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    Parkview Singapore announces the launch of Parkview Museum, a new art space that aims to enrich the local art scene and to provide an international platform for artistic expression and popularisation of contemporary art in Singapore. Located in Parkview Square and occupying an area of 1,400 square meters, with a ceiling height of seven metres, the brand new space was conceived to host exhibitions focusing on contemporary art with an alternation between solo shows and thematic group exhibitions. Parkview Museum opens during Singapore Art Week 2017 with ‘On Sharks and Humanity’, a global travelling art exhibition addressing shark protection and ocean conservation. The environmentally focused exhibition presents a variety of art forms in a multifaceted, multidisciplinary showcase. Featuring artists from Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany and the United States, the exhibition explores the interdependent relationship between sharks, the ocean, and human beings, challenging prevailing prejudices surrounding this deeply feared creature, bringing to light the importance of sharks in the marine ecosystem and the negative impact of unsustainable fishing. An example of the unique social role of museums as humanitarian cultural institutions, ‘On Sharks and Humanity’ hopes to improve the public’s perception and understanding of the environmental issue, to inspire [...]

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  • 12/19/16--00:20: IMMORTALITY PROJECT I
  • The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity – activity designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny for man. – Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death (1973). For his new exhibition Immortality Project I at Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore, sculpture Sam Jinks develops his interrogation of the human condition through Ernest Becker’s seminal text The Denial of Death. Becker’s concept of “the immortality project” is one in which the individual focuses on the symbolic self, generating a personal belief system that seeks to be part of something that won’t die with the physical body – something eternal. Jinks highlights the limitations of the human experience as one that takes place within a vulnerable, aging body – a body capable of empathy, a body with responsibility and a body that is not eternal. The work of Sam Jinks reminds us that the texture of the body is harnessed to the texture of the psyche. IMMORTALITY PROJECT I SAM JINKS 10 JAN – 12 FEB 2017 SULLIVAN+STRUMPF SINGAPORE

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    An acting technique, Strasberg’s method brings out the inner life of a character. Actors trained in this method use their personal experiences to inhabit characters. They are sensitive to sensory realities. They are truthful. Authentic. Present. And they are more in tune with their physical, mental and emotional instrument. In this workshop, you will learn to create art that resonates: How do we dissolve unnecessary tension in our body? How do we access our experiences readily? Being watched, how can we perform freely? During this 8 week programme Kamil will teach Strasberg’s acting fundamentals as a comprehensive and carefully-planned curriculum aimed to develop self-awareness, critical thinking and confidence in actors and non-actors alike. Registration closes: 2 January 2017 For enquiries, please email hello@hcac.sg or contact us at 9166 2390. To register, visit http://methodactingasia.com/programme/lsma2017s1 Mondays (8 weeks) 9 Jan – 27 Feb 2017 7:00pm – 11:00pm S$600 Get early-bird 20% discount by entering ‘earlys1’ during checkout by 20 Dec 2016.  

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  • 12/21/16--20:31: SINGAPORE CONTEMPORARY 2017
  • The highly anticipated 2nd edition of Singapore Contemporary returns on January 19 – 22 to the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, featuring a wide-ranging collection of high-quality, collectable artworks from across Asia and the world presented in curated sectors. Singapore Contemporary 2017 The show is expected to welcome exhibitors from 20 countries including Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America. The vibrant and diverse range of works on exhibit will include investment-grade art with a strong secondary market and auction following, plus those by career artists, whose works are included in private and public collections, and some of the world’s most promising up-and-coming artists. Collectors and art buyers will be invited to browse and buy original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography, as well as large-scale installations; and to participate in an enriching program of complimentary talks, tours, and live painting demonstrations. As a core event during Singapore Art Week, Singapore Contemporary will be a meeting place for the local and regional contemporary art scene with artists, seasoned and new collectors, curators and art enthusiasts all expected to visit over the four days. Show Director Douwe Cramer believes that at its core, an art fair should be about [...]

