Held at ION Art gallery, this special solo exhibition is presented by Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery to celebrate Lim Tze Peng, a 100-year-old self-taught artist who is one of Singapore’s most prominent and oldest living master artists. In the showcase, comprehensive works by Lim will be on display with a catalogue featuring over 100 paintings.
With a focus on Chinese philosophy, art and culture, Lim’s works capture passing moments of Singapore’s heritage, while the paint strokes showcase his mastery and great spirit. Lim is also well known for his Chinese in drawings of Chinatown and the Singapore River in the early 1980s. Watch this inspiring and enlightening video with the artist before you go! Free admission.
Entrepreneur, merchant and philanthropist – these are some of the identities the late Dr. Tan Tsze Chor was known for. But, perhaps the most important of these legacies was the time he spent being a fervent supporter and cultivator of Chinese art. Dr. Tan was one of Nanyang’s biggest art collectors in the 1980s, regularly hosting gatherings of artists, collectors and fellow connoisseurs in his own home to appreciate his personal collection.
As part of the Asian Civilisations Museum’s Season of Chinese Art, this recently opened exhibition explores the passion of Chinese art, its inspiration on the region and influence on local artists in their own works in early Singapore. It showcases the best of Chinese art by 20th century Chinese masters Xu Beihong, Qi Baishi, and Ren Bonian, among others, complemented with paintings by early Malaya and Singapore artists who moved in Dr. Tan’s circles.
Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor
Through 22 March, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 9 p.m. (on Fridays)
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place 179555
This year, Christmas will be lit! Literally. Geneco is hosting an eco-friendly Christmas Lodge set up at Wisma Atria through the 1st of December. Packed with activities (see two free, no-registration-required workshops, below) it will help you prep for the holidays and also get into the spirit.
Festive T-shirts Coasters Workshop
Repurpose that old T-shirt and convert it to festive coasters this holiday season. Bring the kids, who can make these washable coasters while learning the importance of repurposing old items and upcycling them into something useful and sustainable. (15-17, 29, 30 Nov., 1 Dec., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Seed Crafting Workshop
Kids can get their creative juices going and learn to make a holiday greeting card with specially made glue and hand-picked seeds. Then, they can look forward to little seedlings after Christmas when they plant the card/seeds. (22-24 Nov., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Geneco Christmas Lodge
Through 1 December, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wisma Atria, Level 1, Tktktktk
The Tech Show 2019 promises irresistible deals (yes, please!) on the latest and hottest IT products and accessories. You can even trade-in or repair your old PCs, notebooks, smartphones and Apple products for cash vouchers to spend in The Tech Show. There are Sure-Win Instant lucky dips, ways to spend and redeem plus much more. Free admission.
Organised by the Singapore Book Publishers Association, and modeled on traditional night markets once prevalent in Singapore, the Singapore Book Bazaar offers an eclectic mix of books appealing to book lovers of all ages. Visitors can browse through the latest offerings from Asiapac Books, Epigram Books, World Scientific, Armour Publishing, Pustaka Nasional and more. Those looking for enrichment titles for the young ones will not be disappointed. Foreign titles will also be available.
Over the weekend, expect an exciting range of programmes showcasing the vibrant SG book culture. Relive the moments of yesteryear (or hear about them for the first time) with James Suresh, as he shares stories of growing up in Queenstown. Or, try your hand at illustrating animals with Gracie Chai, who illustrated Epigram Books’ Make Animals Great Again, or enjoy a storytelling session of Siddhartha: The Prince who became Buddha. Free admission, but do register ahead.
This weekend, OCBC Square will be transformed into a gigantic water playground! Adults and kids alike can enjoy wet-and-wild activities, including Bubble Run, Water Obstacles, Water Explorer, Stand Up Paddling, Splash & Dash and a Toddlers’ Friendly Zone. Plus, there will be a Learn to Paddle program for Kayaking and Dragon boating. And, make sure to cheer for the teams in the Singapore Regatta, the largest Dragon Boat race in SG, 16 and 17 November at the Water Sports Centre!
Bonus: Redeem an exclusive Splash Pack (5L Waterproof Dry Bag, Ice Popsicle and more), if you check-in at the Event Information booth on 16 or 17 November.
As one in a series of free engaging weekly programmes at ACM, your child can embark on a quest to free Mr. Dragon — solving stimulating puzzles and meeting fantastical creatures through an immersive installation, interactive story trail. The goal: uncover a trove of Asian art and treasures through meaningful play and educational activities. Children’s Season at ACM is targeted at children aged 3 to 10 years old, and the young at heart. Free admission to installation, but general admission charges apply.
Children’s Season at ACM: Mr Dragon’s Great Escape!
16 November to 29 December
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Pl., 179555
Revisit the fundamentals of figurative drawing and painting with Points of Articulation, Solamalay Namasivayam’s first major retrospective exhibition, presented by Yeo Workshop. A master in life drawing and figure study, the artist is adept in depicting the human form with perceptual acuity, fluidity and spontaneity of his lines. While his significant contributions as one of the pioneers of figurative art in Singapore was previously overlooked, the gallery aims to bring his works and life as an artist-educator to light through this exciting and important archival project.
