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Newsletter Issue 11 | September 2012      

Singapore artists featured at Gillman Barracks

The much-anticipated Gillman Barracks opened on 15 September 2012 with a curated exhibition titled Gillman Barracks: Encounter, Experience and Environment featuring new works and debut presentations by Singaporean and international artists.

Thirteen international galleries also launched their maiden exhibitions in Singapore including works by international artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Sebastian Salgado and Zhang Enli. Local artists include Heman Chong, Ho Tzu Nyen, Milenko Prvacki, Tang Da Wu, Ming Wong and Ian Woo.

With a variety of talks, programmes and curatorial tours all planned for the galleries, Gillman Barracks is set to be the destination for contemporary art in Singapore. For more information, please visit www.gillmanbarracks.com.


Singapore Art Review 2012: Article is back!

The International Association of Art Critics (AICA Sg) is back with a new edition of Article, a local newspaper tabloid-like publication which previously covered the Singapore Art Show and the Singapore Biennale. Article this year will focus on the newly established Gillman Barracks art galleries precinct. Being a major investment in art infrastructure, Article believes that the location will generate discourse among the art community. With this in mind, Article hopes to help develop and frame some of these discussions and debates for the wider audience. In addition, this publication hopes to also situate this new development in the larger context, discussing topics such as art infrastructure, education, research, criticism, collecting, curating and the development of contemporary art in Singapore and the region.

Want a copy? The publication is now available at selected galleries, major arts spaces, libraries, and at selected F&B outlets.


Confluence: Sharing On Arts Education Practices

Following the 2011/12 National Arts Education (NAE) Award Ceremony in February this year, NAC’s Arts Education team organised a sharing platform titled, Confluence, on 28 August 2012 at the Goodman Arts Centre. The event celebrated the achievements of the schools and gave them an opportunity to share their journeys in developing the arts in their respective schools.

Confluence also gave educators and schools a chance to network and learn from one another. It was attended by 180 participants from over 100 schools ranging from primary to junior college level.

The call for applications from schools for NAE Award 2013 will take place in February next year. Interested schools are advised to look out for a series of briefing sessions to be conducted in Oct/Nov 2012 to familiarise themselves with the NAE Award's framework.

For more information on NAC’s Arts Education initiatives, please click here.

Community Arts: Central to a Good Life

Find out how the arts has inspired people and brought about transformational life experiences in other cities. In telling the story of over 30 years of community arts practice in a wide spectrum of communities, Dr. Peter O’Connor reminds us that the arts is central to life, and that it creates better communities and people who are more alive and vibrant.

Join us at the talk session on 11 October 2012, 7pm to 8pm, at the library@esplanade to discuss how arts for the community can be employed here in Singapore.

To reserve a seat, please contact Ms Chin Woon Ying at chin_woon_ying@nac.gov.sg by 4 October 2012.

For more information, please click here.


Gillman Introductory Tours by Art Outreach

Supported by NAC, the tour is designed to provide the general public with a comprehensive overview of Gillman Barracks as a premier contemporary art destination. Aside from visits to a selection of galleries, the tour will also introduce various art disciplines and practices held at Gillman Barracks. The history, architecture and cultural value of the site will also be presented to coincide with the opening months.

Regularly scheduled tours will be offered each Saturday and Sunday from 29 September 2012 at 11.00am and 4.30pm (each tour is approx. 90 minutes).

Personalised group tours on weekdays available on request.

For enquiries or to register, please contact Art Outreach at
enquiries@artoutreachprogram.org or +65 6873 9505.

Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Join the Flash Fiction Writing Contest and stand to win attractive prizes like an iPad 2 or hundreds of dollars worth of book vouchers! In conjunction with READ! Singapore 2012, the contest is jointly organised by the National Library Board and Singapore Press Holdings, in collaboration with the National Arts Council. The contest is for English entries only and comprises the following three categories:

Participants are required to write a short story of not more than 500 words using one of the lead-in sentences provided on the Read! Singapore website. Submission deadline is 12 October 2012.


Toji Writing Residency 2013:
Call For Applications from English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil Language Writers from Singapore

Singapore English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil language writers are invited to apply for a one-to-three month residency stay at the Toji Cultural Centre, South Korea. The residency is an annual opportunity for writers to focus entirely on creating new works within a serene and conducive environment.

Up to 3 successful writers will be offered fully-paid residency awards in 2013.

Application Deadline: 5 December 2012.

For more information, please click here.

SPROUTS ALL STARS

(In)elegance by Shahrin Johry

SPROUTS ALL STARS- New Works Platform for Budding Choreographers was held on 15 September 2012. The award for Most Promising Work went to In)elegance by Shahrin Johry. Christina Chan received Honourable Mention for her work Between and was also recognised as Best Dancer. The Most Popular Work was voted to be A Presentation: In Pursuit of Beauty by Gigi.


SPROUTS was launched in 2009 to encourage the creation of new dance works. SPROUTS ALL STARS invited five previous finalists and winners to create and present their new works, and showcase their artistic growth through their choreography.

MICappella wins 2nd prize in The Sing-Off China

Singaporean a cappella group MICappella took home the 2nd prize on Chinese TV singing competition The Sing-Off China, a spin-off from the American show The Sing-Off. The 6-member vocal group spent 2 months in Shenzhen to participate in the competition and film the shows. The Sing-Off China attracted participants from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. MICappella was the only ensemble from Singapore.

Grants recipients for September 2012

For more information, click here.


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