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Inception of The Artists Village (TAV)
Artist Tang Da Wu founded the village studio-space at 61-B Lorong Gambas, Sembawang. He invited some young artists to work at the studios
First Open Studio Show
28 - 30 January 1989 (extended to 12 February)
The artists working at the village studios organised the first "Open Studio Show" at the village, featuring 10 artists. Beginning of the use of the name "The Artists Village" (TAV)
Second Open Studio Show
27 May - 11 June 1989 (extended to 18 June)
TAV organised The Artists Village 2nd Open Studio Show, in Lorong Gambas, featuring 26 artists.
TAV was invited to show in the Singapore Tourism Promotion Board's event Art Mart: Singapore International Shopping Festival, at Cuppage Terrace, Orchard Road.
31 July - 2 August 1989
TAV was invited to show at the Opening of the Nanyang Technological Institute's Residence Hall 5, Singapore. TAV named the event The Happenings.
The Happenings II
TAV was invited to show at the National University of Singapore, presented by the Raffles Hall and the NUS Architectural Society. TAV named the event The Happenings II.
The Time Show
31 December 1989 -1 January 1990
TAV organised its second thematic show, "The Time Show, a 24-hour Continuous Performance Art Show", at Lorong Gambas
QU Art Support II - The Artists Village Show
TAV was invited by Hong Kong QU Art Society to show in QU Art Support II - The Artists Village Show, Hong Kong
Artists Khairul Anwar Salleh, Lee Wen and Wong Shih Yaw represented TAV in Hong Kong, and did performance piece called Letter A.
The artists who contributed drawings, mixed media works and paintings were: Azman Mohamed, Cheng Hoon Leong, Chiew Sien Kuan, Chng seok Tin, Goh Teck Hong, Amanda Heng, Jailani Kuning, Khairul Anwar Salleh, Koh Nguang How, Gladys Lam, Lee Wen, Vincent Leow, Lim Soo Ngee, Low Eng Teong, Hazel McIntosh, Neo Kim Seng, Ng Kiow Ngor, Tan Tian Joo, Tang Dahon, Tang Da Wu, Tang Mun Kit and Wong Shih Yaw
Closure of the Village Space at Lorong Gambas
The artists at the village space moved out, as the land was returned to the government authorities for development. The previous owners had accepted compensations for its acquisitions in 1987. Tang Da Wu and a few artists moved to rented houses at the Naval Base area, but could not continue to have public activities at these premises. They continued the search for a more permanent home.
The CARE Show
2 - 24 June 1990
TAV was invited to show in the Festival Fringe of the Singapore Festival of Arts 1990.
It presented The CARE Show (Concerned ARtists for the Environment)
Gateway To Malaysia
1990 Dec – Jan 1991
TAV was invited to show in Gateway To Malaysia, presented by the Bangnan Dato Jaafar (a cultural space) in Johore, Malaysia. The artists who participated were: Ahmad Abu Bakar, Amanda Heng, Vincent Leow, Jailani Kuning, Tang Da Wu, Azman Mohamed, Shahrul Nizam, Adie Yadonie, Low Eng Teong, Tang Dahon, Mohamed Rafaat Hamzah, Faizal Fadil and Jose Tence Ruiz.
A Sculpture Seminar
28 May - 9 June 1991
Tang Da Wu initiated A Sculpture Seminar, presented at the National Museum Art Gallery, and co-organised by TAV
Official Registration of The Artists Village
12 Feb 1992
"The Artists Village" was officially registered as an art society under the Societies Act in Singapore. Its objectives are to foster and develop an increased consciousness of the importance of the arts and their contribution to Singapore society, by engaging in active dialogue with the public, through the production and exposition of works of art.
With the official registration, The Artists Village and its officially registered artist members became eligible for participation of certain officially funded events and the application for funding and space under the new rules of the National Arts Council, which was established in 1991.
31 May - 21 June 1992
TAV and the National Arts Council jointly organised The Space, a Fringe Festival visual arts event for the Singapore Festival of Arts 1992, at the old Hong Bee Warehouse. Forty local artists and twenty international artists participated in the event.
Extended Period of Stay at Hong Bee Warehouse
The Artists Village obtained permission and paid to extend the use of Hong Bee Warehouse after the end of The Space on 21 June. The Temporary Occupation License issued by the Urban Redevelopment Authority on state land at the former Hong Bee Warehouse ended on Friday, 8 Jan 1993, when the building was slated for demolition soon after. A few artists created new works during that period, they were Zai Kuning, Dominique Hui for The New Criteria at The Substation; and Tang Da Wu for New Art From Southeast Asia 1992.
