TEDxSingapore Salon: Why and How Art Matters Now?


You're invited to the first TEDxSingapore event of the decade, at our iconic National Gallery Singapore to explore fascinating and important questions: How does art matter in our lives? What is the value of experiencing art? What happens in our brains when we do art? In our ever rapidly digitalized screen-centric lives, the future of art is being written today: What's ahead? What could we gain? What could we lose? Join the TEDx community in conversation with art curators, educators, practitioners. Hear from two-time TEDxSingapore speaker and founding Creative Director of The Press Room, Kelley Cheng, artist and educator Ye Shufang, and Gallery curators Silke Schmickl and Teo Hui Min. Join us for what will be a most exploratory and engaging conversation hosted by founding curator TEDxSingapore Dave Lim, who unknown to many was also a Singapore Art Museum docent for six years.

Part 1: 2-3:45pm Community conversations facilated by the International Association of Facilitators
Part 2: 3:45-5pm Panel conversation: Art curators, practitoners and you!

GENERAL tickets: Part 2 Panel conversation only
+ Exclusive offers to National Gallery's F&B

ALL ACCESS tickets: Full program both Part 1 & 2

+Limited print 10th Birthday TEDxSingapore poster
+Facilitated community conversation
+Light bites and drinks
+Piority seating for panel conversation
+Exclusive offers to National Gallery's F&B

For group tickets and corporate packages, please message us on Peatix using the 'Contact' button or write to us at ILoveTED@tedxsingapore.sg

100% of ticket proceeds go to cover event costs and support the non-profit mission of TEDxSingapore to spread ideas and community-building Singapore. Tickets are non-refundable but transferable.

Kelley Cheng, TEDxSingapore Speaker and Creative Director of The Press Room is a pop culture junkie who abandoned her architectural degree in pursuit of an elusive dream – starting her own magazine. The life and death of ish magazine from 1999 to 2009 was quite the journey she needed to take as a rite of passage for her creative growth. The birth of The Press Room in 2009 marked a new chapter for her. She also serves regularly on the judging panels of local and international design competitions such as Red Dot Awards, Design for Asia, Creative Circle awards, and more. Kelley was shortlisted in 2010 as one of the Most Inspirational Women by Her World magazine.

Silke Schmickl, curator at National Gallery Singapore was previously curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, a researcher at the German Art History Center in Paris and the co-founding director of Lowave, a Paris/Singapore based curatorial platform and publishing house for film and video art. She has initiated and directed numerous emerging art projects in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and has curated exhibitions in partnership with museums and bienniales in Singapore, Paris, Guangzhou, Beirut, and Düsseldorf. Recent exhibitions at National Gallery include Minimalism: Space. Light. Object and Rirkrit Tiravanija: untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness).

Teo Hui Min, curator at National Gallery Singapore contributed to the curation of ‘Siapa-Nama Kamu?’ and ‘Beyond Declarations and Dreams’, long-term exhibitions about Singapore and Southeast Asian art from the 19th Century to the present day. She covers early 20th century visual art practice in Singapore and Indonesia, tracing the networks of Chinese art societies in Southeast Asia. She was previously a specialist in 20th Century Southeast Asian art at an international auction house.

Ye Shufang, artist and educator at National Gallery Singapore. Ye leads the education direction and Keppel Centre for Art Education which won the international Children in Museums Award 2018 for innovative art education. As an artist, Ye's artworks have been exhibited in solo and curated exhibitions in Asia and Europe, including Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia, Sweden and Venice. Ye previously served as Head of Visual Arts Faculty at School of the Arts (SOTA) Singapore and Programme Leader for BA and MA Studies at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She continues to serve on curriculum advisory committees in the education sector. Most recently, she presented at International Art Education Week, Seoul 2019 and Hands On! Conference, Frankfurt 2019.

Dave Lim founder TEDxSingapore was also an Art Museum docent for six years, guiding thousands of visitors through exhibitions at SAM, National Museum Singapore, and Singapore Biennale. Ever a polymath, he had studied Art History in university and has visited dozens of museums across the world. An even lesser-known factoid: Dave studied and became a certified airbrush artist in the 1980s.

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Sat Jan 18, 2020
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