A well-known sculptor and a group of artistically-gifted ex-offenders will come together to give a fresh look to a car park this Saturday, 22 June, as part of a not-for-profit arts and culture organisation’s community engagement efforts at Selegie Road.
This mural project is part of arts fair, Fair Play – An Inclusive Community Fair (Fair Play), which is organised by The RICE Company Ltd (TRCL) at the 8th floor of Parklane Shopping Mall’s shopping mall car park.
Titled Turning Points, the mural will be conceived and lead by renowned sculptor and artist Sun Yu-Li in collaboration with artist Barry Yeow and other former inmate-artists from the Visual Arts Hub (VAH) located in Institution B4 in Changi Prison Complex. The project is curated by Global Cultural Alliance (GCA), a subsidiary of TRCL, that reaches out and works with marginalised groups in Singapore who have experiences of poverty and incarceration/offending and who are in need of mental health support.
Held from 1 pm to 6 pm and open to the public, the mural painting will be open to community participation. Fair Play will also feature an exhibition of 18 paintings by inmate-artists from VAH as well a market place featuring craft and accessories by local artisans.
VAH is a rehabilitation workshop which aims to nurture inmates’ artistic potential, encourage creative insights, and facilitate a positive change of mindset. The inmate-artists seek to contribute back to the community within and outside prisons, in collaboration with community partners.
VAH hopes to develop a vibrant aftercare community of art practitioners bounded by their common love for art. VAH is exploring ways to nurture and develop inmate artists so that they can find their own ways to contribute to the local arts scene after their release. Such a project as this mural painting can serve as a platform for them to contribute.
Free art workshops at Fair Play:
1pm to 6pm: Community Art Mural
2pm to 3pm: Postcards – a painting workshop
4pm to 5pm: Pen & Ink Workshop
Venue: Level 8 Carpark of Parklane Shopping Mall, 35 Selegie Road, Singapore 188307
When: 22 Jun 2019, 1pm - 6pm