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Alan Oei: Bringing art and community together

Published on Jan 6, 2013 5:05 PM
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Alan Oei at Evil Empire on Jan 2, 2013. In just four years as a full-time artist, curator and arts entrepreneur, Alan Oei, 36, has earned recognition for adroitly juggling different hats and gained wide-ranging support for his mission of bringing art and community together. --ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

In just four years as a full-time artist, curator and arts entrepreneur, Alan Oei, 36, has earned recognition for adroitly juggling different hats and gained wide-ranging support for his mission of bringing art and community together.

This has allowed him to champion the arts with programmes such as the volunteer-run OH! Open House, currently on till Jan 20 at Marina Bay, and art shows in established spaces.

Oei was appointed artistic director of Sculpture Square last September. Some of his plans will address what he perceives are gaps in arts practice and policy here.

There will, for example, be art programmes to encourage artists to take risks and explore art freely. The approach reflects Oei's concern that artists here are obsessed with results and prices of art, and his view that the Government "sees art as a tool", a means to achieving an end such as attracting more tourists or becoming known as a global city.

 
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