Art Encounters SG : Contemporary Art Exhibition From Recycled Materials

Art Encounters Singapore
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Jaw-dropping art exhibition created from junk material is Open for public in Singapore from 1 – 31 May 2021 !
(SINGAPORE) One man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure, especially when it comes to these following creatives. Artists in Singapore are putting recycling at the forefront of their practice and using their works to highlight the impact that our waste has had on the environment.
Climate change has held the attention of millions of individuals for years, with many participating in movements around the world to speak up about their collective grief over the loss of biodiversity, additionally calling for government action to implement change. Eco-artists have sprung from this movement, bringing new meaning to their work. This includes Art Outreach in Singapore, a non-profit organisation that aims to promote art appreciation in Singapore through offering an art education programme for students, art workshops for community groups, art tours and exhibitions for the public. 

ART ENCOUNTERS : Into Softer Worlds With Natalia Tan

In a world where audiences are conditioned to distance themselves from art (and each other), Into Softer Worlds is an invitation to touch, create, and share what moves us. Visitors are more than mere viewers in this multi-sensory encounter. Rather, they drive the work by weaving their heartfelt wishes into a collectively-created tapestry of dreams and desires.
At Millenia Walk, join textile artist Natalia Tan in her pop-up free-weaving studio and try your hand at weaving with a Japanese floor loom. The artist is in from Sundays to Tuesdays, 11am to 7pm. Hop over to the adjacent container studio to enjoy a showcase of Singaporean textile works curated by the artist. No two visits will be the same, as both spaces change and evolve––inside and outside––over the course of the show. Then, visit the welcome gallery at Marina Square’s outdoor walkway to find out more about Art Encounters: sit on rattan chairs upcycled with textile coverings woven by Natalia, and watch videos of past editions of Art Encounters. 
Art Encounters installation on progress
image : Art Outreach / Facebook

Into Softer Worlds : The Exhibition

This exhibition brings together Singapore-based textile artists and practitioners who have yielded to the siren song of all things spun, that want to be spun, dyed, crocheted, collaged, knitted, woven, tatted, quilted, embroidered, tufted, latch-hooked, punch-needled, and then some.
Each month will feature a rotating line-up of artists. In May, the conversation touches on perception, process, and inherent value. June’s artists play on and with the boundaries of nature and artifice, order and existence. 
Location : Marina Central District (Millennia Walk, Suntec City Drop and South Beach) Singapore 

Art Encounters Workshops

Accompanying this edition of Art Encounters is a series of family-friendly art workshops taking place fortnightly through May and June, held at South Beach and Suntec City.
Learn how to create your own textile pieces by applying techniques of finger-knitting, fibre-spinning and basic embroidery; or inculcate a deeper love for nature through botanical sketching and printmaking with recycled materials!
Workshops are suitable for beginners and chargeable at $12/person to cover materials. Limited spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.
Workshops location : South Beach & Suntec City
Natalia Tan
Image coutesy of Art Outreach / Natalia Tan

About The Artist 

Natalia Tan (b. 1990) is an artist and art facilitator based in Singapore whose primary practice is freestyle Saori weaving. She weaves on a wooden floor loom, sometimes with unconventional materials like shredded plastic, plant vines, metal wire, and paper. She has a longstanding interest in making art with salvaged and upcycled materials. As founder of local arts movement Home Is Where The Art Is, Natalia enjoys bringing people from various walks of life together through participatory installation art, and using art as a vehicle for connection.
Art Outreach is an educational non-profit organisation that shares the power of art with children, parents and the broader public. incorporated as an educational non-profit organization in 2003. The organization received charity status in October 2004, and was granted Institute of Public Character (IPC) status under the National Arts Councilʼs “Support for the Arts” Central Fund in February 2004.​
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