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    Create your own puppet and learn how to move like one! Moving Arts will be presenting Movement of Joints (Parent and Child) at Toa Payoh’s SAFRA Dance Studio this coming October! In this Art and Movement program, participants are exposed to the traditional puppet making and the popular culture of hip-hop dance. Both forms express interest in the variables of movement within the working body (human or puppet) and their respective creation. A great way for parents and children aged 7–12 years old to bond and have lots of fun crafting and dancing together. Mark your calendar and let’s celebrate dance with islandwide activities this month. pARTicipate By RAW Moves Ltd 9 October 2016, 12pm to 3pm Toa Payoh HDB Hub ‘pARTicipate’ is a community movement project, which aims to assemble a proposed neighbourhood to take part in simple expressive games suitable for families and members of the society. It realises the genuine essence of their participation and strives to encourage families to see the importance of family time and the connection for kinship in a community. The activities will engage children, adults and senior citizens and families are strongly encouraged to participate together. Tea Dances for Shakespeare By The [...]

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  • 10/02/16--22:02: hoME
  • hoME is the premiere dance performance of A Little RAW. This inter-disciplinary showcase explores the varied experiences and memories of where the young dancers live. My home … a place where Woodlands Drive 72 is … a place where I grew up in and remember … a place where I am with those that I love … a place where illusion transforms into reality … a place where I feel comfort and can overcome my shyness … a place where I express my inner self with sounds, beats and rhythm … a place where chocolate chip cookies bond my friends and I together Dates & Time 26 Nov 2016 Sat: 3pm & 8pm 27 Nov 2016 Sun: 3pm Venue RAW Moves Studio Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Blk B #01-08, Singapore 439053 Tickets $10 (Standard) $9 (Concession for senior citizens, full-time students. NSFs, PAssion Card Members and Group Booking of minimum of 4 tickets) $8 (RAW Pal Members) Prices exclude $1 Peatix ticketing fee General Admission A minimum age of 2 years and above is required to attend the show Purchase tickets at hoMEsg51.peatix.com Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise the programme cost. There is [...]

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    This joint exhibition showcases 20 new works by third-generation Singapore artists, Anthony Chua Say Hua and Hong Sek Chern. Both artists, who are also husband and wife, work primarily with Chinese ink medium and have each developed a distinct contemporary ink practice. Among the exhibits are 3 ink compositions in which the two artists collaborated in an effort to create a new pictorial language through the marriage of their creative aesthetics. Born in Singapore in 1966, Anthony Chua Say Hua is a multi-award winning artist who has been practising full-time art since 1996. An alumnus of the prestigious Goldsmiths College, University of London under the Chen Chong Swee Overseas Art Scholarship and former winner of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award (2001), he earned the Silver Award in the established artist category in the 33rd UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2014. In addition to abstract compositions, Anthony has developed in recent years a fascinating ink series based on urban landscapes and old buildings in Singapore. He is fond of utilizing different types of brushes including the less conventional feather brushes, and is highly versatile in deploying smudging, rubbing and layering of ink to generate various interesting effects [...]

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    Homegrown author, Adeline Pang, is set to publish her first novel “And It Rained”. But unlike most authors who look for a publisher to pick up their work, she is planning to get the book crowdfunded through Kickstarter, which has launched in Singapore earlier in August.   Through the book’s personal mediation between familial and romantic love, Adeline hopes to be able to connect with like-minded people who go through the same struggles of balancing identity, family, and culture. The novel itself teeters between dreams and reality as these themes are evoked through the protagonist’s relationships. With the Kickstarter campaign, the book’s realm is also blurred between the literary layer and the visual layer. The novel’s illustrations come to life in exclusive art pieces and enamel pins reserved for backers so that they are reminded of the continuous journey and internal battles people face everyday. The And It Rained campaign is set to launch on the 19th of October Excerpt from Chapter 9: “I’m scared,” she confesses and her grandmother tells her to be strong. “I gladly give my life for you. Wake up, it’s time. You have to go now, leave this place.” He says urgently, “Wake up,” then [...]

