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To Singapore with Love Photo Exhibition
Works by Lara Pang - Prat
Open Call for Artists in Singapore to Submit their Portfolios for the first Singapore Biennale
Goh Beng Kwan - Journey Revisited
Falling Inwards by Ein
Europe – Beauty in Every Corner
Opening of Europe : Beauty in Every Corner changed to 23rd June 2005 instead of 24th June 2005

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Friday, June 03, 2005

3D Computer Animation Course

Dates: 6 Jun - 20 Jun

A three-week 3D animation course on character generation will be conducted for teenagers aged 13 to 16 from early to mid-June. Students will learn basic creative skills on Maya software -- the industry standard for 3D production companies. All participants will receive a free copy of Maya ...


Thursday, June 02, 2005

Movement in Silence – Silence in Movement “Who sees the small has vision”, Lao-Tzu


Paintings by Rainer Geburzyk and Poh Siew Wah
You are cordially invited to the official opening 7.30 pm on Thursday, 2 June 2005
The Substation Gallery, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
Gold - Art performance by Khairuddin Hori
Guest of honour: His Excellency Andreas Michaelis, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
Exhibition Period: 3 – 8 June, 11 am – 9 pm
Contact: The Substation – 6337 753


Artist Feature
Agnes Yit

Agnes completed with a Bachelor of Arts (1st class honours) in Interior designing from Birmingham University with the course conducted at LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore in 2002. Agnes also received the most outstanding achievement award for Bachelor of Arts (with honours) in Interior Design awarded by LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in 2002. She has completed her Diploma in Interior Design from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1996 with a merit award awarded by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore and in the same year she has also received an honorable Mention awarded by IFI `95 NAGOYA, World Interior Design Congress, International Interior Design Fair `95 NAGOYA Executive Committee & Design Nagoya Organizing Committee, Japan. Since 1998, She have been involved in various local and international exhibitions & art events in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia & Singapore including The 1st Fukuoka Asia Art Festival (Japan), Asiatopia 4 (Performance Art Festival in Bangkok), Fusion Strength in Yogjarkarta, AIM (Artists Investigating Monument, Singapore) and recently as organizer for x{2018}STORM' pixxel motion art 2003 (A Public Video Art Event under the Esplanade Bridge, Singapore). Agnes is interested in trying to identify the relations & connections between people, their culture and behavior in relation to their borne & desired environment, as 'isolation' of humankind and liberation of thoughts was her main concerns, in order to create a dialogue with our ever-changing fixed surroundings.

Source: Natacha Blondeau


A seat has been reserved for you at
a group exhibition of art by
drawings . installations . paintings . prints . soft sculpture

Opening reception: Thursday 2nd June 2005 7 pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road 2nd Level, Singapore 058757
Tel: 6226 2605
Mon-Sat 11.30 am - 8 pm Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs till Sunday 12th June 2005.

Do you have a seat? Let’s reserve a seat for you.

“Chope-A-Seat” is a collaborative effort by 5 young artists,

Joey Soh Peiling, Koh Xueting, Tomoko Okuno, Zheng Xu Peng

and Tan Chui Min, who want to “chope” a seat in the art scene.

Everywhere we go, we will take a seat, just for the purposes

of sitting. We take a seat as a transitional process to enjoy

a musical, a meal or even a chat.

The theme of our exhibition revolves around the idea of a Chair

or Seat. It drives both the artists and viewers alike to consider

their thoughts within the narrow proscribed theme. It is a project

that taps on the well of resourcefulness and collaborative

ingenuity that every young artist possesses.

There are so many determined 'facts' about chairs…. But such facts are trivial. Instead of limiting ourselves to this definition, the notion of “chair” will be infused into our artistic language as we see the potential in engaging this theme in our artworks.


Have you got into The Substation Magazine yet?

Read the lastest feature: Paul Rae talks with Leow Puay Tin about
writing, performance, theatre making and play-"wrighting".

