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Marking the inaugural collaboration between NAFA and the Embassy of Mexico, Tina Modotti: A New Vision showcases 26 stark black and white prints by the Italian-born artist, Tina Modotti (1896 – 1942). During her short life span, she took on many roles, first as a model and an actress, then a photographer and a political activist.

Tina Modotti: A New Vision This exhibition traces the artist’s turbulent artistic and political journey from the 1920s to 1930s during Mexican modernism, which marks a momentous chapter in Mexico’s history.

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The Little Singers of Monaco, dubbed “the little singing ambassadors of Monaco” began their Asian tour with a concert at the SCO Concert Hall on 8 July to raise funds for financially needy students at NAFA. Under the music direction of Pierre Debat, the 31-strong choir performed diverse choral works ranging from sacred music by renowned composers such as Charpentier, Campra, Bernier, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Bach and Mozart, to modern French chansons and folk songs from Monaco. After Singapore, the little singers toured East Timor and China to benefit various local charity programmes.



Diploma in Art (Teaching) Graduation Show 2011 30th UOB Painting Of The Year Top Dr Design Centric Competition

Zechariah Goh Tina Modotti Little Singers Of Monaco

The Return of the Little Singers of Monaco

The exhibition was opened by Ms Lee Chor Lin, Director of National Museum of Singapore on 21 July and will be on at NAFA Lim Hak Tai Gallery till 22 August.




Requiem Held from 12 July to 21 August 2011 at NAFA Galleries 1 & 2, Requiem is presented by NAFA and Month of Photograhy Asia to pay tribute to 135 photojournalists who were killed or reported missing while covering the conflict in Vietnam and Indochina. Among them were three Singaporean photojournalists, Chellappah s/o Canagaratnam, Sam Kai Faye and Terence Khoo. Over 250 photographs are featured in the exhibition, part of the collection of thousands of photographs gathered by Horst Faas and Tim Page, who themselves are photographers wounded in Vietnam.

Mr Tim Page was in Singapore to give a special account of the Vietnam and Indochina war at the exhibition opening on 12 July. He also conducted curatorial talks for visitors on 14, 15 & 16 July.t

NAFA Alumnus clinches Top Prize at the 30th UOB Painting Of The Year Competition

Creating A Design Centric Lifestyle Competition

Diploma in Art (Teaching) Graduation Show 2011

NAFA Fine Art alumnus, Mr Gong Yao Min clinched the Top Prize at the 30th UOB Painting Of The Year Competition. His work “My Dream Land”, a contemporary Chinese ink painting portraying Singapore’s modern, urban cityscape won him a handsome cash prize of $30,000 and the UOB Painting of the Year Trophy. Two other NAFA alumni, Mr Lester Lee Ngai Sing and Ms Esther Puah Ting En won the Highly-Commended Awards for the Open Section and walked away with $2,500 each.

Ligne Roset, a renowned French furniture company collaborated with the Department of 3D Design, NAFA, to organise a design-centric lifestyle competition to commemorate the company’s efforts in creating sustainable yet stylish furnishings. Handpicked by their lecturer Mohammad Fadzli B Jamil, students were required to submit their proposals on three themes – The Legacy, The Existence and The Forthcoming; with their own interpretations of how one leads a design centric lifestyle through the display of selected iconic Ligne Roset products. One winning team was selected for each theme. They were presented with the opportunity to realise their designs in three showrooms at Odeon Towers

19 graduating students from the Diploma in Art (Teaching) programme put up an exhibition from 7 to 11 July at NAFA Lim Hak Tai Gallery. Titled “ONE/19:Existentialism in a Crowd”, the exhibition showcased the students’ varied talents and creativity through diverse art forms ranging from oil painting, digital print to mixed media. Diploma in Art (Teaching) is a four-year programme offered by NAFA in collaboration with the National Institute of Education to train art teachers for secondary schools.

A networking session was held on 7 July for participating students to mingle with industry professionals and potential buyers. Guests were invited to vote for their favourite design and the First Prize went to the Forthcoming team comprising Nadya Natasha, Haruka Hikita and Wendy Kokasih. They bagged a cash prize of $2,000. The Legacy team represented by Neo Wen Ling, Lim Ying Xi and Chai Li Yin won the Second Prize and $1,000; while the Existence team represented by Marc Julian Suhadi, Joey Tay and Marcella Ekaputri Tandiono won the Third Prize and $500.

Music Lecturer Wins Gold Award at the 2011 Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Choir Festival

Dr Zechariah Goh, Head of Composition Studies, Department of Music participated in the 2011 Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Choir Festival held from 17 to 22 July. His work , composed for one of the participating choirs - the Hong Kong Young Peoples’ Chorus was selected as the Best Commissioned Piece., which can be loosely translated as “Embracing Guqin on the Boat at Night”, is inspired by a poem written by renowned poet Bai Juyi during the Tang Dynasty. Dr Goh received a cash prize of HK$10,000. The Hong Kong Young Peoples’ Chorus won the Gold Award for Category C – Contemporary Music, with a rousing rendition of this composition.


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