Heart to Art

A List, Singapore

Published on 26 November 2017

Read more: http://a-list.sg/heart-to-art/

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Singapore Writers Fest 2017

Published 4 Nov 2017

Read more: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/writers-fest-features-300-events-for-goodness-sake

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Young Artist Award recipients

The Straits Times, Singapore

Published on 16 Oct 2016

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The Young and Artsy

TODAY, Singapore

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For a Better World

A List, Singapore

Published on 13 March 2016

Read more: http://a-list.sg/for-a-better-world/

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New blood: 5 young Singaporean artists to watch

Lifestyle Asia

Published on 1 Dec 2016

Read more: http://www.lifestyleasia.com/491156/5-young-singaporean-artists-watch/

Private becomes Public

TODAY, Singapore

Published on 6 Feb 2012

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POSKOD: Villa Alicia

POSKOD, Singapore

Published on 6 August 2011

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Arts housing! SG ♥ MY?! 

TODAY, Singapore

Published 18 JANUARY, 2013

"I got to thinking about this after seeing a couple of shows recently: the recently ended Villa Alicia exhibit at 43 Binjai Park, which transformed an entire 1950s bungalow into an exhibit in and of itself (just before it’s slated to be demolished); and Tang Da Wu’s latest work Long Po Feng Yi / First Arts Council at Valentine Willie Fine Art. The latter is dominated by this skeletal structure of a house, its frames painted yellow, with Perspex walls, a glass(green)house as it were. Inside is a yam plant, two figures of children, one of which seemingly peers down at a mirror that reflects a plank of wood painted blue dotted with stars hanging overhead. Around it are other elements: drumsticks bound together looking from afar like a sheaf of wheat. Huge paintings and drawings by Tang himself and contributors Pan Jia Ding, Jeremy Hiah and Zai Kuning (who also collaborates with his daughter for a piece within the house structure). A chair hanging upside down from the ceiling enclosed in Perspex case. The interplay of elements in this enigmatic show is so deeply layered but one does come out perceiving its central case. From Tang’s very dedication of the piece to art teachers and, specifically the Singapore Teachers Academy Of The Arts, to its references to Van Gogh (the chair, the drumsticks, a painting by Pan of a Christ-like figure surrounded by crows, a letter by his sister-in-law Johanna) to the less obvious Chinese folk tale of a woman who sews clothes for children, and finally the inclusion of artists who have been nurtured (directly or otherwise) by Tang himself, it’s a whirlwind of images at the centre of which is the very idea of nurturing the arts and the artists. But there is, also, something slightly unsettling and enticingly disorienting about it. The paintings are hung askew, there are odd corners disrupting your viewing, the house itself – and the sculptures of the two children – seem incomplete and haphazardly constructed or a work-in-progress. An open-ended experience.  It’s in contrast to Villa Alicia. Here, the very idea of nurturing artistic ideals is at its very end. We are seeing a valiant effort to revive a house in its dying days. But it’s not just the structure per se but all it holds within – its history, the stories it keeps – sometimes in plain view as in the scribblings on the walls by its owner Dr Nalla Tan in her attempts to keep Alzheimer’s at bay. It’s all the more poignant considering Tan herself was a painter (some nice ones too) and a self-published writer (the exhibit’s title was taken from one of her books).  In what’s seemingly a reverse of Tang’s work, photographer Alecia Neo and sound artist Clarence Chung make a last ditch (and ultimately futile) stand by turning the very venue (not incomplete but decaying) into a living work of art. It’s not hard to imagine Chung’s soundscapes and installations of dinnertime conversations, clinking wine bottles and the sharp tearing of paper as, collectively speaking, the last gasping breaths of the place; and Neo’s reconstructions of the Tans’ family photographs in constant playful dialogue with the original versions as the hallucinatory double-takes of someone whose failing eyesight, like memory, is playing tricks on him/her. Villa Alicia has already ended. But traces of it – some of Neo’s photographs and some “artefacts” from the house -- can be found at the Imagine Malaysiaexhibit adjacent to Tang’s. (The residents of 43 Binjai Park apparently have roots in Ipoh.)" - Mayo Martin

