Resorts World Sentosa and The Old Parliament House Limited launch inaugural Ocean Art Charity Exhibition

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Resorts World Sentosa and The Old Parliament House Limited launch inaugural Ocean Art Charity Exhibition
Features the best marine life-themed artworks by Singapore’s young talents

SINGAPORE, 15 March 2014 – The search for the most talented young visual artists is over and the best marine life-themed artworks by the youngest and brightest will be showcased at the inaugural Ocean Art Charity Exhibition at the S.E.A. Aquarium in Resorts World Sentosa’s (RWS) Marine Life Park from 16 to 30 March 2014.

Jointly organised by The Old Parliament House Limited and RWS, the Ocean Art Charity Campaign invited young artists aged 19 and below to submit marine life-themed artworks. The top 15 artworks were selected by a panel of judges and will be auctioned to raise funds for two children charities. The panel includes sculptor, Mr Sun Yu-Li, photographer and NOGI awardee, Mr Micheal Aw, gallery director and founder, Ms Jennifer Soen, and recipient of the prestigious Cultural Medallion Award for Visual Arts in 2012, Mr Milenko Prvacki.

Mr Sun Yu-Li, one of Singapore’s leading artists, shares: “The artworks submitted by the children and youth show a range of artistic styles and intentions. It was not an easy task to select the best for the exhibition. After closer examination, some paintings stood out in its unique ways. It captures the beauty of the underwater world through the composition of the subjects, beautiful color schemes and unusual angles. The pieces are imaginative and abstract.”

Featuring 16 marine life-themed artworks by Singapore’s young artists

More than 55 artworks from across Singapore were submitted for the Ocean Art Charity Campaign. The exhibition, officially opened by Mr Baey Yam Keng, Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC, features 16 of the best marine life-themed artworks painted by Singapore’s young and talented visual artists.

Mr Roger Lienhard, Senior Vice President, Attractions and Resort Sales, RWS, says: “We are pleased to have partnered with The Old Parliament House Limited to recognise Singapore’s young talents, celebrate the best marine visual art as well as support youth in need. This event is also aligned with the two focus areas of marine conservation and children, of our RWS Cares corporate responsibility programme. We hope that this event will spur youth in Singapore to want to know more about marine life. Indeed, we are proud of the very talented youth whose colourful and vibrant artworks have depicted the diverse marine life on this planet.”

The first of its kind, the Ocean Art Charity Campaign offers young artists the opportunity to express their love and appreciation for marine life and to use their talent to help their less privileged peers.

One of the participants, Ruth Tan may only be four years old, but she aspires to use her talent in visual arts to help her less privileged peers. Both Ruth and her sister, Josette Tan, 6, are amongst the youngest participants in the Ocean Art Charity Campaign.

Ruth, a pre-schooler at the Arise Kindergarten, shares: “I like painting because it is fun and I can draw all my favourite things. Mommy and Daddy said I could draw my favourite sea creatures and help other children. I hope my painting will do well and help the children who are less privileged.”

Showcasing at the exhibition is also an artwork contributed by Singaporean child prodigy artist, 8-year-old Ashley Ann Tan. Her artwork, titled Beautiful Flow, features special LED lightings. This is Ashley’s first artwork using LED lights. Ashley will receive the Special Contribution by a Friend of the Ocean Art Charity Campaign mention and her artwork will also be available for the auction.

Ashley shares the inspiration behind her painting: “I love the vibrant colors of the sea and underwater creatures at the S.E.A. Aquarium and I wanted to create an artwork that would have the same effect. I want the person who successfully bids for this painting to be able to see the bright colours of the sea creatures at night.”

Raising funds for two children charities

The Ocean Art Charity Campaign is a fundraising initiative that supports The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (ST SPMF). BT BAF provides fully-sponsored arts training for children and youth from financially- disadvantaged families at The Little Arts Academy and ST SPMF disburses school pocket money for children from low-income families.

One of the artworks selected by the judges belongs to 17-year-old, Kang Joo Soon, a beneficiary of BT BAF pursuing visual arts training.

Joo Soon shares how he feels being in the top 15: “I felt a great sense of accomplishment when two of my paintings were sold at a previous fundraising event. I was very happy that the proceeds went towards supporting The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, a fund that is helping me fulfill my dreams of being an artist. It was a refreshing experience painting ‘live’ at the launch of the Ocean Art Charity last year and I feel very honored that this particular painting will be part of the exhibition and the auction.”

Mr Alvin Tay, Chairman of BT BAF, says: “For many of the beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and the children and youth, the arts is an avenue for them to channel their energies and cope with the challenges that they face in their lives. Today, the arts has also become an avenue for these young people to give back to the community regardless of their socio-economic background. It is heartening to see the spirit of giving back amongst young people. I would like to thank The Old Parliament House Limited and Resorts World Sentosa for organising this initiative.”

Members of the public can bid for the paintings by completing the bidding forms available at the exhibition area. They may also vote for their favourite painting at the exhibition. Members of the public can visit the RWSentosa Blog for more information. Visitors to the exhibition have to hold valid attraction tickets for entry into the S.E.A. Aquarium.

For MEDIA queries, please contact:
Ms Yasminbee Ebbysheikh
Executive, Communications & Partnerships,
The Old Parliament House Limited
Tel: +65 6513 3015 (O) | +65 9880 0104 (M)
Email: yasminbee@toph.com.sg

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