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    National Gallery Singapore ‘s  (NGS) latest new exhibition in collaboration with the Tate Britain opened last night. Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies is an exhibition which looks at art associated with the British Empire and how it has been represented and contested through time.Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies adopts a contemporary perspective to critically examine art produced in relation to the colonial experience, and the rise of modern art in former colonies in the Asia Pacific region – particularly Australia, Brunei, India, Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore. Also included in the Singapore exhibition is a special focus on Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, a key colonial figure who is regarded as the founder of modern Singapore. George Francis Joseph, Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, 1817, Collection of National Portrait Gallery, London© National Portrait Gallery, London The exhibition was originally developed for Tate Britain in London with a slightly different bent. Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past debuted at London’s Tate Britain in November 2015 and had a more British-centric perspective. For this edition , NGS curators have reshaped the exhibition for Singapore with new loans from British collections and other lenders, including artists. Johan Zoffany, Colonel Mordaunt’s Cock Match, c. 1784-1786, Tate Collection Purchased with assistance from [...]

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    ION Orchard is proud to present the ION Art Photography Series 2016: Singapore Streetscapes featuring Aik Beng Chia & Mark Teo – the mall’s signature photography showcase dedicated to support and recognise the work of mid-career and established local photographers. Back with its third installment this year, the exhibition will feature the richness and diversity of the many facets of Singapore’s unique subcultures. Photographed by Mark Teo Running from 6 – 23 October, the exhibition promises to be a treat for photography connoisseurs and visitors with a sense of appreciation for art and photography. Visitors to the exhibition will embark on an exploration of the city’s subcultures and movement with vivid photos captured by notable local photographers Aik Beng Chia and Mark Teo. Over 60 photographs will be displayed at the exhibition and the stunning collection of images focuses on the different aspects of local subcultures, such as street art, extreme sports and music, bringing to life the dreams and fantasies of the subjects within. In addition to the photography series, photographer Mark Teo will be holding a workshop (6th October) to share his style of capturing movement. Participants will have the opportunity to take photos under Mark’s guidance. Aik [...]

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    The Peninsula, Hong Kong is often referred to as the Crème de la crème of hotels in Hong Kong. With its bone china porcelain, Tiffany plates, fully customized interactive digital bedside and desk tablets, Cassina and Poltrona Frau furniture, along with the hotel’s Rolls-Royce fleet the list of attractions just goes on and on. With a history of over 85-years of luxury, it may not come as a surprise that this hotel has an equally impressive art collection discerningly placed throughout the hotel. Today’s art collection in the hotel was created to tie-in with the launch of the newly renovated guestrooms in The Peninsula Tower, as well as the transformation of the guestrooms in the original building, which had been unveiled in April 2013 to usher in the hotel’s 85th anniversary celebrations. Local bespoke art dealer, Sabrina Fung Fine Arts, worked in collaboration with Mr Peter Borer, The Peninsula Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer, to curate a selection of works which would complete the luxurious elements whilst adding unique local flair. The majority of the artwork was commissioned from Hong Kong or Chinese-based artists, as well as those with Asian links, along with a few artists who have participated in the [...]

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    Improvisation is a technique that many of us have used at one point or another whether on or off stage. This workshop will help you understand short-form improv as a technique that frees you from the fear of the unknown. Through the above three major improv styles. you will be taught exercises created by the founders of Improvisation – Viola Spolin, Del Close, and Keith Jonstone. The workshop is designed to aid your confidence, how you think, speak and do off the cuff and your problem solving skills. The workshop culminates in the students preparing for two Directed Improv formats: The Micetro, licensed by Keith Johnstone. The Match, invented by Robert Gravel and unlicensed. This workshop is open to anyone from all backgrounds. We welcome both actors and non-actors with an interest in the performing arts. Minimum age for admission is 16 and above. Registration closes: 10 October 2016 19 October, 2016 — 7 December, 2016 (8 weeks) Wednesday, 7.30pm — 10.30pm S$600 Get early-bird 20% discount by entering ‘earlys6’ during checkout by 25 Sep 2016. Payment Plans are available. Email us at admin@hcac.sg. To register, visit Directed Improv (Introduction): Many Faces of Improv —–