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    In conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2017, The Private Museum is proud to present 21st Century Calligraphy: Selections from the Nanshun Shanfang Collection. The exhibition features 19 Chinese calligraphy works from 5 established Chinese calligraphers: Wang Dongling, Sun Xiaoyun, Wang Tiande, Wei Ligang, and Guan Jun. Wang Dongling’s artworks illuminate the essence of gestural abstraction through his bold experimentations of embodied action and performance in Chinese calligraphy. Wang Tiande’s artistic practice explores the ambivalent relation between contemporaneity and the traditional. Wei Ligang’s background in mathematics contributes to his unique approach of the deconstruction and re-construction of Chinese characters in his artworks. Sun Xiaoyun’s emphasis on her brushstrokes and aesthetics, along with Guan Jun’s neoclassical style, portray distinctive interpretations of historical transcripts by renowned Chinese poets such as Du Fu and Su Dong Po. Viewers will gain the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the wide array of calligraphy styles—reflective of their various artistic development and practices in breaking the conventional approach of Chinese calligraphy—displayed through this collection. Date of Exhibition: 11 January – 12 March 2017 Time: Mon – Fri: 10am to 7pm Sat – Sun: 11am to 5pm Opening Reception: 10 January 2017, Tuesday Artist Talk by Wang Dong [...]

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    Contemporary Dance Company, RAW Moves presents 2017 edition of its annual Repertory Platform (R.e.P), Indices of Vanishment choreographed by Edith Podesta, Lighting Design by Adrian Tan, Sound Design by Teo Wee Boon and performed by RAW Moves Company Dancers. Indices of Vanishment is a movement performance that examines the connections we have with personal artifacts and explores the psychological space clutter occupies in our daily lives. Shifting between whimsy and anxiety it sets out to unpack the allure and danger of possession, and the complex relationships we have to the objects we hoard. If our existence is a process of disappearance Indices of Vanishment is a eulogy of the material remains that will outlive us. Date 23 – 25 February 2017 Time 8pm Venue Aliwal Arts Centre, Multi-Purpose Hall (28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918) Tickets $28 (Standard) $21 (Early Bird before 7 January 2017) $22 (RAW Pal members) $23 (Concession for Senior Citizens, Full-time Students. NSFs, PAssion Card Members and Group Booking of minimum of 4 tickets) General Admission Purchase tickets at indicesofvanishment.peatix.com Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise the programme cost. There is a subsidy of up to 50% of the programme cost for mainstream [...]

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  • 12/22/16--01:48: Collector Spotlight – 2017
  • ReDot Fine Art Gallery opens its 2017 exhibition schedule with an exciting collection of new works by upcoming and highly collectable Australian artist Aaron Kinnane, in what will be a “small” teaser to his first ever solo show in Singapore in October 2017. In conjunction with the art celebration surrounding Art Stage 2017 during the course of January, this showcase is combined with a regular changing hang of collectable Australian contemporary art for collectors and art aficionados alike. Collector Spotlight – 2017 is a collection of 12 new oil paintings on canvas by Aaron and a rotating salon hang of over 30 additional works from some of Australia’s most accomplished and renowned artistic talents both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. The salon exhibition begins on Monday 2 January and runs until Saturday 4 February 2017. It will highlight several key recent and past works, exciting new initiatives that the Gallery will be involved in throughout the year, which range from first ever exhibitions for several new artists who have become part of our widening stable of artists over the last 18 months and a museum show in the summer of 2017. Exhibition Dates: Mon 2 Jan – Sat 4 Feb 2017 Location: [...]

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  • 01/02/17--21:11: Passing Town
  • There are many buildings and areas that is going to be demolished or forgotten due to urban policies or social circumstances. In some societies, building booms during periods of high economic growth have resulted in a collection of contemporary ruins that are now neglected due to a lack of resources or need for their use. In other contexts, architecture emerges as a result of decision-making processes that allocate minimal resources to the basic human need of habitation.   A contradiction thus exists between the town promised as finished perfect forms, and town that has the capacity to evolve, adapt, and transform. The speed with which we commonly evaluate society’s developments and the urge to constantly reinvent new real-estate developments affect our perceptions and horizon of time. This show will discuss temporal scenarios of human spaces and dwellings, with five installations and an artist talk. Art and Architecture show ‘Passing Town’ from 6 January 2017 to 11 January 2017 B.NU Space 333 Kreta Ayer Road #02-34, Singapore 080333 OPENING Friday 6th January 2017, 7.00PM ARTIST DIALOGUE Saturday 7th January 2017, 4.00PM / – / – / PROFILES: LO SHIH TUNG’s practices often focus on the patterns of daily life, especially the [...]

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    Start the year with some colours and brushes, and bring home your very own masterpiece! Create a unique watercolour painting of a zodiac animal within the tranquil premises of a traditional tea house under the guidance of award-winning watercolourist Tam. Make it a family affair or an activity with friends as you usher in the new year, and discover the artist in you with each stroke of the brush. With our complimentary frame, bring home a new conversation starter for your home. And for those who believe in fengshui, this could very well be the charm that brings you additional luck this lunar year! YOUR EXPERIENCE INCLUDES: – A bring-home personal watercolour kit comprising paint brushes and a palette of 10 specially selected professional water colours used by the artist himself – Introduction to basic outlining, brush techniques, colour blending and tonal design – Learning about the planning that goes into making a piece of art – Guided session as you paint freely your choice of zodiac animal, with professional tips on how to make your painting better – Complimentary A4 frame for your art piece – Complimentary Chinese tea and light snacks Duration: 2.5 hours Pre-requisite: No prior watercolour [...]

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    In conjunction with Singapore Art Week, artcommune gallery & AC43 gallery jointly present Singapore Art Series: The Evolution of Avant-garde Ink. Featuring 20 works by Tang Da Wu, Wong Keen, Zhuang Sheng Tao and Anthony Chua Say Hua, the exhibition examines how these Singapore artists, raised and trained under different environments, extrapolate the essence of Chinese literati painting yet dramatically depart from the tradition in their contemporarised practice of Chinese ink aesthetics. SAMSUNG CSC Before travelling to U.K. for art education, Tang Da Wu (b.1943 -) was educated in a Chinese-medium school and his father was a journalist at the now defunct Sin Chew Jit Poh. As with his performance and installation art, Tang’s painting often examines concepts relating to traditions and mythologies; his ink expression drastically breaks away from the traditional confines of the medium, choosing instead to demonstrate and expand the subtleties of rice paper and ink aesthetics in a vibrant, contemplative manner. Growing up in a Chinese literati environment cultivated in Wong Keen (b.1942 -) an early sensibility toward Chinese ink and brushwork. This affinity remains strong in Wong Keen’s visual poetics across various mediums, despite being trained at the Art Students League of New York (1961) [...]

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    The aspects and symbolism of the seasons have inspired countless musicians and poets throughout the centuries. Each season has a tale to tell and each human, his story. Embark on a musical journey with us through the seasons, as we present to you an evening of solo art songs and duets by composers Benjamin Britten, Americ Goh, John Ireland, Gustav Mahler, Felix Mendelssohn, Hubert Parry, Robert Schumann, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Hugo Wolf, Alexander Zemlinsky. Esplanade Recital Studio 27th Feb 2017, 8:00pm “Four Seasons“Four Seasons fill the Measure of the year; Four Seasons are there in the mind of Man.” – John Keats (1795‒1821) Performers: Aloysius Foong (piano) Cheryl Lee Peixin (soprano) Joyce Lee Tung (soprano) More information at: www.theartsongconsortium.com Ticket priced at $25 excluding SISTIC fee. Available through the ticketing hotline 6348 5555, www.sistic.com.sg and all SISTIC outlets.

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    Industry+ x Spektacularis presents ‘Studio Glass: Method in the Madness’. A collaboration between renowned Filipino designers and talented Czech glass artists. A stunning collection that draws inspiration from glass-making techniques, explores the contemporary application of stained-glass, and embodies a narration of thoughts. Dates: 13 – 26 January 2017, 11am – 7pm Venue: Industry+, 1A Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207522

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    The Project The University of St.Gallen in Switzerland owns an impressive collection of art which covers a span of more than 50 years and which has been integrated into the architecture of the University. Notable artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Gerhard Richter, Georges Bracque, Hans Arp, Alexander Calder, Antoni Tàpies, Joan Miró, Enzo Cucchi, Mimmo Paladino, Roman Signer, and Yan Pei-Ming are all part of the collection. In addition to this collection, Art on Campus was launched in 2013 as a separate project. It aims to offer a platform to visual artists who are currently not represented by art dealers or gallerists. Once a year, independent artists have the opportunity to submit projects for a building of the University at Tellstrasse 2 in St.Gallen. Out of the applications received, a curator will choose five projects that will be exhibited in the building during one year. Applications can be presented specifically for one of five chosen spaces (please see separate documents on our website for corresponding options) or without any particular space in mind. The final decision on the space allotted to the selected projects is made by the curator. The University will assume the full costs for transport of the [...]

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    As every photographer knows, the very best way to become a better photographer is to take a lot of pictures and edit those down to the best few. In that process, the photographer, ideally, develops an ongoing portfolio and figures out what their strengths are as a photographer. Besides focusing on their more successful photographs, the best photographers understand how to look at their failed images and figure out why those images did not work. Like in many pursuits, photographers learn as much or more from their mistakes as they do from their successes. Most photographers find it hard to edit their own work, especially when they are attached to the content or focused on the emotional experience they had creating it. Unfortunately, the viewer does not know the back story to your image. Looking at photographs as they are, without explanation, endorsement or captions is how almost all end-users of photographs experience them. To be able to edit your own photographs effectively you need to be able to similarly step back and look at the work as an outsider. In this workshop, master photographer and teacher David H. Wells will show you how to edit images — to select [...]

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    The hardest thing about photography is learning to see like a camera. It is a skill that the best photographers consciously (or unconsciously) master. It is the difference between a beginner’s occasional “lucky shot” versus the consistently strong images of a master photographer. Despite what the camera manufacturers claim, the ability to see like a camera is the most important thing in photography and not their cameras. To see like a camera, students need to: Learn not to over-think their compositions by including content that is intellectually important to them but adds little to the viewer’s experience of the photograph. Learn how to use the monitor on the back of their cameras to evaluate the difference between what they saw in their mind’s eye and what the camera actually recorded. Finally, learning to see like a camera is a skill like any other skill, one that requires a grounding in the proper techniques followed by hours and hours of practice. In this workshop, we will explore the proper techniques through a series of shooting, editing and critiquing exercises. Throughout the workshop, which includes two guided shoots with the instructor, students will practice, practice, and practice, building the skills they will [...]

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  • 01/09/17--04:36: Art Week
  • Singapore Art Week 2017 is upon us again and as usual the frenzy of events is building up. Fairs, exhibitions, vernissages, performances, talks, walks, tours ….how much can one accomplish in the twelve-day celebration of the visual arts that begins on January 11 and runs through January 22. With locations ranging from spaces as diverse as galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces across the island, the 12 days long event  hopes to reach out to both Singaporeans and international visitors with a myriad of quality art experiences which span the visual arts, from traditional to modern to contemporary practices to promote art appreciation. Here is Artitute’s must-see/do list for the Week: Art After Dark  Singapore’s visual arts cluster at Gillman Barracks  will open its doors till late in celebration of Singapore Art Week with a host of new exhibitions premiering at its galleries. There will also be the launch of Gillman Barracks public art project, outdoor F&B pop-ups, and a showcase of live music acts throughout the night. Indieguerillas Goyang Cukur, indieguerillas. Image courtesy of indieguerillas and Mizuma Gallery. A highlight of Singapore Art Week, is the public art showcase, LOCK ROUTE which has been curated by Khairuddin [...]

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    Stepping into Intersection exhibition, you will be immersed into an ink wash of vibrant colour, a lingering scent of incense and something magical, a map of poems, and the gentle twittering of birds at dawn. Launching as one of the first official Singapore Art Week events, this exhibition is worthy of a visit. An encounter between poetry and visual art, this show is a collaboration between poet Marc Nair (recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award) and visual international artist Nicola Anthony (whose public artworks you will have spotted lighting up Marina Bay last year). The show maps an architecture of memory at the junction of three diverse cities: London, Singapore and Yangon. The exhibition has been three years in the making and both artists took time to journey to each city to engage in field research. Nicola’s artworks reflect and even embed Marc’s poems and, in turn, the poems evolve in response to Nicola’s artworks in a creative dialogue. The exhibition consists of drawings, paintings, poetry, kinetic and light sculptures, with installation works. An artist book, based on the exhibition, is also part of the project, launched on the opening night of the exhibition. It is printed as a [...]

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    Light, shadow, night and twilight are the tools David H. Wells uses as he makes his award winning “Light Studies”, photo-essays exploring the light and atmosphere of different places. Train stations, shrines, city centers, buildings and the like are just a few potential subjects for such “Light Studies.” Spend time with this master of light and shadow, who will help you understand how to make your own “Light Studies.” Wells will share specific techniques (and particular images that highlight those techniques) used to create his images. We begin the workshop with extensive visuals to introduce this important and useful approach to using available light. Participants will gain a better understanding of available light, how it is shaped by the time of day, seasons, the photographer’s positioning and more. In our two guided shoots, we will be shooting at the best time of day for different qualities of light, including during the “golden hours” at sunrise and sunset of dusk. You will gain a better sensitivity to light and how you can incorporate it together with other compositional tools. Participants will also receive valuable on-location feedback from David on how to improve their images, and uncover unique angles and moments to [...]

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    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 11 to 25 Feb 2017 (4 sessions) Fees: S$385 Register at http://www.objectifs.com.sg/basicphotography/ —

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    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 Tom White 16 Feb to 23 Mar 2017 (6 sessions) Fees: S$385 Register at http://www.objectifs.com.sg/basicphotography/ —

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