Read more: http://www.todayonline.com/blogs/forartssake/arts-housing-sg-my

Selected Print Publications:


SIF Magazine (Singapore), "Unseen Connections", 2016, http://singaporemagazine.sif.org.sg/unseen-connections

NUYOU Time (Singapore), “Emerging Talents”, Sept 2012
WERK No.19 Club 21 CDCG (Singapore & Tokyo), “Female Muscle”
Female Magazine (Singapore), “Snapshots”, Pg. 58, Oct 2011
Female Magazine (Singapore), “Taking on the classics”, Pg. 130, Oct 2011
The PEAK Magazine (Singapore), “A Home to Remember”, Pg. 138 – 143, Aug 2011 Female Magazine (Singapore), featuring Villa Alicia, "View From Venus", Pg. 63, June 2009


The Straits Times (Singapore), "Writers Fest features 300 events for goodness' sake", Nov 4, 2017, http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/writers-fest-features-300-events-for-goodness-sake

The Straits Times (Singapore), "Calligrapher and singer receive Cultural Medallion", Oct 16, 2016, http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/calligrapher-and-singer-receive-cultural-medallion

The Straits Times (Singapore), "Young Artist Award recipients", Oct 4, 2016, http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/young-artist-award-recipients

TODAY (Singapore), "The Young and artsy", 3 Oct 2016, http://www.todayonline.com/entertainment/arts/young-and-artsy

Zaobao (Singapore), "看看我们的家", 2015

Merit Times (Taiwan), “Breaking Through 130cm of Confinement: Learning Photography with your senses”, Feb 2013

The Straits Times (Singapore), "Thinking what it means to be Singaporean", July 2013

The Straits Times (Singapore), Life!, “Posters for Posterity”, Jan 2013

La Nuova Provincia di Biella (Italy), “Le Idee In Progress Di UNIDEE – Lessons with Mao (Alecia Neo)”, Oct 2012

The Straits Times (Singapore), Life!, “Keeping the Faith”, Pg. Cover Story, Feb 2012 The Straits Times (Singapore), “Welcome to my living room”, Pg. C4, Feb 2012

TODAY (Singapore), “Private becomes Public”, featuring Goddess of Mercy, Pg. T2-T3, Feb 2012

The Straits Times (Singapore), Life!, “Art Raze Against Time”, featuring Villa Alicia, Pg. E2, Aug 2011 The Straits Times (Singapore), Life!, “Imagine Nation”, Pg. C4-C5

TODAY (Singapore), “An Arts House”, featuring Villa Alicia, Pg. T6, July 2011

The Business Times Weekend (Singapore), “The Writing on the Wall”, Villa Alicia, Pg. L10-L11, July 2011

The Straits Times (Singapore), “My Weekend”, Pg. D11, Mar 2011

My Paper (Singapore), “捕捉生活精彩”, Pg.B8-B9, Oct 2010

My Paper (Singapore), “6月看亞洲好攝佳作”, Pg. B10 – B11, June 2010

The Straits Times (Singapore), Life!, “Freeze-framing hard times”, Pg. C7, Aug 2009



Goethe Institut (Malaysia), "Art in Context - Learning from the Field", Edited by Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio and Susanne Bosch
Published by Goethe-Institut e.V., 2017, ISBN 9 783945 048245,  https://www.goethe.de/ins/my/en/kul/sup/aic.html

Singapore Disability Sports Council (Singapore), “Dreams, The Living and The Pursuit”, SDSC, 2011

Ascendas Pte Ltd (Singapore), “Infinite Spaces”, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd, 2011



Lifestyle Asia (Singapore), "5 young Singaporean Artists to lookout for", 1 Dec 2016, http://www.lifestyleasia.com/491156/5-young-singaporean-artists-watch/

Brack (Singapore), "Brackchat: Unseen Constellations", http://www.brack.sg/index.php/2016/04/01/unseen-conversations-across-the-constellation-education-and-disability/

COBO (Hong Kong), "To See Art With Eyes Closed", https://www.cobosocial.com/art-and-design/to-see-with-eyes-closed/

