The News Issue 23

Published on 18 August 2015


Eat Your Art Out

The National Gallery curates more than its art collection.

When the National Gallery Singapore opens its doors in November, its dining experience will be a seamless flow from the experience of its various art galleries. Occupying 25,000 sq m of gallery space, this carefully-curated mix of cuisines — with a wide range of price points — will include Violet Oon’s National Kitchen; Aura Restaurant and Sky Lounge by ilLido Group; Odette by The Lo & Behold Group; SAHA and The Altimate by The Padang FNB; Yàn and Smoke & Mirrors by Park Hotel Group; and a cafeteria that will be integrated with the Gallery’s retail concept.

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New York State of Mine

Overseas Singaporeans celebrate SG50 with an arts festival in the Big Apple.

Amanda Lee Koe, winner of the Singapore Literature Prize 2014 (Fiction), playwright Damon Chua and film-maker Kirsten Tan are just some of the New York-based artists involved in the inaugural Something to Write Home About: Singapore Arts Festival in New York. This SG50 celebration features over 40 Singaporean artists — from Singapore and other US cities — and is a ground-up initiative by our creative diaspora. It will showcase the best of our nation’s arts and culture in the areas of visual arts, literary arts, film, theatre, music, dance and culinary arts. The festival runs from 12 to 22 September at La MaMa, a world-renowned cultural institution in downtown Manhattan.

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Clementi Girl Makes Good

Singaporean violinist Siow Lee-Chin publishes memoir.

Behind every exceptional artist is a compelling journey that got her there. And Singaporean violin virtuoso Siow Lee-Chin has penned hers in a memoir entitled From Clementi to Carnegie, published by The Straits Times Press. This painfully honest autobiography, which includes mention of her cancer scare and a car accident that nearly ended her career, provides a rare glimpse into the life of a classical soloist. The book retails at $20 (excluding GST) and is on sale at all major bookstores.

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