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  • 09/18/16--21:59: The Art of Short Scripts
  • Over the course of 6 classes, the workshop will challenge students to think about story as a short-form art and teach them how to bring an idea into a concrete script ready to produce. Together, we explore the fundamentals of storytelling by exploring examples, both visual and written, of successful screenwriters, plays, and short films.   Students should also expect to have their creative writing juices kindled each class in order to inspire and challenge them to write a winning script from the heart! At the end of the programme, students also have the chance to pitch their scripts to film or theatre industry professionals. The workshop caters to any aspiring writer of stage or film. Lesson dates: 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 10 Dec (there is no lesson on 3 Dec) There would be a table-reading on either 11 Dec or 18 Dec (to be confirmed) This workshop is open to anyone from all backgrounds. Minimum age for admission is 13. Please be advised there will be swearing and maybe even discussion of sexual content. Registration closes: 26 October 2016 29 October, 2016 — 10 December, 2016 (6 weeks) Saturday, 11am — 2pm Get [...]

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    The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) returns for its 27th edition from 23 November to 4 December 2016. As the longest-running international film platform in Southeast Asia, SGIFF inspires the discovery of independent cinema by bringing together a rich mix of filmmakers who showcase the region’s story in film. In particular, film lovers can look forward to the world premiere of a commissioned short film by local filmmaker and last year’s winner of Best Singapore Short Film at the Silver Screen Awards, Gladys Ng.   Beyond its dynamic film programming, the Festival is also committed to the development of a vibrant local film culture while nurturing and championing the art and innovation of filmmaking through initiatives including the Southeast Asian Film Lab, Youth Jury & Critics Programme and Silver Screen Awards. For more information, visit www.sgiff.com

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    In this hands-on two-and-a-half-hour workshop, participants will learn how to create their own design on a silkscreen stencil with the direct block-out method. After creating the silkscreen, they will learn the correct way of printing their design on a tote bag. In addition, they will be taught how to make a gradient print (called the split-fountain method in silkscreen term). 24 Sep 2016 (Sat), 2pm – 4.30pm Venue: Noise (co)Lab creative space at Capitol Piazza #01-23 (13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905) Fee per participant: $68 Register here: http://silkscreen-noise.peatix.com/ Official website: https://www.noisesingapore.com/Happenings About the instructor: Joseph Chiang (Monster Gallery) Joseph Chiang is a Singapore-based artist and printmaker. He is the founder of Monster Gallery, a creative print studio that produces original fine art prints and conducts printmaking workshops. Joseph is also the founder of the Young Printmakers League, a mentorship programme supported by Noise Singapore which aims to nurture the next generation of creative printmakers in Singapore. His prints have been exhibited in Singapore and abroad.

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    The Arte Laguna Prize is an international free-themed art competition aimed at enhancing Contemporary Art. The contest stands out in the global art scene for the growing variety of its partnerships and opportunities offered to artists, and is recognized worldwide as a real springboard for the artists’ career.   The contests includes the categories: painting, sculpture and installation, photography, video art and performance, land art, virtual art and digital graphics. An international jury will select 125 finalist artists for: 6 cash prizes of € 42,000 a major Exhibition in the Arsenale of Venice 5 exhibitions in international Art Galleries 5 collaborations with Companies 9 Art Residencies 3 International Festivals publication of the catalogue ALL THE INFORMATION IN OUR VIDEO >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yddcRqzkWG8 www.artelagunaprize.com ENROLLMENT >> http://www.artelagunaprize.com/enrollment WHAT THE ARTISTS WIN Prize money € 7.000,00 Painting € 7.000,00 Sculpture and Installation € 7.000,00 Photographic Art € 7.000,00 Video Art and Performance € 7.000,00 Virtual Art and Digital Graphics € 7.000,00 Land Art 5 Artist in Gallery Prizes Organization of 5 exhibitions in international Art Galleries, including setting up, vernissage and catalogue Salamatina Gallery, Atlanta USA Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg Germany Galeria Fernando Santos, Porto Portugal ART re.FLEX Gallery, Saint Petersburg Russia Chelouche [...]

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  • 09/21/16--21:27: Samsara
  • Samsara is a meditation upon the true nature & purpose of human life. A life that begins with an innocent cry of hope & fear, peaks at youth bursting with beauty & passion, declines under the yoke of experience & old age & finally, ceases with death – inevitable & unconquerable. It is inspired by the legend of the famous young Indian prince who ventured out of his father’s protective palace walls (meant to shield him from painful realities of human life) & saw among many things an aged man, a sick man & a dead man – an experience that aroused in him a spiritual urgency to transcend such an existence. Samsara is also an appreciation of the fact that life is not possible without death. That without darkness, there is no possibility of light. It is a reminder that contemplation of such realities, although unpleasant, is necessary to make us question the meaning & purpose of life. It is also a realization that freedom & transcendence are possible, but only if we appreciate the reality that between birth & death exists the hope & opportunity for transcendence & liberation. That it is what we do with our life [...]

