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Friday, September 10, 2004

Opening reception: 15 Sep 04 (Wed), 7.30pm
Guest of Honour: Mr Koeh Sia Yong

Venue: p-10 @ 10 Perumal Road Singapore 218777 (near Farrer Park MRT Exit B)
Exhibition period: 16 Sep to 14 Oct (By appointment only)

Inspired by Koh Nguang How’s brand of empirical formula in his research of Singapore art, this exhibition is based on an error in print or in writing (to be contested), in the book Channels & Confluences: A History of Singapore Art published by the National Heritage Board/Singapore Art Museum in 1996.

What stands between these two numbers: ‘0’ and ‘9’? This exhibition charts the unravelling of (Singapore Art) History as we know it, as a result of Koh’s ‘archaeological finds’ as he excavates the ‘ruins’ left behind or forgotten. The status of this erratum is pending but not final. History needs the confluences of dialogues and perpetual re-orderings to maintain its relevance to the times.

A result of p-10’s first residency project.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call +65 6294-0041 or visit

Sponsored by National Arts Council and Kuok (S) Ltd.
Supported by Killiney Kopitiam Group of Companies and The Artists Village.


Newly Established in 2004, un-titled Gallery is a gallery that caters to the needs of young and up-and-coming artists, as well as open to established artists. Occupying 800sq feet of prime retail space in the heart of the Central Business District, un-titled is strategically located to take advantage of the human traffic.

un-titled provides exhibition space and exhibition management services to a diverse and vibrant range of artists. Our other services include, cataloguing artists’ portfolios for client reference, promoting artists, organising themed exhibitions, and conducting art related workshops.

un-titled would like to represent you, the artist, and your artwork. We believe that all forms of art have their niche market, and would like the artist’s work to be appreciated and recognized.

un-titled Gallery, China Square Central, Marsh & McLennan Centre, 18 Cross Street
#B1-21, Singapore 048423
Gallery Hours: 11am to 8pm Mondays to Saturdays, (Sundays and public holidays by Appointment only)
Enquiries: Please call the gallery at +65 65387050


Art rarely stands alone. We believe in the emergence of art as social commentary, emotive surfacing of intellectual and cultural currents. un-titled stands on this edge, between craft and evocation. Recognising that art is not one product, but a process involving multiple authorships, un-titled invites you to take possession of a work of art through interpretation.

At un-titled, our mission is to provide an outlet for young artists to showcase their works. un-titled aims to give a face to the exciting and exuberant talent that is developing rapidly in the vibrant arts scene in Singapore.

un-titled also encourages young artists and established, professional artists to come together through group exhibitions at the gallery. un-titled strongly believes the coming together of youth and experience can be mutually inspirational.

All media of artwork are welcome at un-titled— be it Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, Installation, New Media Art etc. un-titled unequivocally advocates all forms of expression. The gallery will be kept refresh and dynamic through the presence of different artists with varied styles to encompass a wider range of artistic expressions.

Please call the gallery for enquires.


Thursday, September 09, 2004

Dear Creative Hands friends!

September has started with much action at our Store!

Scroll down to find out more….

J See you soon!


Ngee Ann City

Hobbies & Craft #04-20C (t) 67381690

Fine Arts #04-20B (t) 67382792


Our August Sales was such a riot; we have everyone demanding for more!

So there you go…we are EXTENDING the Sales to 30 September 2004!

Winsor & Newton brushes are offered at 40-60% off*; Artist grade paints are incredibly affordable now at 30-50% off*; Marabu Craft Paints (for glass painting, ceramics, textile, marbling, T-shirt transfer, windows etc) are still HOT as ever with a BUY 3 GET 2 FREE promotion!

And if you are a Stamper or Scrap-booker; Tsukineko Ink Pads, Rubber Stamps, 12x12” papers, albums and acid-free Herma adhesive are offered at unbelievable prices!

Our Sale promises REAL DEALS. J

~ Our Promise for Good Value ~

Creative Hands believes in creating value for our customers. With the recent price increase on European brands (due to the rocketing exchange rates!!), we’ve been racking our brains how to work through this.

Here’s the new label you’ll see in Creative Hands: “BULK BUY GOOD PRICE” with our popular ranges, including Winton Oils, Galeria Acrylic Paints & Cotman Watercolours. (more ranges coming along the way).

* When you buy 5 colours or more, expect to pay 30% less!

