The opening weekend celebrations at the National Gallery Singapore: Art Carnival are sadly over. If you missed out on the eye opening event, here is a rundown on the highlights!
The Art Carnival had 5 tents following different themes, and I will share about my favourite two, along with some other interesting things I witnessed.
1. Family & Community
MS TAY BEE AYE WITH HER CREATION: DRAW, WEAVE, KNOT
The artworks at this tent were inspired by what binds the family and community. One of the beautiful creations that attracted me was titled Draw, Weave, Knot.
This display is a community project created by a wonderful artist named Tay Bee Aye. It is made of a long string spread across a large area in three dimensions, and looks exactly like a spider’s web.
The rationale behind this artwork was for the public visitors to add their own work upon what has already been made to further beautify the colours and structure.
With the use of thread, yarn and rope, visitors were encouraged to tie their own knots on the colored sections of the web. It is like building on a foundation, layer by layer, and with each layer comes an even more beautiful artwork.
A YOUNG CHILD TYING A STRING
This is relatable to the history of Singapore and how far it has come as a nation by building on what was nothing into something.
2. Adversity & Conflict
The section that I visited at the Adversity & Conflict Tent was a performance by the Superfarmers.
I guess you are wondering who are the Superfarmers? Superfarmers is project started by an extraordinary women called Cynthea Lam.
Cynthia told us the story behind Superfarmers. It all started was when her grandmother was forced to hide deep in the jungles during World War Two for two years and had to survive on whatever animals she could kill and whatever plants that were edible.
A SIMULATION OF THE JUNGLE (MS CYNTHEA 1ST FROM THE LEFT)
Cynthea decided to start Superfarmers to pass on this amazing kampong knowledge that her grandmother had during the calamity of the war.
THE “JUNGLE” IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PADANG
Isn’t it great to know that we have such wonderful people in Singapore who have this rare knowledge of plants?
If you guys would like to know more about SuperFarmers, do click here!
3. Young Talent
WESLEY DOING TRICKS WITH THE DIABOLO
After visiting all the tents at the Art Carnival, I spotted a young boy performing with his Diabolo. It was utterly amazing.
WITH THE TALENTED YOUNG BOY!
His name is Wesley Mok and he is currently 13 years old and studying at St. Hilda’s Secondary School. What surprised me most was that he only started learning how to do tricks with it 2 months ago!
Isn’t it wonderful that we have such amazing talents at such a young age?
Check out some of his moves and other pictures I took at the Art Carnival below!
WESLEY MOK PRESENTING TRICKS
AMAZING TRICK BY WESLEY MOK
NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
VIEW OF THE ART CARNIVAL
- Jordan -