[ NST ]CIMB Artober back for the fourth year, launched by the Queen


CIMB Artober, a three-month initiative celebrates contemporary arts, culture and lifestyle, positioning Malaysia as a major destination for the arts.

Organised for the fourth year by CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, it aims to add vigour and vitality to the local contemporary creative arts scene.


CIMB Artober showcases a series of lifestyle events, serving as a strategic platform that will elevate art practitioners’ presence and position Malaysia as a thriving centre for creativity.

This year’s instalment kicked off with a three-day fair from Oct 6 to 8 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre or MITEC bringing together artists, designers, galleries, customers and the public through an immersive art festival.

It features artistic creativity from across Malaysia and the region as part of its objective to bring the best-in-class of established creators, as well as rising talents in the local arts scene, to the public.

Furthermore, the initiative also aims to promote and elevate Malaysian arts and culture to more Malaysians.


The launch on Oct 5 was graced by the presence of the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar, and CIMB Group Chairman Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad.

Mohd Nasir said: “CIMB Artober is showcased over two platforms – CIMB Artober Art & Soul, a regional art fair featuring renowned commercial galleries, while CIMB Artober Fashion Week showcases exclusive fashion shows featuring collections by leading local and, for the first time, regional designers.”


He added: “We are pleased to continue making a significant contribution to the local arts scene through CIMB Artober for the fourth year.

“We see the importance in our role to be a leader in supporting the art and culture ecosystem, to energise the creative economy in Malaysia, which also aligns well with our purpose of advancing customers and society.

“The initiative has grown from strength to strength, creating a vibrant marketplace and making it a highly sought-after art event in Malaysia.

“We look forward to continue our efforts in fostering national pride in the arts, and positioning Malaysia as a major destination for the arts.”


CIMB Artober Art & Soul intends to spur the Malaysian art ecosystem by promoting its appreciation, intellectual engagements and interest amongst art and lifestyle enthusiasts, whilst expanding its reach, through building networks and stronger brand visibility for artists and galleries.


A total of 18 commercial art galleries and three high craft promoters will be featured this year, including ARTAS, CENTEXS Commercial Sarawak, G13, Galeri Puteh, Drawing Room (PHI), La Galerie Du Monde, Rissim Contemporary, Sareng, Segaris Art Centre, Suma Orientalis, TAKSU, Wei-Ling Gallery and Zhan Art Space.


A key highlight of CIMB Artober Art & Soul is the Pahang Pavilion, where the private collection of Kain Tenun DiRaja Pahang belonging to Tunku Azizah will be on display for the public to experience a close-up view.

The fair is open to public from Oct 6 and admission is free.

Visitors are also invited to attend art talks on Oct 7 and 8 featuring a collective group of artists named Rumpun and noted young historian Khairul Anwar who discuss the importance of collaboration and the evolution of Malaysian decorative arts.


Ten Malaysian designers, together with two guest designers from Indonesia will preview their latest Art-To-Wear and Cruise collections. Among the leading names at the CIMB Artober Fashion Week are Anuar Faizal, Athan Siahaan, CARRO, Ezuwan Ismail, Radzuan Radziwill, Pink Jambu and a collaboration between Me2We and Datuk Zainalabidin.

CIMB Artober 2023 is made possible through collaborations with Balai Seni Negara, MyCreative Ventures and Yayasan Hasanah, Kuala Lumpur Design Festival 2023, LimKokWing University of Creative Technology and MITEC as the strategic venue partner.

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