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  • 11/17/16--00:10: Young Photographers’ Camp
  • Taught by Ryan Chua 7 to 9 Dec 2016 (3 workshops) Fees: S$60 each; all 3 at $150 Register at http://www.objectifs.com.sg/young-photographers-camp/ Using objects in their environment, this series of workshops will provide students with an introduction to photography as a visual storytelling tool. We begin with Introduction to Photography, where we go through the basic concepts of photography; learning how aperture, shutter speed and ISO will affect images and composition techniques to make better images. In the second workshop Storytelling With Your Toys, participants will learn to make photo stories using our environment and toys. In the last workshop, participants will learn about Light Painting, where we practice exposure techniques and use light to draw patterns in our images. The workshops are recommended for students between 10 to 14 years old. — Established in 2003, Objectifs is a non-profit visual arts centre dedicated to photography and film in Singapore.

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    About BODY X Conceived and directed by seasoned Singaporean theatre practitioners Li Xie 李邪 and Danny Yeo杨君伟, BODY X is an original and innovative Chinese site-specific murder-mystery theatre format with a unique audience participation element. As the story unfolds in multiple scenes that simultaneously take place in different spaces within Singapore’s former Parliament House (now The Arts House), audiences rely on their instincts to decide which character or storyline to follow. The theatrical experience is a personalised one as it involves each audience member collecting clues to piece the puzzle together, on their own terms, in order to determine who the murderer is. As the story is set in the 1970s, audiences will also step back in time, as The Arts House will be transformed into the interiors of a grand old mansion reflecting that period. Synopsis At the invitation of a theatre director, a group of actors and production personnel reunite for the lavish re-staging, in a mansion, of a classic theatrical masterpiece that was last presented more than 10 years ago. At that time, an act of sabotage on stage during the performance resulted in the death of the leading lady. Subsequent police investigations failed to uncover any [...]

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    Introduction to Shooting Photography is about making pictures, not just taking them. Learn how to use your camera to take your images beyond the casual snapshot! Develop a solid grounding in photography – from camera handling to getting the right exposure, optimising manual functions and composition. Participants will develop their photographic eye through a blend of lectures, practical assignments and critiques, and work on a personal photo project which can be exhibited at the half-yearly student photography group exhibition in the Objectifs Gallery. There are three guided field shoots during this workshop, providing students practical shooting lessons both during the day and evening. Recommended for those looking to explore photography beyond the point and shoot level. — Established in 2003, Objectifs is a non-profit visual arts centre dedicated to photography and film in Singapore. Taught by Edmund Low 3 to 17 Dec 2016 (4 sessions) Fees: S$385 Register at http://www.objectifs.com.sg/basicphotography/ —

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    Chinese painter uses Japanese brush pens and sketchbooks to paint on the road Singapore, October 24, 2016 – Asian artist Seamus Phan, who has rediscovered his artistic roots after more than 35 years of neglect, launches his online gallery at https://artistaviator.com, featuring mini Chinese paintings with genres of landscapes, flora, fauna, people, and “podvig” (Russian for “spiritual struggle”). Rekindling roots after 37 years Seamus is formally trained in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA) in Singapore in the late 1970s, but stopped painting since he graduated from NAFA until he picked up painting again on July 10, 2014, with a pre-inked Japanese brush pen and an A5-sized sketchbook. After laboriously painting frequently, starting from weekly, to daily, Seamus received much encouragement from online communities of friends, to finally launch an online gallery featuring his art pieces. Art without boundaries Out of mobility and convenience, Seamus paints with disposable pre-inked Japanese brush pens and A5-sized sketchbooks, adapting his classically trained Chinese painting style of “xieyi” (寫意, which is a bold and liberal form of Chinese painting), with contemporary painting techniques such as pointillism, for the smaller paper medium and the constraints of Japanese calligraphy brush pens. His favourite subjects are [...]