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  • 09/21/16--21:35: w/underland
  • Between gargantuan roots; the intricate roadmap-like details of a fallen seed next to the bark of a peeling eucalyptus tree; hues of vermilion, ocher, and celebratory orange; a butterfly’s wing, resting on wet, soft earth as a dried leaf rolls by only to stick to a pin-holed, ant infested, tree branch. As human beings one is tied to nature in a primordial way. However, one tries to tame it, cut it down, build cities, and relegate it to specific areas within our cities for our own amusement and recreation, sometimes as specific plots awaiting development. Artist, Maya Bhalla, is intrigued by our obsession with nature on one hand, and our repulsion of uncontrolled nature, on the other. ‘w/underland’ seeks to understand how our relationship with nature can be personal and integrated into our daily living, and sometimes what happens when it is not. To be drawn into another world- into ‘w/underland’, into these plots of green space, is to want to understand. This is a place where one can be both big and small at the same time. She says, ‘I am not just the adult trespassing onto a mass of green, but also somewhere within me is the child, [...]

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  • 09/21/16--21:38: Applied Theatre 101
  • Breaking out from the traditional theatre form of performance, applied theatre is stirring up a storm with its participatory approach in addressing social issues. Come and meet the youth who are aspiring applied theatre practitioners as they share how they have incorporated theatre into the community setting. The event will be facilitated by Aisha Shaik, Co-founder and Managing Director of Shoes Theatre. 25 Sep 2016 (Sun), 3pm – 4.30pm Admission is free, but donations are welcome for Shoes Theatre Register here: http://appliedtheatre101.peatix.com/ About the collective: Shoes Theatre Shoes Theatre is an applied theatre collective founded in 2014 by Aisha Shaik and Saleha Jubir. Shoes Theatre firmly believes in the power of drama to influence thought and create action. Focusing on the participatory nature of drama, its programmes explore local issues, in hopes to impact a positive change. Aisha is Co-founder and Managing Director of Shoes Theatre. She is also a graduate of the Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology course in Singapore Polytechnic. She has been involved in community arts projects with companies like Shoes Theatre, Artsolute, BABES Pregnancy Crisis and AWARE. She is a member of Tapestry Playback Theatre and is currently a freelance Drama Educator.

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    Gillman Barracks  celebrates its fourth anniversary this weekend with a multitude of open house events. Its signature Art After Dark event will be on this Friday evening on 23 September, while Art Day Out! will continue with the festivities on Saturday afternoon 24 September. Exhibition opening nights will be on at many galleries on Friday evening so if you fancy some gallery hopping then here are some that you should not miss: Medi, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Takao Minami at Ota Fine Arts; The Dynamics a group exhibition featuring a range of multi-media artworks at ShanghART Gallery; Fragility of the Self , a solo exhibition of photography works by emerging Thai artist Kamolpan Chotvichai at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery and IN THE LOOP by Thai artist Jittagarn Kaewtinkoy at the Yavuz Gallery. Gillman Barracks will also host two exhibitions from the 5th Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF). Roger Ballen’s Menagerie is an exhibition by the critically acclaimed South African photographer, who is exhibiting for the first time in Southeast Asia while Origin is the 4th edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition Winners’ Exhibition, which features works by 8 photographers from around the world exploring the notion of ‘origin’. Some of the other events that will be on during the 2 day celebrations [...]

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  • 09/22/16--23:26: Remembrance Noise
  • This October, Singaporean musicians Cheryl Peixin Lee, Ng Wei Ping and Bingling Wu present the unusual combination of soprano and solo violin on the chamber music stage. In their first collaboration back home, the trio engages us in an evening of 20th Century chamber music, with works by Gustav Holst, Heitor Villa-Lobos and György Kurtág. Join them in a new sonic experience, as they re-articulate the relationship between voice and violin, blurring the lines between formalism and expression, human and man-made, noise and voice. Date: 25 October 2016, Tuesday Time: 8.01PM Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio Get your tickets from SISTIC now! http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/crem1016

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    Vividh 2016 is a groundbreaking annual exhibition of the best of contemporary Indian art and design. Offering an inspirational and comprehensive overview of the leading contemporary Indian art of the last half century, Vividh also introduces new and critically acclaimed artists and designers. Vividh (the word is Hindi for diversity) brings together nearly fifty works of art by the great masters of Indian art and new contemporary artists and designers from across the sub-continent and beyond. Representing the dynamic diversity that is Indian visual art, the work shown often references the country’s great changes and enormous cultural, geographical and political scope. Visual Art UK pays special tribute to three legendary artists, KG Subramanyan, SH Raza and AA Raiba. Syed Haider Raza (1922-2016), arguably India’s greatest painter, produced progressive work that ushered in a new modernity to Indian art. His exquisite geometric canvases brought contemporary abstraction to Indian art, taking colours and shapes from its history and creating paintings that were undeniably modern. One of the pieces in the exhibition is his trademark ‘Bindu’, which he stated to be the “centre of my life”. Work by Kalpathi Ganpathi Subramanyan (1924-2016) included, an artist and activist known for his Gandhian ideology, and [...]

