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    The Sovereign Art Foundation has at last revealed the top 30 finalists of the 12th edition of The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, and Singaporean artists Ong Kian Peng, Sherman Ong, Bani Haykal and Urich Lau Wai-Yuen are among them. Urich Lau Wai-Yuen || Filmscapes: Pulp Fiction Empty Scenes #6 In this piece, Uric focuses on the re-interpretations of meanings in films, which he appropriated the stills from. Looking at the dialectics between fiction and reality, the mundane and the macabre, the piece highlights the permeation of excessive images found in today’s technology – Internet, computers, mobile devices and the like. The image is appropriated from the movie Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994), a subject matter that Urich has been working with often. Artist Name: Urich Lau Wai-Yuen | Country: SingaporeArtwork Name: Filmscape: Pulp Fiction Empty Scences #6 | Dimensions: 52 x 128 x 5 cm | Medium: Gelatin Silver on baryta paper | Nominator’s Name: Daryl Goh   Ong Kian Peng || Acoustic territories – #06 Acoustic Territories #06 is a visual artefact generated from a study of sonic environments. Sonic snap shots are taken around Paris in the Spring of 2015 and used as materials in a sculptural way to generate and visualise sonic spaces. These representations often [...]

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  • 05/12/16--03:08: GHOST WRITER
  • Helmed by Cultural Medallion recipients Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma of The Necessary Stage, Ghost Writer offers a glimpse into the lives of characters intertwined by blood and ties that bind—and suffocate.    A meditative interdisciplinary production that charts the collisions of people seeking to alter their destinies, Ghost Writer grapples with the question of how independent our lives can be.   Are we existing based on other people’s terms, or can we transcend tradition and memory to rewrite our own stories?   9 – 11 June 2016, 8pm 11 & 12 June 2016, 3pm at Esplanade Theatre Studio   Tickets (excluding SISTIC ticketing fee): $35 | $28*  (* Concessions for students, senior citizens and NSF)   Get your tickets now at SISTIC Website: www.sistic.com.sg, SISTIC Hotline: 6348 5555, and SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide.

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    “One Less”, a special project by Australian artist GlenClarke. The large installation was built with 12,000origami folded bank notes. Capturing the hearts of art-enthusiasts, the fourth edition of the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong commenced today with a Private View at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. As one of Hong Kong’s most loved art weekends (held on 13-15 May), the Private View welcomed invited guests to enjoy an exclusive first look at the 2016 exhibition, browsing through over 110 hand-picked galleries Young Talent Hong Kong corner Young Talent Hong Kong curated by Eric Leung An actor bringing art history to life Continuing in its mission to put more art into Hong Kong homes, the fair will officially open to the public from middayFriday, for a fun filled weekend of beautiful art, engaging initiatives and special projects, including an Artful Salon by TEDxHongKong, FRESH exhibition and more, with hundreds of artworks to choose from whatever your budget.   OPENING HOURS Public Days 13 May                 (Friday)                                                12pm – 9pm 14 -15 May          (Saturday – Sunday)       11am – 7pm   About Affordable Art Fair Founded in London 17 years ago, the Affordable Art Fair demystifies the world of art for [...]

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    The legacy of late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) has often been the subject of much debate, especially since his death. This publication is an effort by art collector and self-taught artist Teng Jee Hum to capture the often contradictory, at times confounding, narrative surrounding the man and the political leader through rather abstract visual compositions. Beginning with his artist statement, Teng explains why he chose the mesh of words ‘Godsmacked’ and ‘Gobsmacked’ and its relationship with being Singaporean. The artist is open about his growing-up fascination with superheroes from comic books and even the personal influence of his own father’s passing in describing how these works came to be.  Following the artist statement are a series of essays meant to illuminate the reader on the context of these works. The first essay titled “There will be another LKY: Disarticulating Hegemony” is written by Seng Yu Jin, senior curator at The National Gallery, Singapore. It examines the notion of legacy in relation to LKY and the diverse approaches and intentions of remembering, reflecting and rethinking what he means to us. The second essay titled “The Animal” by artist and writer Jason Wee examines the symbolism of animals in Teng’s [...]