The Substation Magazine aims to fill a part of the void of critical discussions and responses to our Singapore arts scene.

An online critical journal produced by The Substation, it features articles, interviews and reviews of local performances, exhibitions and films.

Read it online today

Media inquiries : Hatta Moktar ( type hatta and followed by )
Editorial and contributor inquiries : Cyril Wong ( type editor and followed by )

warm regards,
Malissa Gough
General Manager
The Substation Ltd


The Substation (02 - 07 Jun)

Movement in Silence, Silence in Movement
Celebrate the beauty of the moment, of simplicity and of the apparently banal.
Paintings by Rainer Geburzyk & Poh Siew Wah
The Substation Gallery, 3 -8 Jun, 11 am - 9 pm
Free Admission
Opening Performance by Khairuddin Hori, 2 Jun, 7.30 pm

A Moving Images Programme
First Take
Three short films showcased for this month will be
Dir: Ace Ong
Wenyu is a doctor who works day and night to save lives.
Her dedication and commitment to work however comes at a heavy cost.
Finalist at the SAE Digital Film Festival, 2004.
Dir: John Lee H.P.
A remembrance, longing and tribute to the artist Vincent van Gogh.
Dir: Muhammad Nazry Bin Zakaria
Societal rejects, pious goatees, hip hoppers and the minah tudong...
what happens when you put them all together?

First Take is a platform for new filmmakers and anyone who is interested in filmmaking
to meet, exchange ideas and show their work. The screening is followed by a Q&A session
with filmmakers.
The Substation Guinness Theatre, 7 June, 8 - 10 pm
Free Admission

Coming up soon @ The Substation

A Moving Images Programme
5th Young Guns
- Tickets for 5th Young Guns are now on sale at the The Substation Box Office
(Mon to Fri 12 - 8.30 pm Tel: 6337 7800)
$5 / $4 Concession (Students, Friends of The Substation)
Admission to the talks is free.
- "Experimenting with Digital Video - A 2-day Digital Filmmaking Workshop with Jon Jost"
We have limited seats left for the workshop. Please register online at Objectifs
- One of the student filmmakers, N Md Yahssir, whose film "Toy" will be screened at 5th Young
Guns, was featured in The New Paper,4136,89229,00.html

- 5th Young Guns is The Substation Moving Images annual showcase of short films by
emerging student filmmakers from Singapore and all over the world. Besides the screenings,
we have talks by film veterans Juan Foo, Wee Li Lin and maverick filmmaker Jon Jost.
Find out more here


Wednesday, June 01, 2005

by Wyn-Lyn Tan and Yeo Shih Yun

1 - 30 June 2005
1pm - 8pm, Tue - Sat
Free entry

From the moment the first mark is made on the canvas to the last mark, we are in a void where we are ruled by our instincts. Consumed by the process of painting, we completely attach ourselves to the work - the artist and the painting become one. After the last mark is made, we declare that the work is finished and make an exit.

The Exit process is an experimental collaboration between the two artists. The challenge of abstract painting comes from stopping at the height of the painting's poignancy, from intuitively knowing when enough is enough. Exit is a celebration of stepping out in order to return, of letting go to start anew.

Join us for the opening reception on 8th June, 6 - 8pm.


Artistic Director Fumio Nanjo Helms Singapore Biennale 2006

Singapore Biennale 2006
8 September to 12 November 2006

Singapore’s first visual arts biennale, Singapore Biennale 2006 (SB2006), will be curated by the highly accomplished Fumio Nanjo. Nanjo is internationally reputed for having headed the programming and adjudication of major art events throughout the world. Commissioner for the Taipei Biennale in 1998 and Japan Pavilion at the 1997 Venice Biennale, he co-founded the Yokohama Triennale in 2001. Nanjo was also a jury member for the Turner Prize by Tate Gallery (1998) and Artes Mundi Prize in Wales (2004), and will adjudicate for the prestigious Leon d’Or Prize at the Venice Biennale this year. Nanjo is the Deputy Director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum and lectures at the Keio University in Japan. As Artistic Director of SB2006, Nanjo will chart the direction and programming for the iconic event that will boost Singapore’s position as a global visual arts hub.

