The certificate in visual arts, issued by Nafa’s Centre for Lifelong Education, is open to artists who have at least four years of visual arts training at VSA. Applications are subject to a selection process.
The five-month programme, to be held at VSA (Bedok Centre), will help participants sharpen their conceptualisation and time management, and they will be assessed on two projects. Set to begin this October, each edition of the programme will train between six and eight students.
“The programme offers artists with special needs an opportunity to improve their career prospects and show that despite their special needs, they can produce quality, conceptual works within a given timeline,” said Ms Maureen Goh, the executive director of VSA, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.”
Now in its third volume, the book was launched by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the National Gallery Singapore.
It comprises short essays and illustrations bound by the common theme of how a “people-oriented and socially responsible Asean community” can be achieved, SIF said.
The book is divided into five sections, with each focusing on a different theme – identity, inclusiveness, innovation, imagination and influence.
Part outreach programme, visitors to the village could even get a taste of what life might be like for a disabled person, with booths such as a ‘Para-sports Tryout’ station set-up, where visitors could try playing basketball from a wheelchair. Others included stations from Dialogue in the Dark and the Singapore Association for the Deaf, both of which simulated the daily experience for a blind and deaf person respectively through sensory deprivation methods. In addition, the visitor centre transformed into a gallery for disabled visual artists to showcase their works, alongside becoming a space for thespians from VSA and No Strings Attached to present new devised works.
The concert itself was a grand affair, attended by President Halimah Yacob herself, along with Professor Tommy Koh and co-presenter The Nippon Foundation president Yohei Sasakawa. In their opening speeches, the guests-of-honour emphasised the need for equal opportunity, not just in Singapore but all around the world, and the intent of tonight’s concert – not to shine a light on the performers’ disabilities, but the talent behind each and every performer.
From March 22-25 Singapore will play host to True Colours Festival – the Asia Pacific Celebration of Artistes with Disabilities. Some 20 exceptionally talented artistes and troupes will converge in Singapore for what will be the first and largest gathering of artistes with disabilities to perform in an event in the Asia-Pacific region.
True Colours is presented by Unesco and The Nippon Foundation (TNF), two international organisations which champion the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). It is produced by Very Special Arts Singapore (VSA) and supported by many partners, including DBS, Singapore Sports Hub and the Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability (APCD).
The festival comprises a ticketed multimedia indoor concert experience at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, a free admission outdoor festival village just a short walk away and an international conference on arts and disability.”
The landscapes, buildings, sceneries, and objects with fantasy and sci-fi elements that he produces are normally based on what he picks up from watching TV or through the Internet, he added.
Mr Lee is one of the 20 beneficiaries of the TODAY Enable Fund. He received S$3,000, which will be used to help him publish a short comic book.
He has yet to decide on the storyline and characters, but wants his characters to be a mix of Japanese and American comic characters.
Mr Lee’s dream is to eventually be a “top comic artist”, and his mother is on the lookout for the right opportunities to get him the training he needs.
We Didn't Expect That! VOICES Art Exhibition 2017
With this year’s theme of “We didn’t expect that!”, the young artists tried to capture moments that were unexpected or unforeseen to them. Whether it was a welcome surprise or not, the unpredictability of life is expressed through art the way they know best.
Dialogue Art Exhibition 2017
Featured on Lian He Zao Bao and A-List, Dialogue is a curated art exhibition organised by Very Special Arts Singapore to eliminate the misconception that artists with disabilities are not able to produce “fine” art.
More than 20 pieces of artworks by Gregory Burns (Polio) and Chng Seok Tin (visually impaired) in the space of Visual Arts Centre to share their concerns about the society as well as their struggles of being a disabled artist in Singapore.
Since “dialogue” is an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, it allows the audience to have a silent conversation with the exhibited pieces to resolve an issue, which is the discrimination towards artists with disabilities.
So it was just as well that one of its unofficial artists in residence was 23-year-old pianist Azariah Tan, who has achieved much despite his degenerative hearing condition.
Partnering him for the evening was the husband-and-wife pair of violist Tan Wee-Hsin and violinist Lillian Wang from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Very Special Art - Kids with disabilities show their talent at Annual Art Competition
It featured interviews with some of winners and their parents/caregivers who also shared their ups and downs caring for their special needs children yet the intrinsic benefits that art has brought to their lives.