Why Is Your English So Good?

Why Is Your English So Good?

Artist’s Statement by Daniel Adams:

I was an international student for three years and graduated in photography from Falmouth University. I faced my fair share of stereotyping, racism and ignorance while living in England. From small ignorant comments to more aggressive slurs, each experience affected me in one way or another. The understanding of being treated differently, and occasionally being treated as if I were less than another race, was a new experience to me. I am half-Chinese and half-English and have never experienced racism in my own country. However, being in England allowed me to experience this widespread problem that many people at home do. 

Why Is Your English So Good? touches on the widespread problem of racism and ignorance in Britain and Ireland. Each individual pictured in this series of photographs is a Malaysian, either studying or living in Britain or Ireland. The making of this project was envisioned to educate an audience on the situations that still occur and the effects that flow from them. Each image is inspired by each individual’s personal experience and is portrayed on the subject through the use of colour, texture and different materials. Why Is Your English So Good? explores a variety of concepts that include identity, gender, race and mental health – all in relation to the concept of racism and ignorance.

Opening & Artist Talk
22 November 2018
Special Guest: Tasnem Aljoffery

Exhibition period
14 November to 10 December 2018

This exhibition is supported by Penang Art District
Free of charge

Spotlight Top 20 Finalists

Spotlight Top 20 Finalists

Congratulations to the Top 20 Finalists of Spotlight by Penang Art District!

After reviewing the amazing submissions, our judges selected 20 artworks for the group exhibition. Thank you once again to all of you who participated in our art competition. We hope to see all of you again next year!

Here are our Top 20 Finalists for this years’ Spotlight!

The Top 20 finalists will have their artworks displayed at a Group Exhibition at the following details:
Date: 3 November 2018 – 2 December 2018
Venue: EcoWorld Gallery @ Macalister, 119 Macalister Road

Mirza Marwan | Erotic Part
Nur Hana Kai Ling Tan Ah Kim Abdullah | Internal Glitch
Charis Loke | Omelas
Goh Sheng Jie | Reflection in a Wide Space
Teoh Bin Xin | Third Eye
Yap Ley Min | Burning District
Suhaibatun Hanisah Johari | Harmoni
Lee Jia Wen | Letting Go
Ryan Ng | Red
Susan Ho | Listen To Me
Rosezienna Shika Anak Kelambu | Menganyam Ronda Petang
Syawahida Yusof | Ronda Kampung
Valery Koh | Little Details
Ong Wei Xuan | Malaysian Beauty From The Past
Teh Jun Yang | Wash Disher
Sheryn Tanya Speldewinde | Betta Malaysia
Tang Tze Lye | Night Falls
Sim Li Mei | Back To The Root
Sivabalan Arumugam | Stand Together II
Joey Wong | Massive Transmission
Penang Art District | Spotlight

Penang Art District | Spotlight






Participant is required to email a completed application form to info@penangartdistrict.com, with the following details before the closing date:

  • the Participant’s NRIC;
  • the title of the artwork for this competition;
  • the year of production of the artwork for this competition;
  • the dimension (Length x Width x Thickness) of the artwork for this competition;
  • the medium(s) and message intended to be conveyed of the artwork for this competition; and
  • the images of the artwork for this competition


  1. PAD Spotlight (“the Competition”) is open to all Malaysian citizens and Permanent Residents of Malaysia aged between 17 and 29 years old excluding the employees of Penang Art District and their immediate family members, its promotion agencies, advertising agencies, PR agencies and any associate companies.
  2. This Competition is held in Malaysia only.
  3. Each participant is only allowed to submit ONE entry.
  4. Medium is open and can include acrylics, oil painting, silkscreen, collage, ink, mixed media, wood, canvas, metal, cloth and others.
  5. The finished artwork can be in any shape or form provided it is 2-dimensional hanging display within the minimum of 2ft x 2ft or a maximum size of 5ft x 5ft.
  6. The quality of the photo for the application has to be 1000×1000 px minimum, more than 72 dpi
  7. The artwork(s) submitted by the Participants must be originally produced by the Participant.
  8. Any participant found to have submitted more than one entry per category shall be disqualified.
  9. All artwork will be judged based on the following criteria and each criteria will carry 25%:
    • Originality and creativity
    • Concept and ideas
    • Use of medium / Artistic finish
    • Overall impression
  10. All costs incurred in participating in this Competition (including the framing of the artworks) shall be at the sole expense of the participants.
  11. The organiser reserves the right to extend any date specified for the Competition contain herein and the decision will be made at the sole discretion of Penang Art District.
  12. The organiser reserves the right to change, suspend or vary the Competition’s Terms and Conditions contain herein at any time, wholly or in part by way of posting such changes on Penang Art District’s official website or in any other way deemed suitable by the organiser without prior notice to the participants and the decision will be made at the sole discretion of Penang Art District.
  13. By participating in this Competition, the participants agree to be bound by the Competition terms and conditions contain herein (“Terms and Conditions”) and to the decisions of Penang Art District shall be final and binding in all respects.
  14. The Terms and Conditions shall be governed by laws of Malaysia and the participants hereby agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Malaysia and consent to service of process by mail or in any other manner permitted by the laws of Malaysia.
  15. A waiver (whether expressed or implied) by Penang Art District of any of these Terms and Conditions or of any breach of or default by a participant in performing any of its obligations under these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a continuing waiver and that waiver shall not prevent the organizer from acting on any subsequent breach of or default by the participants under these Terms and Conditions.
  16. Penang Art District shall not be responsible nor shall accept any liabilities of any nature and however arising or suffered by the participants and/or any third parties resulting directly or indirectly from the conduct of the participants to participate in this Competition.