S'pore artworks on show at heritage event held at NTU

SINGAPORE - Visitors to the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) may want to take a look at Singapore Portraits, a showcase of works by local artists, which include a photograph of a colourful vase with an unique colour.

The intricately designed vase, created by celebrated ceramist Iskander Jalil, is partly painted in a particular shade of blue called Iskandar Blue.

The exhibition is part of a carnival held by the NTU Heritage Club at Terrace@ Lee Kong Chian Theatre in NTU to raise awareness about Singapore's heritage. The event, which is on today and tomorrow, is open to the public and features an exhibition, performances and games.

Other highlights of the Singapore Portraits exhibition, put up by the National Heritage Board, include works by renowned local artists such as Georgette Chen and Liu Kang.

To celebrate SG50, NTU Heritage Club has also organised Smiling Singapore - a photo collage that will feature 500 smiling faces of NTU staff and students who take part in the carnival. Organisers aim to collect 500 photos by the end of their two-day event.

This carnival is one in a series of events sponsored by the SG50 Celebration Fund, which provides support to Singaporeans who initiate programmes to commemorate Singapore's golden jubilee.

Another event under this programme is the NParks SG50 Concert Series in the Park, which will be held at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on Saturday, March 14. This concert is set to feature local singers such as Kit Chan, Olivia Ong and Suhaimi Yusof.

Passion Unleashed 50 is also a project under the SG50 Celebration Fund. Taking place on March 17, it will feature 50 speeches by Singaporeans who will share uniquely Singaporean stories with the public.

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