Excerpts from an interview with Stella Chang of Yavuz Gallery who talks about the growing awareness of art among the young
For the next two months, One Raffles Place Shopping Mall will be hosting two art exhibitions. The first, a pop-up photography exhibition called Collective Dreams: Images from a New Generation will run from now till August 30. Organised by the National Arts Council, this exhibition features the work of young artists given free reign to create photographic content that reflects their individual experiences as Singaporeans.
This exhibition will be followed by Remembering LKY, which will run from September 14 through to September 25. This exhibition will see young artists such as Chang Hui Fang, Pepper See, Sharlene Leong and Yeo Shih Yun relate, through oil paints, acrylic, ink and even silkscreen and acrylic mixed mediums, the impact Singapore’s elder statesman has left on their lives. This exhibition is a collaboration between artist institution Instinc and advertising consultancy Word Your Story.
“Often, millennials may come across as apathetic or even cynical,” said Ng Lay Pheng, General Manager, OUB Centre Limited. “However, at One Raffles Place, we believe that it is important that the rest of the community understand their thoughts as they will be next generation of leaders. Art is an excellent platform for them to express themselves. As such, we have put together a series of exhibitions to unearth the other side of young minds that is both heart-warming and creative.”
When it opens its doors this November, visitors to the National Gallery Singapore can be sure of one thing – you might arrive hungry for art but you will never leave hungry. Visitors will have not one, not two, not even three, but six dining establishments to choose from.
Here’s what’s in store for hungry art lovers. Aura Restaurant and Sky Lounge owned by Beppe De Vito will serve classic Italian. National Kitchen by Violet Oon will dish out local favourites. Odette, is a French restaurant helmed by chef-owner Julien Royer and serving, what else, French food. Saha and The Altimate, will offer Indian cuisine by Abhijit Saha while Yàn and Smoke & Mirrors will serve up Chinese and especially Cantonese favourites. There will also be a gallery-partnered cafeteria integrated into their retail store. For added measure, food kiosks offering simple and convenient meals are also on the cards. In total, some 2,500 square metres of the gallery, across various levels of the former Supreme Court and City Hall wings, will be dedicated to restaurants. Who says you need to love art to visit the National Gallery? More information at www.nationalgallery.sg.
This year’s President’s Young Talents exhibition takes place from 21 August 2015 to 27 March 2016, at the Singapore Art Museum. Five promising Singaporean artists below the age of 35, whose work the selection committee believe chart new dimensions in Singapore contemporary art, have been selected for exhibition. The five artists are: Ang Song Ming, Bani Haykal, Ezzam Rahman, Loo Zihan and Ong Kian Peng.
Inaugurated in 2001 as an exhibition to recognise emerging local dontemporary artists, the President’s Young Talents has supported emerging generations of Singapore artists such as Heman Chong and Lim Tzay Chuen.
This year’s exhibition will include artist talks and curator tours. Admission is free to Singaporeans and permanent residents. More details at www.singaporeartmuseum.sg.
Come August, Cham Hampe Galleries will mark its fifth anniversary in Singapore and to celebrate, the gallery will be staging an anniversary exhibition entitled Common Ground. The party will be held on Friday 14 August 2015 from 7pm to 9pm, at its new project space called Shophouse 5. Entrance is by-invitation-only so if you’d like to attend and join in the festivities, an email to email@example.com might just get you in. Shophouse 5 is located at 5, Lorong 24A Geylang, Singapore 398529.
Singapore artist Boo Sze Yang will be staging a solo exhibition feature his latest series of paintings that commemorate the passing of Lee Kuan Yew. Although there are no direct visual references to LKY, the works nevertheless capture a sense of his standing among the people, and their deep sense of loss. The exhibition, aptly called 29.03.15, will run from 31 July to 22 August 2015 at Ipreciation, 01-01, 50 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249724.
Within this exhibition, there will also be a launch of the artist’s first monograph. This will take place on 15 August at 2.30 pm and feature a mini-retrospective of the artist’s works and development over the last twenty years, including the exhibition of significant older works to complement the new series of works.