Get to know furries at Goodman Arts Centre

Snares the lion and Vee the fox are part of SGFurs.
Snares the lion and Vee the fox are part of SGFurs. PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

A cheetah, fox and wolf will be roaming the Goodman Arts Centre today.

They are people dressed in animal costumes who call themselves furries and belong to a sub-culture made up of people fascinated with anthropomorphic animals. They are making a rare public appearance at Tanjong Goodman, a oneday event packed with more than 50 free diverse art programmes and a lifestyle market.

In its eighth edition, the event is an opportunity for visitors to mingle with the centre's resident artists and learn a range of art forms, such as hand-casting and figure-drawing.

Visitors can snap wefies with the furries and attend a fursuit-making demonstration and panel at 3pm in the multi-purpose studio. A fursuit is a costume worn by a furry.

Mr Theodore Ng, 32, a member of SGFurs (Singapore Furs), a 60- strong furry community here, hopes to dispel some misconceptions and says there is more to being a furry than playing dress-up.

For one thing, not all furries wear fursuits. Mr Ng, a condominium manager who goes by the fursona (the persona of a furry) Hollud, is one such furry.

"Most of the time, people see the visual side of the community, but a lot of hard work goes into making these suits," he says.

Snares the lion and Vee the fox are part of SGFurs. PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

There are furries who create art, music and fiction or who shoot videos related to the community, he adds.

Visitors can participate in a variety of workshops. For example, artist Steph Choy, 27, who specialises in body-casting, will teach participants how to cast their own hand with alginate, a substance commonly used to create dental impressions. She will conduct 45-minute sessions from 11am to 2pm at Greenfield Modular Studios or Block O.


    WHERE: Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road

    WHEN: Today, 11am to 5pm



Visitors can also step into the workspaces of seven resident artists, including Iskander Walen and contemporary dance company Raw Moves, during the Open Studio Guided Tours from 1 to 4pm.

There will be performances as well as a market with 30 vendors selling food and lifestyle products, such as granola and cologne.

Little ones can frolic at The Artground, a new children's arts space with interactive installations and workshops tailored for kids.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2017, with the headline 'Get to know furries at Goodman Arts Centre'. Print Edition | Subscribe