Living Tropics at Home for the Arts
by Ken Hickson
It is always a pleasure to see art in appropriate surroundings. And there is nowhere better than in the glorious black and white houses on Singapore. Isn’t it great that so many of these distinctive colonial “homes” have been conserved and put to such good use.
In Temenggong Road, five of them have become “home to the arts”, thanks to the Temenggong Arts in Residence – a not for profit arts charity – and the work of Henri Chen KeZhan who started it and keeps it going. http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_1433_2009-01-30.html
That’s where you can see the latest exhibition by one of its resident artists – Dang Xuan Hoa from Vietnam. His “Living Tropics” exhibition is there until 4 June. Be quick as its not often art lovers can visit this fabulous green setting on Mount Faber and see art and architecture at its best.
At the exhibition opening on Saturday 27 May, NUS Museum Curator Chang Yueh Siang gave a very meaningful and insightful introduction to the work of Hoa and the artist-in residence-programme and location.
For more, get a copy of the programme – where most the art exhibited is also shown.
On hand to officially open the show was Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Culture Mr Baey – a former PR man – pictured above at at right, with the artist Dang Xuan Hoa, the centre of attention and Ms Chan on the left, delivering her welcome address.
You can support the work of Henri and co at the Temenggong Artists in residence programme by going to this site. https://www.giving.sg/web/temenggong-artists-in-residence-ltd-