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Jesselton Art Market to showcase local art talents, artworks for sale.


THURS, 21st March 2013 – Art lovers and supporters of local artistans will have a chance to look through a variety of works at the Jesselton Art Market, an event that will be held at the ruins of the Old Welfare Building in Kota Kinabalu on 23rd – 24th March 2013.

jesselton art market

With the support of the Sabah Cultural Board, Sabah Art Gallery and Heritage Sabah as the official NGO, the event organized by Estona Events & Promotions aims to showcase the works of talented local artists and a social platform for locals and tourists alike to purchase original artworks from these talented individuals. Chiwawa, a newly-established food outlet is the official F&B sponsor for this event.

The choice to organize an art market at the site of the Old Welfare Building was an inspired one, says Charlene Decena, Director of Estona Events & Promotions. “I was walking past The Old Welfare Building on Gaya Street one day and suddenly it struck me that on the walls and pillars of this historical building were works of talented individuals. Suddenly an idea came into my head – I had been looking for a place to hold an art market – and what better venue to have it than here!”


The ruins of the Old Welfare Building is one of three colonial buildings that survived the Allied Bombing of Kota Kinabalu city (formerly known as Jesselton township) during WWII. The original date of this early building’s construction is a mystery, as any known historical records were lost during the war; however the building served as the Government Office for the British North Borneo Chartered Company that administered North Borneo since 1881 until the outbreak of WWII. Since Sabah’s Independence, the building has served as a former premises of the Land and Survey Department as well as a former Welfare Department office until the building was destroyed in a fire incident on 31st December, 1992.


Among the artists to be featured during the two-day event are world-renowned calligraphy artist Huang Po Lo, Christianne Goonting, art students of Kolej Yayasan Sabah (KYS) and other local artists, bringing together a variety of talents both young and golden – as well as opportunity to display their ideas and products, arts and crafts, accessories, paintings and art pieces. Visitors will also be entertained with a basking performance by SCIGM group.

Charlene Decena Director of ESTONA Events & Promotions

“We want to create an awareness for the beauty of local Sabah art”, added Decena.

The Jesselton Art Market aspires to be a regular event to add to the attractions of KK city. Booths are sold for RM50 per weekend for a space of 8’x8’. For inquiries about the Jesselton Art Market, contact Charlene Decena at 012 8425201.



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