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    Since the beginning of time the sea has always fascinated and terrified mankind. The bringer of sustenance, bounty, death and disaster, the sea has bred all sorts of myths in order to attempt to explain its mysterious depths. Offshore Accounts-1 by Rashid Rana In light of the advances in air and railroad travel, the long journeys over sea, to some, may seem like a distant memory. However, today we see the reoccurrence of this theme from the safety of our televisions as a new Odyssey is re-enacted by migrants around the world, embarking once again on treacherous journeys over sea. Thankfully, I was already prepared for this journey as Artitute was fortunate enough to be invited to a private preview to this fascinating exhibition. The exhibition consisted of commissioned artworks, artist loans, works from the Singapore Art Museum’s permanent collection and loans from the Republic of Singapore Navy Museum’s collection. Our tour of the exhibition began with the “Research Room” which contains maritime artefacts such as searchlights, books, maps and obviously the all important compass. Odyssey – Research room One of the installations that resonated with me, was found in the first segment of the exhibition. Created by Singaporean artist, [...]

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    KATO ART DUO is proud to present Japanese artist, NARA YOSHITOMO – PICTURE BOX Exhibition this June. Nara Yoshitomo was born in Aomori Prefecture, Japan in 1959. He completed his master’s program at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1987. In 1988, the artist decided to travel to Germany and enrolled into the prestigious Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf where he was taught be Neo-expressionist painter, AR Penck. He lived and worked in Cologne from 1994 to 2000, before returning to Japan. The artist is now widely known for his cartoon like drawings, paintings and sculptures of children and animals with provocative messages. NARA YOSHITOMO – PICTURE BOX will feature a selection of the artist’s exclusive woodblock prints & lithographs. Opening Reception of NARA Yoshitomo – Picture Box Exhibition Date & Time: 16 June at 7:00 pm Venue: Kato Art Duo, Raffles Hotel Arcade #01-26 Free Admission by RSVP only To RSVP and for more information please contact us at: info@katoartduo.com / +65 6338 9073

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    Paul Sermon, the interactive media artist and Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Brighton in UK, came to Singapore as a guest of the LASALLE Public Lecture Series and shared with the public an overview of his 25 years of experience in the field. The audience who attended the event at LASALLE College of the Arts had the opportunity to experience a witty live performance from Sermon at the start of his lecture, which can be seen here. The artist gave an exclusive interview to Artitute, sharing some highlights of his career from the Golden Nica award to Nam June Paik’s interaction with his piece. Sermon also shared his view on the future of virtual reality and talked about his teaching and creative practice.  Paul Sermon. Image courtesy LASALLE College of the Arts Christine Veras: From your Graduation project to the Prix Ars Electronica in 1991, what has changed in your career? Paul Sermon: Without doubt the Prix Ars Electronica in 1991 was a major turning point in my career. I was only 26 at the time and had just completed my final Master of Fine Arts degree project Think about the people now for which the Golden Nica [...]

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    Anthony Poon at the Shelford Apartment Studio, 1993. Photograph courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery and the estate of Anthony Poon  A figure like Anthony Poon needs little introduction. With a productive career spanning three decades, this second-generation Singaporean artist is best known for his Wave series and sculptural commissions, which range from the St. Regis Singapore to the Beijing Olympics. Now on display at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery is a broad overview of Poon’s oeuvre, showcasing shaped canvases completed early in his career, the Frequency and Wave series and most fascinatingly, his preparatory sketches and maquettes, allowing us to peer past the unspeaking matte surfaces of his canvases into his assiduous working process. Compared to his coevals in the 1970s (Teo Eng Seng and Goh Beng Kwan to name a few), Anthony Poon’s works stand out very distinctly for their post-painterly aesthetic and conceptual matter. There are no hints of brushstrokes or anything revealing about the process of painting, nor is there any local subject matter. First trained under the tutelage of Cheong Soo Pieng at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and later at the Bynam Shaw School of Art in London and at the Bradford Regional School of Art, Poon proved to [...]

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    With mentorship of Tony Perez, one of Asia’s best playwright and creative writer, this is one opportunity not to be missed for all aspiring playwright. Writing from The Heart playwriting workshops TheatreWorks is organising a 6-day interactive playwriting workshop at 72-13 this coming July. From drawing, dialogue and interpersonal interaction, these workshops are designed to enable participants to discover their inner self and creativity in exploring the basics of playwriting. Venue: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007 Registration Fee: $200.00 Open to participants aged 17 years and above To register, email Ezzat at ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg or call 6737-7213 There are seven sessions throughout the week Session Details: Session 1, Introduction to Writing from the Heart 18 July 2016 (Monday), 7 – 10pm   Session 2, Strengthen one’s power of observation & creative visualisation 19 July 2016 (Tuesday), 7pm – 10pm   Session 3, Creating characters & dialogue 20 July 2016 (Wednesday), 7pm – 10pm   Session 4, Working with a premise; Creating a dramatic plot 21 July 2016 (Thursday), 7pm – 10pm   Session 5, Conceptualise & Visualise the theatre space 22 July 2016 (Friday), 7pm – 10pm   Session 6, Deconstruct, structure & restructure and shaping the Narrative 23 July (Saturday), 10am – 1pm   Session 7, Delivering Creative Group Dynamics 23 July (Saturday), [...]