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    SEAN BAY Yuan Han has always been fascinated by Singapore politicians because he used to see how his own grandfather follow them them on TV and in the newspapers when he was growing up. He paints portraits of politicians in a signature style − strong lines, bold colours − yet recognisably capturing his subject. Sean’s subjects include Singapore’s leaders such as the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the late President Mr S.R. Nathan, Opposition MP Chiam See Tong, as well as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, among many others. His landscapes – usually of the Singapore transport system as he was a great fan of Thomas The Tank Engine – are similar, with a bright, cheerful and unpretentious vibe.His debut exhibition marks his 21st year and will showcase artworks he has done over the past five years. Called Sean The Art Beng Grows Up: My Country. My Leaders, My Dreams, the 4-day exhibition will run from 25 November to 28 November 2016 at 10 Square@Orchard Central. Says Sean: “My favourite portrait is that of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong which I did this year to commemorate his 12th year as Singapore’s third Prime Minister. He took a selfie with me [...]

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  • 11/17/16--00:48: Val: Tenth Eonian Initiative
  • REDSEA Gallery will see the opening of a remarkable and inspiring new exhibition by French sculptor Val, ‘Tenth Eonian Initiative’. Venturing into previously unexplored creative realms, the artist worked collaboratively with a team of master glass-blowers in Murano, Venice, to produce a series of unique works where bronze and glass merge into ethereal creations. Together with a selection of solid bronze pieces, this show marks one of the final chapters in Val’s brilliant and far too brief artistic journey. 11 Nov – 18 Dec 2016 Free admission every day from 9:30am – 9:00pm http://www.redseagallery.com/exhibitions/val-tenth-eonian-initiative Block 9 Dempsey Road #01-10 Dempsey Hill Singapore 247697

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    Our literature scene is growing. But as some plays become increasingly celebrated in schools and theatres, others remain buried. Pioneer Passages aims to unravel some of the best lesser-known works by prolific local playwrights. Our first edition of Pioneer Passages will feature selected scenes from The Eye of History, Second Chance & The Singapore Trilogy by Robert Yeo. ABOUT ROBERT YEO Robert Yeo was born in Singapore in 1940, and is one of the country’s most representative writers. He has been described as having captured the changing Singaporean psyche through his poetry and plays, documenting the country from its nascent years to its coming-of-age. Yeo is also a founding executive director of OperaViva and has recently focused his writing endeavours on opera as a librettist. In 1991, he received the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Medal) for his contributions to drama in Singapore and in 2011, the SEA Write Award for a lifetime of writing. SHOW DETAIL Date: 3 December 2016 (Saturday) Time: 8.00pm Location: Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity, 22 Dickson Road, #02-01, Singapore 209506 RSVP via this form. Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested $10) ———— Performers: DARRELL CHAN HILMI SHUKUR JOANNE SU KAMIL HAQUE RATISH BALAKRISHNAN RICK CHAN TAY HU-LIN *The [...]

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    THE RARE MECHANICAL DALEK TOY TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT MINT MUSEUM OF TOYS’ MONTHLY EVENT, GUERRILLA On 26 November 2016, as part of MINT Museum of Toys’ monthly late-night event, Guerrilla, the museum will be opening level 5 of the museum from 6:30pm onwards to showcase the featured exhibit of the month – the Mechanical Dalek. This rare and popular collectable toy was produced in 1965 by the manufacturing company Codeg. Daleks, the mutant character from the popular British science fiction series, Dr Who, inspired the design of this toy. The condition of this toy makes it particularly rare and special. Early Dalek toys are normally subject to damage such as rust and broken or missing arms. This particular piece on display, however, is in mint condition and retains much of its original bold blue colour. Visitors will not only get the opportunity to learn more about the history of the toy and the character, Dalek, but they will also get to explore the Outerspace level and view the museum’s collection of vintage robots, TV and film toys and other space-related toys. The evening will be accompanied by a ‘Spot the Dalek’ activity, for which visitors can stand to win [...]

