works, limited edition prints, small works of art, stickers, tote bags, and more, all by artists! It’s just another way to support artists’ practice,” reads a statement from the gallery.

The Outlet KL online engraving platform also has a pop-up space in the Back Room store.

More info here.