Noise Art Mentorship Showcase: Proposals for Waterloo


 © Cally Tan

Weave carpets designed for residents.
Cally Tan was drawn to the stairwells shared by just two homes on the same floor. With a flower pot here, a shoe rack there and leftover CNY decorations, these publicly accessible spaces feel private. By weaving residents’ stories into carpets for these spaces, it’ll be as if their personalities are overflowing from their homes.


© Kayleigh Goh

Explore the textures of an aging building through a painting installation.
How can you tell if a building is old? Peeling paint. Repair jobs that leave behind a patchwork of scars. These markers of age are built into the environment of Waterloo Centre. Using clay and concrete as her paint, Kayleigh will explore the delicate side of these urban textures.


© Lee Wan Xiang

Construct a cave of illustrations inspired by objects collected from residents.
Lee Wan Xiang asked residents for objects they no longer wanted. She thought they would give her items they wanted to throw away. But along with old baby clothes, Genting hotel shower caps and huge blankets, she also received old photo albums filled with photos of loved ones, giving her a little glimpse into the lives of residents at Waterloo.


© Nhawfal Juma’at

Wrap an existing structure in industrial black shrink wrap.
“I want to create a void, a space with nothing in it.” Nhawfal Juma’at’s proposed work is mysterious and monolithic. It’ll use a common industrial material to transform a familiar space into an otherworldly experience.


© Tan Luo Yi

Transform a dead space with white netting.
Think of an enclosed space. Maybe that space is your home. Do you feel safe? Or do you feel confined? Tan Luo Yi uses ethereal white netting to explore this tension, creating an immersive space for us to reconsider the idea of home.


© Rifqi Amirul

Outline a transitional space within a transitional space.
We spend a lot of time in transit. We might be moving between borders, or just across a corridor to get to the lift. We occupy these in-between spaces for small pockets of time. Rifqi Amirul will intervene in one such space – the void deck of Blk 262 Waterloo Street. Perhaps it will give us pause, even for a short while.

This year’s Noise Art Mentorship Showcase kicks off on January 19, and follows the theme “Proposals for Waterloo”. 12 artists have been partnered with a mentor to create a proposal for a special environment.

A structure stretching across the plaza, wrapped in black, a cave constructed using objects discarded by residents, a painter playing with the aging textures of the building’s architecture. These are just a few of the installations to keep an eye out for at the Waterloo Centre.

The exhibition runs through 31 January, 12–7pm at the Waterloo Centre. There will be an opening Block Party on Wednesday, 18 January from 7–9 pm at Level 5, Open Plaza, 262 Waterloo Street. RSVP to Su Pei by 11 January 2017.

Exhib! Hello, My Name Is Joseph Schooling


Natalie Lee & Patrick van Dam


Do Not Design & &Larry


Practice Theory & Ed


Somewhere Else & studioKALEIDO


X Spots The Mark & Tan XinNing

Hello, My Name Is Joseph Schooling is a photo book by Alvin Toh about Olympic gold medallist, Joseph Schooling. In conjunction with the launch of the book, 10 local designers were commissioned to design a promotional poster.

Go underground before 30 November and marvel at the posters on display in MRT stations across the dot.

Exhib! Illustration Arts Fest 2016


Caleb Tan


Joon Saw





What you see here are four designs picked from a formidable poster collection created by OIC artists to announce Singapore’s first indie Illustration Arts Festival (IAF). The fest runs from 28 until 30 October at LASALLE, and from 4 until 6 November at the Singapore’s Writers Festival. You won’t want to miss it!

(from the press release)

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Organisation of Illustrators Council (OIC Singapore), the Council is teaming up with Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), LASALLE College of the Arts; and East London Comics Arts Festival (ELCAF) and Nobrow Press to present the inaugural IAF, highlighting illustrators and illustration in Asia.

