Spotted! Ben Lai

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Concept Illustration for ‘Baba the little lamb

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Illustration for unpublished picture book: ‘Nine and Clan

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Illustration for Asian Festival of Children Content 2016 under the theme of ‘Japan, Birds and Friendship’

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Previously a game digital artist with Lucasarts and Bandai Namco, Ben Lai ditched and switched to a career of making picture books and book illustrations in 2016.

This Saturday Ben is releasing his first picture book at Woods in the Books. “I can is an introduction to life in Singapore for 3 to 6-year-olds. The story stars a young girl who proudly proclaims “I can” as she engages in fun activities and interacts with Singapore’s most famous landmarks and icons.” The event is free but don’t forget to register.

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THOUGHT LINES An exhibition by Berny Tan

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Thought Lines – Study #2, 2017

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Thought Lines – Study #17, 2017

(from the press release)

In her first solo exhibition, Berny Tan presents a new series of twenty abstract embroideries, reflecting on the medium’s obsessive nature through the repetitive motion of stitching. Each study is created by adhering to sets of written rules, based on thought patterns and mechanisms that manifest within the artist’s personal anxieties.

Rejecting the image-making typical of traditional embroidery, the artist concentrates on meticulously enacting these systems. Yet, there remains a latent tension between the mechanical and the human – the pieces are intensely structured at first glance, but closer inspection reveals how every decision, inconsistency, and workaround is recorded in thread.

The series thus seeks to inhabit an ambiguous space where the delicate and the compulsive, the therapeutic and the torturous all coexist; where the desire for control also keeps perfection out of reach.

The exhibition opens on Thursday and runs until 28 January at Supernormal.

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28th SGIFF: Singapore Panorama

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The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) returns from 23 November to 3 December 2017. The 28th edition will screen 112 feature and short films from 42 countries, across nine sections: – Opening, Special Presentation, Silver Screen Awards, Singapore Panorama, Asian Vision, Cinema Today, Midnight Mayhem, Classics: Secret Spies Never Die!, Focus: Histories of Tomorrow – Indonesian Cinema After the New Order.

Our focus today is on the young and emerging filmmakers from the SGIFF Singapore Panorama Shorts programme.

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An actor discovers his son’s university application that was supposed to be mailed out in the boot of his car. The mistake leads him to drive around as he formulates an excuse. The film stars television veteran Zhu Houren as the protagonist.

About the directors
Jonathan Choo, Rachel Liew and Shammini G are graduates of NTU School of Art Design and Media. They produced Han, which won Best Film at the National Youth Film Awards 2016.

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A father, who is also the discipline master at his son’s school, has to grapple with his own principles when his rebellious son breaks one of the school rules.

About the director
Hamzah Fansuri is a graduate of the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. His thesis film, Rotan, is made as a reflection of his childhood days.

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Struggling to get her special-needs son into a regular school, a single mother agonises over her conflicted feelings toward him when he obstructs her plan.

About the director
Tang Wan Xin is a recent graduate from the Puttnam School of Film and Animation at LASALLE College of the Arts. She hopes to tell stories that reveal truths that reality often conceals.

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Insulated by the lonely monotony of routine, Ji spend her nights tearing flyers and junk mail. One night, an interesting flyer gives her an unexpected opportunity for reconnection.

About the director
Gan Chin Lin is a student filmmaker from the graduating batch of Raffles Institution Film Society. Return to Sender is her debut work as director and cinematographer.

The Festival will take place at multiple screening venues including Marina Bay Sands, Capitol Theatre, Shaw Theatres Lido, National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, Filmgarde Bugis+ and The Arts House. Visit sgiff.com for festival updates. Tickets are available from Sistic.

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Comics of Singapore Histories (COSH) Studios

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In January 2016, COSH Studios brought together a collective of comic artists and writers eager to share their stories of Singapore Heritage. “Our heritage shouldn’t just be confined to history lessons and the classroom,” comic historian Lim Cheng Tju says. “These comics are fiction, but they have aspects of local history and places in them. And when readers can relate to these stories, there’s always the chance that they will want to find out more about the hidden corners or undiscovered stories in Singapore.”

Three comics will be launched tomorrow at the Singapore Writers Festival from 8:30PM until 9:30PM at the Arts House: Live through Singapore in the 1910s through five different people in the Guidebook to Nanyang Diplomacy by Lim Cheng Tju and Benjamin Chee. Listen in to the politics of food and business in the Coalition of the Savoury Spare Parts by Koh Hong Teng and Oh Yong Hwee. Or run into the Bukit Brown Caretaker in a place where many Singaporeans called their Final Resting Place – James Tan will help you with that.

Four more titles will be published by March 2018, featuring writer Dave Chua and artists Don Low and Cheah Sinann as some of the many names to release their books then.

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Exhib & Auction! 80by80

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Axis / by Ian Woo
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Christmas Tree 2008 by Deanna Ng
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Guardian Angel by Lim Soo Ngee
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Let me take care of you by Susie Wong

(from the press release)

A group exhibition featuring the works of 38 Singapore artists who have journeyed with the centre over the last 15 years. The artists were invited to each create a unique piece of work measuring 80cm x 80cm.

For the first time, all the works exhibited will be up for public auction from 19 October to 19 November 2017. Your support for 80by80 will benefit Esplanade’s free programmes, including its visual arts exhibitions, and go a long way towards Esplanade’s efforts to do even more for our artists and audiences.

To view the works in detail and participate in the auction, visit www.esplanade.com/80by80 from 19 Oct onwards.

List of participating artists:
Ahmad Abu Bakar, Angie Seah, April Ng, Ashley Yeo, Ben Puah, Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Chiew Sien Kuan, Christine Lim, Chua Boon Kee, Chua Chye Teck, Deanna Ng, Delia Prvacki, Ernest Chan, Ian Woo, Jeremy Hiah, Justin Lee, Mrydette, Lim Soo Ngee, Lina Adam, Miguel Chew, Milenko Prvacki, Oh Chai Hoo, Quek Kiat Sing, Raymond Yap, Speak Cryptic, Susie Wong, Tang Ling Nah, Tay Bak Chiang, Tay Bee Aye, Tay Questal, Teo Huey Ling, Victor Tan, Vincent Leow, Wang Ruobing, Yeo Chee Kiong, Yeo Shih Yun, Yong Kah Kin and Zai Kuning (Singapore)

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