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Open Call for Artists in Singapore to Submit their Portfolios for the first Singapore Biennale
Europe – Beauty in Every Corner
Opening of Europe : Beauty in Every Corner changed to 23rd June 2005 instead of 24th June 2005
un-titled Gallery – Eve Ong’s Second Solo Exhibition
Gaffer Studio Glass: Contemporary Australian Studio Glass Exhibition
Eve Ong and her Self-Unveiled II
3D Computer Animation Course
Movement in Silence – Silence in Movement
Singapore Biennale 2006

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

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"Yeo Chee Kiong and The wind, her rain, and a cloud meets with a tree in the monsoon season"

"The wind, her rain, and a cloud meets with a tree in the monsoon season", secured the top prize in the Open Category of the CDL Singapore Sculpture Award for 35-year-old Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts lecturer, Yeo Chee Kiong.

According to Yeo Chee Kiong, he would take 9 months to complete the construction of this work in bronze that will tower 6 metres. The sculpture is earmarked for the Marina Bay financial district.

Chua Ek Kay, Cultural Medallion recipient and Judge, remarked "This award winner has specific significance of characteristics and nature relate to the nature and the environment itself."

Apparently, the judges were looking out for a work that was original and stimulative, and Yeo Chee Kion's work was far more provocative compared to the other submissions which were deemed less interesting and too conventional and derivative.

The judges included architect Peter Pran, and sculptors Han Sai Por, Chua Ek Kay, Chng Nai Wee, and Baet Yeok Kuan, and officials from the Singapore Art Museum and URA, and Kwek Leng Joo of City Developments.

There is speculation that the results of this competition would send a strong signal to the local community that artists would have to push themselves hard at the edge of originality, boldness, provocation, and innovation, in securing public commissions, and that the formula of happy modernism is insufficiently persuasive per se.

13-year-old, Kok Zhou Dao, one of the youngest participants won a Merit Award in the Student Category for the creative use of materials of transplant shaped colored acrylic sheets juxtaposed. He mused: "It's movement of the wind and the clouds in disguise and the wave in the ocean and especially it is freedom energy and life."

The models of the submissions are now on show at the Singapore Art Museum. More students made up the 237 artistes competing for the 2nd CDL Singapore Sculpture Award. The award, launched in 2002, saw a 40 per cent increase in entries in 2005.


STPI, Hanart TZ Gallery and SAM

cordially invites you to

Liu Kuo-sung: My career as an artist

14th May 2.30pm at Singapore Tyler Print Institute

Liu, recognized by many as the pioneer of modern Chinese ink painting, will talk about his works and his career.

He will also give a guided tour of the exhibition, discussing many of his works.

Conducted in Mandarin with English translation. Part of STPI’s Public Lecture programme.

New Perspectives in 21st Century Eastern Paintings
A forum in Mandarin jointly organized by SAM & Singapore Tyler Print Institute and supported by Hanart TZ Gallery

14 May (Sat), 5.00pm - 7.00pm, Auditorium, Singapore Art Museum

Presentation by Liu Kuo-Sung followed by a discusssion with Johnson Chang and Tan Chwee Seng (Moderator: Teo Han Wue, Director, Art Retreat)

For further information, please contact

Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI)
41 Robertson Quay Singapore 238236
Tel: +65 6336 3663 Fax: +65 6336 3553


Delta Paint Sets @Creative Hands


Friday, May 13, 2005

CDL Singapore Sculpture Award - Prize Presentation will be held at the Singapore Art Museum 6.30pm May 13th 2005.


Wetterling Teo Gallery presents Moving Textures, a solo exhibition by Valerie Ng.

Textures are created when surfaces are given an added dimension; one that comes with various underlying layers, giving an object form and richness. The multiplicities of life itself can never be defined in a single superficial surface and it is the texture that could offer one insights into the essence of the life. Just as life is never stagnant as it progresses or regresses along its journey, there is no permanence to textures as they evolve with growth in the form, shapes and patterns or they could be eroded when the same variables go through a negation. Hence, moving textures. This collection of works aims to establish a metaphorical relationship between what the artist has created as unique, evolving textures, and the intricacies of life.

Some of the paintings featured bring the viewer back to the very core of life’s basics - nature. ‘Earth Triptych’ connotes the beginning of life’s journey from nature with its reference to Ground – from which all things originate; Earth – on which we walk in our journey; Sky – upon which the complexities and possibilities of life are reflected. Other works which are created with a geometric or patterned style, focus on the phases of life with the segmented shapes and flows, each inter-weaving another that suggests an intrinsic cause-and-effect connection.