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    Kato Art Duo is delighted to present Japanese modern artist, Mizu Tetsuo. Mizu was born in Tokyo in December 1944. In 1967, he encountered the works of Italian Jewish painter and sculptor, Amedeo Modigliani and was deeply inspired by him. Mizu enrolled into Musashino Art Academy in 1971 and right after his graduation he held his first exhibition in Tokyo.   This Decemeber, we will be introducing Mizu’s later abstract works which were heavy inspired by International Maritime Signal Flags. International Maritime signal Flags are various flags used to communicate with ships. These flags are of different color and shapes put together and each flag can represent an alphabet, a number or code words. Mizu adopt these patterns with fond memories of flag games he use to play with his daughter when he was in Italy. He creates rhythmic pattern signal abstractions with his signature mute color palettes. Opening Reception Date & Time: 1 Dec 2016, 7pm Location: Raffles Hotel Arcade #01-26 Please email us at info@katoartduo.com to RSVP

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  • 12/09/16--22:44: Proof of Existence
  • A series of individually-crafted performance pieces presented after 8 weeks of experimentation. Come and experience existence through multidisciplinary mediums. Through a variety of monologue, movement, poetry and sound, you will know that we are here. You will know that often, our stories are all that make us real.   Saturday, 10 Dec 2016, 8.00pm Sunday, 11 Dec 2016, 2.00pm Venue: Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity 22 Dickson Road, #02-01, Singapore 209506 RSVP via this form: http://bit.ly/PEMDdec Pay-As-You-Wish (Suggested $10) Proof of Existence is a result of an 8-week workshop called, ‘Merging Disciplines – Writing, Performance & Musicality’. This showcase was developed through the performers’ experiments with storytelling, poetry, theatre, song and movement techniques. The Merging Disciplines workshop was guided by HCAC instructor, Deborah Emmanuel. ABOUT DEBORAH EMMANUEL Deborah Emmanuel is a Singaporean writer, performer and four-time TEDx speaker. Her work and dialogue has featured at festivals like Makassar International Writers Festival and Queensland Poetry Festival. She has performed on stage and screen with companies like TheatreWorks, Singapore Repertory Theatre and Mediacorp. Her work has toured Asia, Australia and Europe and featured in numerous publications locally and internationally.

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  • 12/09/16--22:46: DERUMA – Sumpahan
  • Azpirasi & Dian Dancers in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay as part of Pentas present: Deruma Deruma follows the local folktale of Si Tanggang, a man who returns to his village after gaining wealth and success, but is ashamed of his humble past. When he refuses to acknowledge his mother, the poor and desolate woman asks God for a sign to prove that he is her son. At the end of his visit, he turns into stone.   A story about filial piety and gratitude told through Malay dance and traditional poetic forms, Deruma is helmed by artistic director & choreographer Azmi Juhari, and co-choreographer Abdul Yazid Juhuri, with music director Azrin Abdullah and playwrights Zulfadhli Rashid, Siti Aisyah Kamin and Nur Afiqah Moktar. None Md Zain stars as the Deruma (mother) alongside Norisham Osman as Tanggang (son), with dancers from Azpirasi and Dian Dancers. DATES 26 Jan 2017: 3pm & 8pm 27 Jan 2017: 8pm VENUE Esplanade Theatre Studio DURATION 1hr 30mins (no intermission) LANGUAGE Malay with English transcript TICKETS Standard: S$25^ Students/NSFs/Seniors: S$18 ^Esplanade&Me Specials Available Sign up at www.esplanade.com to enjoy savings! http://www.esplanade.com/deruma #Deruma2017 #azpiXdian

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    Having successfully completed its first concert tour of Australia’s Southern Queensland at the invitation of Brisbane’s St. John’s Cathedral in 2015 as well as a season of a capella concerts and performances in 2016, Vox Camerata now looks forward to its next challenge: to perform choral-orchestral works. The choir begins the new year with a bang with Musica Intimae: EvenSongs. Teaming up for the first time with our friends from The Young Musicians’ Foundation Orchestra (TFYMO), The Anderson Junior College Alumni Choir and The German Protestant Church Choir, expect a night to rejuvenate your soul after a long day at work or school. 2017’s Musica Intimae opens with Felix Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture, followed by Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 5 Mystical Songs, Gabriel Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine and finally, John Rutter’s Magnificat. The choir and orchestra are also honoured to have the talented Soprano soloist, Akiko Otao and Bass soloist, Brent Allcock, join us on stage. About the Repertoire: This installation of the Musica Intimae series is entitled EvenSongs. This is in reflection of the pieces that will be performed for the concert. The concert begins with the Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn. This beautiful orchestral miniature sets the reflective [...]