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  • 05/18/16--22:38: Autographic Matters
  • Co-curated by Intersections and by Daryl Goh, Autographic Matters encompasses artworks by two Singaporean artists, June Lee Yu Juan and Pang and two French artists, Hélène Le Chatelier and Syv Bruzeau . The four artists take the interpretation of an autobiography as a departure point to create a series of self and duo reflections. Connected either by a common medium, Chinese ink, or by a same focus on impermanence and memory, the artworks correspond and intersect like evolving branches and leaves that symbolize the materialization of ideas, fruition and becoming. Autographic Matters, is an exploration, which leads us through the “Three Perfections”, painting, poetry and calligraphy and intersections between western and eastern traditions. The exhibition includes ink wash art, a collective installation, a poetry book and Butoh dance performances. It is part of Voilah! 2016, the French Festival in Singapore.

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    ‘In Relation’ is an exhibition showcasing photographic works from 12 photographers and artists. The works explore a range of personal and interpersonal relationships with the spaces they inhabit and the objects within them. Opening Night: 21/05/2016, 6:30pm Admission is free. Exhibition runs from 21/05/2016 to 29/05/16 Opening hours of The Private Museum: Mon – Fri: 10am to 7pm Sat – Sun: 11am to 5pm Check our the collective portfolio here: www.nd81.sg

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    Eric Khoo’s latest film was painfully slow and almost a porn flick

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    Lakshmi is changing the world of Art, with highly evolved, research-based art. Unlike most artists her style is concept based paintings and related sculptural installations. In her most recent “Interaction series” she has taken the bar way higher than anyone in the world. The paintings come with bespoke 3D art frames, which in them selves are unique pieces paired with each painting. The paintings are brought to life with installations that reflect the paintings. The Interaction Series of Paintings delves into the concept of the mandala, which appears to us in all aspects of life; the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and in our interactions, the circles of life encompassing friends, family and communities, a cosmic diagram that embodies our relationship to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. It represents an integrated view of the world, transcending all religions and continents It serves the creative purpose of giving expression and form to something that does not yet exist, something new refreshing and unique.  The process of the ascending spiral, which grows upward while simultaneously returning again and again to the same point, a microcosm and a macrocosm, we being a part of [...]

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  • 05/23/16--22:36: Dwell:ing Exhibition
  • LUDO GALLERY will open a powerful solo exhibition, Dwell:ing, featuring works by Korean born artist SHIN-YOUNG PARK on June 6 2016, at the VISUAL ARTS CENTRE. Dwell:ing is an exclusive exhibition of works created through two different mediums by Shin-young Park. Inspiration for these works came from shared public spaces and buildings amidst the permitted and unavoidable influence of Singapore’s multi-cultural society. The installation showcases 100 concrete public housing (HDB blocks) with contrasting and opposing colours, rendering a strong and vibrant assemblage of structures and dimensions. In addition, this work will be supported by a postcard size edition of the individual HDB blocks. The screen print series depict a myriad of objects both natural and man-made exhibiting elements of life in a contemporary and modern city. We identify with familiar objects that once repositioned, gain deserved recognition and admiration. Dwell:ing is an exhibition curated by Ludo Gallery and will be installed at the Visual Arts Centre from the June 6 to June 8. Thereafter the works will be situated at Ludo Gallery from June 10 to June 20, 2016. This exhibition is organised and circulated by Ludo. About Shin-young Park Shin-young Park is a Korean-born New Zealander artist and printmaker. [...]

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    Youths will be challenged to level up their passion and “Stage Up” for SHINE Festival 2016 from 1-3 July. Anchoring on the theme, “Your Next Stage,” youths will fulfill their aspirations and showcase their talents in the most vibrant and energetic festival in the Youth month of July. This year, the 11th edition of SHINE Festival debuts exclusive youth-centric experiential zones with exclusive discounts and activities on Festival Street and Festival Village which stretches across the Orchard belt from *SCAPE to ION Orchard. With more than 60 pop-up stalls such as the Art Market by The Local People, fringe activities like Fashion Silk-screening, Marble Painting and Community Wall Mural, as well as an extensive list of food trucks on-site, youths will be able to immerse themselves fully in an all-encompassing festival experience. Also new to SHINE Festival this year is the interactive media pillar, adding on to the unparalleled feast of music and dance, urban sports, urban art and pop culture in the three-day festival. See how art, music, sports and technology collide through carefully-curated exhibitions, installations and performances, put together by Singaporean youths through a first-of-its-kind integrated SHINE x *SCAPE Talent Development Programme. These activities have been specially curated [...]