- E X H I B I T I O N D E T A I L S -
Moving Textures
Wetterling Teo Gallery3 Kim Yam Road, Singapore 239321
13th May 2005 – 30th June 2005
10am – 7pm [Mon - Fri] 1pm – 7pm [Sat]
Admission Free

Valerie Ng Profile

Largely self-taught, Valerie has always enjoyed painting and creating art pieces. However, she took up painting seriously in 2002 after attending the Alternative Foundation in Fine Art at The Slade Summer School, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London.

Her medium is mostly oil or acrylic on canvas/paper. Paintings in an abstract expressionist style. They are created as a result of her explorations in colour, form, texture, depth, mood and movement on a surface. She also finds inspiration in shapes and patterns around her be it from objects, materials, nature, culture or architecture.

Her works have been exhibited at United Overseas Bank (UOB) Painting of the Year 2004 Exhibition where she won the First Prize in the Abstract medium category, Bottomline.Chinese, Jendela Gallery, Feb 2005, The Summer Foundation Group Show at The Slade, London, 2002 and a solo exhibition ‘Distractions’ held at Emerald Hill, 2004. They have also been displayed at the National Libraries in Seng Kang and Marine Parade, 2003 and the Anthropology Gallery in Holland Village, 2003.

Her paintings can be found in private collections in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, Mexico and Germany.

2005 14 Jan – 23 Feb Bottomline. Chinese, Jendela Gallery, Singapore (group exhibition)
2004 02 Sept – 16 Sept Distractions, Emerald Hill shophouse, Singapore (solo exhibition)
2004 18 July – 6 Aug 23rd UOB Painting of the Year Exhibition, Jendela Gallery, Singapore (group exhibition)
2002 The Summer Foundation Group Show at The Slade, London (group exhibition)
1995 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Australia (group exhibition)

2004 23rd UOB Painting of the Year – Abstract Medium Category First Prize

2002 Alternative Foundation in Fine Art at The Slade Summer School, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London
1995 – 1993 Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


NAFA students show how “one dot” can lead to many possibilities

In the beginning was the dot
The dot is the origin of all creations. A grain serves as a nucleus in the oyster to start off the production process of a pearl. Many dots give a line, and many lines create a plane.
In these contexts and many others, the dot is the basis for limitless possibilities, approaches, directions, outcomes and impacts.

Themed One Dot, Many Possibilities, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) School of Visual Arts Graduation Show this year celebrates the common origin of the graduates’ creativity and the diverse paths that they will embark on with their visual arts training.

Biggest visual arts showcase in Singapore
With more than 1,000 illuminating visual artworks by 242 graduates from four diploma programmes – Fine Art, Interior Design, Multimedia, and Visual Communication on display, this is the biggest showcase of visual arts in Singapore. The pioneer cohort of Exhibition Design and Furniture Design majors from the Diploma in Interior Design programme will also present their exhibition designs and furniture prototypes.

Graduates to look out for
Many of this year’s graduates have received critical acclaim and top awards in national and international competitions including, the Della Butcher Award 2004; “Launch Your Career in Exhibition Design” Competition 2004; Bombay Sapphire Martini Glass Design Competition 2004; and the Loewe SOLO “Harmony of the Extreme” Art Competition 2004, etc.

A number of them chose to switch careers to pursue their love for art. Tan Sen Suan, who has a PhD in Ecology, will be graduating with a Diploma in Fine Art, while
Economics graduate Faith Tan is on the road to becoming a full-fledged Interior Designer. (Please see Appendix for details).

Best Display Awards to be given at Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony of One Dot, Many Possibilities will be held at NAFA’s Gallery 3 on 13 May 2005 at 5.30pm. Four “Best Display Award” trophies will be given out to graduates who have presented their works creatively. Associate Professor (Dr) Milton Tan, Director Ex Officio of the DesignSingapore Council, will grace the exhibition opening as the Guest-of-Honour.

Event Details
Opening Ceremony : 13 May 2005, 5.30pm (by invitation only)
Exhibition Dates : 14 - 22 May 2005
Exhibition Hours : 10am - 8pm (14 - 21 May), 10am - 5pm (22 May)
Venue : NAFA Campus 1A,
80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
Admission : FREE
Enquiry Tel : 6512 4085


Thursday, May 12, 2005

29:05 the thread that binds
The Art Gallery, National Institute of Education, 1 Nayang Walk

Date: 12 MAY 2005, Thursday

Guest of Honour: Mr Thaman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education

29 graduating trainee teachers from the Diploma in Art Education programmes, National Insitute of Education, will be staging a graduation exhibition entitled 29:05.