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    During Merging Disciplines, participants will become their story. This programme will guide participants through building their own performance segments, individual or paired, after experiments with storytelling, poetry, theatre, song and movement techniques. At the end of the workshop, participants will have their own performance segment which seeks to straddle and defy genre. The workshop will culminate with a performance showcase. This workshop is open to anyone from all backgrounds. We welcome both actors and non-actors with an interest in creating an independent performance piece with poetry, storytelling, theatre and movement techniques. Minimum age for admission is 16 and above. Registration closes: 10 October 2016 20 October, 2016 — 8 December, 2016 (8 weeks) Thursday, 7:00pm — 11:00pm S$600 Get early-bird 20% discount by entering ‘earlys6’ during checkout by 25 Sep 2016. Payment Plans are available. Email us at admin@hcac.sg. To register, visit http://methodactingasia.com/programme/mergingdisciplines/ —–

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    Acting whilst singing in musical theatre can be challenging for even the most professional and seasoned actor. How does an actor sing the right notes, at the right time, whilst also making their performance spontaneous, connected and believable for the audience? How do they characterise authentically and build dynamic relationships with others, whilst holding a note for an unnaturally long time or singing with a rigid rhythm? In this masterclass traditional expectations of how to ‘perform’ a song or ‘act’ in a musical are reinvented. Actors work through a series of experiential activities and practical exercises that allow them to uncover new, helpful ways to develop character, build relationships and carry out dramatic action whilst singing at the same time. They explore how they can act with authenticity and believability even when having to sing, rather than speak, their lines. The workshop is suitable for any actor who has a singing role, even if their character has just a few solo lines or is part of the chorus. Participants can be musical theatre specialists or novices to the genre. —– Students need to prepare two contrasting (one ballad and one up tempo) solo musical theatre songs in advance, and be [...]

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    Faurschou Foundation is pleased to present for the first time in Hong Kong, a pop up exhibition with the exhibition MEAT, The Rejected Paintings. FAURSCHOU FOUNDATION POP-UP HONG KONG Norbert Tadeusz MEAT The Rejected Paintings 18.09.16 – 30.10.2016 The intended exhibition MEAT with the two German artists Christian Lemmerz and Norbert Tadeusz was planned to open at Faurschou Foundation Beijing in September 2016. However, the Chinese Cultural Bureau refused to issue import permits for the majority of the works by Norbert Tadeusz. The exhibition in Beijing opened as planned, with the sculptures by Christian Lemmerz, and replacing the rejected paintings with white canvases in identical sizes as the rejected works by Norbert Tadeusz. The Foundation has chosen to exhibit the rejected part of the originally planned exhibition – Norbert Tadeusz’s meat paintings – as a pop-up exhibition in Hong Kong with the exhibition Norbert Tadeusz I MEAT The Rejected Paintings that runs until October 30th 2016. The exhibition MEAT, The Rejected Paintings, as the title indicates, presents major works by the German painter Norbert Tadeusz who has worked with the subject MEAT. In his large colourful paintings, Norbert Tadeusz depicts the slaughtered animal carcasses and exposed human bodies. His dynamic [...]

