Titik Garis Bentuk: Drawing as Practice



Public Programmes

One-Day Performance of Quilt of the Dead

30 March 2024, 11:00am – 6:00pm
(Lunch break from 1:00pm – 2:00pm)

Please join us as artist Chang Yoong Chia gives a one-day performance of Quilt of the Dead at the gallery. 

ILHAM Conversations: Eddin Khoo

20 April 2024, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Ritual, as viewed by PUSAKA Founder, Eddin Khoo, is a deeply personal practice aimed at disciplining the soul, residing in the realm of wonder, poetry and speculation. In Southeast Asian cultures, particularly of the Malay Archipelago, belief systems often revolve around concepts such as 'angin' and 'semangat', which are rooted in an understanding of human temperament and desire as fundamental to shaping an individual’s character and creative spirit. The transition from individual to social being can lead to tensions between personal desires and communal obligations, often alleviated through rituals that provide emotional release and reinforce familial and social ties. In this context, ritual ceremonies aim to achieve equilibrium between the individual and the community while acknowledging the innate powers of the parable, of the allusive imagination, and myth as a world view embracing community, memory and lineage. The cyclical enactment of stories, such as in the Wayang Kulit (shadow play), reflects the epic imagination and metaphorical mindset of traditional societies, challenging modern perceptions that emphasize empirical ‘reason’ over mythological understanding. 
In this lecture, Eddin Khoo also explores how contemporary artists in Malaysia and the region grapple with the ritual impulse, touching on several artworks featured in ILHAM Gallery’s current exhibition, Titik Garis Bentuk: Drawing as Practice.
This talk is organised by PUSAKA in collaboration with ILHAM Gallery.

ILHAM Conversations: May 13 by Ong Kar Jin

18 May 2024, 5:00pm

A letter from a father to a son studying in boarding school. First day issue stamps commemorating National Unity Week. A ticket to horse races at the Penang Turf Club. An electricity bill—excavated detritus from junkyard sales, old keepsakes, and chance findings that were all born in a fateful year. 
In this special talk, Ong Kar Jin explores the whispers of these objects; through their creases lie a space revealed by shadows, witnessed by marginalia.

Langkasuka Cooking Class

1 June 2024, 10:30am – 1:30pm

RM250 per pax 

This is a chance to learn to make some of those dishes featured in Roslisham Ismail (Ise)’s Langkasuka drawings! Artist (and chef) Azzaha Ibrahim will teach how to make a few traditional Kelantanese dishes which can be traced back to the ancient Langkasuka kingdom. 
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With artist Jalaini Abu Hassan

15 June 2024, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

In this special programme, artist Jalaini Abu Hassan will perform in-situ five large scale drawings in the gallery space. While drawing, he will outline the respective material processes, form and meaning. 

With artist Syarifah Nadhirah

20 July 2024, 10:00am
Forest Learning Centre, Taman Botani Perdana KL

Join us as artist Syarifah Nadhirah, the author of Recalling Forgotten Tastes tells us about her research into indigenous plants, and what she has learnt from Orang Asli communities about sustainability, food and our forests.



Travel Journaling Workshop with Gladys Simpson

20 April 2024, 10:30am – 3:00pm
(with a 45-minute break for your own packed lunch from 12:15pm – 1:00pm)

Fee: RM320 for adults and teens, RM290 for tweens aged 11 to 12 years coming with a participating parent

Join our Travel Journaling Workshop, where Gladys Simpson will share her love of sketching and travel journaling with you. She will take you through the basics of sketching and watercolour techniques, then guide you to create your very first travel journal.
ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED: A5 40-page sketchbook and a homemade sketchpad will be provided. Participants can also bring their own pencils and paints.
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Little Syam Book Binding Workshop

11 May 2024, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Fee: RM180

Learn the technique of stitching a handmade buttonhole book with a hard cover. The distinctive look of this technique is an exposed signatures that can be seen through the window on the spine area. All supplies provided and no experience needed.
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Jalan-Jalan Ilham: Zine Making Workshop with Bang Bang Zine

18 May 2024, 11:00am – 1:30pm
Fee: Teen / Adult RM120/pax, Child (Aged 4–12) RM80/pax

Join us for an exploration of zines and get inspired! During this 2.5-hour session, you will be introduced to the concept of zine making while looking at various zines from our BBZ library collections. You will learn to create an accordion zine, themed around things that inspire you while walking around ILHAM. The hands-on experience covers the zine making process including ideas, design and folding. 
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Charcoal Drawing Workshop

25 May 2024, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Fee: RM140

Get inspired by the life size charcoal drawings in the Titik Garis Bentuk exhibition and learn to draw your own! 


Guided Tours

Docent-led guided tours are available every Saturday at 11:00am

Please email if interested as there are limited spaces.