A showcase of Gifts by special-needs students

Visitors admiring paintings at Gifts, an exhibition by students from special-needs school Rainbow Centre, which opened at the Ion Art Gallery in Orchard yesterday. More than 100 artworks by over 40 students aged seven to 18 are on show from 10am to 9
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Visitors admiring paintings at Gifts, an exhibition by students from special-needs school Rainbow Centre, which opened at the Ion Art Gallery in Orchard yesterday.

More than 100 artworks by over 40 students aged seven to 18 are on show from 10am to 9pm daily till Dec 30. The school hopes the free exhibition will raise awareness of the daily challenges of special-needs children.

Muhammad Danial Isaac Abdullah, 15, painted portraits of football stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He also did a sketch of a lion.

"The lion is the king of animals and he is fearless. I'm not scared of anything too," he said. A portrait by 14-year-old Noah Tan titled "The Face" is also on display.

It won a Certificate of Recognition (Special Mention) at the Singapore Youth Festival 2014 Art Exhibition. "I like to use colours, and shapes like hearts and stars," said Noah.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2015, with the headline 'A showcase of Gifts by special-needs students'. Print Edition | Subscribe