* When you buy 10 colours or more, expect to pay 40% less!

Now that’s a good reason to continue painting and not have to scrimp on your favourite paints!



Come September, the Hobbies & Craft store is bringing to you NEW craft products!


You’ll find Calligraphy Pens, Brush Pens, Duo-tip Writers, Opaque writers and Dotta-riffic- a fun dimension dotting pen! A complete acid free range of Glue Pens is also available now.


Introducing Palm Wax…the environmentally friendly natural wax that will burn longer and with less smoke! An extensive range of colours and scents are now available. Demonstrations and classes will be arranged soon!

Available in 250g, 500g and 1kg, soft & pliable PLUS clay will be hit with both kids & adults

Card making is back in style! These new ranges of products promise hours of fun for children & adults; and you can incorporate these great ideas with Rubber Stamping and Scrapbooking too!

Tapizz: using coloured thread and templates, create frilly borders for your designs. ( )

Papuela: Paper weaving with templates and tackies (

Incire: using templates and duo-coloured paper, cut and fold paper to create interesting designs (

Spirelli: using a template and strings, weave creative borders for any designs


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(1) START SCRAPBOOKING- Frances Beretta

$40 for a session, Tue 10am –1pm


(hurry! Limited spaces. Register at Creative Hands)

Learn how to create acid-free memory albums that preserves your photos and becomes a create conversation piece!

(2) Chankerk’s Painting Class – Oil, Watercolour, Drawing

$220 for 10 sessions

(3) Folkart Decorative Painting - Shivali Keshav Agrawal

$100 for 4 sessions

Classes available at Creative Hands on Thursdays 11a.m-1.30pm.

Other sessions at the Artist's Studio & Junior classes are available too.

(4) Rubber Stamps and Paper Craft – Goh Hui Lian

Course lengths varies. Please check website.


The Black Forest Cake Project 2004
by Ye Shufang

Artist Talk
15 September (weds) 7- 8.30 p.m.
Exhibition runs from 8 – 18 September
Gallery Hours: Tues- Saturdays 11a.m.- 7p.m.

The consumption of cakes on ceremonial occasions has its basis in ancient and religious rituals. The Greeks, the English, the Chinese, the Celts, the Slavs - all made cakes at particular times of the year for purposes of worship and celebration. Today, we continue to make/ buy/ serve/ consume cake to mark birthdays, anniversaries and other significant junctures of the life cycle.

In this exhibition, the Black Forest cake serves as an example of how traditions, histories and cultures can be experienced in a simple cake, perhaps as important as that which can be experienced in art. The Black Forest cake which originates from the Black Forest region of Germany, has traversed cultures, continents & centuries to become one of the most popular cakes in Singapore.

Of special pertinence to the project is the dialogue - the negotiations between the artist and the other participants who are her collaborators here. In the time leading up to the exhibition, Shufang has spoken to over 80 representatives of hotels, cafes, bakeries and independent bakers in all. Although we are not privy to the actual dialogue, the exchanges are present in the gallery in the form of the individual cakes on display.

This method of working through engagement with the non-art making public and, especially through food making processes is particular to Shufang’s oeuvre. In the past, she has brought the element of ‘masak masak” into the formal gallery, creating large-scale installations and paintings with such material as balloons, chocolate, jelly and cotton candy. Shufang’s work is grounded in conceptual art practice and, references and extends the tradition of the readymade kick-started by Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ at the start of the 20th Century.

* Equipment supplied by Lowe Refrigeration

Ye Shufang’s exhibition credits include small sweets, a solo exhibition at Cemeti Art House, Indonesia 2004; TOYS, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore 2003; OPEN2002, Lungomare Marconi, Venice 2002; Floating Chimeras, Edsvik Art and Culture Centre, Sweden 2002; USEby: Asia Pacific Artist Initiatives Projects, 200 Gertrude Stree, Australia 2001; and text & subtext, Contemporary Asian Women Artists, the X-Ray Art Centre, China 2003. She has also exhibited at The Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Denmark; The Stenersenmuseum, Norway and Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Australia.


Fine art photographs by photo artist Lucia Messeguer

Exhibition running from the 21 October – 11 November

Wednesday through Friday from 12-6 pm

Located at B2G Gallery

33 Everton Road Singapore 089388

For more information about the exhibition, B2G gallery, and interview with the artist or an invitation to the opening reception please contact

Christopher Palm.

