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    Sullivan + Strumpf is pleased to present its first solo exhibition in its Gillman Barracks space titled, ‘Gravity Tractor’, by Australian artist, Sam Leach. Leach’s practice explores the intersection of art history, philosophy and science, navigating between the convergence of representational imagery with abstract elements derived from data visualisation and analysis. Informed by 17th century Dutch painting, the artist depicts bucolic landscapes in a new series of paintings, and sculptural works using stones, which impart a sense of metaphor and myth. In these works, Leach traverses the realms of the real and the imaginary; the digital and the analog; the modern and the past. A gravity tractor is a theoretical device that uses gravity as a towline to deflect the trajectory of an asteroid or meteor that might collide with the Earth. In ‘Gravity Tractor’, Leach explores the relationship of celestial bodies and their impact on the formation and destruction of the planet, by using rocks as a medium and vehicle for both illustration and metaphor. Through his study of the geological past of rocks, the artist unveils their histories and explores the materiality and physicality. Rocks have endured the passing of time; as silent witnesses they collect the stories [...]

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    IMMAGINI Gallery is proud to present EMERGENCE, an exhibition of the works (various mediums) of 6 emerging artists recently graduated from LASALLE College Of The Arts,from 14th July 7 pm (Opening) to 20th July 6 pm @ The Canvas Gallery. Cassandra Koh Ling Wei Deveshi Goswami Doreen Chua Kayleigh Goh Leow Weili Raymond Wu Chief Curator : Billy Mork, IMMAGINI Gallery Co-curator: Raymond Wu EMERGENCE – “the act of becoming known or coming into view: the act of emerging”(Merriam Webster Dictionary). It is also a process whereby larger, complex pictures of similarities arise from the interaction or association of smaller elements that do not exhibit such qualities. EMERGENCE is about finding the answers to our uncertainties, and the materialisation of ideas, expressions, experimentations and research. Curated by Billy Mork, Chief Curator of IMMAGINI Gallery, this exhibition aims to showcase the works that caught his attention at the artists’s graduation shows to collectors, galleries and curators. Coming in as a fine art photographer, architect and curator, the works were personally selected by Billy Mork to show the intricities of how each artist handles their own specific medium, to create visual compositions of shapes, movements, details, and structures. IMMAGINI Gallery supports young and [...]

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  • 07/04/16--01:06: Zao Wou-Ki: No Boundaries
  • STPI Gallery is pleased to present ‘Zao Wou-Ki: No Boundaries’, an extraordinary selection of over 40 prints, ink works, watercolours and paintings by the late French-Chinese abstract painter, on loan from a private collection. Charting the evolution of Zao Wou-Ki’s illustrious career from 1950s to the early 2000s, this concise retrospective highlights how the artist renewed his art through various forms and influences, unveiling in particular, a lesser-known side of the painter whose printmaking practice reflects his ceaseless creativity and growth. Like his paintings, they display the strength, versatility and development of one who straddled two traditions to produce seminal works of great art historical value and significance. Zao Wou-Ki: No Boundaries Notable for having pushed boundaries in his lifelong quest for new artistic forms, Zao’s impressive career spanning decades is marked by an oeuvre that unites the cultures and aesthetic traditions of the Orient and the Occident on a single painterly surface. This synthesis, which caused the critic Wim Toesbosch to contemplate the ambiguous placement of Zao’s visionary and cultural identity – whether one ought to refer to the maestro as “[the] most Western of all Chinese painters…” or more rightly so as “the most Chinese of all Parisian [...]

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  • 07/07/16--10:06: Pop Art Dogs
  • Here’s a wonderful, bright, fun, tribute to your best friend. The latest project by Jiri Bures. His work has been showcased in museums and galleries around the world. website www.jiribures.co.uk

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    Art, history and heritage come together to form an inspiring backdrop for TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2016!   Held at Gillman Barracks, this year’s venue is a cluster of pre-war colonial buildings that were built in 1936. Once housing the British army, it became the site of a fierce battle as one of the last British posts to fall to the Japanese in 1942 – before being sold, in 1971, to the Singapore Armed Forces as a training ground for a grand total of $1.00. Today, the ground’s military barracks have been transformed into a swanky arts centre, comprising an enclave of cool contemporary art galleries. Come along for a tour of the space and find out facts as well as real-life stories of this historical venue. Immerse yourself and let your writing be inspired by the unique blend of art, history and heritage of Gillman Barracks. One of the winning scripts from this year’s competition will be developed into a full production that will tour the South East District in the first quarter of 2017. Have an idea you can’t get out of your head? Here’s your chance. Join now and start writing! 1st Prize: S$700 2nd Prize: S$500 [...]