“The Singapore Biennale marks another milestone in the rich history of Singapore’s visual arts development. Since the era of our pioneering artists, our artists have captured the imagination of the international arts community, receiving invitations to participate in prestigious visual art biennales and events. Today, over 500 exhibitions are held in Singapore every year. Visuals arts activity and appreciation here have reached a level of sophistication that will be further enhanced with the Biennale,” says Lee Suan Hiang, Chairman of the Singapore Biennale 2006 Steering Committee, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Council. He adds, “Fumio-san has extensive experience in curating, commissioning, as well as critiquing several key arts projects in Asia and other parts of the world. He also has excellent understanding and knowledge of Southeast Asian culture and will be able to relate the role and importance of contemporary art practices in the region to the global world, thus creating an impactful and unique Biennale.”

SB2006 is also the first such major international contemporary art event of its kind in Southeast Asia. Organised by the National Arts Council and National Heritage Board, SB2006 provides the platform for exchange, dialogue and presentation of international art practices, with a focus on those from and of Singapore and Asia. The Biennale will encompass a conglomeration of multi-venue visual arts exhibitions, performances, symposiums, lectures and workshops programmed such that the event will be accessible to multiple levels of audience. It aims to draw interest from top local, regional and international artists, art historians, critics, and practitioners, arts and cultural organisations, museums, corporations and governments, as well as build new audiences and participation across ages and demographics.
Setting the Biennale itself apart from other established events throughout the world, Nanjo will profile artists operating in and from the equatorial belt between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn and beyond. Several important components pertinent to the rich and diverse cultural and historical development within Singapore and ASEAN will be presented. The event seeks to reposition the dreams, desires, conflicts and catastrophes found throughout Central Africa, Middle-east, South Asia to Southeast Asia, Pacific Ocean and South America, highlighting the artistic practices and discourses that are relevant to the multiplicities of cultural morphing, examined in tandem with the currency of economic flux and influences within each region. These creative and innovative schemes of artistic practices will be introduced to the international arts circuit and audience to initiate further dialogues and documentation of the diasporal effect of globalisation.

Together with his team of curators, Nanjo will locate exhibitions and projects in multiple sites within the city and beyond and create a comprehensive educational, public, outreach and children’s program with artists in residence.

SB2006 will place Singapore’s contemporary visual arts development on the world map, creating new opportunities for Singapore artists, curators and visual arts businesses, and new content for our arts scene as well as for the international art world. It will stimulate broader demand for visual arts in Singaporeans, further cultivating and elevating their appreciation for contemporary art and enhancing Singapore’s cultural image as a progressive and attractive cosmopolitan city to live, work and play in.

SB2006 will coincide with Singapore 2006 - Global City: World of Opportunities, an Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. The Annual Meetings is an important forum for international cooperation where representatives of the 184 member countries unite to discuss the course of global economic development and challenges facing the world today.

Please refer to the following annexes for more information:

Annexes - Statement from the Artistic Director Fumio Nanjo
- Profile of Artistic Director
- Profiles of Curators: Roger Christopher McDonald PhD (Japan), Eugene Tan (Singapore),
Sharmini Pereira (Sri Lanka/UK) and Ahmad Mashadi (Singapore)


NAFA visual arts degree graduates serve up sizzling works in "FEVER"!

Billed as the "antidote" to boring, run-of-the-mill exhibitions, FEVER, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) School of Visual Arts Degree Show 2005 promises to excite exhibition-goers with a sensational display of contemporary art and design works.