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    Y2ARTS is proud to showcase a rare collection of multi-award winning artist Tan Suz Chiang’s acrylic and charcoal artworks. Born 1974 in Malaysia, he graduated from the Central Academy of Art, Malaysia. He was awarded the Signature Member of National Watercolour Society (NWS) and American Watercolour Society (AWS), USA. Suz Chiang has garnered top awards around the world in important exhibitions such as the Diamond Award (1st Prize) at the prestigious 75th Annual International Open Exhibition, Northwest Watercolour Society, Washington (USA); the Winsor & Newton Award at the Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition held in London (UK), etc. Besides having exhibited in a host of solo and group exhibitions around the world, this internationally known and multi-awarded artist has been featured in such publications as “The Art of Watercolour”, “Watercolour Artist”, “Asian Art News”, etc. In 2015, Ian Findlay (Editor of Asian Art News) wrote an article about Suz Chiang claiming, “One of the most attractive aspects of Tan Suz Chiang’s art is its internal narratives. There is something quite magical about this as they reside just beyond the surface of the work, tantalizing close, past the edges of the frame, suggesting another world that requires a different kind [...]

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    Artist Alexander Newley announces ‘Portraits in Character – supporting St Martin-in-the-Fields’: a solo exhibition featuring portraits of Sir Kenneth Branagh and actors from the plays at The Garrick Season Artist Alexander Newley is delighted to announce his solo exhibition ‘Portraits in Character – supporting St Martin-in-the-Fields’, in the Crypt of St Martin’s, Trafalgar Square from 7th to 21st November. The exhibition is to run in partnership with St Martin-in-the-Fields, a fitting location for the exhibition, with its proximity to the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery and will mark Newley’s return to the London art world after several years in New York. In Spring 2017 the paintings and drawings featured in ‘Portraits in Character – supporting St Martin- in-the-Fields’, will be auctioned to benefit the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields, including their outreach with homeless people. For more information about this auction in support of St Martin-in-the-Fields please contact StMartins@activ.org.uk Newley collaborated with Kenneth Branagh to create a unique series of portraits of several of the leading cast from the Plays at the Garrick season, which comes to a close this November. Alexander Newley spent time with the cast over a period of one year, capturing the actors in character backstage [...]

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  • 10/12/16--19:12: The Pygmalion
  • TRANSFORMATION AND AUTONOMY are notions explored, through the medium of marble, by Australian artist Alex Seton in his Singapore debut exhibition The Pygmalion, which opens at Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore 27 Oct. Alex Seton – Bentwood Hybrids, 2016 In Roman mythology, Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had carved. The Pygmalion e ect is the phenomenon in which higher expecta-tions lead to an increase in performance. Its inverse is the Golem e ect, by which low expectations lead to a decrease in performance. Both e ects are forms of a self-fulfilling prophecy, at play in a world dictated by the privilege of circumstance. The Pygmalion will see Seton using antique and modern Bentwood chairs, along with his favoured medium of marble, to replace components with carved marble objects and digitally printed plastic proxies, creating a series of hybrid objects that morph the mass-produced with the hand made. The prostheses will simultaneously repair and corrupt their original forms and function, illuminating a poetic narrative of expectation and transformation.

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    Call for Artists, “ARTZOND” – International Festival of Conceptual Art in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Concept of the coming festival is – ‘CASUS VECTOR’ all projects should be concerning to this subject. 20 May – 02 June 2017, at the creative cluster ‘Artmuse’. 13 line, building 70, on Vasilievsky Island, Saint-Petersburg, Russia Deadline – 20 April 2017 More information: http://festival.artzond.com

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    ‘Forgotten Memories’ is the debut art exhibition by ‘BE’. The inspiration spurs from the artists’ acute realisation of the natural progression of life – AGING. ‘Forgotten Memories’ is the debut art exhibition by ‘BE’. The inspiration spurs from the artists’ acute realisation of the natural progression of life – AGING. Having a soft spot for the elderly, the artists have experiences with their aging loved ones, some of whom suffered chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s. The exhibition aims to create awareness and raise funds for the elderly living with Dementia. The artists collected bitter-sweet memories as they painted their stories, through the theme ‘Forgotten Memories’. This exhibition comprises of artworks that are both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional, with an array of mediums used by each individual. Happening in November 2016, this exhibition aims to raise $10,000 from the sales of artworks showcased. The beneficiaries of this exhibition are the New Horizon Centres run by the Alzheimer’s Disease Association to provide daycare services for persons with dementia. The venue of the exhibition will be held at Artistry, do come and support the artists and their charity cause. About the Collective: ‘BE’ ‘BE’ is a collective of local [...]