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    Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has demolished the ‘Puncak Purnama’ (‘Lunar Peaks’) sculpture on Jalan Sultan Sulaiman created by late National Laureate Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal, and the local art community is not happy. According to The Star, the DBKL sign board on site stated that the demolition was part of the rejuvenation works on the landscape, which was described as ‘lifeless’.   Meanwhile, a report by The Malay Mail Online quoted Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, who claimed that DBKL had received ‘complaints against the sculpture from the public.’ He went on to explain that demolition was the ‘best option’ in this case as the sculpture was ‘becoming an eyesore and we did not want it to be bothersome to people.’ The local art community has since expressed its disagreement towards the sudden demolition. Balai Seni Visual Negara hosted a press conference today to bring the issue to light. Chairman of the gallery Dato’ Mahadzir Lokman said that they are aggrieved as DBKL could have asked them or any of the other art galleries and institutions for input. As it’s now too late to do anything about it (‘nasi sudah menjadi bubur’), the chairman emphasised that [...]

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    In the earliest period of the conflict in wartime Vietnam, the First Indochina War (1946-1954), many artists in North Vietnam were involved in supporting the communist-led Revolution against French colonial control. However, the most senior of these artists had in fact trained in the colonial-period art school established by the French in Hanoi, from the 1920s-1940s. Dr Phoebe Scott, Curator at National Gallery Singapore, discusses these artists and their students approached their art, as well as art exhibitions and education, assessing their colonial past while they navigated a complex new socio-political terrain. Image: Phan Ke An (Kich), The Soldiers of the Capital’s Division, 1950, Woodcut print on paper, 34 x 24.5cm. Collection of Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran. Used by permission of Dato’ N. Parameswaran. All rights reserved. 7pm, 14 July 2016, NUS Museum Free admission with registration / becomingrevolutionary.peatix.com

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    OPEN CALL – The Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee organizes the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival. We are calling for entries which display new forms of expression reflecting our present time.   Japan Media Arts Festival Official Website: http://festival.j-mediaarts.jp/en/ Japan Media Art Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Japanese: Media Geijutsu) that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media – from animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. Entries are sought from professional, amateur, independent and commercial creators across the globe. Works must be completed or released between Sept 10th, 2015 and Sept 9th, 2016. OPEN CALL for the Japan Media Arts Festival OPEN CALL for the Japan Media Arts Festival Entry period: July 7th 2016 – September 9th 2016. (18:00 Japan Standard Time)  

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    The Private Museum is proud to present Han Sai Por: Secret Landscapes – A Bali Purnati Artist Residency by one of Singapore’s leading sculptors and cultural medallion recipient, Han Sai Por. The exhibition marks the second collaboration between Yayasan Bali Purnati and The Private Museum.   This is Han’s inaugural solo acrylic-medium focused exhibition featuring a selection of fifteen acrylic-on-canvas paintings inspired by her recent Bali Purnati artist residency. As the renowned artist is widely known for her sculptural work—stone sculptures in particular—the collection also showcases a pair of elegant black granite and white marble sculptures. Nature has always been one of Han’s core influences in her practice. With vigor and tenacity, she immersed herself in the rich textures of natural landscapes and traversed in the untamed terrains of the mystical Indonesian island of Bali. The highlights of the exhibition include artistic interpretations of various geographical visits: the volcanic regions of Mount Batur and Mount Agung, the pristine beaches of Amed, Ketewel and Bias Tugel, the crashing waves of Water Blow Nusa Dua, and the expansive rice terraces of Jatiluwih. As an alumna of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Han’s visit to Bali resonates with the historic Bali field trip [...]