To be held from 1 – 5 June 2005, FEVER will feature cutting-edge creations by 34 graduates from six franchised degree programmes. They tackle a wide range of topics, ranging from identity to religion, sexuality to consumerism, social problems to urbanism and education. The works on display are of diverse forms and media, including graphic illustration, visual communication, interior design, exhibition design, models, animation, interactive media, experimental video, drawing, painting, sculpture, text-based art, installation and even performance art. This showcase reaffirms NAFA as the regional centre for higher learning in the visual arts.

Sabrina Koh Li-lin was the winner of "Best of Show" 2004, given out to the student who performed best at the Intermediate Level. From the pioneer cohort of the BA (Hons) Fine Art with Contemporary Writing, Sabrina has already carved out a multidisciplinary professional practice comprising text-based art, performance art, installation, writing, photography and design. Her artistic concern is the relation between body and sexuality, with an aim to explore a realm beyond conventional categories of gender. Sabrina is the founder of specialising in arts appreciation, and her degree education is supported by a generous grant from the Lee Foundation.

Tan Huey Wen was the recipient of the NAFA Scholarship 2004. During her study of BA (Hons) Graphic Communication, Huey Wen has explored different design possibilities such as conceptualisation, typography, advertising and graphic design. She believes art is an essential element for a society, because there are no societies without culture, and culture cannot exist without design. It is a problem-solving process which utilises beauty, contrast and harmony as its source. With her effort in design, she hopes to contribute to society and to beautify the world.

BA (Hons) Interior Design graduate, Alan Ong Kian Loon is an individual who outshines not only in the academic realm but also through his leadership qualities in co-curricular activities. As the Student Representative for this Degree Show, Alan has been a responsible mentor for his peers in the planning of the Show. His role as the Class Representative did not hinder him to perform well in his studies, and his consistent efforts have earned him the award of "Best Student at Intermediate Level".

Graduating with a BA (Hons) Multimedia Design is Justine Teng Hui Ling, who earlier received her Diploma in Multimedia (with Distinction) from NAFA in 2004. She has taken a special interest in film and video research and co-published the comic book Destiny and won various awards including Platinum Award in Animania 2004. She is also a scholarship recipient for her degree studies. Her graduating work is an exploration of identity formation among teenagers.

Event Details

Date: 1 June 2005, Wed (Opening Ceremony by invitation only); 2 - 5 June 2005, Thu - Sun (Exhibition)

Time: 10 am - 6 pm (Exhibition Hours from 2 - 4 June 2005); 10 am - 5 pm (Exhibition Hours on 5 June 2005)

Venue: Gallery 3 and Seminar Room #02–08, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

Admission: FREE

Exhibition Enquiries: Call Ms Martha Lim at 6512 4084


STPI in June 2005


The Art of Collaboration – Masterpieces of Modern Tapestry from the Victorian Tapestry Workshop

1 June – 2 July 2005

This exhibition presents a selection of tapestries from the world famous Victorian Tapestry Workshop, and is the major visual arts component of the 2005 Singapore Arts Festival. The Victorian Tapestry Workshop has in its 30 year history transformed the age-old tradition of weaving into a vibrant, contemporary art form. It attracts international and Australian artists and collectors, resulting in an output of exceptional contemporary tapestries now numbering in the hundreds. The Art of Collaboration includes tapestries designed by Patrick Heron, David Larwill, Geoff Ricardo, John Coburn, and Merrin Eirth as well as Singapore artists Eng Tow, Goh Beng Kwan, Ian Woo, Jeremy Ramsey and Simon Wong.

Public Programmes

Guided Tour of ‘The Art of Collaboration’ Exhibition

Thursday 2 June 2005 (6:30pm)

Kate Derum of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop will take a guided tour of the exhibition, discussing the collaborative process, and the work of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop.

Lecture by Ian Woo: Forest Noise

Saturday 4 June 2005 (2:30pm)

Ian Woo, Singapore artist, who was commissioned to design the new tapestry Forest Noise for the exhibition The Art of Collaboration, will discuss his work.

