Happenings - Arts

ARTS

AUDITIONS

Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra Audition 2016

The orchestra is recruiting new members and application is open till Oct 3.

Applicants have to be Singaporeans, permanent residents and students studying in Singapore; between the ages of 11 and 26 as of Jan 1, 2017; and play at least a Chinese orchestral instrument with a minimum of Grade 5 in ABRSM Music Theory. Auditions will be held from Nov 13 to 18 at the Singapore Conference Hall.

INFO: To register & for more information, go to www.syco.com.sg

CONCERT

SSO Presents Shakespeare400: Hamlet • The Year 1917

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra's all-Russian programme sees Nikolai Demidenko take on the lyrical and virtuosic Third Piano Concerto by Prokofiev. Home-grown conductor Darrell Ang closes the concert with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12, a piece dedicated to the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Aug 19, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $16 - $82 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

DANCE

Kenangan: Gemilang Suara Kita

Artistari Gentari returns to Pesta Raya - Malay Festival of Arts with dances that trace the evolution of pop-traditional songs. Led by young choreographer Bada Hassan, this year's performance is a collaboration with young music director Aidil Akmal.

WHERE: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Today, 7.30, 8.45 & 10pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

The Parliament In Singapore History Exhibition

This exhibition charts the history of The Arts House from 1827 to 1999. Be engaged by the story of the house that witnessed the birth of a nation, as well as the development of a legislature that has shaped Singapore's growth and progress as a multi-racial parliamentary democracy. Singapore's nation-building journey is encapsulated in rare archival images and spoken words of pioneer parliamentarians such as Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Dr Goh Keng Swee and Mr S. Rajaratnam.

WHERE: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Level 2 MRT: Raffles Place/City Hall WHEN: Ongoing, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-6900 INFO: www.theartshouse.sg

EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

Portraits Of Reminiscence: Solo Exhibition By Chan Chang How

Chan Chang How is a second-generation Singaporean artist who is well-versed in watercolour, oil, mixed medium and Chinese ink painting. His latest exhibition features a selection of 26 watercolour pieces done in the last decade, comprising old and new Singapore street scenes, vanishing trades and sights from his trips to Bali and Nepal.

WHERE: AC43 Gallery, 231 Bain Street, Bras Basah Complex, 02-43

MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN: Today - Aug 14, noon - 7pm daily; tomorrow, 3pm (exhibition opening) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6336-0446 INFO: www.facebook.com/ac43gallery

Appreciating The Art Of Chen Wen Hsi By Johnny Quek

The exhibition showcases more than 15 art pieces by the late Singapore pioneer artist Chen Wen Hsi. It also features art pieces by other renowned local artists.

WHERE: Merlin Gallery, 261 Waterloo Street, Waterloo Centre, 01-10 MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Till Mon, noon - 7pm (weekday). Weekend by appointment only ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6837-2008 INFO: www.merlingallery.com.sg

Manit Sriwanichpoom: Fear

This series of new works by one of South-east Asia's leading photographic artists Manit Sriwanichpoom embodies the growing sense of dread and disillusionment the Thai people have for their country's future amid a turbulent socio-political climate in recent years.

WHERE: Yavuz Gallery, 9 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, 02-23 MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till Sept 18, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), 1 - 5pm (Sun). Mon & public holiday by appointment only ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6734-3262 INFO: www.yavuzgallery.com

EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

Berdakwat

Berdakwat is the Malay term for ink. The group exhibition features young Singaporean artists Shazwany Aziz, Syamil Dasuki, Koh Liang Jiang, Amanda Lim, Melissa Ngien, Sharmaine Pang and Yeo Jian Long, who choose subjects and themes that push the boundaries of the traditional art form.

WHERE: Shophouse 5, 5 Geylang Lorong 24A MRT: Aljunied WHEN: Today - Aug 21, today, 7 - 9pm (opening night); Aug 13, 11am - 7pm (open house). Other viewings by appointment ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6338-6192 INFO: www.facebook.com/chanhampegalleries

That's All There Is

This collaborative exhibition between two Singaporean artists, P.G. Lee and Yeo Tze Yang, features paintings, videos, found objects, a publication and an online blog.

