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    “The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places.” –Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), American novelist Beginnings is a celebration of renewal following a broken experience. It’s a toast to fresh start after closure. It’s a thanksgiving to life. It’s a tribute to people – families, friends, doctors and nurses – who walk side-by-side with cancer patients. Above all, it’s an expression of gratitude to God for holding together family, friends and caregivers through life’s wounds and brokenness, from which new strength and profound beauty are born. We have encountered brokenness in our lives. We have choices for surmounting setbacks. Some choose to stay in the brokenness; some simply stay in denial; yet others accept the fate and let light enter through the cracks – only to discover that following adversity, there is illuminating beauty. Admission is free and the works will be for sale. 100% of proceeds from the sale of artworks and donations will go towards Duke-NUS Medical School’s thyroid cancer research and Singapore Cancer Society. Date: 13-20 May 2017 Opening hours: 12 – 8pm, Daily Venue: Visual Arts Centre @ Dhoby Ghaut |10 Penang Road, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green Beneficiaries: 100% of proceeds from sale of [...]

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    An open call for the artist to join the the performance art event ‘Performance Art Resource Orchestrator’ happening on 8 and 9 July 2017 at Independent Archive, 67 Aliwar street Singapore. We are not founded by any foundation so we cannot support artist fee and material fee. For foreign artist, we will help to seek accomodation among friends to host you during the event. We will provide food and drink during the event. Condition for the application: 1. Open Call closes on 7 May midnight Singapore time 2. We will host all the artists who applied for the open call as long as we obtained Art and Entertainment license for the performance.(your application will be used to apply the license) 3. If you don’t have exact idea for performance yet, please write all the possible content you might like to do. It is okay to not to do the action you wrote but it is not okay to do the action you did not mention in the Synopsis. This is to follow Singapore art and entertainment license rules. 4. You don’t have to have art background or performance art experience Application content: 1. Name, Date of birth, ID or passport [...]

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    Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity is launching its fourth interactive exhibition ‘Making It Home: Dreaming Rooms, Making Spaces, Creating Places’ at arts cluster Gillman Barracks from 16th May to 29th October 2017. ‘Making It Home’ is designed for children aged 1-12 and celebrates the home as the genesis of creativity, artistry and thinking. The spaces within the Children’s Centre for Creativity will be transformed into different “rooms”, each with a different purpose, and will enjoy opportunities to explore, experiment and redefine. Led by Creative Director and Pedagogical Advisor Esther Joosa, the exhibition is inspired by children’s ideas of the home. It allows children and parents to experience the home as a source of many ordinary materials that can have multiple purposes in supporting imagination, innovation and sustainability. Children visiting in school groups and with their families can enjoy an extravaganza of activities, arranged in the different ‘rooms’ of the home they are exploring. Opening Hours : Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm Admission Prices : Child (Includes entry for one accompanying adult): $22 per child Additional Adult: $10 per adult Annual Play Pass: $160 per child Address : Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity 47 Malan Road #01-23 Gillman Barracks Singapore [...]

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  • 05/01/17--22:23: Hiroji Kubota: Photographer
  • Sundaram Tagore Singapore is pleased to present a retrospective of iconic images by renowned Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota. More than one hundred of the artist’s photographs will be on view including color dye-transfer prints shot between 1978 to 2003 and black-and-white platinum prints from 1961 to 1989. His images range from meditative scenes of Burmese monks at Myanmar’s sacred golden rock to candid portraits of North Korean youth learning to sing. BURMA. Kyaiktiyo. 1978. The Golden Rock at Shwe Pyi Daw (the “Golden Country”), the Buddhist holy place. Rooted in his experience of Japan, ravaged by destruction and famine at the end of World War II, Hiroji Kubota’s work is characterized by a desire to find beauty and honor in human experience. He was born in Tokyo in 1939 and began his career assisting Magnum photographers René Burri, Burt Glinn and Elliott Erwitt on their visit to Japan in 1961 before becoming a Magnum photographer himself. Over a span of more than five decades, he produced major bodies of work on the United States, Japan, China, North and South Korea and Southeast Asia. This exhibition offers an extraordinary opportunity to view Kubota’s collection of color images produced with a rarely [...]