Or email

Chris and followed by

You may request for:
A publishable advertisement for the event
The artists biography
A description of the works to be exhibited written by the niece of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s greatest artists.


Wednesday, September 08, 2004

SG Private Banking Gallery,
Alliance Francaise de Singapour
1 Sarkies Road, Singapore 258130
Contact: +65 6833 9314 Fax: +65 6733 3023

‘Moments & Moods’
An Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Dr Chio Chen Lee-Foon

17th – 21st September 2004

SINGAPORE, Monday, 16 August 2004

Alliance Française de Singapour is proud to present Dr Chio Chen Lee-Foon’s first solo exhibition ‘Moments & Moods’ at the SG Private Banking Gallery for the month of September.

Painting mostly in an impressionistic manner, painter Dr Chio displays the essence of a tranquil landscape. Her passion for art began in the early years when she was practicing Chinese brush painting under the tutelage of the late Dr Chen Wen Hsi. She later took a certificate course in Western art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. This was followed by painting using oil medium, with leading Singapore artists culminating in this exhibition of her works titled ‘Moments & Moods’.

These oil paintings are of nature, sky, landscape and seascape done in varied styles; the subject & style expressed reflects the mood of the moment.

Dr Chio Chen Lee-Foon is a clinical & research biochemist with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Singapore and a Ph.D. from the University of California, USA. She is a member of the Singapore Art Society.

“Art is dynamic; each piece evokes a myriad of feelings & responses
It is not to be described but best left to the viewer.”

- Dr Chio Chen Lee-Foon


Title : Moments and Moods

Artist : Dr Chio Chen Lee-Foon, Singapore

Dates : 17 – 21 September 2004

Venue : SG Private Banking Gallery,
Alliance Française de Singapour, 4th Floor
1 Sarkies Road, Singapore 258130

Gallery Hours : Friday to Tuesday, 11am to 6pm

Admission : Free



Plastique Kinetic Worms cordially invites you to the opening of Ye Shufang’s new exhibition, The Black Forest Cake Project. Through a luscious installation of Black Forest cakes, the exhibition explores aspects of the ephemeral through collaborations and the 'ready-made'.


Opening: 8 September 2004, 6.30 pm
Exhibition: 8 September - 18 September 2004
Artist talk: 15 September 2004, 7 pm

Ye Shufang received her MFA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and is currently a postgraduate lecturer at LASALLE-SIA, College of the Arts. Her previous works have used materials such as agar-agar, breath and cotton candy, and have employed processes of cooking, blowing balloons and spinning sugar to examine the role of the artist, the art-making process and the value of art.


Angie The Choice
Cake Avenue
cedele by bakery depot
dotpoko bakeshop
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel
Karen Cheok
Mayson Bakery
Secret Recipe
Singapore Marriott Hotel
Sweet Secrets Pastry Shop
The Patissier
The Hilton Singapore

We hope you will enjoy this exhibition, and look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.
Please RSVP Jeannine at 6292 7783 or email admin and followed by

Plastique Kinetic Worms

61 Kerbau Road
Singapore 219185
Telephone: 6292 7783
Fascimile: 6292 2936
PKW opens from Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7 pm.


Monday, September 06, 2004

Hi Mosaic art lovers,

Now you can make your first mosaic art piece, by joining the beginner’s workshop at Mosaico.

Workshop One: 3 sessions (All Mondays)
Dates: 20 Sept’04, 27 Sept’04 and 4 Oct’04.
Time: 2pm – 3.45pm (1.45hrs)

Workshop Two: 3 sessions (All Wednesdays)
Dates: 22 Sept’04, 29 Sept, 04 and 6 Oct’04.
Time: 7pm - 8.45pm (1.45 hrs)

Workshop Three: 3 sessions (All Thursdays)
Dates: 23 Sept’04, 30 Sept’04 and 7 Oct’04
Time: 7pm – 8.45pm (1.45 hrs)

The workshop will cover brief history/evolution of mosaic, techniques and creating your own piece.

Cost of Workshop: $480nett (All materials and tools are provided)
Payment: Cash or cheque payable to “Mosaico Pte Ltd”
Things to bring: A simple image or picture that is no bigger than 25cm x 25cm.
Workshop to be held at: 43, Jalan Merah Saga, #02-64, S’pore 278115.