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    Unwind after work at hôtel vagabond and emulate the masters of art, both in art and in life. With a bespoke, artist-inspired cocktail in one hand and charcoal in the other, come explore the artistic style of Picasso. Let your creativity flow as you listen to music from Picasso’s lifetime, and learn from the artists of the Uncanned Art collective. Immerse yourself in the Salon space as you indulge in food, drink and art – all the finer things in life.   Workshop fees applicable. Includes: One free sketchbook, one free black ink pen brush, one free artist-inspired cocktail, free flow dry drawing materials, drawing activities and unlimited guidance from Uncanned Art artists. Get your tickets at http://peatix.com/event/183117

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    FOST Gallery is pleased to present In Light of the Ephemeral Silence, a solo exhibition by Eric Chan. Inspired by elements of Western cinematic traditions, each work in Chan’s new series of paintings is akin to a still frame from a film noir. We are confronted with scenes in tonal palettes of an imposing snow-capped mountain range concealed by blocks of colour, a forest of trees silhouetted in mist, crashing waves veiled by strips of light, amongst other atmospheric scapes. Each painting divulges as much as it obscures, and laden with a teetering expectation of what to expect after the fog clears, but Chan never reveals the next frame. The paintings are mise-en-scène to the vicissitudes of life, but Chan keeps the actors just outside the shot and never presents them. Therefore what might have been just the background is thrust to the fore, quietly challenging the viewer to contemplate and celebrate the inconsequential and inscrutable, a very human experience that is often elusive and yet intense for Chan. The tension between the hyper-realistic rendition and mysterious glowing bands of light and neon shadows is palpable and interrupts the logical reading of the paintings. The truth is deliberately withheld and [...]

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    Colours in Motion – Visceral Vision is a collaborative showcase of artworks expressed through two mediums — dancing and painting. Coming from diverse backgrounds, visual artist Jaxton Su & Dance Artist Chen Jiexiao have coalesced their experiences by forming the Colours in Motion project, bringing together 6 artists and 6 dancers to instinctively express their visceral intent through corporeal involvement. Featuring works by: Alexandra Teng, Artania Raharso, Clarissa Maskilone, Charles Li, Chen Jiexiao, Daniel Chong, Denise Lim, Jaxton Su, Jean Wong, Marie Law, MaryAnn Loo, Natasha Neo, Stephanie Lee & Wee Lin Opening Reception: 12 Aug, 6-10pm Artist talk, 7-8pm Performance, 8-9pm Exhibition date and time: 12-13 Aug, 10am-10pm Enquiries: coloursinmotionsg@gmail.com

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    Enjoy an evening of charming music with Brazilian soprano Taiana Froes at the Botanic Gardens, as the free concert PianoBotanica is returning for its fourth edition on Sunday 11 September, from 6pm to 7pm. Froes will be performing a number of popular songs written by famous Brazilian composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Gomes and Chiquinha Gonzaga at PianoBotanica. She’ll be supported by young Singaporean pianist extraordinaire Benjamin Boo, who had been dubbed a “wunderkind” by the local media. So grab your family, friends, and your picnic basket, and get ready to end your weekend on a high note! PianoBotanica a night of music with Brazilian soprano Taiana Froes & Singaporean pianist Benjamin Boo Date/Time: 11 September 2016, Sunday, 6pm – 7pm Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage Admission: Free pianobotanica.com #pianobotanica

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    A Playback Theatre performance. An interactive event. An improvisational form. A community theatre engagement. A dialogue about issues that concern us.   Where are we going? What is our destination? What kind of society do we want to be a part of?What will our country be like in the future? What is the world coming to? What can we do now, to build the world we want to live in? In Playback Theatre, the audience is invited to share moments and stories triggered by the theme. Performers will then spontaneously enact them in short dramatic vignettes, using elements of cloth, music, movement, and spoken word. Come and join us. Share a story. Watch another’s story. Build community with us. Friends from the Deaf Community are welcome to join us! Please leave us a message to tell us or email us at tapestry.ticketing@gmail.com. Sign Language interpretation will be available ONLY for the show on Sept 17th. =) Tickets from WhereAreWeGoin.peatix.com. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Where Are We Going” is a Global initiative of the Centre for Playback Theatre. Playback groups in different parts of the world are exchanging practice methodology, information, and best practices, and will perform to the same theme in the months [...]