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  • 05/01/17--22:31: Artist talk by Hiroji Kubota
  • Renowned Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota will give a talk in the gallery to share his experiences shooting across Asia and photographing in such isolated countries as North Korea. He will also speak about the rare technique used to create his dye-transfer color prints, which are impossible to duplicate today. CHINA. Inner Mongolia. Bayan Ul Hot. 1982. Boys riding camels. Camels with winter fur and humps swelled up with fat to protect against winter cold up t 40C below zero. These two stately camels near Xilin Hot with boys on their back was hard to forget. Pictured: Hiroji Kubota, Bayan Ul Hot, Inner Mongolia, China, 1982, dye-transfer print, 20 x 24 inches/50.8 x 61 cm © Hiroji Kubota/Magnum Photos Title: Artist talk by Hiroji Kubota Event Type: Talk Event Organiser: Sundaram Tagore Gallery Event Address: 5 Lock Rd, 01-015 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108933 Email: singapore@sundaramtagore.com Website: www.sundaramtagore.com Phone: 66943378 Event time and date: Saturday, June 3, 3 pm

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    Fierce Creators rally western contemporary artists. The association’s name is a nod to the film Fierce Creatures. This hilarious comedy of the 90s takes place in a non-prosperous zoo taken over by a new leader. Well determined to reconquer an audience, he makes his animals pass for fierce creatures! The Fierce Creators are no more bloodthirsty than the creatures of the zoo. They are fighting fiercely against a standardized aesthetic vision of artworks that are currently invading the artistic market. Their weapon: personal and singular Creations! A wild bunch of Fierce Creators will be wandering about near Dhoby Ghaut. You can recognize them by their long brushes and an arty attitude. Come and see them in their natural habitat: the gallery. Enter at your own risk. If you are lucky, you can leave with an original artwork by drawing lots every day from the 25th to 31st may 2017! www.lescreateursferoces.fr (Coming very soon)

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    Through Foreign Eyes sought to depict the distant between the artists, the community and the environment – highlighting the challenges they face in integrating into Singapore society.
 “Through Foreign Eyes”, we seek to uncover alternative “hidden” perspectives of our home, captured by unassuming artists – the people with special needs and the third cultural individuals. Captured unpretentiously “Through Foreign Eyes”, the artworks prove that beauty is not only found in indomitable skyscrapers, but also in the most modest of places, as seen from diverse perspectives. See how the artists portray their sense of belonging on this land or the place they identified as their home. As they navigate through the different places in Singapore, their intercultural communication competency with the space shapes their identity to create a sense of community and a sense of belonging. Our polished Little Red Dot has undergone remarkable makeovers over the years; take a bumboat down the Singapore River and you will be reminded of its opulence and magnificence. But have our attitudes towards the “Others” undergone similar progressive shifts? The exhibition offers you new perspectives and have you questioning your own biases, tolerances and personal values – a gateway to embracing people who see [...]

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    Performance Art Resource Orchestrator is a cross-disciplinary platform; in collaboration with our partners Intersections Gallery, Zarch Collaboratives and Independent Archive & Resource Centre. We will be presenting an International Performance Art event from 7 to 9 July that features 23 performances by critically acclaimed artists from Bangladesh, Brazil. USA, Myanmar, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Italy and Singapore. Performance Art Resource Orchestrator is an artists-initiative who promote, research and develop innovative ideas and creative practices through performance art. Our objectives are to connect contemporary art performances with the society showcasing the diversity of ideas and art practices by artists from all over the world. It explores art activities that shape new perspectives of the urban living environment through looking at our culture and heritage. This is a rare exchange created by Singapore and international artists for the audience to encounter an out-of-ordinary live art experience. 6 July Thursday 2017. Starts at 6pm: Artist Talk on ‘What is performance art’ by Lee Wen 7 July Friday 2017. Starts at 6 pm: Performance art (Day 1) 8 July Saturday 2017. Starts at 12 pm: Performance art (Day 2) 9 July Sunday 2017. Starts at 12 pm: Performance art (Day 3) Five performance locations: 1. [...]

