The News Issue 16

Published on 11 May 2015

TEXT BY PAMELA HO

In Her Naked Glory

National Gallery goes bare for the public. 

Before the paintings and artworks take centrestage, the National Gallery Singapore shone a spotlight on the architecture of the building — without doubt, an artwork in itself.

A series of Naked Museum tours were organised over two weekends in late April and early May. Led by a team of docents, these 60- to 90-minute walking tours took visitors to the newly-refurbished City Hall and former Supreme Court to marvel at their bare beauty.

Restoration and remodelling work by French architectural firm Studio Milou began in 2011 and highlights include 15,000 aluminium strips on the roof that allow in natural light without the glare; giant ‘trees’ that hold up the connecting structure between the two buildings; and the two bridges that link them.

For more information, visit www.nationalgallery.sg.

For the Young & Restless

Starting 2016, new award recognises arts for the young.

To celebrate the professionals who dedicate themselves to entertaining young audiences, the M1-The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards introduced a new award last month — Best Production for the Young — to raise the public profile of arts targeted at children aged 12 and below, and to spur practitioners to excel in this field.

Guardians of the Music Galaxy

A ground-up initiative launched to protect the rights of Singapore musicians.

The Musicians Guild of Singapore was officially launched on 25 April at 10 Square @ Orchard Central to provide professional advice and support for musicians. The Guild will also serve as a platform to foster collaboration, exchange of ideas and resources within the community.

The Patron for this non-profit professional organisation is Professor Tommy Koh, founding chairman of the National Arts Council. Others on its Board include respected arts practitioners and advocates like former Nominated Member of Parliament Janice Koh, jazz singer Rani Singam, and entertainment lawyer Samuel Seow.

Membership privileges include legal clinics and services, insurance-plan discounts, an online knowledge repository and a music jobs database. The Guild offers three types of membership, catering to professionals, amateurs and music students.

For more information on the Guild, visit www.facebook.com/musiciansguildsg.

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