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  • 06/20/16--05:45: Art Through Our Eyes
  • Chua Mia Tee, Portable Cinema, 1977, Oil on canvas, 78.5 x 79.4 cm. Donated by Times Publishing LtdCollection of National Gallery Singapore. Image courtesy of National Heritage Board National Gallery Singapore recently announced an inaugural collaboration with five award-winning Southeast Asian film directors to commemorate Southeast Asian artworks. Titled ‘Art Through Our Eyes’, the directors will be producing five-minute short films inspired by artworks from the museum’s collection. The films are being produced with the support of the Singapore Film Commission. Currently in various stages of production, the films are intended to form an omnibus that will premiere at the end of this year. The Gallery is keen to premiere the films in conjunction with the Singapore International Film Festival, to be held in November and is currently in talks with the Festival. Eric Khoo, Singapore’s veteran film director behind iconic films such as Mee Pok Man and 12 Storeys, initiated the project. He also roped in fellow directors Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), Brillante Mendoza (Philippines), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia) and Joko Anwar (Indonesia). Fernando Cueto Amorsolo, Marketplace during the Occupation, 1942, Oil on canvas, 57 x 82 cm.Collection of National Gallery Singapore. Image courtesy of National Heritage Board© Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation Philippines. Khoo handpicked [...]

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  • 06/21/16--01:27: MBWY XI: Unwarranted Advice
  • Metaphors Be With You (MBWY) is a curated true personal story showcase held every six weeks at our studio. They are open to anyone who submits a story that meets the MBWY Submission Guidelines. The theme for the 4th show of 2016 is: Unwarranted Advice. Submission Deadline for Stories: June 27th 2016 There is no vice worse than bad advice. Have you ever received bad advice or unncessary advice from someone? Maybe you’ve given bad advice to someone. Either way the results were hilarious, tragic or hilariously tragic. Those are the stories we want! Show Details Date: Saturday, 16th July 2016 Time: 7.30pm Doors Open at 7.00pm VISIT http://methodactingasia.com/event/mbwy-xii.

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    The Creation of My Body is a story about beauty, and our perception of it. A memoir for the people who changed our life. It is the partner who ceased to be, the grandmother who passed on, the friend that went away but never left. Inspired from a series of intimate reflections on loss and growth, the production features an ensemble of nine women. Strangers, at first, but now, together, reexamining their bodies, their stories, and finding redemption. Directed By: Giovanni Ortega Date: June 24th. 25th, 26th Time: 8pm – 9pm To reserve tickets, email the following information to admin@hcac.sg Name: Email: Show Date: Number of Tix Required: VISIT http://methodactingasia.com/event/the-creation-of-my-body

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    This Summer, Sin Sin Fine Art proudly presents a refreshing group exhibition “Assembling” – Bronwen Shelwell co-curated with Sin Sin Man to bring together 5 artists with different cultural backgrounds who all based in Shenzhen, China. The content of Assembling includes ceramic, glass, installation, multimedia, painting and dance, all assembled to complement and connect with one another. Each artist has their own perspective while sharing the same thread of chance that brought them together. ASSEMBLING 貳+叁=伍 Exhibition Duration: 22 July – 21 Aug 2016 Participated Artist: Bronwen Shelwell – South Africa Marco Flagg – USA Tom Hayes – UK Zhang Kaiqin – China Opening Reception: 22 July 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm With performance by Spanish contemporary dancer Beatriz Abad Latorre – Spain ARTISTS PRESENT

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    And The Wind Falls In a bid to share the works and experiences of young Southeast Asian filmmakers with a wider audience, the Singapore International Film Festival is hosting open dialogue sessions that bring together Singaporean artists, writers, curators with emerging filmmakers. He Shuming and Marc Nair The second in this series is a conversation between He Shuming and Marc Nair on the themes of femininity present in Shuming’s work. An alumnus of LASALLE and the American Film Institute Conservatory, Shuming has written and directed several short films, and is currently based in Los Angeles and Singapore. Marc Nair is a local poet and photographer, both mediums that he draws on to discuss Shuming’s work. The event began with a brief introduction of Shuming and a screening of And The Wind Falls, a film he wrote and directed as a student at the American Film Institute Conservatory. With a morally ambiguous, relatable female lead and a conspicuous absence of male characters, the connection with that night’s theme was obvious. Discussion ranged from gender, misogyny, and class to issues of identity, including how Shuming was able to navigate the filmmaking process – as Asian, as Chinese, as male, as non-American or [...]