ARTS IN U
17 Aug – 19 Aug 1992
TAV was invited to participate in ARTS IN U, the "1st Arts Festival", organised by The Visual Arts Society of The Nanyang Technological University,Singapore. Some TAV members did installation and performance pieces for the event. They were: Vincent Leow, Eve Tan in In, Azman Mohamed and Zai Kuning
14 Aug – 21 Aug 1992
TAV's members were invited to show in Performance Week, organised by a new gallery called "Gallery 21", Singapore. The event marked the first performance art event organized by a private gallery in Singapore. It was immediately after The Space event at Hong Bee Warehouse.
Due to technicality of membership, the event could not be known as an event by TAV members, as some of the artists had not officially joined the TAV.
2nd Sculpture Seminar
10 July – 23 Oct 1993
TAV participated and coordinated the 2nd Sculpture Seminar, an event presented by The National Museum and The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Tang Da Wu was again the coordinator for the seminar like the first Sculpture Seminar in 1991.
The seminar started at the National Museum Theatrette over four Saturdays from 10 July to 7 Aug. Other events like studio visits, artist's talks and public forum were organized throughout the period.
The seminar ended with an exhibition of works including performance art called "Work-in-Process" at Selegie Campus Art Gallery of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, from 19th to 23 Oct 1993.
The artists exhibited were: Chu Chu Yuan, Knik Pang, Jason Lim, Lin Kai Lie(Kai), Yvonne Lee, Oscar Ng, Eve Tan In In, Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Vincent Leow, Tang Da Wu, Zai Kuning, Shannon Tham, Josef Ng, Clayton Huang, Khairuddin, Romita
Artists' General Assembly
25 December 1993 - 1 January 1994
5th Passage Artists Ltd and TAV co-presented Artists' General Assembly (AGA), including a 25-artist collaborative installation, a video art program, and a 12-hour performance art event
22 Feb – 22 March 1994
Some members of TAV were invited by Anima Gallery in Adelaide, to have a show in the Adelaide Festival. However, the exhibition was cancelled due to funding problem.
The artists were: Lee Wen, Koh Nguang How, Vincent Leow, Zai Kuning, Amanda Heng, Ho Soon Yeen, Juliana Yasin, Eve Tan In In
Proposal for Arts Housing Scheme by National Arts Council
TAV submitted a proposal to the National Arts Council for a "home", under the council's Arts Housing Scheme.
The proposal was to use the former Methodist chapel building at Middle Road as a permanent home however the proposal was not accepted. (The building is currently used by The Sculpture Square)
Proposal for Arts Housing Scheme, 1994
TAV submitted a new proposal for admin "room" space to the National Arts Council under the Arts Housing Scheme.
In August, the result to the application was known to be unsuccessful.
Art Bus Proposal 1994
TAV's proposal Art Bus for the Fringe Festival of the Singapore Festival of Arts 1994 was not successful.
Tour de Art Lah!
26 May - 16 June 1996
The 'Art Bus' proposal was organised by the National Arts Council as part of the Singapore Festival of Arts 1996. TAV named the event Tour de Art Lah!, a mobile art gallery featuring 11 TAV artists
28 December 1999 -16 January 2000
TAV organised Post-Ulu at The Substation, Singapore. It was organised mainly by newer members of TAV who did not experience the early phase of the group and space at Lorong Gambas. It was an occasion for existing members to acknowledge TAV's history and to find new purpose for such an art society in Singapore
Art Societies' Weekend Series - Art Program for Nokia Singapore Art 1999
9 Jan 2000
TAV participated in the Art Societies' Weekend Series Art Program for Nokia Singapore Art 1999, Singapore Art Museum
The event coincided with the Post-Ulu show at The Substation.
The programme included:
- A slides presentation of the history and past activities of TAV by Koh Nguang How - Introduction to Post-Ulu by Lam Hoi Lit, Woon Tien Wei and He Ziyan -Hands-on session for the audience with members of TAV in making drawings for the "2000 Drawings Project" as part of the Post-Ulu show
AIM: Artists Investigating Monuments
July – Sep 2000
TAV organised AIM: Artists Investigating Monuments project at various sites in Singapore. The project was initiated by members of TAV, including Woon Tien Wei, Jeremy Hiah, Dennis Tan and Lam Hoi Lit (Kai), after preliminary discussions between artists started in TAV Forum on the internet in Feb 2000.