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    For the very first time in Singapore! Get ready for a Spooky Challenge on the weekend of 21 – 23 October 2016 The best film wins SGD1,000 in CASH and will screen at Filmapalooza 2017. Are you ready to make a horror film in only 48 hours? Do you like to be scared? Do you love Hitchcock? Ressurect the zombies, bring on the fake blood and the rumbling undercurrent sound effect and get ready for a weekend you won’t forget. Come and compete to see who can make the best horror short film in only 48 hours. Registration Fees: Regular: SGD198 /team ends Thu, 20 Oct Late: SGD238 /team ends Fri, 21 Oct *Repeat Offender? Participants that registered a team for the regular 48HFP during the previous 12 months will receive a SGD30 discount. Register your teams here: https://www.48hourfilm.com/singapore-sg/horror Event Details: Date: 21 October 2016, 8:30pm to 23 October 2016, 9:30pm Venue: *SCAPE Gallery, Level 5, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978 Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1763790070512471/

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    The Affordable Art Fair, the leading showcase for affordable contemporary art, returns from the 18 – 20 November 2016. All set to turn the city pink for it’s seventh Autumn Edition, the fair will be offering a fresh plethora of local, regional and international talents featuring over 80 galleries. Held at the F1 Pit Building, the Affordable Art Fair will showcase a wide range of contemporary art all priced between SG $100 to SG $15,000 with 75% of the art offered at under SG $7,500. Offering hands-on advice, and educational guidance to all newbie art lovers as well as established art collectors; the Affordable Art Fair is defined by making art accessible and welcoming as possible. So come along this November and join the fun as Affordable Art Fair continues to throw art elitism out of the window, and ensures that everyone can fall in love with art! OPENING TIMES 18 November, Friday: 1200 – 1800* Special Evening: 1800 – 2200 19 November, Saturday: 1100 – 2000 20 November, Sunday: 1100 – 1800 Ticket Prices (at the door): General Admission (public days): $18 Special Evening (Friday Evening): $25 Students & Seniors: $10 Children under 16: free admission Online advanced sales [...]

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    Clio Art Fair is currently accepting applications for the upcoming New York 2017 Fair. March 2-5, 2017 508 W 26th street New York City, NY 10001 CLIO ART FAIR is a curated fair created with the idea of discovering independent artists and showcasing the careers and achievements of already affirmed creative minds. By specifically targeting artists without any exclusive NYC gallery representation, CLIO ART FAIR focuses attention on the kinds of contemporary art and interventions that are being created by independent artists the world over. Clio Art Fair 2014, 2015, and 2016 hosted the works of independent artists including: Vito Acconci Whitney Biennial 1977, 1981, 1991 Venice Biennial 1976, 1978, 2003 Mel Rosenthal Permanent Collection of: Museum of the city of New York, NY Museo de Arte Moderna, Caracas, Venezuela Borinquen Gallo National Academy Museum, NY Bronx Museum, NY Queens Museum, NY Zana Briski Academy Award for Documentary Winner, 2004. Pino Pascali Tate Modern, London, 2012 Guggenheim Venice, 2016 Permanent Collection of: MoMA Museum, NY The applicants selected by our curatorial board will be offered six exhibiting options ranging in size and price: The fee includes the following services: – Art Handling – Presence of our dealers throughout the Fair [...]

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    Unique Multiples run from the 19th to 23rd of October 2016, at the Visual Arts Centre.   LUDO Gallery is proud to curate and present Unique Multiples by Joseph Chiang. Joseph Chiang is a master printmaker in Singapore and the man behind Monster Gallery and Young Printmakers League. For his solo exhibition, Unique Multiples, Joseph will be showing a series of silkscreen monoprints, with only one screen used for each series. Joseph explores and creates prints that look at the relevance of art-creation versus the modern era of hi-technology and mass-consumption. Monday to Sunday: 11am – 8pm Closed on Public Holidays, except by appointment. Join Joseph on the opening night of Unique Multiples! Thursday 20 October, 7pm – 10pm This exhibition is also supported by the National Arts Council.

