Drawing attention to rice bowls - with art

Ms Belinda Chua (in white), 53, wife of artist Tan Kay Nguan, showing a guest a painting for sale at Marina Square Linkbridge Atrium yesterday. More than a hundred rice bowls, painted on canvas with acrylic, adorned the space, as part of a charity dr
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Ms Belinda Chua (in white), 53, wife of artist Tan Kay Nguan, showing a guest a painting for sale at Marina Square Linkbridge Atrium yesterday. More than a hundred rice bowls, painted on canvas with acrylic, adorned the space, as part of a charity drive. Led by Mr Tan, 128 staff from foodcourt operator Koufu produced the paintings for the "Share - A Bowl of Rice" initiative. Another 10 were painted by Mr Tan. The exhibition aims to highlight the plight of those affected by rising food prices, and calls on the public to help the needy. About $62,000 raised from the sale of the artworks was donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth, was guest of honour at the event. Mr Baey demonstrated his skill in Chinese calligraphy by writing the characters "yuan man", meaning fulfilment or completion.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2016, with the headline 'Drawing attention to rice bowls - with art'. Print Edition | Subscribe