As Singapore prepares to celebrate its 53rd birthday, this day of programmes explores critical moments and key figures that have helped to shape Singapore art. Gain insights into the origins and influences of the nation’s unique aesthetic through talks with curators, historians and artists.
• 12–1pm Curator Tour | Siapa Nama Kamu? Explore key works and themes in the DBS Singapore Gallery's inaugural exhibition with Gallery curator Cheng Jia Yun.
• 12–1pm Curator Tour | (Re)collect Discover the story behind the creation of the National Collection in the 1960s and how it continues to evolve today, on a tour led by Gallery curators Lisa Horikawa and Lim Shujuan.
• 1.30–2.30pm Liu Kang Annual Lecture 2018 | The Scent of Soil (乡土) Join artist and historian Dr Lim Poh Teck in discovering key geographical backdrops in Liu Kang’s life in the
region. Gain insights into how these rich periods of his life inform the multicultural lenses which influenced his art.
• 3–4.30pm Panel Discussion | Memories of my NAFA Days Moderated by Teo Han Wue, a panel of key figures in the 80-year history of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts—Dr Ho Kah Leong, Lim Yew Kuan, Chng Seok Tin and Leo Hee Tong—reflect on their experiences from the 1960s to 1980s as educators, students and artists.
Artist Talk by Cheo Chai Hiang | To Singapore River with Love In conjunction with the exhibition Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore, artist Cheo Chai Hiang shares his personal connections to the social and cultural narratives of the Singapore River, and how this deep bond with his homeland has influenced his art practice.