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    The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) presents Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour, the world’s first exhibition on the history and spread of Christian art in Asia. This is also the ACM’s inaugural special exhibition after an extensive revamp last year. Portrait of Matteo Ricci (c) Patrimonio del Fondo Edifici di Culto   Shrine with a painting of Holy Family with John the Baptist Asia has played a significant role in the spread of Christianity since the 7th century and Asian art absorbed influences from many different cultures, including the Middle East, India, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia. Many of the artists who created Christian images belonged to other faiths, but nonetheless made powerful and beautiful images. Asian art often blends European Christian subjects with local motifs and patterns, or is made in distinctive local materials. The exhibition looks at art spanning across 800 years from the 13th to the 20th century, with a special focus on the period from 16th to 18th century, where significant trade and missions occurred. Over 150 objects from six countries – Singapore, France, Portugal, Italy, Hong Kong, and the Philippines – and 20 acclaimed institutions and private collections around the world, [...]

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    TAKSU Singapore is honored to present Manifesto, the forth solo exhibition by Australian artist Tony Twigg. Tony Twigg is well known for his found timber sculptures. This series, he is looking backwards as well as forwards in his work, forwards to what it might become and back towards it’s past. Or rather looking backwards through the past at the premise of his art. Looking with hindsight and with permission to alter the past. Opening Reception 2 June 2016 630 pm – 10 pm Exhibition runs from 2 – 30 June 2016

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    Dibirdibi Country Revisited celebrates the life of courageous Mornington Island Arts artist, Mrs. Gabori (c. 1924-2015), who revitalised her people through the act of painting. Her expansive canvases, bold colours and contemporary expression retell the stories of her family’s country. This show is an opportunity to see a living and breathing memory of a disappearing culture and a nationally esteemed Australian Indigenous Artist whose life continues in the masterpieces she has left behind. Works by Mrs. Gabori’s niece, Paula Paul, and other family members will also be exhibited as part of the show at ReDot Fine Art Gallery. Exhibiting from 1 June until 2 July 2016 Opening Reception on 8 June 2016 from 6:30pm until 9:30pm. FREE

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    As the first Australian gallery to establish its presence in Asia, Sullivan+Strumpf opens an exhibition space in Singapore at the renowned arts enclave, Gillman Barracks. The inaugural exhibition Arrival explores the work of artists reflecting themes such as identity, materiality, construction of memory as well as the fragility and malleability of the human condition. Through recent works in diverse media – sculpture, painting, photography and installation – Arrival encourages audiences to delve into the complexity of contemporary art practice. This initial offering will include Australia – based artists Tony Albert, Sydney Ball, eX de Medici, Tim Silver and Hiromi Tango. EXHIBITION: Arrival EXHIBITION VENUE: Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore 5 Lock Road #01 – 06 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108933 DATES: 10 June 2016 – 10 July 2016 OPENING HOURS: Tues – Sat | 11am – 7pm Sunday | 11am – 6pm or by appointment ENQUIRIES: Call + 65 9835 8271 or email art@sullivanstrumpf.com For more details, please visit the Sullivan+Strumpf website at www.sullivanstrumpf.com

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    The Umbrella Movement in 2014 put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, written by bestselling author Jason Y. Ng based on his firsthand account at the main protest sites. An account that is “compelling and full of surprises” that “combines a journalist’s precision with a Hong Konger’s passionate heart” (Bloomberg Television), the book takes the reader through the 79-day struggle – from the firing of the first shot of tear gas by riot police to the evacuation of the last protester from the downtown encampments. Together with HONG KONG State of Mind (2010) and No City for Slow Men (2013), Umbrellas in Bloom forms a Hong Kong trilogy by Jason Y. Ng that traces the city’s sociopolitical development since its return to Chinese rule. The talk is moderated by Ja Ian Chong, assistant professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. Thur, 2 Jun 2016 | 7:30pm For more information, please visit here. Admission is free! To attend, please RSVP here. Join us for this book launch and talk, and get your copy of Umbrellas in Bloom: Hong Kong’s occupy movement [...]