Lecture by Merren Eirth: Drawing & Tapestry

Saturday 18 June 2005 (2:30pm)

Merren Eirth, Head of Drawing and Lecturer at the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, will discuss the connections between drawing and tapestry.

STPI Saturday Tours!

Guided tours of STPI’s printmaking workshop and ongoing exhibition

Every Saturday (2:30pm)

Take a behind the scenes peek at STPI’s printmaking workshop and paper mill through guided tours conducted by STPI’s Friends of the Museum docents, who will also walk you through the basic principles of printmaking and papermaking. After which you will be taken on a guided tour of the current exhibition at STPI.

STPI Gallery Hours

Tue – Fri: 10am – 6pm

Sat: 10am – 8pm

Closed on Sun and Public Holidays

Monday by appointment only

Admission is free

Singapore Tyler Print Institute

41 Robertson Quay Singapore 238236 T: (65) 6336 3663 F: (65) 6336 3553 E: W:


A new exhibition of emerging photographic talent at B2G gallery this June.

The exhibition will feature works by

Song Yue - what happens when photographs start acting like paintings?

Ellie Young - vintage salt prints.

Tim Fleming - Nature in vivid color.

This group show brings together emerging photographic talent showcasing works by some unique up and coming photographers.

The exhibition will be showing through the month of June by appointment only at

B2G Gallery, 33 Everton Road Singapore 809388

Call Christopher to set up a viewing appointment.

or email by typing B2G and followed by for more information.


Tuesday, May 31, 2005

STPI and Victorian Tapestry Workshop cordially invites you to the opening of

The Art Of Collaboration

Masterpieces of Modern Tapestry from the Victorian Tapestry Workshop

Tuesday, 31 May 2005 at 6:30pm

Singapore Tyler Print Institute

Guest of Honour: Professor Tommy koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Exhibition continues from 1 June - 2 July 2005

STPI Public Programs

Kate Derum will take a guided tour of the exhibition, discuss the collaborative process, and the work of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop on Thursday 2 June at 6.30 pm.
Ian Woo, Singapore artist, who was specially commissioned to design the new tapestry Forest Noise for the exhibition, will discuss his work on Saturday 4 June at 2.30 pm.
Merren Eirth, Head of Drawing and Lecturer at the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, will discuss the connections between drawing and tapestry on Saturday 18 June at 2.30 pm.

Singapore Tyler Print Institute

41 Robertson Quay Singapore 238236

Tel: (65) 6336 3663 Fax: (65) 6336 3553


STPI Gallery Hours:

Tue-Fri: 10am-6pm

Sat: 10am-8pm

Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

Monday by appointment only


Monday, May 30, 2005

The school holidays are fast approaching and we’ve 3 fantastic courses lined up for the children.

Apart from courses at Clay Cove, we also conduct birthday parties and corporate events at our clients’ premises!

We do hope you can help us to spread the word around about our courses! Thank you very much!

The following’s the info:-

1) June Holiday Pottery Making Special by Clay Cove

Clay Cove specializes in pottery making as a fun activity to enhance the children’s creativity and spatial intelligence. Let your children be creatively occupied this June holiday! They will learn to create and paint 3 ice-cream bowls and 2 frogs on a leaf over the 4 sessions.

It costs $100 for both sessions! Pottery making is an excellent way to harness your child’s creativity and enhance their spatial intelligence! Gather your friends’ and neighbours’ children, and sign them up today!

