DiverseCity 2014 is a celebration of the role of Singaporean artists as citizen ambassadors in connecting, promoting understanding and building relationships across countries, as well as the diversity and global reach of Singapore’s culture.
Our biennial DiverseCity showcase presents a series of narratives about these artists’ works and friendships with the communities in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, United Kingdom and the United States, among several others. We will also feature projects by some 130 of SIF’s Singapore Internationale artists presented in over 40 countries.
This year’s DiverseCity showcase will be held at the Stamford Gallery, National Museum of Singapore from 10 December 2014 to 28 February 2015.
Featuring over 92 Singaporean artists and the 108 works they’ve presented in 91 cities, the showcase was a true celebration of not only the repertoire and global reach of Singapore art and culture, but cross-cultural exchange and collaboration at its very best.
A culmination of SIF’s work in 2012 in bridging communities through art via the Singapore Internationale grant, DiverseCity 2012 featured familiar faces such as Ming Wong, Ho Tsu Yuen, Vertical Submarine, Robert Zhao, and Zakaria Zainal, and plenty of new and emerging artists too.Spanning four genres of multi-media art, the upcoming showcase promises a rich multi-sensory experience.
The showcase also highlighted collaborative works, from the SIF-British Council Artist-in-Residence exchange programme – where Singaporean artists collaborate with their British peers – to Project Glocal, which presents multilateral collaborations for bridging communities. SIF alumni and Project Glocal curator Dayang Yraola (Philippines), together with Vichaya Mukdamanee (Thailand), worked with 29 other artists from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore on a cross-cultural exploration of the four cities. DiverseCity hosted the Singapore leg of Project Glocal.
A third feature of DiverseCity is Arts Connection, where art brings people together and enables collaborations for a better world. An example of this is Little by Little, a collaboration between SIF and the Little Arts Academy to involve the international community in art and cultural exchanges to enrich the lives of youths. DiverseCity also featured art therapy projects in India and The Everyday Revolution, a social enterprise founded by SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs 2012 programme alumna Sophia Tan.
Diversecity 2012 took place at 8Q at Singapore Art Museum from 16 November to 2 December 2012.
We are pleased to share with you highlights of the launch of DiverseCity: Connecting Communities through Art, the inaugural Singapore Internationale (SI) showcase, on 1 December 2011.
We were delighted and honoured to have Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, and more than 100 local and overseas guests join us in celebrating the diversity and richness of Singapore art, the global reach of SI artists, and the collaborations and relationships forged between Singaporeans and world communities through art.
Apart from the works of 60 artists / art groups – showcased either through physical artworks or excerpts of stories on their experiences overseas, guests were treated to live performances by SI recipients; Wicked Aura Batucada, Dance Ensemble Singapore and artists Tze (composer-jazz pianist), Lazar T. Sebastine (Indian violin) and Teo Boon Chye (saxophonist).
DiverseCity: Connecting Communities through Art, the commemorative publication was also launched at the SI showcase. SI recipient Syndicate created an art installation depicting an interconnected city of collaborations for the launch.
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