Painting With Light: Festival of International Films on Art




Painting with Light: Festival of International Films on Art is the Gallery’s annual film festival. It introduces audiences to the work of filmmakers from around the world, significant for their observations on art. The Festival harnesses film’s power of storytelling to connect with a wider audience, encourage arts appreciation, and unite the voices of artists to inspire new realities in our society.


This year, we are proud to unveil a carefully curated selection of over 30 thought-provoking feature-length and short films, as well as single-channel video works, many of which are premiering here. The films will be presented across four sections: Holding Space, Ways of Seeing, Special Focus and Southeast Asian Shorts.


The Special Focus section this year highlights the unsettling experience of transition. The films within it capture the challenges of displacement, migration and the diasporic experience for the millions around the world. We hope that they will facilitate conversations on the role that art and museums can play in offering new perspectives to these critical issues facing societies today.


Walking through our galleries, Painting with Light audiences can discover works by other artists who similarly drew on personal struggles to provoke societal change. One such artist is Wu Guanzhong. Although Wu was prohibited from painting and writing about art during the Cultural Revolution, he eventually became a forerunner in synthesising Chinese art and Western modernism. Wu’s paintings can be viewed alongside excerpts from his writings in the exhibition, Wu Guanzhong: Expressions of Pen & Palette, at the Wu Guanzhong Gallery, Level 4, City Hall Wing until 29 September 2019.


We invite you to join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers whose bold works push the envelope, venturing beyond today’s realities to visualise a more excellent future.


Enjoy the Festival!




  Ways of Seeing
Special Focus  

Southeast Asian Shorts



Their Remaining Journey

By John Clang

Their Remaining Journey - John Clang

Fri 5 Oct | 7.30pm

Sat 13 Oct | 4.30pm*

Singapore, Taiwan, USA | In Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese and English with English subtitles | 2018 | 101 min | M18 (Nudity and sexual scenes)


Their Remaining Journey weaves together three different stories: a theatre actress meets an untimely death and awaits reincarnation while her soul is trapped with an unknown family in Singapore; a yoga instructor travels to New York, unable to escape from the memory of a dead-end relationship; and a Singapore immigrant in Taiwan desperately tries to muster the courage to tell his wife of his illness and remorse. Connected through their loneliness, the protagonists attempt to negotiate personal loss and displacement.

This debut feature by acclaimed Singaporean visual artist, John Clang, exhibits the same sensitivity to everyday moments demonstrated in his award-winning photographic works. Quietly insistent, the camera enters the intimate worlds of his characters, portraying their private consternation from being in between states. At the same time, these beautifully shot black-and-white portraits tell of an existence that transcends time and space, life and death.

Their Remaining Journey had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018) and garnered a nomination for the Bright Future Award.

*This programme includes a post-screening dialogue with director John Clang, producer Elin Tew and director of photography Lavender Chang.


John Clang (b. 1973) is a Singaporean visual artist who works with photography and film. Based in New York for almost two decades, his art practice often straddles the dual realities of global cities, unfettered by confines of time and geography. His first exhibition was with the controversial and now defunct Singapore art group 5th Passage Artists in 1993. He has also exhibited in spaces such as Pékin Fine Arts (Beijing), LACE (Los Angeles), CCC Strozzina (Florence), Sundaram Tagore Gallery (New York) and Singapore Art Museum.



Painting with Light (2018) - Festival Schedule



Tickets are available from Gallery and SISTIC websites and ticketing counters

Ticket Type Standard Concessions1

General Admission

Includes booking fee

$10 $8.50

Early Bird Promotion

Valid from 13 to 27 Sep 2018

$8 -
Gallery Insiders2 $8 -

Group Bookings

4 tickets or more in a single transaction

$8 per ticket -
Singapore Film Society3 (SFS) $8.50 -

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Terms and conditions apply. Valid for 2 months from screening date, subject to venue availability. Not valid with other promotions and discoounts. Not valid on eve of public holidays, public holidays and blackout dates. Not valid for group and event bookings.



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