Festival Highlights

  • 3 special hands-on workshops by Sonny Lieu, Mattias Adolfsson and Isabel Greenberg
  • 7 talks by invited artists – Jean Julien, Richard McGuire, Hideyuki Katsumata, Sonny Lieu, Mattias Adolfsson and Isabel Greenberg
  • 50+ stalls at the Artists Market with illustrators selling their original prints, books and products
  • New toy launch from artist PUCKY (based in Canada/HongKong)
  • An OIC Interactive live drawing event where you get to bring home a drawing by the OIC illustrators
  • 6 panel discussions by local and guest artists
  • 4 Book signing events

For more information and ticketing, visit

Singapore Selection @ Supermama’s Porcelain Festival


Chun Pang & Wen Yeu (&Natural)


Elizabeth Gan (School of Clay Arts)


Ellen Philpott Teo


Hui Leng (A Piece of Earth)


Emily Moh (The Void Deck)


Loy Yan Ling (Euphoramics)


Jeanette Adrienne Wee


Zestro Leow Sculptures

Supermama‘s Porcelain Festival opened last Friday at Gillman Barracks,  and focuses on porcelain as a “possible typography in the design of giftware, homeware and objet d’art.”

Highlights of the show are the Vessels exhibition, a collaboration between 5 Singapore designers and Japanese porcelain label Kahara Inc., Asian Selection, a showcase of ceramic related works conceived by Asian ceramic artists or designers and the Singapore Selection, a collection of works conceived by 10 Singapore creatives.

Today we give you a preview of the work of some of the ceramists in the Singapore Selection.

“In recent years there has been an emergence of contemporary ceramists and designers who are questioning and approaching the porcelain material in different ways. The Singapore Selection presents such a collection of works conceived by Singapore creatives.”

Until 31 October (12pm-6pm) at Supermama Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road.

Exhib! We Will Meet by Alvin Ong

Alvin Ong-Finisterre

Finisterre (2016), Oil on Canvas

Alvin Ong-The wanderer's nightlong

The Wanderer’s Nightlong (2016), Oil on Canvas

(from the press release)

Having previously explored the local through vanishing rituals and cultures in Singapore, Alvin Ong’s latest figurative paintings mark an evolution in his subject matter. In We Will Meet, Ong presents a new series of works with a shift towards an interest in finding the local in the global, inspired by a month­long coastal trek through Spain. Walking through countless towns and landscapes, the wanderer encounters solitude, other people, and eventually, oneself.

In these reimagined memories and enchanted dreams, the nocturnal landscapes are awashed in neon light with characters encountered resurface as figures transformed by infrared and thermal imaging. Engaging in silent dialogue with one another, they are projections of the artist ­ as nomad and wanderer. Moving between worlds, encountering one another as their paths meet in the dark. This series is thus experienced as a journey, an ongoing dialogue with the painting process ­ and life itself. Along the way, the wanderer often tries to perceive the unfamiliar through the familiar, comparing these foreign lands against his own. The wild dogs of the Spanish wilderness reappear as Qilin ­ mythical animals commonly found in Chinese temples and embroidered altar cloths. Ong’s experiences of rain and the untamed wilderness are reconstituted in translucent drizzles and impassioned smears of vivid colours. We Will Meet is an invitation; to new friendships, new encounters and new beginnings.

Alvin Ong (b. 1988, Singapore) went to the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, and is currently doing his graduate studies at the Royal College of Art, London. At the age of 16, he was the youngest winner of Singapore’s prestigious art prize, the UOB Painting of the Year award, and a year later, he had his first solo exhibition in the presence of his excellency President S. R. Nathan at Jendela, Esplanade. He was touted in the Straits Times as one of the “50 Young People to Watch” and is shortlisted for the 2016 Red Mansion Art Prize. He has since shown at the Singapore Art Museum (2007, 2012 and 2013), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (2007), Asian Civilizations Museum (2010) and the Peranakan Museum (2015).

We Will Meet runs from 15 September until 16 October at Chan Hampe Galleries. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am ­ 7pm. Admission is free.

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