“The Raja Uda area is now filling up with hipster cafes, and we want to go with the flow,” adds Penangite Eeyan Chuah, Urban Xchange’s main curator. Raja Uda’s shining star inaugurates a new community arts space. This is just the tip of an iceberg of events and projects that the two young curators organised with their team of collaborators and international artists. This year, in fact, Urban Xchange’s plan was grand: preparations started early with the Artisans Project, a two-month-long collaboration that paired six contemporary artists and designers with six traditional Penang craftsmen, including a rattan weaver, a signboard carver and a paper effigy maker. The goal was to mix the old with the new, the traditional with the experimental, to create artworks that reflect Penang’s century-old trades using contemporary produce.