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Audience with an Artist

Singapore Arts Club

In August 2018, the Singapore Arts Club will present an exciting line-up of monthly artist talks alongside a cumulative broadsheet, as part of a  programme called Audience with an Artist. The Singapore Arts Club will take over a new space at Block 47, Gillman Barracks. The goal of this programme is to introduce the visual arts to fresh audiences in an engaging, personal way, while representing the diverse practices of artists in Singapore.

Each month, the Singapore Arts Club will invite two contemporary artists from different generations and who have rather different practices to dialogue with a new audience that extends beyond the art industry. The language and content of this talks programme will be made accessible by noteworthy moderators from other industries, ranging from technology and design, finance and business, F&B and hospitality, to lifestyle and fashion. He or she will pose questions to the artists about their practice, inspiration, and their ways of seeing, thinking and being.

The programme will officially launch on Thursday, 16 August 2018, 7–9PM with artists Cheo Chai Hiang and Wei Xin Chong in conversation with a moderator from the world of finance, an investment strategist for GIC, Sean Koh. A second talk will be held during Art After Dark on Friday, 21 September 2018, 7–9PM with artists Ruben Pang and Jason Lim in conversation with a moderator from the world of branding and lifestyle, founder of creative agency Ppurpose, Tracy Phillips. Other artists include Ila Baharom, Stephanie Jane Burt, Chng Seok Tin, Ho Tzu Nyen, Ruben Pang, Milenko Prvacki, Bruce Quek, Shubigi Rao, Guo-Liang Tan, Jason Wee, and Andrée Weschler; while other guest moderators include Christopher Chan (General Counsel, Redmart), Tracy Phillips (Founder, Ppurpose) collector Lourdes Samson, and more.

The talks programme will be supplemented by a cumulative broadsheet that continues off from former editions of the annual Singapore Arts Club magazine. Every month, the two invited artists will write and respond creatively to each other’s practice. The broadsheet will be published month by month in sheets that can be taken away by audience members in order to develop an active, readerly community. These pages can be collected and accumulated to form the 3rd edition of the Singapore Arts Club magazine, titled eponymously Audience with an Artist.

Audience with an Artist will also extend its reach beyond Singapore to travel around the region as an outreach wing of the Singapore Arts Club. This novel format will take the traditional artist seminar into the dimensions of a cocktail and networking event, or a social club that is framed by — but by no means exclusive to — the visual arts. As a result, the Singapore Arts Club will become a hive for new ideas, an incubator for new audiences, and a bridge extending the reach of the visual arts industry in Singapore and beyond. More information on the complete programme will be published in August 2018.

Session 1

Date: 16 August 2018
Time: 7 - 9 PM
Venue: Singapore Arts Club, 47 Gillman Barracks #01-25, S109444
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Light refreshments will be provided.


Speakers & Artists Biographies

Sean Koh

Sean Koh is an investment strategist for GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund. Sean has a BA Economics from the  University of Cambridge and an MSc Finance from the London School of Economics, and represented both institutions as a competitive debater. In his free time, he runs long distances and reads as much as he can.

Cheo Chai Hiang

Cheo Chai Hiang (b. 1946, Singapore) is one of the nation’s pioneers of conceptual art. His work and thought negotiate trajectories through domains related to identity, culture, and place. His practice spans a wide range of disciplines, including sculptural work, printmaking, and writing. In 2005, Cheo completed Re-Connecting: Selected Writings on Singapore Art and Art Criticism, in which he translated selected writings by Liu Kang and Ho Ho Ying from Chinese to English about Singapore’s art and art criticism. Since returning to Singapore from Sydney, Australia in 2003, Cheo has cast an artistic, forensic gaze over his ‘home­town’ culture. A veteran of Singapore’s arts scene, Cheo’s practice spans over 40 years.  He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and was awarded the position of Rome Scholar in Printmaking at the British School at Rome, Italy, for two consecutive years. Since 1975, Cheo has held over 20 solo shows in Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Australia, and China and has also presented his work in important international exhibitions in Australia, Italy, Germany, and Singapore. As an educator, Cheo taught for 20 years in the School of Contemporary Arts at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Cheo lives and works in Melaka and Singapore.

Weixin Chong

Weixin Chong (b. 1988, Singapore) works through printed surfaces and objects to examine relationships between the digital, organic, and aesthetic metaphors. These manifest in Chong’s practice as material metaphors for human social relationships and the psychology behind the structures and projections of power, value, and desire. Chong received her Master of Arts—specialising in Fine Art, Printmaking—from the Royal College of Art in London. As an artist, Chong has presented her work in Singapore, London, Seoul, Vienna, Paris, and Istanbul, among other countries. She is also an educator: a part-time lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts and the Singapore University of Social Sciences. She has given guest lectures and tutorials in various schools, from School of the Arts, Singapore, to the University of Brighton. Chong lives and works in Singapore.