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    THE ART WEEK CONVERSATIONS CONSIDERING ART MARKETS: PHILIPPINES / SOUTHEAST ASIA / SINGAPORE THE ART WEEK TOUR: CONSIDERING ARTISTS 12 to 21 January 2017 3 Talks. 1 Tour. 14 Speakers. Current views of the art market, buying, collecting and artistic production from a Southeast Asian perspective; for both the experienced and novice collector. The Art Week Conversations Considering Art Markets: Philippines / Southeast Asia / Singapore 12 to 17 January 2017 ION Art, ION Orchard $10 per talk, $25 for 3 talks from http://bit.ly/TheArtWeekConversations2017 Targeted at new and existing audiences, the series looks at collecting in various markets – the Philippines, Southeast Asia and Singapore. Every art market has its particular character and points of growth, developing according to the actions, insights and directions of its producers and buyers. The panel discussions are topical, looking at current contemporary art fairs and gallery scenes, as well as recent milestones. Our erudite group of collectors, artists, curators and gallerists parley the dynamics and ways-in of successful and authentic collecting. The Art Week Tour: Considering Artists Sat 21 Jan, 10am – 5pm Tickets at $60 per person till 24 Dec ($75 after) from http://bit.ly/TheArtWeekTour2017 An enjoyable day looking, hearing and talking about art [...]

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      Trans: transformation, transcendence, trans It: How to define ‘it’? what is transgenderism? I: I am multiple, You are multiple on: ‘we’ in French -each have both female and male qualities After a successful opening on 24th November at Galerie 18, Atelier des Abbesses gallery in Montmartre, Paris, followed by an exhibition at the Lucky Bastard in the Marais district of Paris, Misia-O’ will bring Trans-it-I-on, an exhibition exploring transgenderism and gender, to London’s Camera Club Gallery in January 2017. Part 1 of the exhibition series in Paris “What is Gender” looks at gender and its definition; Part 2 in London examines the role of transgender people in Western societies. After London the exhibition will move to the USA for Part 3 of the series, where Misia- O’ will examine transgenderism versus transexuality. There are also plans to exhibit Trans-it-I-on at Les rencontres d’Arles in July 2017, combining subjects addressed in Part 1 and Part 2 of the series. The series of exhibitions will offer a rare and intimate look into the beauty of transition and transgender people in western societies. Misia-O’s mission is to use the medium of photography as a means of voicing and confronting social, political and [...]

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    Call for artists Vyksa-10000 invites international artists to take a part in a contest for the largest mural in the world. The Vyksa-10000 international contest is organized by the Art-Ovrag festival in Vyksa, Russia. The mural painting contest celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Metallurgical Company (OMK) and the 260th anniversary of the metallurgical plant in Vyksa.   Vyksa city has hosted ART-OVRAG Festival since 2011. Since that time the festival has turned into a large-scale movement transforming the city space. Every year ART-OVRAG welcomes more than 10,000 participants and guests, more citizens get actively involved in the festival development. During these years around 80 mural paintings and art objects were created on the streets and gradually transformed the city into an open street art museum. Vyksa city of Nizhny Novgorod region is a significant industrial hub of Russia. The United Metallurgical Company (OMK), a 260 years old metallurgical plant is situated here. One of the plant buildings will be decorated with the biggest mural painting in the world. The area of the proposed facade is 10.000 square meters. We are looking forward to receiving applications and sketches from artists, designers and architects who are working with urban art [...]

