Artists with Autism Celebrate National Day with Public Art Exhibition on All Things Singapore

Top Quote Exhibition affirms inclusiveness and contributions made by differently-abled artists as valued sons and daughters of Singapore. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 27, 2017 - Singapore – Pathlight School today announced the opening of its public art exhibition, Art for Autism: All Things Singapore. Held at the East Garden Foyer Gallery of The Fullerton Hotel, this is the second time that the Art for Autism series of exhibitions is staged at the iconic landmark.

    The exhibition features works by 33 student and alumni artists, aged 13 to 23 years, from the School’s award-winning Artist Development Programme (ADP). These works explore Singapore’s heritage, cultural diversity and varied landscape through the unique perspectives of individuals with autism.

    Among the artists exhibiting in this Art for Autism: All Things Singapore are Ezra Chan, winner of the 34th UOB Most Promising Artist of the Year (Emerging Artist Category) Award; and Glenn Phua, whose works were selected as state gifts for Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis when they visited Singapore.

    Ms Denise Phua, President of Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) and School Supervisor of Pathlight School Board, said, “People with autism have much to contribute. This year, in celebration of National Day, we wish to provide a platform for our special folks to express their love for the cultural melting pot that we call home. Through this exhibition, we hope to affirm the importance of inclusiveness, and highlight the boundless possibilities for every son and daughter of Singapore to contribute in a meaningful way.”

    Art for Autism: All Things Singapore
    Capturing the essence of “All Things Singapore” with their keen sense of observation and attention to details, the participating artists provided their own distinctive interpretations of our city-state, ranging from food and architecture to nostalgic scenes and famous personalities. Some even infused their art with whimsical inclusions of what they love about Singapore. No detail is deemed too small or mundane to be left out.

    Ms Phua added, “Therein lies the wonder of individuals with autism! While they may not be strong communicators, they often have such fascinating and refreshing views of the world around them. One of the best ways to better understand them is therefore through their artistic creations, which reflect their inner thoughts and passion for topics close to their hearts.”

    In Support of Artists with Autism
    In conjunction with the exhibition’s opening, EZ-Link Pte Ltd launched two limited edition ez-link card series, incorporating designs by four ADP artists. The “Dino Series” features the distinctive dinosaur motifs by See Toh Sheng Jie, while the nostalgic “Singapore Shophouses Collection” is by Glenn Phua, Jonathan Cai and Muhammad Khairul Bin Asmi. The cards are available for advanced purchase at The Art Faculty merchandise corner.

    In her speech at the Opening Ceremony, Ms Phua thanked corporate and community partners who had partnered ADP, for their support in raising awareness of the abilities of people with special needs. Two such partners are The Fullerton Heritage who sponsored the exhibition venue, and EZ-Link.

    She said, “Without the support of partners like The Fullerton Heritage and EZ-Link, it would not have been possible for ADP to gain traction over the years, and reach out to a wider audience to help them appreciate our special folks’ talents and abilities.”

    She added, “Like you and me, people with special needs wish to lead independent and rewarding lives. Everyone in the community can help fulfill that wish by providing them with opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the workplace and society.”

    Art for Autism:
    All Things Singapore will be open to the public from 20 July to 30 August. It is open daily from 11.00am to 9.00pm at the East Garden Foyer Gallery, The Fullerton Hotel (1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178).

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