Please note that the Hotel Penaga residency program for 2016 is now full and we are no longer accepting applications. We will be reopening applications for 2017 soon – please follow Rimbun Dahan on Facebook to find out about calls for submissions.

Oct 2014 - Joanna Gambotto


Joanna Gambotto was born in 1985 in Poland. In 2007 she travelled to Australia where she lives and works to this day. In 2013 she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the National Art School, Sydney. She has held several solo exhibitions in Australia and Poland and has been a winner and a finalist of numerous art prizes. Joanna has work in public and private collections in Australia, Poland, USA and Greece.


Gambotto works predominantly in oil on canvas. While in Penang, her intention is to immerse herself in culture and local customs and let the experience translate into her work. Joanna can be found in the studio in the morning and early afternoon from Monday to Friday. Everyone is welcome to visit.

July 2014 - Dan Wollmering


Penaga Hotel will be hosting Australian sculptor, Dan Wollmering, as Artist in Residence during the months of June & July. During his stay, Wollmering will be researching and documenting architectural forms from a variety of sources in George Town − as a catalyst for new abstract sculpture. Using the rich and diverse cultural make-up of Penang and the built-environment structures emanating from Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, Wollmering will be locating and referencing unique constructs as a conduit to new sculptural forms in his practice. Using mainly cardboard and low-tech construction methods, he will be creating hypothetical sculpture maquettes with a chosen few being made in steel by a local sculpture fabrication firm in Penang. These new works will then be exhibited in the Penaga Hotel and at Flinders Lane Gallery; a commercial gallery in Melbourne that he has been exhibiting with since 1990.


Wollmering has been involved in making sculptures for close to 40 years in Australia. He has 25 solo-exhibitions and work in over 50 group exhibitions in Australia and Internationally. His work is in private, public and corporate collections in: Australia, Canada, China, Malaysia and the USA. He also writes about contemporary sculpture and public art and presents at International Conferences related to his research and practice.

Dan Wollmering holds a PhD, MFA and BA and is a Senior Lecturer in Sculpture + extended media in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia − where he enjoys the challenges of teaching and research and the energy that students bring to the Sculpture Studio under the motto: ‘think it − make it − talk it.’

Dan will be working in the Penaga Artist in Residence Studio on a regular basis and you are most welcome to pay him a visit and see how the work is progressing. His contact details are: