Nanyang spirit spurs school's success

The success of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, can be credited to the vision of seeing art as a way of responding to the community

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and it boasts a history that is intertwined with the development of the local arts scene.

About 14,000 students have graduated from Singapore's oldest arts education institution, including 13 Cultural Medallion awardees, such as sculptor Han Sai Por and painter Thomas Yeo, as well as 14 Young Artist Award recipients such as multi-disciplinary artist Ezzam Rahman, 37, and theatre practitioner Goh Boon Teck, 46. The strong school spirit is evident from the fact that quite a few of its alumni returned to teach, including Han, 74.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2018, with the headline 'Nanyang spirit spurs school's success'. Print Edition | Subscribe