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    ‘B3: BELIA. BAHASA. BUDAYA’ is a project by Nusantara Arts (NA) with the vision of engaging youths through music, language and culture.   This initiative begins with a Puisi writing competition opened to all youths primarily from Secondary Schools, Centralised Institutions/Junior Colleges & Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL). Writers of the selected works will go through a 1-day workshop under the mentorship of Md Khair Md Yasin, Rafaat Haji Hamzah and Cikgu Khaziah Yem. These selected works will be transformed into original musical works by a team of youth composers led by NA Artistic Director, Zulkifli M. Amin. From an original Puisi, to an original piece of music; this combination will be performed at a concert by ‘Nusantara – an ensemble by Nusantara Arts’, which comprises of youth musicians. Nusantara uses kroncong instruments to deliver the original works, which will be performed with the essence of traditional Malay rhythms. Details at http://www.nstarts.sg/btiga

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  • 06/22/16--01:10: Imelda and Family
  • ReDot Fine Art Gallery is honoured to again feature Imelda (Yukenbarri) Gugaman, this year with several of her family members from Warlayirti Arts, an art centre in the remote Indigenous community of Balgo Hills which continues to produce some of the most important Indigenous artists of all time. Though the pieces vary between the soft ochres of Imelda, the vivacious colours by Theresa and Ann, and the bold talent of Geraldine and Madeline, all 30 paintings exemplify the artists’ painterly pointillism style, bringing the viewer into a remote landscapes and meandering, three dimensional topographical maps of the soakage waterhole sites of their beloved country. Exhibition: 7th July until 30th July 2016, open daily from 12:00 until 7:00pm Opening Reception: Thursday, 7th July from 6:30pm until 9:30pm and will be attended by featured artists Imelda (Yukenbarri) Gugaman and Ann Nowee.

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    ‘Memories of China’ will explore the resurgence of art in China after the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76 by featuring artists born near or during that period and display how they perceive China and art in China using the most traditional subject in Chinese painting—landscape. Artists being exhibited include Chen Junde, Guan Puxue, Mao Yigang, Song Huimin, Wang Keju, Wang Lu and Weng Kaixuan.   After the passing of Mao and Maoism in 1976, there was a new and refreshing chapter in the arts under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping—Chinese artists began to experiment with new subjects and techniques in their attempt to bring Chinese painting to a new height. Images of nature remained a potent source of inspiration for artists down to the present day. While the Chinese landscape has been transformed by millennia of human occupation, Chinese artistic expression has also been deeply imprinted with images of the natural world. It is clear that Chinese depictions of nature are seldom mere representations of the external world. Rather, they are expressions of the mind and heart of the individual artists—cultivated landscapes that embody the culture and cultivation of their masters. Exhibition: Thursday 14 July – 31 August 2016 Element Art [...]

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    The first fengshui Grand Master to hold an art exhibition in Singapore, Tan Khoon Yong’s works are inspired by I-Ching, an ancient oracle, a system of sixty-four hexagrams, showing permutations of yin yang lines, gives insights into the transformative energies of the questioner. In this exhibition, Tan characteristically connects his works to this philosophy, looking to simplicity for inspiration. Tan does not use many colours for his newer paintings; most of his newer works are either monochrome or vivid dual tone. Sometimes he eliminates colours altogether, using only black and white. In the collection, “Reflections – The Happy Life”, Tan uses lotus flowers as the main theme. The dual tone lotus paintings are brilliant in composition and form, the use of space is flattering. The vivid colours of the lotuses create a beautiful impasto effect dimension in his paintings. While the “Five Elements – Changing Seasons” collections, the use of monochrome colours provokes a wide array of emotions. The impasto effect creates a tactile imaginary landscape giving the impression of natural environment. Join us on the 3rd of July with Tan to hear him express his spiritual experience through his painting and his thoughts effectively on canvas. This is a [...]