Minimum 4 person to start each workshop, Maximum 6 person per workshop. Enrollment is based on first come first serve basis, upon full payment.
Please make full payment in advance personally, before the day of the workshop begins.

To book, please email to Iris Tan at email iris and followed by, or visit the studio (from 6 Sept) for full enrollment.

Let's join in the fun of making mosaic together...

Best regards,
Iris Tan
Mosaico Pte Ltd
43, Jalan Merah Saga
#02-64 S'pore 278115
Tel/Fax: 64711090
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri (11am - 7pm)
Sat (11am - 4pm)


Daniel K, the creator of AmateurProvokateur

There needs no introduction to this design enthusiast. A firm believer that
genres exist in design. DJ wannabe. Amateur drum player. Failed
skateboarder. Downtempo fanatic. A skirt-chaser.

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You are cordially invited to the opening reception of

An Odyssey
Through Nature
Rue Abdul's first solo

printmaking exhibition

Thursday 9th Sept 2004 7 pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road 2nd Level
Tel: 6226 2605
Mon-Sat 11.30 am - 8 pm
Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs to Sunday 19th Sept 2004.

There is the beauty of the natural world. And there is the beauty of printmaker Rue Abdul's (Rokiahati’s) world, a sublimation of the changing patterns observed in the natural world, as it careens between order and disorder through the passage of time. Between the former and the latter, there is the eye of the artist, the sharpness of her observation and the skill of her incredibly complex technique as she translates her visions into multi-layered, multi-hued discourses, at once record of and development upon Nature in the artist’s own inimitable style.


New Pop Art Collection to Attract Everyone to

Japanese Modern Painting

Painting for Joy: New Japanese Painting in 1990s

4 – 20 September, 10 am to 7 pm, Gallery

Singapore, 3 September 2004 – From 4 to 20 September, The Arts House will present an exhibition of contemporary works by young and new Japanese visual artists who just about believe that as far as painting is concerned, anything goes.

Comprising 55 paintings by nine leading Japanese contemporary artists, Painting for Joy: New Japanese Painting in 1990s showcases a variety of styles that highlights various treatments of comic icons to subjects of everyday life. The artists include Takanobu Kobayashi, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara and Makoto Aida. Painting for Joy is a touring exhibition of the Japan Foundation.

The artists in this exhibition were born in the 1960s and grew up in an age of rapid technological and information development. As The Arts House’s Director for Artistic Development, Mr Phan Ming Yen points out: “These artists lived through an era of prosperity as well as the subsequent bursting of that wealth bubble. I like to think that giving the social and economic times they lived through, their art open and reflect the diversity of vistas of communication between art and society. The Arts House believes that this accessibility will draw and engage people from all backgrounds to the varied styles and trends in contemporary Japanese art and consequently gain insights into contemporary Japanese society.”

Mr Kunio Nakamura, Director, Japan Information and Culture Centre, Embassy of Japan said, “This is the first collection of Japanese modern paintings gathered by the Japan Foundation. Since 1999 when this collection started travelling around the world as Painting for Joy: New Japanese Painting in 1990s, it has been exhibited in various countries. I am pleased to have this opportunity to present this exhibition in Singapore, especially at this historical venue, The Arts House at the Old Parliament.

Mr Nakamura continued, “In this collection, you may discover a fresh expression of Japanese new pop littered with comic-like characters. Oriental or traditional and Western influences are also reflected in these unique paintings. I believe that through this collection you can catch a glimpse of the Japan of today, as well as a society that exudes many different aspects.”

The artists in this exhibition have won international acclaim not only in the fine arts but also in design and fashion.

The collection has been to Bangkok, Chiangmai and Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, and will go to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after its Singapore stop this year.

The exhibition will run from 4 to 20 September 2004 in The Arts House Gallery. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

* Annex I

List of Works in Painting for Joy: New Japanese Painting in 1990s

Makoto Aida

Pavement of Yukiko Okada 1992 oil on canvas

Design 1990-92 tempera and oil on chalk grounded board with


Yoshitaka Echizenya

Afunpar 1993 acrylic and Indian ink on canvas (triptych)