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    Violet Exhibition runs from the 26th to 30th of October 2016, at the Visual Arts Centre. LUDO Gallery is proud to curate and present Violet Exhibition by Jennifer Chalklen. Jennifer is a contemporary realist artist from New Zealand who began painting portraits and figures with oil colour approximately 3.5 years ago in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her style can be described as whimsical, ethereal and forlorn. In her latest works for her upcoming and first solo exhibition in Singapore, Jennifer blurs the layers of consciousness, to create her own style of visual storytelling. Monday to Sunday: 11am – 8pm Closed on Public Holidays, except by appointment. Join Jennifer on the opening night of Violet! Thursday 27 October, 7pm – 10pm  

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    Dance, the ephemeral art form, arguably only meaningful in the passage of time. And yet, “A Slice in Time” is about a group of photographers attempting the impossible: capturing the essence of movement in a still image.   This exhibition offers an intimate look at dance performance photographs and photographic collaborations, by established dance photographers Robin Chee, Matthew Johnson, Tan Ngiap Heng and Bernie Ng. The showcase of about 100 images features Singapore dance productions and visiting dance companies. Beyond the exhibition, audiences can also take part in related activities during the weekend of 8 and 9 October. Photography enthusiasts can get hands-on through a dance photography workshop. Hear from the featured photographers as they share about their inspirations and creative process. Catch dance performances by independent dance artists. Budding dance photographers can even participate in a contest with attractive prizes. 7 to 23 October 2016, 11am to 7pm daily Stamford Arts Centre (155 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187962)   Photo credit, from left to right: Robin Chee, Tan Ngiap Heng, Mathew Johnson and Bernie Ng

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    For those who didn’t manage to catch the film, we’ve heard you! We have added 4 more screenings at *SCAPE on 5th October 2016, 7:20pm & 8:50pm and 6th October 2016, 7:20pm & 8:50pm. Get your tickets here: http://buytickets.at/sinema/67632 Each standard ticket is $12 and it comes with a 160 page Film Companion Guide and a 44 page Limited Edition graphic novel adaptation by Dan Wong. A new $6 ticket option has been added for those who may want to catch the film again and do not need the Film Companion Guide and Graphic Novel. Students/Full-Time NSF/Seniors get a $2 discount from the Standard Ticket price of $12 – simply buy a Standard Ticket, come for the screening and show us your Student/NSF/Senior IDs and we will give you an instant $2 rebate! In honour of the many migrant workers like Nayeem and Chen who’ve to help built our home, $3 from each $12 ticket will go to an organization which provides healthcare for the workers who’ve been unfortunately injured at work. Event Details: Rating: NC16 (Some Coarse Language) Total Running Time: 77min Languages: English, Mandarin, Malay & Tamil (Sub: English, Chinese) Date & Time: 5th October 2016 7:20pm & [...]

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  • 10/02/16--21:52: Got to Move @ Civic District
  • Civic District (Empress Lawn, Asian Civilisations Museum Green) GTM @ Civic District will see the Civic District will come to life with site-specific dance performances, a mass activation event that allows participants to learn dance in a fun and engaging way, an immersive and interactive dance carnival featuring performances and workshops, and the GTM mass dance that will see participants moving to the GTM track. 1. MP3 Experiment: At the start of this experiment, participants will download a MP3 track, hit play at a pre-set time and engage in a series of fun dance-related challenges together. The MP3 experiment hopes to break down barriers between strangers, drawing people out of their comfort zone to interact with one another and to forge new friendships. 2. Padang Tari (‘Field of Dance’): Padang Tari is an immersive and interactive dance carnival that will celebrate the diversity and lushness of traditional dance forms, still practised and performed by groups in Singapore today. Featuring Singapore artists and community dance groups who have been redefining traditional dances for the contemporary stage, the carnival will connect visitors with our diverse cultural roots, and uncover the artistry and creative potential of traditional dance. Audiences will also be able [...]

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    Love to dance and can’t get enough of adrenaline-pumping fun? Get moving with us like never before in this 3-hour mass Bounce party on trampolines! Bounce to easy-to-follow choreographies led by our certified jumping coaches, along with amazing party tracks & infectious atmosphere. After all the dancing, take a break and enjoy the dance fashion show and GTM mass dance! GTM @ Kallang Wave Mall By Kulture Studios 8 October 2016, 12pm to 4pm Kallang Wave Mall, Atrium, Level 1

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    In conjunction with Got to Move, the dance groups located at Goodman Arts Centre will hold a dance open house. Participating groups include Frontier Danceland, T.H.E Dance Company, RAW Moves, Sri Wana, Apsaras Arts, Era Dance Theatre and Dance Nucleus. The public can take part in workshops, enjoy dance drama performances, film screenings and also enjoy the Tanjung Goodman Weekend Market. GTM @ Tanjong Goodman By Arts House Limited 22 October 2016, 12pm to 8pm Goodman Arts Centre  

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