Get a print for your donation

Shubigi Rao's Untitled (2018, above) and a still from Kirsten Tan's Pop Aye (right). A print of works by one of 20 photographers, film-makers and other artists will be given to people who donate $90 or more to Objectifs, a centre for photography and
Shubigi Rao's Untitled (2018) and a still from Kirsten Tan's Pop Aye (above). A print of works by one of 20 photographers, film-makers and other artists will be given to people who donate $90 or more to Objectifs, a centre for photography and film.PHOTOS: KIRSTEN TAN, SHUBIGI RAO
Shubigi Rao's Untitled (2018, above) and a still from Kirsten Tan's Pop Aye (right). A print of works by one of 20 photographers, film-makers and other artists will be given to people who donate $90 or more to Objectifs, a centre for photography and
Shubigi Rao's Untitled (2018, above) and a still from Kirsten Tan's Pop Aye. A print of works by one of 20 photographers, film-makers and other artists will be given to people who donate $90 or more to Objectifs, a centre for photography and film.PHOTOS: KIRSTEN TAN, SHUBIGI RAO

Objectifs, the centre for photography and film in Middle Road, has launched an online fund-raiser to sustain its operations as it reels from the impact of Covid-19.

People who donate $90 or more will be given a print of a work by one of 20 photographers, film-makers and other artists - among whom are notable names like Darren Soh, Robert Zhao Renhui, Lenne Chai, John Clang, Kirsten Tan, Boo Junfeng and Shubigi Rao.

Outreach director Ryan Chua says Objectifs' income has fallen by more than 70 per cent as a result of the global pandemic.

"We have been heartened by the generosity of artists who have donated their work to support our fund-raiser, the diversity of which reflects the broadness and depth of our work with artists of all ages and backgrounds," he adds.

Q Framing is sponsoring the printing of the gifts.

Objectifs, a registered charity, gets its income from grants, educational programmes and commissioned projects. It hopes to raise at least $50,000 from this fund-raiser, which will go towards its operations, programmes, and the artists and arts freelancers it works with.

It has moved many activities online amid the pandemic.

In April, it raised about $60,000 for the migrant worker community through an online print sale. All proceeds went to the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home) and the Covid Migrant Support Coalition.

It also recently concluded the Objectifs Short Film Incubator, a month-long digital mentorship programme for South-east Asian film-makers, and launched the Objectifs Film Library, an online platform for award-winning short films.

Mr Chua says: "The onset of Covid-19 has been an opportunity for us to adopt new ways of working with the arts community and reaching out to the public. However, many of these digital endeavours are difficult to monetise and the outlook is still uncertain.

"The public's support will enable us to continue the work we do for and with the community, championing film and photography in Singapore and South-east Asia."

Toh Wen Li


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2020, with the headline 'Get a print for your donation'. Print Edition | Subscribe