Miran Fukuda

Portrait 1997 acrylic on panel with shaped canvas

Landscape 1997 acrylic on panel

Kewpie Mayonnaise 1997 acrylic on panel

Takanobu Kobayashi

Hand (with spoon) 1997 oil on canvas

Hand (with chopsticks) 1997 oil on canvas

Dog 1998 oil on panel

Gate 1998 acrylic on canvas

Naofumi Maruyama

Untitled 1995 acrylic on cotton

Untitled 1995 acrylic on cotton

Flower Vase 1996 acrylic on cotton

Iron Pot 1996 acrylic on cotton

Takashi Murakami

I can’t touch (blue & red) 1996 acrylic on canvas

(2 pieces)

The King’s Seat of Two 1997 acrylic on canvas

Dimensional Perspective

- Sister Eyeglass

The King’s Seat of Two 1997 acrylic on canvas

Dimensional Perspective

- Backdraft Tokyo

The King’s Seat of Two 1997 acrylic on canvas

Dimensional Perspective

- Discovering Japan ‘Light’

The King’s Seat of Two 1997 acrylic on canvas

Dimensional Perspective

- Superhuman Olympic

The King’s Seat of Two 1997 acrylic on canvas

Dimensional Perspective

- Smells like

The King’s Seat of Two 1997 acrylic on canvas

Dimensional Perspective


The King’s Seat of Two 1997 acrylic on canvas

Dimensional Perspective

- HIKARI Superexpress

Armed Man

The King’s Seat of Two 1997 acrylic on canvas

Dimensional Perspective


The King’s Seat of Two 1997 acrylic on canvas

Dimensional Perspective

- Back Beat

The King’s Seat of Two 1997 acrylic on canvas

Dimensional Perspective

- Thunderbolt

Yoshitomo Nara

In the White Room II 1995 acrylic on cotton

Abandoned 1996 acrylic on cotton

Sleepless Night 1997 acrylic on cotton

(with paintbrush)
Little Riding Red Hood 1997 acrylic on cotton

Frog 1998 acrylic on cotton

Nobuhiko Nukata

Jungle Gym 97-27 1997 oil on canvas

Jungle Gym 97-31 1997 oil on canvas

Jungle Gym 97-32 1997 oil on canvas

Jungle Gym 97-33 1997 oil on canvas

Taro Chiezo

Boy I 1997 oil on canvas

Boy II 1997 oil on canvas

Imaginary Mountain 1997 oil on canvas


About The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation is the first specialist organisation for international cultural exchange in Japan. It was established in 1972 as a special legal entity to undertake international cultural exchange. The organisation promotes cultural and arts exchange, overseas Japanese language and Japanese education/study and intellectual exchange. Moreover, it supports the collection and provision of international exchange information. For further information, please visit

About The Arts House

Opened on 26 March 2004, The Arts House is Singapore’s newest arts and heritage venue. Built in 1827, the former Parliament House is the only gazetted government building which has been designated as a performance space. It seeks to connect audiences with artists and arts organizations through a broad spectrum of contemporary arts and entertainment events which will fully engage them. The Arts House is managed by Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit




(Thursday) 28 October to 18 November (optional extension to 3 Dec)

Consummate Consumption: Sex Violence & Pop Corn

Curatorial Brief

In In/Different Spaces: Places & Memory in Visual Culture by Victor Burgin, the experience of leaving the cinema is described as “a bit like getting out of bed: not always easy.” “Lassitude, inertia, torpor; a body becomes soporific, soft, limp; a loss of reality, a porosity to the strangeness of the world, a hallucinatory vivacity of sensations” - these have been ascribed to the subject who has “fallen prey to the filmic state”.

Exactly what happens at the cinema?

Plastique Kinetic Worms invite artists to examine/critique/parody the social, psychological, cultural habits of going to the cinema.

Works may be in any medium.

Submissions in the form of written concepts, including sketches and budget estimates should reach PKW no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 15.

Successful submissions will receive a modest artist fee and part material costs.

Applicants will be informed by September 17.

The Worms Festival is a multi-disciplinary event hosted by Plastique Kinetic Worms annually since 1998. The festival aims to encourage dialogues/ conversations on culture and the contemporary art practice. Plastique Kinetic Worms is a not-for-profit artists-run space dedicated to producing critical and theoretically informed works. It is about engendering the artist’s practice by encouraging research, reflection and cross cultural/cross discipliinary collaborations. It is that exciting, autonomous space of possibility - between the art-school and the art museum.

Please email response to:
vehicle [vehicle and followed by]
Dana Lam, Director, PKW


Tan Yen Peng

Singaporean artist graduated from NAFA and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in the UK. She had her 1st solo exhibition - "Plugged-in" - in 1997. She works with oil, acrylic and installation.