The works are inspired by thoughts and experiences with loved ones, memories of the seemingly insignificant and fears about mortality.

WHERE: That Spare Room, The Fabulous Baker Boy, 70 River Valley Road, 01-15 MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Till Tue, 11am - 9pm (Tue - Sat), 10am - 4pm (Sun). Closed on Mon ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.thatsallthereisblog.wordpress.com or www.thatspareroom.com

50 Years Of National Day Parades Travelling Exhibition

This exhibition is curated by the National Heritage Board in conjunction with National Day Parade 2016. Featuring more than 100 images, it takes visitors on a journey from the first parade held in 1966 to commemorate Singapore's independence to the Jubilee celebrations at the Padang last year.

WHERE: Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place MRT: Stadium WHEN: Till Tue, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.nhb.gov.sg/whats-on

Snapshots Of Heritage Photography Exhibition

This exhibition explores Singapore's colourful and diverse heritage and showcases 100 winning and selected photo entries from the Snapshots of Heritage competition.

WHERE: Outdoor Plaza, 11 Stamford Road, Capitol Piazza, Level 1 MRT: City Hall WHEN:Till Thu, 10.30am - 10.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.capitolpiazza.com

Monkey Business

Artists Justin Loke and Samuel Chen showcase ink paintings that pay homage to the late Singapore artist Chen Wen Hsi's well-known Gibbon series, which features human-like gibbons engaging in human activities, such as gambling, drinking, fighting and commuting to work.

WHERE: Chan Hampe Galleries, Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road, 01-21 MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Aug 14, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun). Closed on Mon & public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6338-1962 INFO: www.chanhampegalleries.com

Memories Of China

Artists Chen Junde, Guan Puxue, Mao Yigang, Song Huimin, Wang Keju, Weng Kaixuan and Wang Lu explore the resurgence of art in China after the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976. The artists, who were born close to or during that period, convey their perceptions of China and art in the country through their landscape paintings.

WHERE: Element Art Space, 328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hotel Arcade, 02-13 MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Aug 31, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon & public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6883-2001 INFO: www.elementartspace.com

Exhibition Of Studio Ghibli's Artwork

Polar Bear Gallery is exhibiting original hand-drawn production celluloids from Studio Ghibli films such as Castle In The Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) and Princess Mononoke (1997). The celluloids are part of a private collection and being exhibited for the first time in Singapore. The gallery will also showcase works by renowned Japanese artist Naohisa Inoue, a background artist for Studio Ghibli's animated film Whisper Of The Heart (1995).

WHERE: Polar Bear Gallery, 69A Haji Lane MRT: Bugis WHEN: Ongoing, noon - 8pm (Fri & Sat), noon - 6pm (Sun), private viewing (Mon - Thu) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 9169-4880 INFO: www.contemporaryart.com.sg

THEATRE

Singapore International Festival Of Arts 2016 - The Last Supper

Written and directed by pioneering Egyptian independent theatre director and playwright, Ahmed El Attar, The Last Supper is a darkly comedic take on the life of a well-off Egyptian family as they gather around the dinner table.

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Thu - Aug 13, 8pm ADMISSION: $28, $38, $49 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg. Go to www.sifa.sg

The Friendship Of Town Mouse & Country Mouse

Inspired by the well-known Aesop's fable Town Mouse And Country Mouse, this musical is a new take on the friendship between the two mice.

WHERE: Drama Centre Theatre, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building, Level 3 MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis WHEN: Aug 16 - 25, 10am (weekday); 11am & 2pm (weekend). No show on Aug 18 ADMISSION: $26 (weekday); $28 & $32 (weekend, excluding Sistic fee) TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg for weekend shows. E-mail grace@glowsticks.com.sg for weekday shows

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2016, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe