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    The electronic flash, whether built-in or off-camera, is an incredible, but often under-utilized photographer’s tool. This workshop will teach you what you always wanted to know about your electronic flash, even if you were never sure quite what that was. The class will show you the key things to know about using your flash units. After the class, you will be encouraged to practice those steps over and over to make the flash as commonly used a part of your photographic tool bag as your zoom lens. We will explore how to use a flash unit in various lighting situations. The class is divided between lecture, demonstration, photographing and critiquing. Shooting time follows the demonstration so students can put the information to use. Students will be expected to practice their newly acquired skills between the first and second class meeting and to bring their work to the second class for review. The critique session will help students evaluate what they have learned and set them up to learn more in the future. — Established in 2003, Objectifs is a non-profit visual arts centre dedicated to photography and film in Singapore. Taught by David H. Wells 2 & 9 Feb 2017 [...]

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    Street photography has a long and glorious tradition in the history of photography. The best street photographs give the viewer of feeling as if they are “amidst” the street scene in the photograph. Images that are misinterpreted as lucky photographs are often the result of an attentive eye and preparation. In this workshop, students will learn the specific skills involved in doing great street photography. These include how to work rapidly and unobtrusively in busy environments with minimal equipment and maximum adaptability. This workshop is designed for students who are eager to challenge their comfort zone, including response time and people skills, by shooting on the streets. At the end of the workshop, students will be better at quickly analysing the quality and direction of light, framing and composing the image as well as anticipating the unfolding activity that they are photographing. — Established in 2003, Objectifs is a non-profit visual arts centre dedicated to photography and film in Singapore. Taught by David H. Wells GROUP A: 1 to 11 Feb 2017 (3 sessions) GROUP B: 6 to 9 Feb 2017 (3 sessions) Fees: S$250 Register at http://www.objectifs.com.sg/streetphotography/ —

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    When we talk about the commons and how these can be shared, what do we think about? Or when someone speaks of creating an autonomous art space, does that just mean creating, curating or funding? Introducing: The Off-Grid Autonomous Water Supply Or because that’s too long, Miss Ogre for short. WHAT IS IT? We want to explore resource commons, and we want to do it by constructing a crowd-built water collection and purifying system. We also want it to function as a social space in The Substation during the month of February – as part of The Co-op (http://www.substation.org/coop/) HOW WILL IT LOOK LIKE? The Water Supply “sculpture” will have two functions: As a working water harvest-filtration system As an object (or a series of objects) that creates a new social space for interaction (at the end of the line, the water can be a fountain, drinking corner, a fish tank etc or even a public shower facility. The system consists of three general sections: Water collection parts Water treatment parts Water usage parts Note: Parts need not be structurally “linear”. The complete system need not be built all at once and can be progressive. WHERE ARE WE GOING TO [...]

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    Art Stage is upon us again. I bring you my top picks below including the insightful conversations I had with the artists exhibiting at Art Stage this year: This year at the entrance we are presented with the UOB Painting of the year showcase – exhibiting this year’s finalists as well as previous finalists. Do make time to talk to the artists, many of whom are present. I was struck by the swirling paint of Pannaphan Yodamanee from Thailand:   Pannaphan Yodamanee, shown at the UOB showcase Also at the UOB wall I had the pleasure of talking with the 2015 Gold Award Winner, Aaron Gan. His new works, requested by UOB especially for this showcase show his progression into iconic images of bird cages and birds, in a traditional watercolour style. He tells me that as well as progressing his new work, it is also a constant theme that he goes back to in his practice as a painter. This is shown alongside his more contemporary use of the traditional watercolour medium: abstract, square brush-stroked designs made up of soft, yet vibrant colours. These, to me, hinting at tumbling, crumbling landscapes, or perhaps cascading piles of biological cells, ideas, dreams, stars. Aaron Gan, Watercolour on paper, 2016   [...]

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    Pannaphan Yodmanee, Aftermath 2016. The 11th Benesse Prize was announced last night and the winner from the four shortlisted artists was  Pannaphan Yodmanee from Thailand.  A special award was also presented on the occasion of the inaugural Asian edition of the Benesse Prize. Singaporean sound artist Zulkifle Mahmod was awarded the Soichiro Fukutake Prize for his work Sonic Reflections, 2016. Besides the cash prize of JPY 3,000,000, Yodmanee will be commissioned to visit and create a work to be exhibited at Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Pannaphan Yodmanee: Winner 11th Benesse Prize 2016 The chair of the jury, Akiko Miki noted that Yodmanee’s  “painterly, sculptural and architectural work creates a unique, breathtaking landscape by mixing microscopic and macroscopic visions with Buddhist cosmology, traditional and modern techniques, and natural and artificial materials. We look forward to seeing how her critical sensibility could provide profound insights about human civilization, natural conditions, and spirituality in our contemporary age in the insular context of the Seto Inland Sea.” Pannaphan Yodmanee, Aftermath 2016. Yodmanee’s work  Aftermath 2016, which is spread in a large gallery space evokes the atmosphere of an apocalypse. Crumbling architecture alongside murals painted in blue and gold, and symbols of Buddhism all combine [...]

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    Whether you are an aficionado of abstract art, or just an admirer of all things beautiful, be sure not to miss Singapore’s next big art exhibition, Symphony in Colours. Megha Mathur Nidhi Samani, Sonal Mathur and Aparna Patil, in collaboration with 13 other notable artists in Singapore are proud to present “Symphony in Colours”- an art exhibition of works by both established and emerging Singapore based artists, showcasing diverse styles and varied mediums including oil, acrylic, pencil, water-colour, Chinese brush painting and mixed media, and more. There will be a charity auction of artworks held on 6th February evening in support of I-India. A portion of the exhibition art sale will also go to HOME – an NGO based in Singapore. Exhibition Dates: 3rd to 8th February 2017, 11am – 8pm I-India Auction : 6th February, 5pm to 6pm Exhibition Venue: Visual Arts Centre #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green 10 Penang Rd Singapore 238469 Patrons will also be encouraged to engage with their favorite artists and participate in workshops. Please contact to book your seats for the following workshops: 1. Kalamkari Tree of Life Motif Painting Workshop by Kumuda Krovvidi & Shivali Mathur : Friday, 3rd February 2017 11am – 2pm [...]

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    A good story and script are the foundation of all successful films. Designed for the beginner screenwriter with little or no film or television experience, this workshop aims to build a solid foundation in screenwriting through a blend of lectures and writing exercises. Taking the short film as a starting point, participants will learn about crafting their stories and ideas into screenplays with interesting characters and compelling plots. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the 3-act narrative structure, visual storytelling, and how to craft dialogue and characters for the screen. The learning experience is enhanced by online critique and discussion of writing exercises, in between class sessions. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have a completed first draft for a short film (up to 10 pages). — Established in 2003, Objectifs is a non-profit visual arts centre dedicated to photography and film in Singapore. Taught by Ric Aw 4 Apr to 9 May 2017 (6 sessions) Fees: S$360 *This workshop is eligible for SkillsFuture Credit. Register at http://www.objectifs.com.sg/scriptwriting/ —

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    P. Gnana To Ponnusamy Gnanadickam, finding an optimal balance is what his life and art are about.  Known to the art world as P Gnana, he tells me that “art is [his] passion”.  It was Singapore that gave him the opportunity to study art; he had come to The Little Red Dot to work for Shell but it was short-lived.  After eight months of his stint at Shell, he answered to a deeper calling and registered for the Foundation in Art course at the LASALLE College of the Arts.  In 2002, he became a recipient of a LASALLE Scholarship which enabled him to complete his visual art training.  He hasn’t looked back since graduating with a qualification in Fine Arts, specialising in painting but his oeuvre also includes sculptures.  He founded Gnani Arts with his wife, Ms Vidhya Gnana Gouresan, and for the past 16 years, they have been running this family business together.  Gnana and Vidhya are a great team; Vidhya is his shakti.  It is Vidhya who comes up with the titles for his pieces; it’s a joint effort he emphasises as his wife understands his soul and his art.  His son was involved too in naming an [...]

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    Thousand Colours in Celebration presents an 8-day public creative art event that features public art-making sessions, dance performances and open dance & art sessions for children. The accumulation of works from the daily public art-making sessions from 3 – 8 February enables for a fluid and non-static art exhibition to finally emerge on 9 & 10 February. Members of the public of all ages are invited to participate in this fun and creative process together with children and art facilitators from the arts granary school under The Arts Fission Company. One of the art projects – the ‘Wearable Art’ segment – will be incorporated into short dance performances on 9 & 10 Feb. The public is also welcome to try on the Wearable Art pieces and snap fun photos. ** As spaces for the open dance & art sessions are limited, they will be available on a first come first serve basis. Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/tyd4gAff7Lcaylhf2 to reserve your ABOUT THE ARTS GRANARY Just as a granary is for grain storage, the arts granary works as a creative deposit of cultural wisdom and arts knowledge for children. The arts granary is a premiere creative arts school initiated by The Arts [...]

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      Singapore – INSTINC SOHO presents There is no place, like home…, showcasing new works by our INSTINC AIR Lio Cheung (Hong Kong). INSTINC SOHO presents There is no place, like home…,showcasing new works by our INSTINC AIR Lio Cheung (Hong Kong). The independent Hong Kong-based Artist Lio Cheung questions herself  ‘What is the home meant to be?’ as a Hongkonger, there seem to be limitations by certain social issues; ‘We work hard. We are also living so hard!  There is so much difficulty to owning an apartment or even just to rent a room cause it almost drains out their salary!’ Cheung mentioned. At that point, the artist researched about the people’s mentality of longing for a place called ‘Home’. Cheung tried to collect data from different points of views about ‘What is Home means to be?’ from all around Singapore and Hong Kong (and from the worldwide web) during her stay. By using her customised unique word formula that transforms the words and comments into visualised diagrams painting. Wall EffectMixed Media on hand pressed paper50x28cm2015 UntitledOil on Canvas45x60cm2016 About Lio Cheung – An independent artist based in Hong Kong, with a background in Fine Art (RMIT University) and Fashion [...]

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    instinctive 1.0 : (In)Visible brings together works from the new Singapore based international collective instinctive, that explores ideas related to the invisible and the hidden. The exhibition features works by some of Singapore’s most established artists as well as younger artists who have expanded on their legacy as well as artists from Australia, China, Brazil, Taiwan, Korea and New Zealand. The showcase is an extravaganza of imagination with works that remind us that we live in two worlds: the physical world of sight and the non-visible world of thought. From the amusing to the philosophical, there are works you must scrutinise and decipher and others you must play with. From visual puns to fake news and installations which encourages a heightened awareness of the physical context of the gallery- this exhibition span diverse aesthetic practices and concerns. Many of the works in (In)Visible seek to direct our attention towards the unwritten rules and conventions that shape our understanding of art. Other works invoke invisibility to underscore the limits of our perceptual capacities or to emphasize the role of our imagination in responding to works of art. Some use invisibility as a metaphor that relates to the suppression of information or [...]

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    Patience today is a virtue that seems oddly out of place with modern times, where poor craftsmanship, low quality and disposability seem the norm. So, imagine my surprise and utter delight to come across an exhibition that doesn’t have any of these flaws. To better understand this exhibition, I must clarify that. Intersections is more than just an exhibition, it is the combined journey of two artists, Marc Nair and Nicola Anthony that has taken over 3 years to accomplish. Born in Singapore, Marc Nair is the recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award. Many may already know Marc Nair for his contributions to poetry in Singapore, having already published six books of poetry and contributed to numerous other publications. A man of many talents, Marc is also an accomplished musician, poetry slammer and photographer, having also founded the cultural magazine, Mackerel. Born in the U.K, Nicola Anthony is the artist in residence at the NPE Residency Programme. Nicola’s work has been showcased at the Affordable Art Fair Singapore and Singapore Art Week in which her sculpture Nest was commissioned by the National Art Council. Back in her hometown, her work was exhibited at the Tate, in the Tate Modern’s ‘No Soul for Sale’s exhibition.’ Both artists met 3 years [...]

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    Simon Wee is best known for his calligraphy, not characters but strokes.  His art consists mainly of thick circuitous strokes rendered in a single breath; strokes that come from the heart; strokes that come from the wrist as that’s where calligraphy starts: from the circulation of the artist’s wrist that must stay unblocked and remain fluid.  There is fluidity in all of Wee’s work. Each piece is unique; each piece is a statement describing his state of mind when he took brush to paper.  For Wee, each stroke is a carpe diem moment; each piece is a personal relationship between his mind and his hand which he translates onto canvases, transcribed for the benefit of the conscious world.  When a piece doesn’t capture the emotional energy he feels at the moment of painting, that piece is discarded; he’s the best judge of that because he stays true to his emotions.  Wee’s pieces are signifiers of feelings, so they are abstract and minimalist in form yet layered with profound nuances.  The strokes although unique may seem repetitious and monotonous to some viewers.  However, for those who understand calligraphy, it is evident that the spirit of zen is captured in each piece [...]

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    Amidst the innumerable happenings of the Singapore Art Week 2017, The Singapore Contemporary Art Show made an equally successful comeback after its smashing debut last year in January. Over 20,000 collectors flocked to the Suntec Singapore Convention And Exhibition Centre during the five-day period. This year’s show was much bigger and better in terms of its regional expanse as well as its ability to create a dialogue between contemporary art practices from across the world. The 2nd edition of Singapore Contemporary opened on January 19 and remained on view until the end of the Singapore Art Week on January 22. Spread over 6,000 square meters of exhibition space, the show featured over 3,000 artworks from more than 90 exhibitors. This edition of Singapore Contemporary brought together galleries, museums and institutions from across the world – Japan, China, Singapore, United States of America, Taiwan, Vietnam, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia, South Korea, Pakistan, Brazil, Peru, India and Hong Kong – to celebrate, comment on and collectively create a contemporary art space. From the aggressive search for identity to the use of the everyday as an art-making material, every element of contemporary art was present in several different forms, media and methods. Simon Wee Contemporary [...]

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    Noces (A Wedding) Stephan Streker’s Noces ( A Wedding) which was inspired by a real incident in Belgium in 2007, is the story of Zahira (played by Lina El Arabi), a teenager and her Pakistani family living in Belgium. As Zahira goes through life with the usual challenges of any teenager – college, boyfriends and dates, she is faced with an unexpected pregnancy. But while she deals with her feelings on this and weighs it against what is expected of her from her family, she is simultaneously faced with the proposition of choosing one of her three distant cousins from her parents’ native village in Pakistan for an arranged marriage. The topic is not a new one.. the clash of culture and tradition between first and second generation immigrants is an often discussed and hotly debated topic. As the first generation focuses on building a life in a new and unfamiliar country (often European or American), they often remain insulated from the local culture and way of life and consequently remain alienated from it even after decades in the country. They choose to hold on to beliefs, values and customs that were the norm in their native homelands (perhaps feeling [...]

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  • 02/10/17--01:36: Biennale on Wheels
  • Explore the Singapore Biennale across 7 different venues on free-to-rent bicycles by Hello Bicycle. Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors presents a constellation of artistic perspectives by 63 artists from 19 countries and territories across Asia. This international contemporary art exhibition brings together the atlas and mirror as an imagined new instrument of vision and thought, creating possibilities for unexpected ways of seeing the world and ourselves. Suggested Art Stops Inscription of the Island by Lim Soo Ngee SAM Front Lawn Putar Alam Cafe by Azizan Palam SAM at 8Q Plaza Kra-Tua Taeng Seua (A Tiger Hunt) by Sakarin Krue-On SMU de Suantio Gallery The Great East Indiaman by David Chan National Museum of Singapore Front Lawn Cooking the World by Subodh Gupta National Museum of Singapore Rotunda Shelter by Debbie Deng National Museum of Singapore History Gallery There are those who stay There are those who go by Perception 3 Stamford Green Setting Off by Marine Ky Peranakan Museum The Unity of N Monuments by Jiao Xingtao Asian Civilisations Museum Plaza Enrique de Malacca Memorial Project by Ahmad Fuad Osman Asian Civilisations Museum Learning Gallery For more information – Biennale on Wheels https://www.singaporebiennale.org/biennale-on-wheels.php Singapore Biennale Ticket Purchase http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/csb2016 [...]

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    ABOUT M1 SINGAPORE FRINGE FESTIVAL The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an annual festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and mixed media created and presented by Singaporean and international artists. Themed differently each year, the Festival aims to bring the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially-engaged works to the Singapore audience. The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is set to be a creative centre, with a twin-purpose of innovation and discussion; a platform for meaningful and provocative art to engage our increasingly connected and complex world. The theme for M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2018 is Let’s Walk. ABOUT LET’S WALK The 2018 theme Let’s Walk comes from the title of a series of striking street performances by eminent Singaporean contemporary artist, Amanda Heng. For Fringe 2018, we invite you to consider this culturally significant work by one of our most important artists. Amanda began this series in 1999 and performed the work in Singapore, Japan, France, Poland, Indonesia, Sweden and Spain. Amanda Heng has worked in a range of mediums, and perhaps her most notable works such as Let’s Walk are so immediately engaging and participatory. While charmingly simple in form, they are arresting and deeply effective in drawing much [...]

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  • 02/10/17--01:46: FUTURE FEED
  • Rice is the soul and life force of Asia. The sharing of food prepared with love reinforces ideas of kinship and affinity through the formation of collective memories. But now, “how we eat“ has detrimental consequences that could alter entire civilisations. The threat of food security looms imminent on us all. The performance offers a spread of dance, live music, soundscape, film, and set design to contemplate on our changing eating habits in modern times. FUTURE FEED invites you to hear the laments of empty rice bowls and feel the sodden dance steps at the shadow of the paddy fields. Tickets are available at: http://www.apactix.com/events/detail/future-feed FUTURE FEED 17 and 18 March, 8pm Victoria Theatre  

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    The Affordable Art Fair, the leading showcase for affordable contemporary art, will return this Spring for its fourth edition, kicking off its eighth year of the Affordable Art Fair in Singapore, for a fun-filled day at the F1 Pit Building. From 7 – 9 April 2017, local and international galleries will be offering a diverse range of contemporary art all priced between $100 to $15,000 with 75% of the art offered at under $7,500. The fair aims to make contemporary art as fun and accessible as possible without breaking the wallet. With a plethora of new galleries, fresh artworks, artists feature wall for charity and engaging education programmes, the Affordable Art Fair is the easiest and most enjoyable way to view and buy high quality art. Venue: F1 Pit Building Date: 7 – 9 April 2017 Opening hours: – 7 April, Friday: 1200 – 1800*, ArtHappy Hour: 1800 – 2200 – 8 April, Saturday: 1100 – 2000 – 9 April, Sunday: 1100 – 1800 Tickets: General Admission (public days)- $18 #ArtHappy Hour (Friday Evening)- $25 Students & Seniors – $10 Children under 16 – free admission Ticketing & URL: https://affordableartfair.com/fairs/singapore

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    M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is having an Open Call for artist proposals for the 2018 Festival, which will be curated around the theme “Let’s Walk”, from the title of a series of striking street performances by eminent Singaporean contemporary artist, Amanda Heng. Deadline: 3 March 2017 For more information, please visit: singaporefringe.com/fringe2017/fringe2018.php

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