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  • 12/13/16--01:10: GUTAI SPIRIT Exhibition
  • Gutai is a postwar artistic group founded in 1954 by painter Jiro Yoshihara in Osaka, Japan. The word gutai means ‘concreteness’ and this influential group was involved in large-scale multimedia environments, performances and emphasized the relationship between body and matter in pursuit of originality. Gutai artists expanded the definition of painting through new techniques and methods of using the body in direct action with material, time, space and technology. Explore and experience the GUTAI SPIRIT, a trio exhibition featuring Gutai artists, CHIYU UEMAE, KAZUO SHIRAGA and YOZO UKITA. Kato Art Duo  4 – 15 January 2017.   Address: 328 North Bridge Road #01-26 Raffles Hotel Arcade, Singapore 188719

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    AC43 is proud to present the second solo exhibition of Singapore’s young, emerging printmaker Zhang Fuming. Currently a full-time artist, Zhang Fuming (b. 1989, Singapore) obtained his diploma in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2011. He was among the three winners in the Affordable Art Fair Young Talent Program 2014/2015. This curated exhibition will showcase about 15 works from Fuming’s latest woodcut series, Poised for Success as well as 10 selected prints from his two previous woodcut series, Demarcation (2014) and Presence and Distances (2015). To enable a better understanding of Fuming’s technical process, a few of the artist’s original woodblocks will also be on display. In his latest woodcut series candidly titled, “Poised for Success”, Fuming reflects on the complex societal forces, roles and expectations shaping the upbringing and future of a child finding his place within Singapore’s increasingly competitive and success-oriented society. As with his previous woodcut series, Fuming continues to cast illuminating glimpses into objects and figures situated within the most ordinary of routines and conventions, granting these seemingly placid observations an ironic distance through which social commentary may be underlined. In images that embody the setting of play, childhood naïveté is [...]

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    REDSEA Gallery is proud to present a selection of works by Indian photographer Rohit Chawla, one of the most eminent fashion and commercial photographers of his time. The pieces in this exhibition are part of two of Chawla’s most acclaimed portfolios: ‘Out of the Box’ and ‘Wanderlust’, where he turned his attention to photographic art and portraiture. The result is a very personal and intimate glimpse into the people behind these images, regardless of their provenance. From renowned international personalities to members of a nomadic community in Northern India, Chawla captures the essence of his subjects in these captivating images.   REDSEA Gallery 14 Jan – 19 Feb, 2017 Block 9 Dempsey Road, #01-10 Dempsey Hill Tanglin Village, Singapore 247697

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    Mizuma Gallery is pleased to announce _hyP3<y<lu5_, a solo exhibition by Indonesian artists duo indieguerillas. This will be their sixth solo exhibition to date, and the first with Mizuma Gallery. indieguerillas, 2016, acrylic on canvas, brass frame © indieguerillas, courtesy of Mizuma Gallery _hyP3<y<lu5_ (read: hypecyclus) encapsulates indieguerillas’ view on the current socio- economical state of the Indonesian society as well as the rest of the world. In the age of the internet and social media, digital data such as numbers of followers, views or likes is one of the key drivers in the creation of hypes that leads to the increase in economic value of a thing or a person. The belief that a person’s connection between groups increases their value to society has taken a new meaning since the invention of social media platforms. This global phenomenon has opened up a new breed of business opportunities that we never could have imagined before, although at the same time it has also created a surge of materialistic behavior in our modern society. In their art practice, indieguerillas are strongly influenced by the phenomena of the internet and social media. Although they are a part of the society, at the [...]

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    In an age where digital entertainment and media sources dominate people’s time, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) relieves audiences from the screen to remind them of the unique magic of theatre, through LIVE experiential trailers enacted by the production cast. SRT is known as one of the most diverse and progressive theatre companies in Asia, with its goal to enrich, educate and entertain audiences by staging productions of the highest caliber, while ensuring every young Singaporean is exposed to arts and literature in order to foster a love of culture. To promote the Charlotte’s Web production, SRT partnered with TBWA\Singapore to create an immersive and interactive trailer experience that no billion-dollar 3D movie can replicate. Disrupting the routine pre-roll cinema ads, the team hijacked the screening room to execute a live-action re-enactment from Charlotte’s Web to give young audiences their first taste of theatre. SRT is the only theatre company in Singapore with its very own venue, where it stages international productions, a season of exciting original plays and musicals, and a season dedicated to the younger audience. SRT believes strong programming for young audiences is what will develop the arts scene long-term, and reaches close to 70,000 children a year [...]

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