NAFA Too Late!

Published on 4 January 2017

Five things you won’t want to miss at the NAFA Open House 2017. 

By Pamela Ho  

It’s hard to believe they have been around since 1938! The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is Singapore’s pioneer arts education institution, and has birthed Cultural Medallion recipients such as pioneer sculptors Ng Eng Teng and Han Sai Por, and abstract artist Anthony Poon. But how much do you know about what happens within its hallowed halls?

Well, it’s not too late to find out. Whether you’re a potential student or just someone curious to learn more about the arts or arts education in Singapore, the NAFA Open House 2017 invites you to step through its doors and explore.

To start you off, here’s our pick of what you won’t want to miss!


Exhibition display and visitors
Exhibition display and visitors

Flagship Genius

13 to 15 Jan, 9am to 7pm
Campus 1, Wing B, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2

With diverse works ranging from painting to photography, film to sculpture and jewellery design, the Flagship Genius exhibition – now into its 5th instalment – serves as a capsule of NAFA’s history in its role to nurture young leaders and cultural producers in the region.

Expect to see award-winning works and collaborative projects by NAFA’s students, recent graduates, and School of Art & Design alumni, as they explore the potential of interdisciplinary art-making and its power to reflect life.


Recitals by students from the School of Music
Recitals by students from the School of Music

Music Showcase

13 to 14 Jan, 2pm to 2.30pm
Campus 3, Multi-Purpose Hall (Level 4) 

Who doesn’t enjoy a good music performance? Let the talented students from the School of Music entertain you with recitals showcasing their various areas of study – Chinese Instruments, keyboard, percussion, strings, woodwinds and voice. And if you’re at Campus 3 earlier (11.30am to 1pm), why not pop by to observe the school’s ballet and contemporary dancers in action? Or join in the theatre performance workshop, where you’ll learn improvisation, physical and vocal expressive exercises.


Get your hands dirty with Clay

Creative Studios

13 to 15 Jan, 11am to 4pm
Campus 1, Various locations

From ceramics to Chinese ink painting, performance art to printmaking, you can experience first-hand the creative process behind these different mediums, and see which speaks most to you. Participants will be provided with materials and will get to take their artworks home (except ceramics, due to the nature of clay). You’re free to walk in anytime as there will be lecturers and students at-hand and in-action throughout. Go get your hands dirty!



Catch Henry Lee on 14 Jan

Alumni Voices
How I Became an Artist

14 to 15 Jan, 11am to 12pm
Campus 1, Wing B, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2

What’s it like to be a Fine Art student? What does it take to succeed in this industry? Listen to recent alumni share their personal experiences and insights over two days.

On 14 January, catch engineer-turned-artist Henry Lee who works primarily with charcoal and acrylic paint, and whose works sold out at Art Stage Singapore 2015. Taking the stage on 15 January is Eunice Lim, who has exhibited both locally and internationally in mediums such as drawings, collages and sculptures.


Catch films produced by students from the School of Screen-Media

Now Showing

13 to 15 Jan, all day
Campus 1, Wing B, Seminar Room (Level 2)

If you’re a film buff, check out the visual voices of NAFA’s Diploma in Screen Media students. Don’t expect a sit-down affair in the likes of a cinema screening though – their works are showcased on multiple terminals equipped with headphones, in a space free for you to wander, browse and view.

The students will also be at-hand to share their behind-the-scene production process.

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