The exhibition showcases more than 30 works done in a variety of mediums to render the human figure, ranging from monochromatic charcoal or ink on paper to coloured pieces done in pastels or gouache. A prolific artist, these works were carefully selected from his extensive oeuvre, which provide insights into his life and practice as both an artist and art educator. The exhibition and its accompanying publication also feature writings about art by Namasivayam extracted from his personal notebooks and lecture notes.
Looking to give some more personal or unique holiday presents this year? You’ll find them at Boutiques. Held at the F1 Pit Building, this twice-yearly shopping event is known for its interesting mix of brands that are anything but run-of-the-mill.
This November’s annual The Gifting Edition will feature more than 300 independent, design-led labels across women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, home decor, lifestyle products, and children’s fashion, toys and decor.
In addition, There will be a “plethora” of family-friendly activities and amenities, including immersive workshops, delicious food and drink spaces, kids craft and play sessions (make sure to register ahead!) and more. Read a recent story about a new “break” room concept called Breathe for this fair. Free admission.
The Gifting Edition 2019 by Boutiques
15 to 17 November, 9 a.m. (Friday), 10 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, 038975
Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts is an annual festival that celebrates Indian arts during the festive period of Deepavali. Launched in 2002 as a three-day festival, and sponsored by SPH under SPH Gift of Music series, Kalaa Utsavam has since grown into a 10-day festival that presents a spectrum of classical to contemporary works by artists from the Indian subcontinent, the Indian diaspora and Singapore.
This year’s festival features a concert commissioned by Esplanade, in which headliners Bangalore-based carnatic rockers Agam will perform an exclusive segment with celebrated Hindustani vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty. Dance maverick Aditi Mangaldas returns to Kalaa Utsavam, this time with Inter_rupted, a work that showcases her signature blend of the classical kathak tradition, contemporary dance elements and theatre design. Bollywood music fans can look forward to the Singapore debut of composer, singer and lyricist Amit Trivedi, who is often touted as the torchbearer of the new generation of pop music.
Meanwhile, Actors Ensemble India Forum also makes its Singapore debut with Ultimate Kurukshetra, a side-splitting comedy and a modern take on the epic Mahabharata. The Guitar Prasanna Trio makes its debut at the festival in a concert that showcases their signature musical style that marries Western genres such as rock, metal, blues and funk with carnatic music. Look forward to this and much more!
Save The Date! FOMO brings you the 3rd edition of the Secret Garden Party brunch series. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with friends and DJ session all day/night long before we part for the holidays. It will also be the brand’s last pop up event for 2019, so don’t miss out! Write to FOMO@TheLittleBlackBOOK.IT for ticket purchase. Note: Seats are limited.
Secret Garden Party
16 November, 12 to 10 p.m.
Location will be revealed one day before event via email to ticket holders only.
The Battle of the Reds returns to the National Stadium! Featuring Liverpool Reds, Manchester Reds and Singapore Reds, the game will be played in three thrilling 40-minute round-robin matches. Catch legends such as Emile Heskey, Jason MacAteer, Teddy Sheringham, Wes Brown, Aleksandar Duric and Fandi Ahmad lace up their boots again. Tickets start from $20 and are available here.
This is not just any run, but a run to celebrate 50 years of Sesame Street and Counting! This 5-kilometre family fun run caters to all ages, from first-timers to seasoned athletes. Join Big Bird, Elmo, and the gang as they kick start the tour in Singapore and the fun continues as the Sesame Street Run travels to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Don’t miss the Sesame Street Giant Birthday cake Blowout before the flag off, special countdown by Count Von Count and a shower with Abby’s Magic Dust!
For four days starting this Sunday, Art Works is presenting a free inaugural exhibition by one of China’s foremost contemporary artists, Ma Dongmin, at The Arts House. Philosophy of Blue will feature a total of 12 iconic art pieces reflecting Ma’s love for speed and passion, from his Spiritual Rhyme Series and Blue Horse Series.
Based in Beijing, Ma’s oil paintings focus on the emotive nature of the human spirit, creating a sense of mystery, melancholy and modernism through his unique style of painting. Among his accolades, Ma recently received the gold award at the Venice Biennale in 2019 for “Benedict XVI” and “Blue Horse Portrait”.
Want to meet the artist while he’s here? On the evening of 20 November, there will be a private, ticketed Meet-the-Artist session for $20 (get tickets here).
Philosophy of Blue, A Solo Exhibition by Ma Dongmin
17 November (2 to 10 p.m.), 18 and November (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), 20 November (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Meet the Artist session, 6:30 to 10 p.m.)
The Arts House, Gallery 2, 1 Old Parliament Ln., 179429
By Sara Lyle Bow, November 2019 / Photos: respective events and Instagram
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