The objectives of AIM were:
- to invite artistic response to existing monuments and heritage sites; in this way re-presenting its original meanings as artistic findings.
- to invite artistic response to create new monuments; with contrasting or affiliated practices in relation to local cultural ideas
- to gather artists with different professional disciplines so as to gain awareness of each other's specialised practices
16 artists responded to the AIM project at 3 sites including: Raffles Landing Site (22 July 2000), The Merlion Park (12 August 2000) and Hong Lim Park (1 September 2000)
Mental Sculpture by Dennis Tan
July – Aug 2000
TAV organised "Mental Sculpture", a solo exhibition by young member, Dennis Tan, at The Substation.
AIM (Artists Investigating Monuments) Documentation Exhibition
TAV organised AIM (Artists Investigating Monuments) Documentation Exhibition at The Substation, Singapore
Bye Bye Albert
23 March 2001
The TAV presented a multi-disciplinary art event, Bye Bye Albert (The Coffee Shop Event) at Hock Hiap Leong, an old coffee shop along Armenian Street (opposite The Substation), Singapore
Blink of an Eye: Austrian Experimental Film and Video Art
TAV and The Substation presented Blink of an Eye: Austrian Experimental Film and Video Art, at The Substation.
The Bali Project
17 Sept - 13 Oct 2001
4 members from TAV began The Bali Project, a research & documentary project based on 4 Singapore pioneer artists' visit to Bali, Indonesia in 1952 in search of a new modern art style. The artists who went to Kuta & Ubud in Bali, Indonesia, were: Agnes Yit, Lam Hoi Lt, Jeremy Hiah and Woon Tien Wei.
Pulau Ubin Art Camp
27- 31 Dec 2001
TAV organised Pulau Ubin Art Camp, a five-day residency on Pulau Ubin (an island), Singapore.Local and overseas artists made artworks on the island for public viewing
Pulau Ubin Day
20 April 2002
TAV participated in Pulau Ubin Day, an event organized by Singapore Environment Council, at Pulau Ubin, Singapore
May - June 2002
TAV presented video collection SEE SINGAPORE! in Copenhagen, Denmark and Kassel, Germany.
11- 28 July
TAV co-organised S.O.S., a two-man show by members, Jeremy Hiah and Lam Hoi Lit, at Utterly Art, Singapore
A Moving Experience
9 Aug 2002
TAV organised A Moving Experience, an event to celebrate Singapore's National Day, on public bus number 65.
Soft: Danger Museum
Sep – Oct 2002
TAV participated in Soft: Danger Museum, an event held in the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) in London, England
Launch of DM Newsletter #15
+ Latest Collections from Recent Travels
5 Oct The launch of DM Newsletter #15 (a feature on TAV, produced for soft: Danger Museum), and a gathering of artist-friends sharing stories and documentations of their participations in exhibitions overseas. Held at the TAV office space.
25 Sep - 1 Nov
The Artists Village collaborates with Danger Museum on this online project, with its beginnings in soft: Danger Museum.
Singapore Contemporary Artists Show
11- 23 Sep 2002
TAV in collaboration with Vietnam Fine-Arts Association organised Singapore Contemporary Artists Show, a group exhibition at Hanoi Contemporary Art Center, Vietnam
International Performance Art Festival: Bangkok and Chiangmai
18-30 Nov 2002
TAV participated in the Asiatopia 4, an international performance art festival, held in Bangkok and Chiangmai,Thailand.
19 - 31 Dec 2002
TAV presented B.E.A.U.T.Y., a group art exhibition of BadEvilAwfulUglyTerribleYucky artworks in Utterly Art, Singapore
KYTV and The Sunseekers, a year-end gig.
25 December 2002
Jan – Feb 2003
TAV organised Fusion Strength in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Artists Development Programmes
Apr - Jul
The Artists Village organised talks and visits so as to help artists in their practice.
Public Art Library by The Artists Village at Singapore Art Museum
TAV organised PALTAV@SAM
(Public Art Library by The Artists Village at Singapore Art Museum)
It was a one year library project where artworks are exhibited and loaned to public audiences and visitors of Singapore Art Museum.
4 July 2003
TAV organised STORM-Pixel Motion Art, a new media public art event
Art Networking Pot Luck Party
26 Sep, 7-10pm
The Artists Village presents an informal get-together to share materials gathered from artists and art organisations in Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia and Thailand.
6 - 29 Nov
12A Perumal Road
The Artists Village presents this exhibition of unopened shipping cartons, brought back by Lee Sze-Chin, Lim Kok Boon and Tien at the end of their studies in London.
The Future of Imagination
The Artists Village presents a 1-day performance art event, held at and supported by The Substation, in celebration of the National Art Council's renewed support for performance art.
X-Mem Show: A Tree in a Room
15 Jan - 15 Feb
The Artists Village and Sculpture Square co-present this solo exhibition by Zai Kuning. Conceived in memory of the late Kuo Pao Kun, this exhibition will be presented in different media, comprising installation art, video images amd performances. There will be an improvised solo, vocal and dance performance on the 8 Feb (Sun) at 3pm.
Artists Book Project & Public Art Library at Sculpture Square
30 April – 9 May 2004
TAV and The Sculpture Square co-organised Artists Book Project & Public Art Library at Sculpture Square
AIM II - Artists Investigating Monuments 2004
1 Oct – 28 Nov 2004
TAV presented AIM II - Artists Investigating Monuments 2004, in the Home Fronts component of SENI Singapore 2004, at Singapore Art Museum.
A solo exhibition by Jeremy Hiah
31 December 2004 - 01 March 2005
Your Mother Gallery
Supported by TAV
Ring around the rosies, a pocket full of posies, "Ashes! Ashes!" we all fall down
8 Aug - 1 Oct
your Mother gallery
A group exhibition by The Artists Village
Expressing the thoughts and emotions, as well as exploring the term "culture" and the various ways in which media and culture intertwines in the context of youth, 9 young artists from The Artists Village--Lina Adam, Marienne Yang, Yeo Shih Yun, Aidah Dolrahim, Sophia Natasha Wei, Jeremy Hiah, Warren Benedict Khong, Cheng Guang Feng and Dan Lim, present this showcase of works.
AIM III - Artists Investigating Monuments 2005
August, MCA, Sydney
Singapore artists involved in AIM III project will explore the location of the space and look at monuments and sites around Sydney harbor. They explore the history, duality of existing monuments or sites of their choice or respond to around the Sydney harbor, and possibly working in collaboration with Australian artists.
Evolution of Kim-chiam: From Dried Lily Bud to "Rolling Red Dust" (1980-2006)
7 July to 16 July 2006
An exhibition of prints, sculptures, mixed-medias and installations by Chng Seok Tin, which are based on 25 years of development of her works known as "Kim-chiam Series".
Supported by: Lions Club of Singapore Oriental, p-10, Printmaking Society (Singapore), Sculpture Society (Singapore), The Artists Village and Very Special Arts Singapore
Future Of Imagination 3
10 - 14 April 2006
Singapore Art Museum / The Substation
TAV is a supporter of Future Of Imagination 3
10th-14th April 2006
Site-specific Performance Art Event
Following the footsteps of a highly critical work by Tang Da Wu entitled Tiger's Whip, which sees the artist holding court with a crowd of curious onlookers and unassuming passers bys in the busy street in Chinatown and performing with his installation, highlighting the issue of a controversial traditional medicine. FETTER FIELD hopes to produce a series of performance art works dealing with public space/alternative sites with the possibility of creating site-specific works.
Future Of Imagination 4
27 - 29 September 2007
TAV is a supporter of Future Of Imagination 4
The Artists Village: 20 years on
09 August – 05 October 2008
Singapore Art Museum
Gallery-Turn-Studio: 8Q SAM
Over 30 artworks and artists' project by The Artists Village: installations, video art, paintings, performance art, sculptures, drawings, etc.
TAV engendered radical shifts in generating new ways and manners of thinking and making art in the history of contemporary art in Singapore. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of TAV's establishment and offers historical distance to evaluate and examine the significance of TAV as part of the Singapore Art Museum's series of exhibitions on artists' collectives.
The exhibition is conceived as a metaphor for the memories and histories of The Artists Village, thematically categorised into three periods: 1988 to 1994, 1995 to 1998, and 1999 to 2008.
The changing Artworks by TAV artists from 1988 to 1994 offer entry points to understand the artistic activities, objectives, and artistic practices that shape TAV collectively. The tensions, disjuncture and collision of the individual and collective memories of TAV are captured through interviews of artists from 1995 to 1998. The final period focuses on a new group of TAV artists who signalled their intention to continue TAV's mission to promote contemporary art and to bring about a better understanding of contemporary art practices.
Drawing As Form
07 - 28 August 2009
The exhibition is a re-visit of the "Drawing Show", one of the early TAV projects that was held at the Jalan Ulu Sembawang space in 1989. Moving away from the physicality of drawing and focusing on the fundamental basis of 'a dot... a line... a mark to a form', drawing here no longer necessarily sits on a 2-dimentional space, rather it pushes one to explore beyond the confines that limits creative autonomy in individual artistic practices.
This exhibition will present works pertaining questions to the conception, production process and eventual presentation of 'drawing', which is a very basic essential knowledge and skills to artists. Drawing as a practice constitutes the basis of visual language that is crucial to the progression and developmental modes of artists and cultural producers.
Participating artists: Chen Guang Feng (China), Chun Kai Qun , Mideo M Cruz (Philippines), Jeremy Hiah, Joo Choon Lin , Koh Nguang How, Kai Lam, Urich Lau, Lee Wen, Paisan Plienbangchang (Thailand), Bruce Quek, Ezzam Rahman, Angie Seah, Natasha Wei , Marianne Yang, Juliana Yasin and Ranger Mills
Future Of Imagination 6
07 - 11 April 2010
TAV is a supporter of Future Of Imagination 6
Pulau Ubin Artists-In-Residency Programme started in August
Future Of Imagination 7
16 - 20 November 2011
Goodman Arts Centre
TAV was a supporter of Future Of Imagination 7
Future Of Imagination 8 - International Performance Art Event
Goodman Arts Centre
TAV was a supporter of Future Of Imagination 8
Small Singapore Show
24 April - 08 May 2013
Kanto Artists-Run Space in Manila, Philippines
A group exhibition organised by TAV that contemplates the notion of smallness.
Paricipating TAV members: Urich Lau, Gilles Massot, Lim Shengen, Natasha Wei, Chand Chandramohan, Ben Puah, Jason Lee, Andrée Weschler, Jeremy Hiah, Arif Ayab (Reef)
The Artists Village Presents
11 - 12 May 2013
An exhibition that revolves around the idea of the earlier society and appropriating the works of the founding members of The Artists Village by the current members, as a tribute and to celebrate the 70th birthday of the founder Tang Da Wu.
Participating Artists: Andree Weschler, Ezzam Rahman, Gilles Massot, Jason Lee, Lim Shengen, Marienne Yang, Natasha Wei, Urich Lau, Art Clay (guest artist)
The Artists Village Show
28 November - 10 December 2013
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
A year-end group exhibition to reflect on exhibition-making and the desire to exhibit or 'show'
Curated by Urich Lau, Ezzam Rahman, Natasha Wei and Marienne Yang, the show features work spanning various media, including works by Tang Da Wu, Andrée Weschler, Cheng Guangfeng, Gilles Massot, Jason Lee, Lim Shengen, Koh Nguang How, Post-Museum, Agnes M K Yit, Urich Lau, Ezzam Rahman, Natasha Wei, Marienne Yang, Chand Chandramohan, Chng Seok Tin, Chua Chin Chin, Ghazi Alqudcy, Jeremy Hiah, and Marcel Gaspar Alston.
Ubin Day 2014
30 November 2014
TAV participated in Ubin Day 2014 and presented 'The Story of Pulau Ubin' in the form of Wayang Kulit.
07 - 08 March 2015
TAV organised a two-day site-specific exhibition and performance event at the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
Click here for details.
(CON)TEMPORARY OSMOSIS - Audiovisual Media festival 2015 (Taipei)
22 March - 26 April 2015
TAV was invited by TAMTAM ART TAIPEI to participate in the (CON)TEMPORARY OSMOSIS Audiovisual Media festival in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung.
Participating TAV members: Marcel Gaspar、Jason J S Lee、Jacquelyn Soo、Christopherson Ho、Chand Chandramohan、Sophia Natasha Wei Junhao、Ezzam Rahman、Urich Lau、Jeremy Hiah、Gilles Massot
Ubin Day 2015
13 - 14 June 2015
TAV participated in Ubin Day 2015.
President Young Talent 2015
The Artists Village member Ezzam Rahman wins the President Young Talent award with joint winner Ong Kian Peng. He also wins the People's Choice Award, after garnering 32 per cent of the 2666 votes cast on-site by members of the public. The President Young Talent exhibition is being held at the Singapore Art Museum's SAM@8Q space from 21 August 2015 until 27 March 2016. In this exhibition, Ezzam Rahman presents two works titled 'Allow me to introduce myself' and 'Here's who I am, I am what you see'.
Pulau Ubin Artist-In-Residency Programme
Pulau Ubin Artist-In-Residency Programme (2011-2015) cease to be a programme of TAV and continues as an independent entity from 2016 onwards. For more info, please visit the website.