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      The Necessary Stage presents BEING HARESH SHARMA in collaboration with Cake Being in Singapore Being a model citizen in Singapore Being a dementia patient in Singapore Being censored in Singapore Being a political detainee in Singapore Being off centre in Singapore Being Malay in Singapore Being a teacher in Singapore Being an Indonesian maid in Singapore Being in a hospice in Singapore Being fundamentally happy in Singapore Being a Chinese MP in Singapore Being a young person in Singapore Being a suicide case in Singapore Being an artist in Singapore Over three decades, The Necessary Stage and actors-collaborators who have been partners in the making of the company’s devised plays have revealed to us over and over again—in profound, heartbreaking and funny ways—what it means to ‘be’ in Singapore. Vinod | Radha Krishnan | Eric Sim Guan Yeow | Noorhayati Yusof | Sergeant Mok | Jali Bin Mohd Fariz | Mrs. Chua | Mrs. Phua Su Lin | Alisha | Melly | Saloma and many more Away from the buzz of the rehearsal room and in a solitary space where a playwright dwells for a time, Haresh Sharma forms up direct, powerful, honest, smart, funny words that enable these [...]

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    DOROTHY CIRCUS GALLERY CELEBRATE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY OPENING LONDON SPACE After a decade of sellout exhibitions in Rome, Dorothy Circus Gallery founder Alexandra Mazzanti opens gallery in Notting Hill October 13th to December 15th 2017 Dorothy Circus Gallery, 79-81 Ledbury Rd. London W112AG London Group exhibition featuring the Artists: Kazuki Takamatsu , Joe Sorren , Marion Peck , Ray Caesar, Travis Louie , and Camille Rose Garcia. Renowned contemporary Italian gallery, Dorothy Circus Gallery, is excited to announce the opening of its temporary British branch in London’s Notting Hill. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, and to celebrate a decade of successful exhibitions in Rome, the Gallery has decided to prepare more than a celebration, giving birth to a grandiose reunion of its most important pop surreal icons that will collaborate with new international figures in a magical meeting, beginning in London on October 2017, and continuing in Rome on November 2017. 13192-01, 4/12/17, 3:25 PM, 8C, 5416×6720 (376+792), 100%, Custom, 1/10 s, R81.0, G63.0, B85.0 “Pages from Mind Travellers’ Diaries” is the name of the Group show, a title mirroring the Gallery’s restless mood and Ideologies. That is the way it all started, with the idea of [...]

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    Under the mentorship of Artistic Director Low Mei Yoke, this year’s edition of Dancers’ Locker showcases exciting new choreography created by company artists Adelene Stanley, Faye Tan, Sammantha Yue and Daniel Navarro Lorenzo. This scintillating and diverse programme of contemporary dance explores different themes that reflect their personal experiences and observations in life, and explore the complex relationships between their physical and psychological space. WHERE: Frontier Danceland Studio, Block M, #02-52, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road (nearest MRT is Mountbatten) WHEN: Friday 21st July: 8pm / Saturday 22nd July: 3pm & 8pm In addition, look out for Improv-tu, a site-specific work held at an unconventional venue, giving a different atmosphere and dimension to contemporary dance as part of Frontier Danceland’s desire to reach out to new dance audiences. Accompanied by independent musician sullen, Improv-tu is an improvised 45-minute dance piece that integrates dance with the surrounding physical space, complete with unique vintage and antique furniture on display. WHERE: Möbler Showroom, 10C Jalan Ampas (off Balestier Road) WHEN: Saturday 29th July: 3pm & 5pm *********** Tickets are priced at $15* for each performance at either venue. Package deal: $25 for 1 showing of Improv-tu and 1 show at Frontier Danceland’s [...]

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    NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore is pleased to announce its collaboration with Arts Fission in Shaman/Peasants –Dance of the Barefoot Guardians, its latest performance as part of the Centre’s ongoing Stagings series.   Cultural Medallion choreographer Angela Liong has created the dance work, Shaman/Peasants –Dance of the Barefoot Guardians as a response to the film and photographic works of NTU CCA Singapore’s current exhibition by acclaimed German artist Ulrike Ottinger, which capture and frame everyday life in China and Mongolia during the 1980s and 1990s. Shaman/Peasants intercuts urban trance music with traditional sounds from China and Mongolia’s minority tribes, which have been deliberately selected to mirror and reflect Ottinger’s journey through the two countries. The performance sets a disparate cultural quilt work where shaman figures transgress through ancient and modern times, and an urbanite ensemble in blue and black garbs morphs between the ambivalent realms of cultural and political affinity. Shaman/Peasants – Dance of the Barefoot Guardians is commissioned by NTU CCA Singapore and co-produced with Arts Fission. 14 July 2017 | 5pm & 7.30pm | NTU CCA Singapore 28 July 2017 | 5pm & 7.30pm | NTU CCA Singapore For more information, please visit: http://artsfission.org/ http://ntu.ccasingapore.org/events/stagings-shamanpeasants-dance-barefoot-guardians-co-presented-arts-fission/ Tickets available [...]

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    The Orange Production is a collaborative platform featuring young artists working closely with The The Necessary Stage under the guidance of Artistic Director, Alvin Tan and the company’s Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma. For 2017, TNS is proud to present a double-bill featuring Drip by Nabilah Said and Whale Fall by Faith Ng. Drip What makes a marriage? The fully-furnished HDB flat, the mutual secret keeping, the mother-in-law? Azam and Xiaoyan have to confront their differences when Azam’s mother and sister make a surprise visit at home. Clashes of culture, religion and gender lurk within the still waters of everyday life and threaten to undo familial ties. Heartbreaking and humorous in turns, Drip is an unflinching look at the sacrifices – big and small – that we make to be at peace with one another and with ourselves. Drip was first conceived in July and August 2016 as part of a playwriting masterclass led by Huzir Sulaiman, Joint Artistic Director of Checkpoint Theatre. It was written over six weeks under the guidance of Huzir, with the help of classmates Kimberly Arriola, Joses Ho, Debbie Ng, Dora Tan, Jo Tan and Nanda Yadav. Written by Nabilah Said Directed by Haresh Sharma Performed [...]

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    Our memories can transform, fade or be erased, allowing a new version of the truth to be created. There may be many details which go unnoticed in our fast-paced lives. What if these invisible fragments are the missing pieces which complete the puzzle of life? The NPE Art Residency at Kallang may have the answer, contained within the brand new NPE Gallery, which launches in Singapore this Thursday. Artists Hélène Le Chatelier and Deusa Blümke will exhibit with works which have been produced during their time as artists-in-residence, tackling ideas of perception, memory and the unspeakable. Through their art, they invite us to take a closer look at the the discarded, the unseen, and the unspeakable. Hélène Le Chatelier, Work in progress from the Missing Parts series   The residency has been established since 2015 in Kallang, and is now opening up its doors to public to come visit it’s massive studio space and plethora of art fabrication tools, machines, materials and wonderment. So this opening is a double-whammy for us art-curious folk: See this exciting new body of artwork, not in a shiny CBD gallery but in the creative spaces where it is born. The artists will be present to further enhance [...]

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    Mulan Gallery proudly presents Working Proofs: Young Printmakers League 2017, a group exhibition showcasing works by 11 talented artists. The exhibition will run from 16 June 2016 to 30 June 2016. The Young Printmakers League is a Mentorship Programme started back in 2016, it is supported by Noise Singapore and curated by Joseph Chiang of Monster Gallery. The aim of the apprenticeship programme was to change the perception of printmaking as an art form, from a craft steeped in tradition and steadfast beliefs to a more fearless and boundary pushing art form. Thus the previous batch of mentees were encourage to inject new ideas and to break a few rules to create prints beyond its traditional method in this changing world we live in. The show inspired a whole new batch of over a hundred young applicants for this year’s open call. After a few gruelling weeks of interviews, 11 apprentices were chosen. They went through a series of workshops on various techniques of printmaking. In the process, they have to conceptualise what they would like to work on after these workshops. Throughout the programme, the apprentices were encouraged to explore new ideas and experiment new ways of printing. They [...]

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    Yale-NUS College presents The Future of Our Pasts: History Reimagined, a programme to encourage greater interest in Singapore history. Students and recent graduates (aged 18-30) are invited to propose projects exploring any aspect of Singapore history through creative or artistic mediums (e.g. film, theatre, visual art, writing, music, dance, multimedia, etc.) Selected projects will receive funding of up to $20,000, and will be presented to the public in February 2019 to mark the bicentenary of Singapore’s founding. Applications close 30 June 2017. For more information and application details: www.thefutureofourpasts.com

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    Brownhill Consultancy presents the Incursion Trio’s “Tchaikovsky & Arensky,” a Tuesday evening concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Escape the summer heat of Singapore and take on a breathtaking journey to the summit of Russian romanticism with this passionate program. Written in 1881-1882 and 1894 respectively, the piano trios by Tchaikovsky and Arensky reflect the era’s refined melancholia and tumultuous passion. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor op. 50, subtitled “In Memory of a Great Artist”, was dedicated to the composer’s close friend, the virtuoso pianist Nikolai Rubinstein. Considered the most difficult piano piece Tchaikovsky has ever written, it became the composer’s own elegy later in 1893, being played at the memorial services in Moscow and St Petersburg. Tchaikovsky’s friendship and music had a significant influence on Arensky’s composition. The former’s epic piano trio had impressed the latter to a great extent and in 1894 Arensky also wrote a trio in memory of a remarkable musician. Arensky dedicated his Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 32 to Karl Davydov, a friend that Tchaikovsky nicknamed the “Tsar of cellists”. Celebrating Davydov and his achievements, this suite shines a spotlight on the cello. Formed in 2008, Incursion Trio has performed [...]

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    The World is living a dangerous age with a population of billions that can´t be possible an existence of a social equilibrium. The wars created to sell weapons, the radical terrorism coming from medieval societies with access to 21st century technology to combat the savage and monopoly capitalism of modern imperialism. All these thems are including to influence the modern and contemporary surrealist movement. The Fiction of the dream of the beautiful with lyrical meaning push the surrealism to the hope of a new life. Where the colours interact with the “blue thinking” and opposing each other to “dark thinking”. Flying is the dream that transmits freedom and fantasy where the wings dispense and the arms stretch for the balance of the flight waving through the buildings, mountains and valleys, sea and rivers. Understading surrealism of 20th century the surrealism of 21st century open its doors to interely and total freedom. We have non-surrealist friends in the group as surrealism it´s in everywhere! “I do not see surrealism as a single and isolated path from the rest of the World. It is my new vision of being in surrealism and not clinging to an obsolete manifesto”. ( Sant, Rib. Surrealism [...]

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    Street artist Misha Most finished a 10.800 sq. m. monumental wall painting. This is the largest mural in the world, which belongs to one artist. The project was curated by Sabina Chagina and the Creative association Artmossphere. The mural was presented to the public as part of the urban art festival ArtOvrag in Vyksa, Russia. The name of the painting is Evolution-2. It covers the facade of the “Stan-5000” industrial complex, one of the industrial complex buildings in the oldest Russian manufacturer Vyksa Steel Works, which is part of the United Metallurgical Company in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The mural was created by the artist and five assistants in 35 days, with short interruptions, caused by bad weather. Mural painting project is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the United Metallurgical Company (OMK) and the 260th anniversary of the metallurgical plant in Vyksa. According to the Artmossphere’s expertise, this artwork is the largest monumental wall painting in the world, which authorship belongs to one artist. The world knows other major murals – but in terms of the complexity, volume and speed of work, scale and number of participants involved, they are not comparable to the wall created in Vyksa. So, [...]

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    Ink artist and INSTINC founder Yeo Shih Yun is holding a campaign to publish INKPULSE, a progressive catalogue of art over two decades, interspersed with accounts by the people she has met along the way—gallerists, curators, friends and fellow artists alike. INKPULSE charts Yeo Shih Yun’s artistic journey from 2000 until 2017, from her budding years falling in love with Chinese ink, diving headfirst into Abstract Expressionism and Rothko to her eventual founding of INSTINC and experiments and collaborations on local shore. With an ink-based, East-meets-West aesthetic—influenced by the tutelage of eminent painter Chua Ek Kay—Yeo Shih Yun pursues new depths within the realm of Abstract Expressionism, mixing means, mediums and collaborators. This publication is presented as a progressive catalogue of Yeo Shih Yun’s art works over the years, interspersed with accounts by the people she has met along the way—gallerists, curators, friends and fellow artists alike. It is only through reading their essays does the chaos emerge into order, with the randomness of collective memories offering new angles, multi-layered dimensions and deeper connecting vibrations to Shih Yun’s art. Other contributors in INKPULSE include: • Mr. Koh Seow Chuan – Chairman of Singapore Visual Arts Cluster • Ms. Marjorie Chu [...]

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