The Magic of Collaboration

SIF celebrates the culmination of its programmes for bridging communities through art with DiverseCity 2012.

The official launch on 15 November, attended by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong, saw an attendance of more than 200 guests from the diplomatic and arts communities.

When Singaporean artist Mintio met her Indonesian counterpart, Kabul, neither could speak each other’s language. They had to communicate via Google translate.

In spite of this, the duo worked with batik makers from a Javanese village to create self-portraits, and through the project explored the role of women batik makers as culture-makers in the Indonesian society.

At one point, they found that their artistic styles didn’t quite gel with that of the locals. Yet, in these differences they received an education. They realised that the true spirit of working creatively with a community was about “letting go”.

“I felt the batik makers gave us so much more than we were able to give them. We came out more enriched as artists and as human beings,” says Mintio.

Mintio and Kabul are one of many stories – and artists – represented at DiverseCity 2012, our annual arts showcase.

Held at the Singapore Art Museum at 8Q from 16 November to 2 December, DiverseCity is a culmination of our programmes for bridging communities through art in the last 12 months, celebrating the global reach of Singapore art, and the collaborations and friendships between local and overseas artists.

The official launch on 15 November, attended by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong, saw an attendance of more than 200 guests from the diplomatic and arts communities.

DiverseCity is a culmination of our programmes for bridging communities through art in the last 12 months, celebrating the global reach of Singapore art, and the collaborations and friendships between local and overseas artists.

The evening kicked off with a collaborative hip-hop performance by drum artist Kenny Hogan together with Saltare Beats, a group of youth performers from the Little Arts Academy.

Both Kenny and the Saltare Beats are recipients of our Singapore Internationale grant. The grant enabled 108 projects by 92 Singaporean artists to be presented in 91 cities around the world over the past year. These projects and works of art form the backbone of DiverseCity 2012 – 35 works of art are on display, while over 60 projects are currently documented at the showcase at Singapore Art Museum.

Guests at the launch event were also treated to artworks under a bilateral SIF-British Council artists exchange programme and the multilateral Project Glocal – a collaboration among artists from Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore. Another first at DiverseCity 2012 is Arts Connection - a showcase of our efforts at empowering communities and uplifting lives through the arts.

For more information on DiverseCity, click here.

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