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Tan Swie Hian is holding an exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum.
The exhibition, launched by President SR Nathan on Tuesday evening, is entitled "Embracing Infinity" and features 45 of his recent works, including paintings, calligraphy, sculptures and prints.

This is Tan's first solo show since receiving the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award and the Meritorious Service Medal last year. Tan was awarded Singapore's Cultural Medallion in 1987.

The works are on display till December 19 2004.


The Singapore Art Museum, together with the Juming Museum in Taiwan, and iPreciation (an artists’ group in Hong Kong), present ‘Ju Ming 2004-05: Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai’, a multi-venue exhibition in each city featuring more than 60 works by Ju. The exhibition in Singapore, which includes works from the ‘Living World’, and ‘Taichi’ series displayed at various locations, including the Museum of Art, Orchard Road and Changi Airport, ends Sept 19. For further information, visit

JU Ming, or Ju Chuan-tai, was born in 1938 in Tunghsiao on Taiwan’s West Coast. When he was 15 years old, he apprenticed with a famous wood craftsman, Lee Chin-chuan, for three years before setting up on his own, producing religious statuary and figurines of myths and legends.

In 1967, Ju approached Taiwan’s leading modern sculptor, Yuyu Yang (1926-1997) and persuaded the master to take him on. Yang introduced the young student to public notice when Yang turned over his own exhibition slot at Taiwan’s National Museum of History to Ju.

That exhibition was the first of many successes. Ju established himself as a leading Taiwanese artist in the nativist school that emphasised local cultural influences.

In the 70s, he started his Taichi series, which moved away from the nativist style towards a contemporary one.

In 1981, Ju went to study and work in New York, where he began his Living World series.


On Aug 3 2004, the Singaporean Economic Development Board and Lucasfilm announced the development of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects arm of Lucasfilm, has won 14 Oscars. The entry of Lucasfilm animation studio in Singapore has the potential to power up Singapore's fledgling industry. The company will open early next year and is looking to hire up to 300 writers, animators, designers and artists.

Industry players estimate that there are about 50 to 60 production studios in Singapore churning out short films, corporate videos and advertisements. About 10 are involved in primarily 2D and 3D animation.

Singapore has to decide how it wants to pitch its animation industry, says Professor Edward Bakst, vice-dean of the Nanyang Technological University’s new School of Art, Design and Media. SADM which will start various media classes, including animation, next year, hopes to take in 100 students.

Moses Wong, director of Temasek Design School, says: “Securing any job in a design studio depends very much on the ability to generate ideas and articulate them, in addition to entry point technical expertise.”

In 2004, Temasek Polytechnic increased its intake for the Diploma in Interactive Media Design by about 15% to 87 students. Temasek Polytechnic and Nanyang Polytechnic, as well as private institutes Media Hive and Orita Sinclair, offer animation courses among other media courses, like video editing and filmmaking. Between 70 and 100 graduates choose a career in animation a year.


Iskandar Jalil's blue-tinted pots will roll out from the artist's new workshop in Jurong from next month. Mr Iskandar, 64, will work at a pottery centre in Jalan Bahar. He is renting the space for $300 a month.

The public has taken an interest in this move as Mr Iskandar's kiln of 43 years had to be dismantled when it was found by the authorities to have exceed the safetly limits at residential areas. This excess could not be overlooked as a neighbor has had made a complaint to the authorities. Thereafter, a series of letters and appeals to the artistic authorities was made by the artist.

In the last few weeks, the artist has been moving his equipment, worth about $80,000 SGD, to the pottery centre set up by the Singapore Tourism Board.

The 0.5 ha centre will have open studios and exhibition spaces. Mr Benson Ng of Focus Ceramic Services, which operates the centre, said it would have at least 10 potters' wheels, 3 gas kilns and 2 electric kilns. Potters can rent work space in the open studio for $35 a day, $150 a week or $260 a month. The centre will host tour groups and visits from schools.


The National Arts Council will be coming up with $40,000 to fund three local artists who will be taking part in five prestigious international biennales.

Ho Tzunyen will be exhibiting a visual arts piece on the story of Sang Nila Utama at the 26th Biennale in Brazil.

"It's interesting to show to an international audience the complexity of Singaporean history and hopefully it can resonate with a lot of these spectators," said the artist.