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    In “She Ain’t Heavy, She’s Reaching Into Space”, Faye and Kai perform discussion and discuss performance using a format they created within the last 6 months. The format requires that they discuss what to perform, perform it, then debrief it after. This brings focus to the integral role of discussion in collaborative performance-making. They debate, agree with, and wait for each other’s feelings and thoughts. Are their arguments compositionally interesting enough to be considered a performance in themselves? Is their decision-making process vulnerable or guarded? How real can their discussion be when it is staged? Come witness Faye and Kai becoming premier self-referential dancer-discussers as they reveal their creative process and blur the line between studio and stage, rehearsal and performance, process and result. Date: 28 July – 30 July 2016 Time: 8pm (Approximately 80mins) Venue: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007 Ticket: $25.00 Standard $20.00 Concession (Students, NSF and Senior Citizens above 62) To buy your tickets, email at sheaintheavy@theatreworks.org.sg Find out more about She Ain’t Heavy, She’s Reaching into Space at our engagement blog at sheaintheavy2016.wordpress.com ‘ “Duets Do-It” (workshop by Eng Kai Er and Faye Lim) Immerse yourself in an alternative reflective workshop with Duets Do-It! Have [...]

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    AC43 Gallery proudly presents our very first art bazaar — an initiative that aims to help our collectors find new homes for treasured artworks that were previously part of their private collections. If you have a wall space to fill at home and have been looking around for affordable deals, this definitely speaks to you! Stand a chance to pick up a favorite piece at the price you offer amongst the variety of artworks that we have put together! Terms and conditions apply. Connect with us for more information and visit us to uncover these hidden gems! Exhibition Period: 25 June – 31 July 2016 Opening Hours: 12 to 7 daily Venue: AC43 Gallery¬¬ (please refer to address below) Contact Information: AC43 Gallery 231, Bain Street, #02-43 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231 Tel/Fax: +65 63360446 M: +65 81273984 https://www.facebook.com/ac43gallery

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    Explore the best of emerging talent from the Glasgow School of Art Singapore, a leading institution for creative education and research in fine art, design and architecture. The annual degree show will showcase a diverse range of inspiring works from prints, short films, installations, spatial concept models, put up by the 2016 graduating student cohort from the Communication Design and Interior Design programmes. Visit DECK between 9 to 15 July to discover the next generation of creative talent for yourself! Admission is free. DECK, 120A Prinsep Street, Singapore 187937 9 – 15 July 2016 Monday – Saturday 12pm – 7pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm www.facebook.com/GSofASingapore

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    The Map Competition is back. If you have an inner cartographer that you keep locked up, this is the summer of liberation. Call for Artists for Spring’s Wong Chuk Hang Map Competition 2016 Each year, Spring publishes an artist’s hand-made map of Hong Kong’s Wong Chuk Hang that is meant to guide folks around the area, while also serving as documentation of the supersonic evolution of the neighborhood. Spring wants you to be able to find the gems over here, so their map shows both new and established artspaces, eateries and a few beloved WCH landmarks. SPRING MAP COMPETITION: Spring Workshop seeks Hong Kong-based artists to create a neighbourhood map of Wong Chuk Hang. Map must be readable and clear and show certain key landmarks, but generally can be done in whatever style the artist wishes (hand-drawn or computer-rendered). The map that wins first prize will be used in Spring’s materials in print and online. The runner-up maps may be used by Spring in the future (with an additional payment made to the artist). Prizes: Each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive a cheque payment of HK$3,500, HK$1,500 and HK$1,000 respectively. For 2nd & 3rd place winners, an additional cheque payment of HK$2,000 will be given if the [...]

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    In front of 300+ people in the grand ballroom of the Four Seasons Hong Kong last week, The Sovereign Art Foundation publicly revealed the winner of the 2016 Sovereign Asian Art Prize – Asia’s most coveted award for contemporary art. Baptist Coelho, a Mumbai-based artist known for incorporating various media into his practice such as installation, video, sound, photography, performance and found objects, was declared the official winner and recipient of US$30,000, while Philippines-based artist duo Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan were awarded the Schoeni (or public vote) Prize and US$1,000. Baptist was understandably thrilled and said, “When I woke up the other morning and, with half-closed eyes, read the email informing me that I had won the main 2016 Sovereign Asian Art Prize award, I had to ask myself ‘is this a dream?’…only to realise it is for real! This recognition comes at a very poignant stage of my art practise and I am very grateful to the Sovereign Art Foundation for their support and to all who have been part of my journey. It was a pleasure to be part of the competition and to be a finalist amongst a group of such diverse and talented artists.” Baptist impressed [...]

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    Superhero Me presents an experiential art show for children and the young-at-heart to make a stand for a more inclusive Singapore through socially engaged art. The art show is created by more than 80 children and youths from diverse backgrounds. Whether wheelchairbound, hyperactive, or non-verbal, art became a means through which these children saw the possibilities in themselves and each other. Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of craft and storytelling workshops for all children. During the period of the exhibition, there will be a series of crafting workshops, puppetry sessions, and storytelling sessions for all children to enjoy. Visit www.superherome.sg for more updates on this project. Superhero Me is powered by Lien Foundation, National Arts Council and co-presented with Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film. 18/06/2016 – 17/07/2016

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