Attached is the information of the exhibition.
For more information and media coverage, please contact:
The Art Gallery: Ms Suharti, email:, Tel: 67903557

Lyn She Liyin
PR Commitee



A photographic exploration of online personal
ads, revealing larger ideological forces at play.

BAO BEI by Jason Wee
12­ 19 May 2005 | The Substation Gallery
(Open from 11am-9pm daily)
Admission is free (Call 63377535 for more information)

Online personal ads today are a distinct part of the internet landscape. They conceal as much as they reveal. In Bao Bei, an installation at The Substation Gallery, artist Jason Wee looks at the ways through which identity is reconstructed through online personal ads. In particular, photographic self-portraits found online are scrutinised for their codes and tropes, and how these tropes may reveal the affects and consequences of larger political forces. The works begin as photographs found on various online personal ad portals. These photographs are processed for online viewing, then overlaid with text taken from the individual ads themselves. The images and texts are juxtaposed with quotes from the seminal Kuo Pao Kun play, Descendents of the Eunuch Admiral, a thought-provoking dramatic exploration of origins and identity.


Jason Wee was awarded the Shell-NAC Scholarship in 2004. He is currently pursuing a two-years Masters programme in Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design (New York), specialising in photography and related technologies. He has exhibited his photography in Singapore and Malaysia. His writings can be found in The2ndRule, Vehicle, The Straits Times, and the anthology Love Gathers All. He is also the co-editor of SOFTBLOW Poetry Journal.

Bao Bei is Jason's first exhibition in Singapore since receiving the Shell-NAC Scholarship.

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STPI and Hanart TZ Gallery
cordially invites you to the opening of

Liu Kuo-sung: A Retrospective View

Thursday, 12th May 2005 at 6:30pm

Singapore Tyler Print Institute

Guest of Honour: Mr Kwok Kian Chow, Director of Singapore Art Museum

This is the first major retrospective of Liu Kuo-sung’s art in Singapore, covering works from 1963 to 2005. Professor Liu is a pioneering figure in the history of modern ink painting, and since the 1950s he has been a major influence in experimental ink painting in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. His 70th anniversary in 2003 was celebrated with major retrospective exhibitions in three museums in China.

Exhibition continues from 13th to 27th May 2005

STPI Public Lecture Series

14 May 2005 (Saturday, 2:30pm at STPI)

Liu Kuo-sung: A Career as an Artist by Professor Liu Kuo-sung


Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Budding Artists Fund


Photographs and texts by Anne de Vandiere

Hermes Liat Towers - 541 Orchard Road

11 May to 10 July 2005
10.30am to 7.30pm daily

H/AND is a story of hands, a story of encounters. It is a unique time-space where hands talk and tell life stories, honest stories in multiple forms.

H/AND is a collection of portraits taken during my random, improbable and sometimes exceptional encounters. Intimate portraits, images, prints, natural and indelible identity cards that allow people to take the time and the distance to discover themselves in this strange mirror.

My imaginary museum reunites personalities from diverse horizons such as Agnès B., Bartabas, Carolyn Carlson, Chen KeZhan, Elizabeth Choy, Violet Kwan, Jack Neo, Hedi Slimane, Russel Wong, as well as Hermès artisans.

H/AND is an on-going work over time, and the choice of black and white photography gives me the necessary added distance. A project with no chronology, no pre-established schedule, no obligations in the form of an inevitable list, no beginning, no end…an open story.

Anne de Vandière


Monday, May 09, 2005

Dear friends,

Art is in the air!

Join me to review the going ons in the artworld here in Singapore and elsewhere around the world as I collate the little titbits that I receive occassionally thru the grapevine, for your consumption. If you love art especially paintings and sculptures as much as I do and venture out for the odd gallery visit now and then, this is the group for you.

I begin braving the deep waters of art as a fulltime undertaking next week and it seems only appropriate that I harness the power of the internet to evangelise the message closest to my heart - Art is for everybody. Not a privilege for the select few.

" Art's ultimate value lies in its ability to contain, in surprising intimacy, something of the man's world, past and present. It represents a human encounter that promises meaning. In the degree to which it reconciles man to nature, to his own domain, his own condition, and his own authentic self,art extends the individual beyond the limits of his restricted field. It broadens the dimensions of reality by transforming sight into " a kind of oracular insight."

Webpage: (under construction)


Sunday, May 08, 2005

Artist Feature

Maznah Ahmad - MAZ

An abstract painter with Master in Fine Art(RMIT) and BA(2nd Class Upper Hons)from University of HULL (UK) who is deeply engaged in Asian mythology reflective of Humanistic psychology and Perennial philosophy research studies. He is a member of APAD.