SINGAPORE CERAMICS NOW 2021, Gillman Barracks, Singapore Art Week 2021
The Inaugural Singapore Ceramics Now 2021 exhibition in Gillman Barracks aims to make its mark as a visionary platform of contemporary ceramics that surveys the work of 19 Singapore-based artists. Embracing the curatorial theme of “Marking | Making”, the exhibition celebrates the diverse processes, techniques, and artistic ideas within ceramics art in Singapore. The artworks strike a balance between showcasing the dexterity of traditional and experimental techniques and presenting ceramic art objects in refreshing contexts. Exploring topics like urbanisation, environment, identity, and the community, the exhibition’s complementary programmes will include a Raku firing demonstration, several live performances, and workshops, on top of artist and curator talks. SCN aims to create an open dialogue for Singapore-based ceramicists on experimentation and new approaches, and to develop a unique experience for local audiences to re-imagine how ceramics can be encountered and appreciated in Singapore.
This exhibition is founded and led by Artistic Director, Jason Lim, a renowned Singaporean ceramicist and performance artist, and curated in partnership with SEED the Art Space, a non-profit arts organization that aims to “seed’ new ideas and dialogues in Singapore. Fuelled by Lim’s desire to enliven the community and reach wider audiences, he believes in bringing together artists from various disciplines who are working with ceramics. “Clay as a medium is going to stay with us for a long time and this show attempts to bring nature back to the people,” Lim said. Viewers will discover how Singapore’s urban setting, identity, history, nature, and communities serve as the artists’ inspiration. SEED’s curatorial team sees ‘Singapore Ceramics Now 2021’ as a way to reset how audiences perceive contemporary ceramic arts, and become witnesses of the evolution of the medium in Singapore. Through the exhibition, we hope visitors can re-learn the relationship between clay, pottery, ceramics, and contemporary art.”
Jason Lim is joined by a diverse group of contemporary artists working with ceramics including Delia Prvacki, Madhvi Subrahmanian, Kerry Jameson, Ahmad Abu Bakar, Chua Soo Kim, Pang Swee Tuan, Lim Kim Hui, Angie Seah, Steven Low, Teoh Huey Ling, Todd Tok, and Nelson Lim, Daisy Toh, Shane Ng, Hans Chew, and Tan Shao Qi, to realise the exhibition. The exhibition will also feature a tea ceremony performance by Ai Wei Foo and sessions with The Observatory, a local art rock band, who will use ceramic pieces as part of their improvised sound performances.