June School Holiday Schedule

* May 30, Jun 2, 6 & 9 (Mondays & Thursdays)
9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm or 4-5:30pm

* May 31, Jun 3, 7 & 10 (Tuesdays & Fridays)
9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm or 4-5:30pm

* Jun 13, 16, 20 & 23 (Mondays & Thursdays)
9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm or 4-5:30pm

* Jun 14, 17, 21 & 24 (Tuesdays & Fridays)
9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm or 4-5:30pm

Suitable: for children from 5 years onwards

Contact: Clay Cove at 6738-7522, visit or email:

Address: 277 Orchard Rd #03-45 Specialists’ Shopping Centre Singapore 238858

2) Toddler Pottery Making Course

Toddlers are naturally curious and enjoy the feeling that clay gives their little fingers. With clay, they will learn to mould, shape, knead, roll and flatten clay. These creative movements are part of their growing up process. At Clay Cove, we’ll nurture this ability and teach them to create plates where they can tell imaginative stories!

It’ll cost $80 for 4 sessions and they will learn to create and paint a plate and tile!

June School Holidays - $80 for 4 sessions

* May 31, Jun 3, 7 & 10 (Tuesdays & Fridays) (10-10:45am or 12-12:45pm)
* Jun 14, 17, 21 & 24 (Tuesdays & Fridays) (10-10:45am or 12-12:45pm)

Suitable : For children between 3 and 4 years old.

Contact: Clay Cove at 6738-7522, visit or email:

Address: 277 Orchard Rd #03-45 Specialists’ Shopping Centre S(238858)

3) Parent & Child Bonding Through Pottery Making Workshop

Early childhood research has shown that parental-child bonding will be stimulated through a visual and tactile activityFeel the joy of spending time with your lovely children and enjoy the therapeutic experience of creating your own masterpieces!

Try out Clay Cove's 2-session pottery making activity where both parent and child will create, decorate and glaze a cup and saucer. Pay $100 for one parent and one child to experience 2 wonderful bonding sessions and a lifetime of memories. Price includes all clay, glazes, 2-firing process and loan of apron and tools)

Workshop Dates:

- June 11 & 18 - 9-10:30am

Suitable: For all children from age 4 onwards.

Contact: Clay Cove at 6738-7522, visit or email:

Address: 277 Orchard Rd #03-45 Specialists’ Shopping Centre S(238858)

Best regards

Magdalen Shew
Co-founder, Creativity Consultant & Potter
Clay Cove

277 Orchard Road
#03-45 Specialists’ Shopping Centre
Singapore 238858

Tel : 6738-7522 / 9389-2942


Sunday, May 29, 2005

Do you know the FACTS?

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Be a member today - FOC - free of charge.


You're invited to:

(performances by Japanese, Singaporean & Malaysian artist)

29th May 2005 - 30th May 2005

UBU [Universiti Bangsar Utama]
54B-1, Jalan Kemuja, Off Jalan Bangsar,
Kuala Lumpur, 59000

(29th)-5.30pm continues til 8 (performances)
(30th)-8.00pm till late

Japan Artists:
Seiji SHIMODA, Makoto MURAYAMA, Kazuhiro NISHIJIMA, Rei SHIBATA and Midori KADOKURA, Haruki

Singapore Artists:
Kai LAM, Andree WESCHLER, Rizman PUTRA, Katak KUDUNG, Tang Da Wu and Juliana Yasin

Malaysia Artists:
Ahmad FUAD, AngkasawanegarA, Cesar CHONG, Ray LANGENBACH, Zaslan ZEEHA

about the EVENT:

STOPOVER is a performance art event that creates a platform for the meeting of Japanese, Singaporean and Malaysian artists. The event is programmed with the objective to create awareness and appreciation for performance art in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

This upcoming event is the second leg of STOPOVER, the first was held in Singapore at Front Room Gallery on the 18th and 19th of May 2005. STOPOVER event will be held at UBU in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur from 29th May 2005 to 30 May 2005,

Besides encouraging cultural exchange and understanding through the event, STOPOVER also seeks to accentuate artistic practice, research and development of performance art.


for details of event/program/map and also updates/changes of event please visit

Admission: free

Supported by:
National Arts Council & Japan Foundation

Venue sponsor:
UBU [Universiti Bangsar Utama]

Kai lam, Juliana Yasin, Ilifarhana & Razman

Official photographers:
Juliana Yasin
Kai Lam


Multiple Autonomous Platforms Presents (MAPP)

An art space started by Singaporean artist, Steven Wong, it is a multi platform vehicle that will exhibit and host projects concerned with the critical, disruptive possibilities of art and of the relations between aesthetics and politics. The site will have 530 square feet of physical exhibition space, a web venue and web game, a video/film archive, a public parks project space and a mobile platform.