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    How can I tell you my name with my body? Can you read this flicker of my wrist as you would an open book? What can my body tell you about the book you are reading? This one-hour workshop and showing by dancer-choreographers Wayne Ong and Leia Ang look at how the human body can offer alternative readings of written texts through using and combining a variety of movement styles. Wayne and Leia will explore how hand and sign gestures of the every day can be transformed into a choreographic language that uses the entire body. This session showcases the developmental process of a new inter-disciplinary work Shortcut Dreams commissioned by Noise Singapore, conceptualised and produced by Global Cultural Alliance Ltd, co-curated with Laniakea Culture Collective and choreographed by Wayne and Leia. The work draws from texts by Singapore theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun and well-known poet and NAC-NTU Writer in Residence 2015-2016 Pooja Nansi. For ages 15 and above. This workshop is held in conjunction with Got to Move and is one of two sessions that will provide an insight into the creative process of Pop-Up Noise: Shortcut Dreams happening on 19 November at Waterway Point. The second session [...]

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    Element Art Space is pleased to be presenting ‘Under the Same Dream’, an exhibition of new paintings by Kim Oliveros. This will be the artist’s first solo presentation in Singapore.   Fabric and paper are materials whose economic and social dimensions span spaces ranging from the global to the local–markers of both identity and history as they cross borders, contexts and cultures in the ways they are made and used. Filipino visual artist Kim Oliveros projects personal histories associated with these materials in an exhibition of new works in oil on canvas. This selection from the artist’s ongoing series of works is his response to the “social fabric of childhood”, in both material and metaphorical terms. Growing up in a town that once housed a thriving garment manufacturing district, Oliveros recalls being directly exposed to how kimonos and other costumes designed for school children were assembled and made. Such memories which are part of the experience of childhood, however, are not only personal recollections but also formative encounters with imagining and identifying with the world far beyond the borders of the places we call home. Oliveros returns to these spaces for creative exploration and cultural identification by exploring the possibilities [...]

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    Art while highly sought after and loved by all, is quite elusive to most people. Some people do not even know what they like when it comes to art, let alone how to find it. And who has the time to search every gallery, website, artist magazine, and Instagram feed? This is where the ARTO Gallery app comes in. It uses a smart recommendation technology to learn the users likes and dislikes, and recommend art pieces accordingly. Users can then contact the artist if they wish to purchase a piece. Artists can also use the app for free, to upload their works, helping to get their art in front of more people who are interested in their specific kind of art… Basically ARTO is your “Hack” for discovering new art, right from your phone. ARTO is free on Itunes

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  • 10/17/16--22:40: Golnaz Fathi: Contemplations
  • Sundaram Tagore Singapore is pleased to present the work of Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi who is renowned for her abstract paintings rooted in the rich traditions of Persian calligraphy. The exhibition comprises recent canvases, works on paper, lightboxes and a new series of expressionist drawings, which are being unveiled for the first time. Born in Tehran in 1972, Fathi is one of the few women in Iran to excel at traditional Islamic calligraphy, a largely male-dominated discipline. For six years, she underwent rigorous training. She would sit for up to eight hours daily, carefully controlling her breathing and writing poetry with a qalam (a writing instrument made from a dried reed) to master traditional strokes. Despite becoming one of the country’s most skilled practitioners, Fathi decided to leave the privileged world of Islamic calligraphy to pursue a career as a contemporary artist. Trading her qalam for paintbrushes and pens, Fathi created her own distinct visual language. For her recent series of paintings on canvas, Fathi applied acrylic in large, gestural brushstrokes using a limited palette of red, blue and yellow. She then used a pen to inscribe the canvases with thousands of minute marks that echo the forms of calligraphic [...]

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