UNSEEN ART WORKSHOPS 2018
Unseen Art Workshops is an experimental lab where we introduce diverse art forms and expressions to different groups of people to encourage exchanges of ideas through art-making, while discovering new knowledge and methods for accessibility.
This 2018 project brings forth a series of hands-on workshops led by professional artists focusing on the theme of self-identity for visually impaired participants from 3 organisations: Guide Dog Association, Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) and Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School. The artists include sculptor Victor Tan, visual artists Alecia Neo and Mintio and painter Kok Choon Choo and theatre director and educator Jeffrey Tan.
Artworks produced from the workshops will be presented at Bedok Library from 3-16 Dec 2018.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
VICTor tan wee tar - Sculptor
Victor Tan ’s sculptures are characterized by the sole use of wire. Coupled with his unique techniques, he investigates existential ideas about humanity, the isolation of the human emotions in the moment, and through the passage of time and life. Exploring the world of three dimensional art, participants will be introduced to various materials with Victor to create an artwork of their own.
The vast majority of Victor’s sculptures have been centered on the human figure, with rare works of fishes, birds, horses etc. His earliest pieces seemed to express a language or voice which Victor uses to work through his anxieties and traumas. Or perhaps a therapy even to release his inner fears and thoughts, through a language that words cannot express. Creating sculpture at this point in his existence is about healing, about seeking happiness, about contemplation, about finding meanings in life.
Victor has completed work for numerous prestigious commissions including his first commission in 1998, a dramatic pageant of five larger than life human figures representing the fingers of a hand making the ‘OK’ sign. In the same year, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from RMIT. His works are now held in many corporate and private collections in US, The Netherlands, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and Singapore.
Jeffrey tan - theatre director
Theatre Director Jeffrey Tan brings forth a unique performance making and story-telling workshop with visually-impaired students. Performance and the art of story-telling can have profound impacts on the learner’s self-esteem , understanding of their environment , speech and presentation skills , as well as engaging deeper with the student’s critical thinking and personal reflection. Our previous engagements with the students have revealed deep interest in learning performance techniques and story-telling skills.
Jeffrey has been working as a theatre director, drama educator and arts producer for the last twenty-five years. He was Resident Director with The Theatre Practice (1997), Drama Lecturer with LASALLE SIA (1999), Associate Artistic Director with TheatreWorks (S) Ltd (2002), Assistant Director with the National Arts Council (2007) and Assistant Director, People’s Association (2012). Since 2016, Jeffrey works independently.
Jeffrey has directed for nearly all the major theatre companies in Singapore including Act 3, Action Theatre, TheatreWorks, The Necessary Stage, The Theatre Practice. He has created productions with children and students in Schools, touring productions in the community and for the public. His recent productions include ‘Open Homes’ for the National Arts Council’s Silver Arts Festival (2017), was commissioned to produce and direct ‘Open Homes’ for the Singapore International Festival of Arts (2017), 'Island Stories' for the Singapore Heritage Festival (2017), 'Shrimps in Space' for Generasia (2016), 'CrossRoads, You. Terrorist' for the Association of Musilim Professionals (2016).
Jeffrey also sits on the National Arts Council’s Arts Advisory Panel and NAC External Assessor (from 2016) and the ‘Best Production for the Young’ Award for the MI- The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards (2016 – 2018).
KOK CHOON CHOO - PAINTER
Kok Choon Choo (Choon) is a painter based in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. His works are inspired by the German Expressionism and Japanese Pop Culture - creating vivid characters that bring his ideas of the society across. His workshop allows participants to explore drawing their facial features through different means - sight and touch. Choon has been given awards for his paintings. He also works as an arts educator in Malaysia, regularly conducting workshops.
He is a member of National Art Gallery Malaysia, PPM (Malaysia Artists Society) and Persatuan Senilukis Rekacipta Negeri Johor (SERUPA). He graduated from University of Tasmania (UTAS @ Hobart Campus) and has a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art) Painting
2001-CAA Academy of Art (Johor Bahru Campus).
Alecia Neo - ViSUAL ARTIST
Alecia Neo’s projects and artworks usually evolve from her interaction with people and their neighbourhoods. working primarily with photography, video, installation and participatory workshops, she develops long-term projects involving a variety of individuals and collaborators, overlooked communities and their spaces.
Since 2012, she has developed projects with visually-impaired communities in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. From 2014 - 2016, she initiated a long-term art project engaging with Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary Shcool’s VI students on a unique mentorship programme titled titled “ Unseen: Constellations “, exploring sight and sightlessness in society through the voices of youths living with visual-impairment.
She has completed a 4 month art residency at Cittadellarte’s “Università delle Idee”, Italy, which operates with the agenda of art for social transformation. Cittadelarte was established in 1998 by renowned Arte Povera artist Michelangelo Pistoletto. She is also Artist Lead for Brack , an arts platform for socially-engaged artists and their projects.
MinTIO - ViSUAL ARTIST
Mintio is a visual artist born in Singapore. Trained as a photographer at the School of Art Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University, Mintio has been actively creating works and participating in exhibitions both locally and abroad. “Table for One” was Mintio’s first public venture into a participatory project, in which she dined with people she found eating alone over a span of one year. Following that in 2010, she participated in an artist-in-residence program hosted by MES 56, a photography collective in Jogjakarta. The project “The Wax on Our Fingers” was the outcome of her residency, where she had produced batik-portraits of batik makers from the village of Kebon Indah together with fellow artist Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul).
She is the found of Ketemu Project Space in Bali.