Following the successes of two previous seasons, LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE) and The Connoisseur Concerto (tcc) are pleased to embark on another exciting year-long partnership through Art Moves III – a year-long exhibition of artworks in tcc cafés by 16 recent BA(Hons) Fine Arts graduates from LASALLE. With an expansion to include two new tcc outlets – ION Orchard and The Central – as spaces to showcase artworks, this season also introduces interactive dialog cards within the cafes, encouraging tcc patrons to take a closer look at the art while enjoying their coffee.
Overseeing the exhibition and a series of educational workshops as artists-curators are Nicolette Teo and See Kian Wee, recipients of the tcc-LASALLE Artist-Curator Alumni Award. Beyond each receiving a generous sponsorship of $25,000 from tcc in support of their practice, Nicolette and Kian Wee will also be continuously mentored by LASALLE during this one-year curatorship. As participating artists within the exhibition as well, Art Moves serves as a valuable opportunity for these young Fine Arts graduates to experience what it means to be a practising artist and a curator of artworks within a dialogical space – both of which are integral aspects of the profession.
Head of LASALLE’s McNally School of Fine Arts, Dr S. Chandrasekaran, shared: “Art Moves is an excellent platform for our graduates to further the pursuit of their vision, and to grow as artists. I am always proud of the work they have accomplished, and eagerly anticipate how their futures will develop.”
In addition to the range of affordable artworks on show (from prints and photographs, to paintings and installation), the curators also hope to engage patrons of tcc through dialog cards. Unlike the usual artist statements appended to works in galleries, open-ended questions will be written onto these cards instead. This move seeks to connect patrons more deeply with the works on showcase by provoking thought and conversation. A painting of mangosteens on newsprint by participating artist Fiona Koh, for example, invites the viewer to consider everyday fruits and objects that hold special significance to them.
“Art can sometimes be thought of as a form that is difficult to access. But through this interactive activity, we hope to break down the barriers between the viewer, the art, and the artist. If people can better understand themselves and the artists through this process, then our goal is accomplished because art should bring all of us closer,” said Nicolette.
Art Moves began in 2015 as a means to bring art to a wider audience beyond a traditional gallery setting, and to provide new artists a chance to expand their horizons straight after graduating from LASALLE. A portion of the proceeds from artwork sales will be donated to the loveLASALLE Education Fund, which provides bursaries to financially disadvantaged students at LASALLE.
Art Moves III
BA(Hons) Fine Arts, Class of 2017
LASALLE College of the Arts
Thursday, 25 January 2018 – Friday, 30 November 2018
Artworks will be showcased at the following tcc boutique cafes:
1.tcc Art Gallery (Circular Road)
2.tcc The Pier@Robertson
3.tcc Novena Square
4.tcc Great World City
5.tcc International Building
6.tcc ION Orchard
7.tcc The Central
LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers over 30 undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in art, design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, artist education, art therapy, Asian art histories, and creative writing.
Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. Critically acclaimed alumni form the core of the cultural and creative sectors in Singapore and increasingly internationally.
Founded in 1984 by de la Salle Brother Joseph McNally – a visionary artist and educator – LASALLE is a not-for-profit, private educational institution. LASALLE receives tuition grant support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. Its degree programmes are validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.
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