History of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, (NAFA) is the first art institution in Malaya, which comprised Peninsular Malaysia, and East Malaysia, (Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore before the latter seceded in 1965).

The art scene was silent before 1927 and activities were few. All remained quiet until 1936 when a pioneering group of artists of Chinese heritage formed The Society of Chinese Artists, (huaren meishu yanjiu hui) the protagonal art association. The Singapore alumni of Jimei School in Xiamen delivered a proposal to establish NAFA as part of the proliferation of modern art education in China according to May Fourth aesthetics. It was established in 1938, three years after the Society of Chinese Artist was founded.

Penang-based artist Yong Mun Sen, who lived in Singapore during the late 191Os, was among those who proposed an art academy in Singapore but at present, it is widely recognised that the founder of NAFA was Lim Hak Tai. Lim Hak Tai was a teacher at the Xiamen Academy of Art and Jimei Teachers Training College before he initiated NAFA in Singapore.

Literary activity of Singapore Chinese migrants had an earlier beginning with the publication of Xinguomin zazhi, the associate magazine of the daily newspaper Xinguomin ribao in 1919. By the late-1920s, there was a tendency towards emphasis on local (Nanyang) subject matter and the term "Nanyang Style" arose. The term was generic and characterised the subject matter of such writings. In the late-1920s and 1930s, the Nanyang Style was associated with an articulation of a Nanyang/Overseas Chinese identity and the larger social issue of a Nanyang regionalist culture. This Nanyang Style was rapidly assimilated and expressed in the visual arts, and NAFA was an incubator of this style.


Artist Thomas Yeo donates six prized works worth over $70,000 to NAFA

Artist and Cultural Medallion recipient, Thomas Yeo will be donating six masterpieces to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ (NAFA) permanent art collection. Valued at a total of $70,000, the works are representative of Thomas Yeo’s artistic development from the early-1960s to today.

Three of the donated works will be displayed alongside 72 pieces of abstract artwork in various media at the artist’s upcoming solo exhibition, Thomas Yeo – Contrasting Images, from 28 May – 18 June 2005 at NAFA Galleries 1 and 2.

Born in Singapore in 1936, Thomas Yeo was schooled at NAFA between 1958 and 1960. He subsequently furthered his artistic pursuits in London at the Chelsea School of Art
and the Hammersmith College of Art & Architecture. In 1984, for his valuable contributions to art and culture in Singapore, Thomas Yeo was conferred the republic’s highest honour in that arena, the Cultural Medallion.

Over the past four decades, Thomas Yeo has established himself as an Asian artist whose works continue to renew with change. “In an age when the generation of creators and innovators are turning to new media and technology as a means to artistic expression, Thomas Yeo’s work is unique and exemplary,” said Ms Bridget Tracy Tan, Director (Gallery & Theatre) of NAFA and curator of the exhibition.

Contrasting Images traces the development and change of the artist’s work in the last nine years. The works are presented under three categories: abstracts, landscapes,
and a series of “heads and faces”. This exhibition records a journey of frustration and pleasant surprises in a contemporary language.

On NAFA being the co-organiser of this exhibition, Mr Choo Thiam Siew, President of NAFA, remarked: “A NAFA alumnus, Thomas Yeo is one of Singapore’s most prominent second-generation artists. I am heartened to learn that, despite his many commitments, Thomas still makes a conscious effort to contribute to the development of his alma mater. We are indeed honoured to receive the six works that he has generously contributed to our permanent collection."