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    “The world is your playground. Why aren’t you playing?” Ellie Katz As part of the SG 51 Season, RawGround – a creative platform for company artists- turns into an imaginative playground for developing original voices via innovative collaborations.   Inspired by local writers, our creators achieve their own ingenuity through rediscovering and experimenting with the dialogue between literary text and movement. Date: 8, 9, 10 15, 16 & 17 September 2016 Time: 8pm Venue: RAW Moves Studio. Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block B, #01-08, Singapore 439053 Tickets at rawground2016@peatix.com Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise the programme cost. There is a subsidy of up to 50% of the programme cost for mainstream schools, and up to 70% of the programme cost for Special Education Schools. For ticketing enquiries, please contact rawmoves.tix@gmail.com

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    The Orbits of Colour features 20 recent artworks by US-trained artist Wong Keen. Extending across mediums like rice paper, archive paper, collage and canvas, the preoccupation with form and gesture – a consistent feature in Wong Keen’s oeuvre – remains a guiding principle in these expansive compositions built on intercalated colour zones and dynamic momentum of brushwork. SAMSUNG CSC With its abundance of colours and audacious use of acrylic paint; and quite often, collage and monoprint techniques, Wong Keen’s work renews the formalistic conventions of Chinese ink painting and pushes the fluid, evocative gesture of brushwork to its limit. This latest series reflects his decades of immersion in Colour-field painting and innovative Chinese ink wash aesthetics, with the largest painting on showcase spanning 3 metres in length. 30th July – 17th August 2016 Address Block 231 Bain Street, #02-43 / #03-39 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231. Gallery Opening Hours Monday – Sunday : 12.00 noon – 7.00pm Tel/Fax #02: (65) 6336 0446 Tel/Fax #03: (65) 6336 4240 Handphone : (65) 9747 9046 Email : souping@artcommune.com.sg

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    Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay invites everyone to Our Esplanade Estate to celebrate Singapore’s 51st birthday during its National Day Celebrations from 7 – 9 August 2016. With the National Day Parade returning to the National Stadium after 10 years, Esplanade will create its very own mini parade at this three-day festival to add excitement to the celebrations. Entitled Spirit of the Parade, the mini parade features heart-thumping beats and sonorous bagpipes of the Singapore Women Police Pipes and Drums at the Esplanade Courtyard and a spectacular formation display comprising a drumline and dancing Colour Guards by award-winning, 70-member Deyi Military Band at the Esplanade Forecourt Garden. To encourage everyone to be involved in the celebrations, members of the public will also be able to help build larger-than-life Esplanade-inspired sculptures under the guidance of cardboard sculptor Bartholomew Ting at the Esplanade Concourse. As shopping and eating are amongst the top pastimes of Singaporeans, another big draw will be the Festival Village along the Esplanade Waterfront, the biggest ever outdoor bazaar at Esplanade which will feature over 50 stalls selling locally-produced artisanal goods and delicious treats! We are also partnering the Urban Sketchers for a special edition of National Day [...]

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      The iconic SNF celebrates the passion of creation with this year’s theme, Inventions and Innovation, returning to the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct for a spectacular ninth edition. Join the revelry as science fiction and fantasy intertwine in unforgettable performances and light art, inspired by the zeal that drove inventors in their quest to discover the new and unconventional. Visitors can look forward to an exciting line-up of immersive activities and performances from local and international acts. 19 & 20, 26 & 27 August 2016 Various venues around the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct www.nightfest.sg | #SGNightFest

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  • 08/04/16--02:33: ‘short stories’
  • The French Bookshop’s Artist Of The Month, Maya Bhalla, presents a collection of work titled, ‘short stories’. These include works in oil on linen, acrylic paintings, ceramics, and sculpture. These works are inspired by the written word, be they from the writings of the artist herself, stories, novels or poetry. Created over a period of years, these ‘short stories’, have found a home for the month of September at The French Bookshop in Tiong Bahru.

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  • 08/04/16--02:35: Go Market
  • Maya Gallery invites you to our inaugural edition of GO MARKET – their very own art & design flea market where you can get handmade crafts and jewellery, well designed stationery, homemade bakes and kuih-kuih, books (incl preloved), art, pottery and limited prints. And all at affordable prices!

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