Arthop, "OH! Joo Chiat 2015", 28 March 2015, https://arthop.co/editorials/oh-joo-chiat-2015

Mothership, "OH! Open House lets you explore Joo Chiat homes without getting chased out:, Mar 2015, https://mothership.sg/2015/03/oh-open-house-lets-explore-joo-chiat-homes-without-getting-chased-out/

Merit Times (Taiwan), “Visually impaired learn photography: Reading the world with the senses”, http://www.merittimes.com.tw/NewsPage.aspx?Unid=294345, Feb 2013

TODAYonline (Singapore), “We RAT on four S’pore Fringe Fest artists!”, http://blogs.todayonline.com/forartssake/2012/02/06/we-rat-on-four-spore-fringe-fest- artists/, Feb 2012

Fever Avenue (Singapore), “M1 Fringe Festival: This Week’s Survival Guide”, http://www.feveravenue.com/m1-fringe-festival-this-weeks-survival-guide/, Feb 2012

TODAYonline (Singapore), “For Art’s Sake! The RAT’s Top Picks for 2011!”, http://blogs.todayonline.com/forartssake/2011/12/26/the-rats-top-picks- for-2011/#more-4120, Dec 2011

TODAYonline (Singapore), “Arts housing! SG ♥ MY?!”, http://blogs.todayonline.com/forartssake/tag/villa-alicia/, Aug 2011

JAYs (Sweden), “c-JAYS on a plate (but not for eating)”, http://jays.se/blog/jays/c- jays-on-a-plate-but-not-for-eating.html, Aug 2011

POSKOD (Singapore), “Poskod: Villa Alicia – The handwriting on the wall”, http://poskod.sg/Posts/2011/8/6/POSKAD-Villa-Alicia, Aug 2011

CNNgo, (Singapore), “Getting Creative: Looking back to old Singapore for inspiration”, http://www.cnngo.com/singapore/shop/creative-singapore-looking- back-old-singapore-inspiration-025151, Aug 2011

Artitute (Singapore), “Villa Alicia: An Invitatition to the Last House Party”, http://artitute.com/2011/08/11/villa-alicia-an-invitation-to-the-last-house-party/, Aug 2011

JUICE Magazine (Singapore), “Villa Alicia”, http://www.juice.com.sg/art/villa- alicia/, Aug 2011

Plussixfive (Singapore), “Villa Alicia, 43 Binjai Parl”, http://www.plussixfive.com/2011/08/03/villa-alicia-43-binjai-park/, Aug 2011

Culturepush (Singapore), “Exhibition: Villa Alicia”, http://culturepush.com/2011/07/29/exhibition-villa-alicia/, July 2011

Civic Life: Tiong Bahru (Singapore), “The personal treasures, private rituals and aspirations of home”, http://civiclifetiongbahru.com/2011/05/29/the-personal- treasures-private-rituals-and-the-aspirations-of-home/, May 2011

Featureshoot (USA), “Q&A: Alecia Neo, Singapore” http://www.featureshoot.com/2009/09/qa-alecia-neo-singapore/, Sept 2009

Culturepush (Singapore), “Spotted! Alecia Neo”, http://culturepush.com/2009/01/25/edit-spotted-alecia-neo/, Sept 2009



Channel News Asia, On The Red Dot 2016: Friends for a Better World - Unseen (Arts for Good) & Soule (Young Social Entrepreneurs), https://www.sif.org.sg/videos/on-the-red-dot-2016

On The Red Dot is a weekly current affairs programme that showcases the people and communities that make up Singapore. It also highlights efforts by different groups of Singaporeans who make a difference to people’s lives.

Channel U, 寻找毅中人 Life Extraordinaire, 22 Dec 2015, Episode 6 (featuring Unseen: Constellations)

Singapore International Foundation, https://www.sif.org.sg/videos/citizen-ambassadors/citizen-ambassador-the-visual-artist

Channel U (Singapore), “艺术大声说 Vocals of the Arts: Loving Again”, Episode 6/6, Nov 2011 (Villa Alicia is one of three art projects featured in the half hour program)

Okto (Singapore/Laos), “The Traveling Palette”, Aug 2007