Thomas Yeo – Contrasting Images will be officially opened by NAFA Council Chairman, Professor Cham Tao Soon on Saturday, 28 May 2005 at 6pm at the exhibition venue.

Event Details
Exhibition Dates : 29 May - 18 June 2005
(Closed on Sundays, except 29 May)
Exhibition Hours : 10.30am - 7pm
Venue : NAFA Galleries 1 & 2
80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
Admission : FREE
Enquiry Tel : 6512 4043


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Yisulang Art Gallery, Singapore

Address : 60B Pagoda Street, Singapore 059219
Tel : 65 6227 6288
Fax : 65 6227 2290
Email :

Contact person Christina Sui

Established in January 2004, Yisulang Art Gallery is dedicated to create awareness of contemporary Chinese fine arts, cultivating familiarity, and intimacy, between art and audience, breaking the stereotyped ideology that has erected a false barrier between traditionalism and modernism and, quite simply, eliciting a keen appreciation of the Chinese art of our era.

Artists represented
Chao Hai, Chen Jialing, Cheng Dali, Cui Xiaodong, Cui Zifan, Dai Shunzhi, Dang Zhongguo, Ding Liren, Dong Kejun, Dong Xiaoming, Du Yingqiang, Fang Xiang, Fan Yang, Han Shuli, Hai Rihan, Hu Yongkai, Huang Guowu, Jia Haoyi, Jia Youfu, Jiang Baolin Lu Guang.

Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city, amidst the busy streets of Chinatown, the Yisulang Art Gallery, home of contemporary Chinese fine arts exhibitions, quietly occupies the ground floor of a beautifully restored peranakan house in Pagoda Street, a few doors away from the Chinatown Heritage Museum.

The main directional focus of the Yisulang Art Gallery is on creating an awareness of contemporary Chinese fine arts, on cultivating a familiarity, and an intimacy, between the audience and the art, bridging the stereotyped ideology that has erected a false barrier between traditionalism and modernism and, quite simply, eliciting a keen appreciation of the Chinese art of our era. The Yisulang Art Gallery’s mission is to showcase the same great masters, up-and-coming artists and budding artists that are held in esteem, for example, by The Chinese Artists Association based in Beijing. Together, their work reveals the wide variety of Chinese traditions and themes, while each artist individually maintains his or her own technique and character and, of course, the essence of the artist that is encapsulated in each work of art. These artists present a panoramic view of contemporary painting from China; their work clearly communicates, with great originality, the vibrant life force within them, their artistic and academic principles, and their experience of life itself.

The Yisulang Art Gallery has, over the years, made close contact with a wide range of people in China’s art community - artists, critics, academics, exhibitors and collectors – and has established “artistic networks” in various parts of that great country. This has given the Gallery a depth of experience with artistic trends and developments in China, which has allowed it to obtain a thorough understanding of the art world there.


Michelle Art Transport

Michelle Art Transport Pte Ltd a subsidiary of Michelle International Transport, is a specialist in the handling of art packing and transportation in Singapore and China/Hong Kong. Since 1978, Michelle provides 'one stop logistics services' to the art fraternity in Asia.

For more details, please refer to our website at or call 065-6467-1988.


Solo exhibition by Noel de Guzman

Noel de Guzman is a Filipino artist now based in Hong Kong. He is an artist who incorporates palm and finger painting techniques in his works. De Guzman's works are mainly abstract, comprising a range of monochromatic to bright contrasting colours.

The exhibition now on till Sunday,12 June

43, Jalan Merah Saga, #03-62
Work Loft @ Chip Bee
Singapore 278115

Gallery hours:
Tues-Fri: 11.30am - 7.30pm
Sat: 11.30am - 6pm
Sun: 1 - 6pm
Close on Mondays and Public Holidays