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    President Tony Tan Keng Yam officially opened the Singapore Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (Biennale Architettura 2016) of La Biennale di Venezia, earlier this afternoon in Venice, Italy. Commissioned by the DesignSingapore Council of the Ministry of Communications and Information and curated by the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Singapore Pavilion is presenting Space to Imagine, Room for Everyone from 28 May to 27 November 2016. Singapore is amongst the 63 national participations at the Biennale Architettura 2016. This marks the country’s fifth presentation at the International Architecture Exhibition since 2004. Impression of Singapore PavilionCredit- Red Bean Architects Responding to this year’s Architecture Biennale Director Alejandro Aravena’s main exhibition theme,Reporting from the Front, the Singapore Pavilion focuses on the small ‘battles’ fought at the home-front which are contributing to the emergence of an invigorated Singapore. Singapore is amongst the 63 national participations at the Biennale Architettura 2016. This marks the country’s fifth presentation at the International Architecture Exhibition since 2004. Also present at the official opening event, Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said, “The Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale brings together our Singapore design talents to showcase Singapore [...]

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    Nestled on the top floor of 222+51, the art and lifestyle centre at 222 Queen Street and 51 Waterloo Street, a mural can be found: painted in the 1960s by pupils of CHS, in what is now the Singapore Ballet Academy. Now, to celebrate the building's 80th anniversary with a beautiful link to the building's past and it's surrounding area, six new murals have been commissioned at the ground floor of 51 Waterloo Street, by artists Yip Yew Chong and Yeun Kum Cheong.

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    Field Day is an intimate gathering of artistic experiments in Hong Lim Park. On two consecutive Sundays, 15 artists will field test their ideas and personal projects to anyone who cares to come. No funding. No self-censorship. No expectations. Just artists out in the field, doing what they love.   Dates: 22 and 29 May (Sundays) Time: All-day, various times (Full program at https://www.dropbox.com/l/s/XpAfuz8JsGDF9bVEJYftSn) Venue: Hong Lim Park, Speakers’ Corner Admission: Free Participating Artists: Akai Chew, Aqilah Hassan, Bjorn Lee Varella, Daniel Chong, Eng Kai Er, Jemima Yong, Joscelin Chew, Megan Miao, Ng Xi Jie, Nhawfal Juma’at, Pat Toh, Ruth Tang, Ryan Ben Lee, Vincent Chia, Zulkhairi Zulkiflee Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1610772105910224/

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  • 05/30/16--02:03: Celebrate Drama! 2016
  • Celebrate Drama! 2016, everyone’s favourite youth and community drama festival is back with 10 workshops, performances and a theatre open house from the best in Singapore theatre. Since 2005, Celebrate Drama! has established itself as a festival that applauds the passion and creative diversity of youths using drama in, with and for communities. Celebrate Drama! takes place this year at The Arts House from 15-16 July 2016. Targeted at youths from 13 to 21 who are experienced or new to drama, the festival is a great opportunity to build skills, have dialogues about theatre making, as well as open conversations on social issues. All this is done through fun and meaningful drama workshops, performances and practitioner facilitated discussions. Celebrate Drama! 2016, everyone’s favourite youth and community drama festival is back with 10 workshops, performances and a theatre open house by the best in Singapore theatre. The festival, organised by SDEA (Singapore Drama Educators Association), happens once every two years and introduces youths to applied drama that engages with issues in the local community. This year, the festival features fully-fledged, heart-warming drama projects created, performed and managed by youths along the theme of ‘Celebrating Diversity’. For these young performers, the festival is the first public platform for their original works. In keeping with [...]

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  • 05/30/16--02:14: What They Said
  • residency works & 3rd solo exhibition by INSTINCTIVE artist Eunice Lim (Singapore)

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